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Leveling Up Your PM Career

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  • Expedia / Orbitz office

    500 West Madison (i.e., Ogilvie Train Station), Chicago, IL (map)

    41.883026 -87.640533

  • Office details to be provided at a later date
  • One of the best things about being a product manager is, there’s no defined track to success! 

    One of the most challenging things about being a product manager is, there’s no defined track to success!

    PMs come from all backgrounds; operations, QA, engineering, design, business analysis. Come hear about the journeys of senior product leaders and take away strategies that you can employ in your career development path. Questions like:

    • Should you take coding classes?

    • What about pursuing an MBA?

    • How do you identify and foster a mentor-mentee relationship?

    From year two to year ten, there will be something for you.


    • 6:00-6:30PM - Networking / Food + Beverages

    • 6:30-6:45PM - Intro by Product Tank Chicago

    • 6:45-8:00PM - Lightning Presentations + Q&A

    • 8:00-9:00PM - Networking


    • Matt Esler - Director, Global Product - Expedia

    Matt Esler has been in product for the last 8 years with a focus on mobile apps and responsive web experiences. He's work for brands like the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Orbitz and now is a product director at Expedia. At Expedia, Matt is in charge of delivering a world class experience for their lodging customers.

    • Jen Busenbark - Director, Product Management - Braintree Payments

    Jen is currently a Director of Product at Braintree Payments, helping businesses of all sizes to accept payments to help maximize business opportunities.  As the first Product Manager for Braintree, Jen has had the unique opportunity to evolve a product from pre-beta payment processor to a global payments solution used by companies such as Uber, Airbnb and Dropbox.  Her expertise has helped design Braintree’s processes including planning, building, testing, launching and just about everything else pertaining to software delivery. Jen was able to help scale the product organization to over 20 Product Managers, establishing best practices and processes along the way that have enabled the team to continue to push for the best product experiences.

    Prior to joining Braintree in 2009, Jen spent 9 years as a consultant for ThoughtWorks, a global IT consulting company, helping clients build products in industries such as leasing, insurance, and online auctions. 

    • Subha Sriram - Director of Product - ReviewTrackers

    Subha has over 18 years of experience in software development, product delivery, client relationship, staffing, product management and agile coaching. Through her life as a software consultant, she has navigated through projects in the leasing, finance, e-commerce, non-profit, education and more recently SaaS product development. She believes in technology and its possibilities as much as she believes in people and their ability to push technology to its limits.
    Subha also enjoys cooking for her family, spending time with her triplet children and taking long walks when the weather is good. 

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