We'll have two 20-minute talks, each followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. We'll have plenty of time at the start and end of the meetup for tasty beverages and networking.
The PM Guide to Getting Promoted
Vidya Dinamani & Heather Samarin, Founders of Product Rebels
Getting promoted starts earlier than you think. You might think you're ready for that next step, but how do you ensure that others see you that way? How do you use your PM skills to make the case for you? Vidya & Heather have promoted dozens of PMs to senior, manager, and exec roles and will tell you exactly what to do to be promotion-ready - using six traits that every PM already has.
Vidya Dinamani is co-founder for Product Rebels where she exercises her passion for coaching product leaders and teams. She has over 18 years of experience specializing in business & technology strategy development and product design, development and management. Vidya has held multiple executive roles at leading companies, including executive positions leading Innovation and Product Management at Mitchell International, Director of Customer Experience for TurboTax, Intuit. She also served as Director of Business Operations and Chief IT Architect for the software provider. A holder of 7 US patents for software technology, Vidya earned a B.S. in Physics from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and a Masters from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is also a certified Net Promoter Associate.
Heather Samarin, co-founder of Product Rebels, has over 17 years of experience in delighting customers through the design, development, and management of customer experiences within both B2B and B2C marketing and product management. She’s held both senior and C-Level roles at start-ups within the social gaming and healthcare markets where she led product strategy and new product development. Before this, Heather spent over 11 years and held several senior leadership positions at Intuit Inc. Most recently, as Vice President for TurboTax Product Management, she launched their “free” business model and alternative monetization strategy through 2 new online tax products. She holds a BS in finance from California State University and an MBA in marketing from Santa Clara University
Intrapreneurship - Pitching a Greenfield Project
Mike Lambert, Software Engineer at Alchemy Code Lab
Mike will share some tips on pitching a new idea or venture to your company, regardless of what position you hold.
Prior to his current role as a Software Engineer, Mike spent roughly seven years in the wholesale insurance business, during which time he successfully brought a new technology product to market in an industry not typically known for being at the forefront of innovation. He holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Washington, as well as an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.