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Being a (Female) Product Leader

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Kushal S. and Patrick H.


If you search LinkedIn for "seattle vp, product," only 12 of the first 90 people are women. That's a little over 13%. If you search for "seattle product manager," only 20 of the first 90 people are women. That's about 22%.

We all know that tech has a gender diversity problem, but what is it actually like being one of the few female product leaders in Seattle and in the industry, in general?

Today, our speakers will share their journeys and experiences with us, introduce us to new perspectives, and hopefully shed some light on our own thoughts, attitudes, and biases.

This meetup is for everyone - women and men - to get together and hear Rebekah and Valerie talk about their stories, and have an open discussion on product management and being product leaders.


Rebekah Bastian ( VP, Product @ Zillow

Rebekah was one of Zillow's first employees, coming over from Microsoft in 2005, and has led the development of several areas of the site since its launch. Always searching for ways to connect her personal values to her technology career, Rebekah launched the Community Pillar program to help connect low income renters with affordable housing and serves on several local boards related to rising housing costs and homelessness. Rebekah earned her Masters of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. She is also mother to two boys, and an aerial acrobat.

Valerie Layman ( Chief Product & Services Officer @ Yapta

Valerie leads Yapta’s product management and client management teams. Prior to Yapta, she served as Director of Product Management at Orbitz’ corporate travel division. Before heading to Orbitz, Valerie spent 9 years as a process and delivery consultant for Accenture, leading strategy and solution planning initiatives. Valerie earned an MBA from Kansas State University.


  1. Networking: 6:00 - 6.30 pm
  2. Speakers: 6:30 - 7:05 pm
  3. Q&A: 7:05 - 7:40 pm
  4. Further Networking: 7:45 pm - 8:30 pm (at the latest)

NOTE: Space will be limited. Please RSVP! Thank you.

PARKING: We've been told there's parking in a garage below the building. The garage closes at 9 pm (which should be plenty fine for anyone who drives).

1191 2nd Avenue Suite 1200, Seattle, WA 98101 · Seattle, WA