Past Meetup

Humans Need Not Apply? - The Future of Product Management

This Meetup is past

68 people went

Price: $10.00 /per person

Expedia (formerly Orbitz)

500 W Madison Ave · Chicago, IL

How to find us

When you enter the building (Ogilvie train station), you need to go up the escalators to the third floor. There are multiple entrances, some on the first floor and some on the second. Check-in at the desk on the third floor.

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In Humans Need Not Apply (, an educational viral video reported on by Forbes, The Business Insider, and the Huffington Post, the narrator makes the argument that all jobs will be automated at some point in the future, and that human labor will no longer be required.

What aspects of product management could conceivably be automated in the not too distant future? What skills should we think about developing now to remain competitive in the future product management job market? What types of new and exciting tools will be available for us to use in our careers? Our talented panel will help answer these questions and more. Food and drink provided, as always.


Alex Castrounis (
Short Bio: In addition to being a product and data leader, Alex is an author, podcaster, and teacher. His areas of expertise include machine learning, IoT, and lean product development.

Kevin Goulet (
Short Bio: Kevin has over 20 years of product leadership experience, with areas of expertise including data management, migration, and analytics, at companies of varying sizes and stages of growth. In addition to this, he is a mentor at The Garage, ( Northwestern University's hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation.

Julia Kanter (
Short Bio: Julia is the Director of Product at Expedia, and has led the development of a variety of innovative products, including ScratchPad, a product reported on by Forbes and other sources for its extensive and effective use of experimentation to improve the products' adoption and utility. Julia's areas of expertise include iterative product development and data-driven product decision-making.

6:00 - 6:30 --- Food & Networking
6:30 - 8:00 --- Panelist Discussion (and food, but quietly)
8:00 - 8:30 --- More Networking (and any remaining food)

We'll loosely follow this structure during the conversation, and ask the kinds of questions listed below.

1. Product Management Past: How has it evolved up to today's point?
"Besides for company/title changes, how have you all seen your respective roles change/evolve over time?"
2. Product Management Present: How is the field evolving today?
"What skills are becoming less and less useful for those who call themselves 'product managers' in the wake of new technology and evolving specialties?"
3. Product Manager Future: What will our jobs look like soon?
"What technologies have you seen that begin to automate the work of product managers?"

Make sure your phones are charged, as we will be facilitating on-the-fly questions through

Food and drink will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there!