• 4/24: UserTesting fmr Product VP on User-Centric Product Design

    TOPIC: UserTesting fmr Product VP on User-Centric Product Design Product management and design are two different worlds with two different ways of thinking. Product managers think of the product first. Designers think of the user first. The approach of thinking like a designer is changing the way companies develop products, services and the strategies that make it all happen. What’s causing this shift in thinking? UserTesting fmr Product VP Chris Abad will discuss how successful products flourish with a user-centric approach. About the Speaker: Chris Abad is the former Product VP at UserTesting - responsible for driving the company’s product vision and strategy across its portfolio of products. He has more than 15 years of experience building high-performance product and design teams. Prior to joining UserTesting, Chris held leadership roles at companies including Salesforce, InVision, Campaign Monitor - and served as founder of two start-ups. Chris holds a degree from San Diego State University and currently lives in San Francisco. RSVP and get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2HtynOf

  • 5/22: Slack Product Lead on Product Meets Improv

    TOPIC: Slack Product Lead on Product Meets Improv The tech industry tells you that you need to be smarter and work harder to do better. As product management becomes more demanding, it’s important to develop your skills in creative ways. That said, how can you continue to get better as a PM and have fun at the same time? Slack Product Lead Ellie Powers talks about how performing improv comedy has helped her become a better product manager - sharing the secret to owning a crowd on stage and in your product career. About the Speaker: Ellie Powers is a Director of Product at Slack - where she manages a team focused on optimizing the platform experience. Prior to joining Slack, she worked at Google for over 6 years - working on the Chrome browser and Google Play products. In addition, Ellie worked on product teams based in Europe for TalkTalk and VirtuOz. Following internships at Microsoft and Pfizer, she also worked at Microsoft for 4 years in program management. Ellie holds a degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and currently lives in the Bay Area. RSVP and get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2DhpYtw