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Product Management Events

Each and every month we deliver an exciting mix of Product Management, Coding and Data Analytics events for anyone interested in becoming a product manager, networking or those who just want to learn more about the world of tech.

Our events have featured speakers from Amazon, Spotify, Airbnb, Facebook and more.

Check out what we have lined-up for this month:

Product Management Events in September 2017

 

Check all our events for September below:

 

NEW YORK

 

Wednesday, September 6th

Sprinting with Stakeholders with Google’s former PM
Speaker: Greg Larkin, former Product Manager at Google.

We’ll talk about the key differences and winning strategies for launching products as an intrapreneur vs. as an entrepreneur. We will learn key techniques for incorporating stakeholders into agile product management so that user needs are aligned with stakeholder requirements.

 

Thursday, September 7th

Intro to CSS with OvationTix’s User Experience Lead 
Speaker: Rodhmir Labadie, User Experience Lead at OvationTix.

Rodhmir will provide a general overview of how CSS integrates with web technologies and the use cases for modifying certain elements. He will outline key implementations that can help a product manager test out simple layout adjustments.

 

Wednesday, September 13th

Product Managing Your Way to a PM Job with former Google PM
Speaker: Jocelyn Miller, former Product Manager at Google.

We will cover some of the key practices to help you get your desired PM job as well as more out of what you want in life generally. We’ll also talk about what hiring managers need to see to say yes to hiring you into a product role
and what specific processes and approaches to use to get a PM role.

 

Wednesday, September 14th

The 5 Characters of Product Management with Former Etsy PM
Speaker: Jason Shen, former Product Manager at Etsy.

Product managers are one of the toughest roles to define and hire for, in part because depending on the company and the project, they perform a wide variety of activities. It can be helpful to think of the role as five characters — the Explorer, the Analyst, the Planner, the Advocate, and the Field Trip Chaperone.

 

Tuesday, September 19th

Product School Alumni Reunion with Free Headshots
Host: Product School New York

Come join us for an exclusive Alumni-only Happy Hour here at Product School. Grab a beer and meet with other alumni along with instructors and the PS team to discuss your Product Management journey and grow your network. A photographer will also be here to do some headshots for your LinkedIn profile!

 

Wednesday, Wednesday 20th

The Importance of Data in Product Mgmt w/ the Creator of VariTest 
Speaker: Vanessa Janowski, Co-Founder of Vari Solutions.

User testing and collecting data to drive decisions is an important part of the product manager role. In this talk, we’ll discuss both qualitative and quantitative methods and how they can impact your key performance metrics.

 

Thursday, September 21st

Experimentation Concepts & How to Leverage Them w/ Jet.com’s PM
Speaker: MaryKate Guidry, Associate Product Manager for Experimentation at Jet.com.

Experimentation, it seems easy but it’s difficult to execute properly. We’ll start from the beginning with some basic concepts, what testing looks like in action, and how you can utilize testing to get an early indication of what kind of impact a feature will make on your product.

 

Tuesday, September 26th

Becoming a Successful PM with Product School’s Founder
Speaker: Carlos González de Villaumbrosia, Founder and CEO of Product School.

Are you trying to break into Product Management, or looking to stay on-top of your Product Management game? Come hear insights on how to be a successful PM in Silicon Valley. We’ll also cover how to grow your career once you’re a product manager. We plan to have an interactive discussion and will be crowdsourcing and answering questions from the audience in real time.

 

Wednesday, September 27th 

How to Become a Product Manager with Factset’s Mobile PM
Speaker: Joel Palathinkal, Mobile Product Manager at Factset.

Would you like to get a job as a Product Manager? Join us for this free open doors session to get an overview of our part-time product management course curriculum, meet the lead instructor and have the chance to ask any additional questions that you might have about what it takes to become a product manager.

 

Thursday, September 28th

How to Become a Product Manager with Senior PM at MasterCard
Hosts: Jesse Owens II, Senior Product Manager at MasterCard & Joel Palathinkal, Mobile Product Platforms’ Lead at FactSet.

Would you like to get a job as a Product Manager? Join us for this free open doors session to get an overview of our part-time product management course curriculum, meet the lead instructor and have the chance to ask any additional questions that you might have about what it takes to become a product manager.

 

SAN FRANCISCO

 

Wednesday, September 6th

Product Management Success Guide w/ Shutterfly former Dir of PM
Speaker: Mike Goos, former Senior Director of Product Management at Shutterfly.

If you are new to product management or are considering becoming a PM, you need to attend this event. Learn how to define your role on the product team and perform a personal gap analysis, and how to take ownership while not stepping on toes.

 

Thursday, September 7th

Design Prototypes that Feel Real w/ Proto.io Product Evangelist
Speaker: Todd Siegel, Product Evangelist at Proto.io.

Learning how to build an app is a process that requires carefully planning, with many things needing to be considered. Designing touchscreen apps ultimately demands prototypes that feel real. Despite this, when aiming for a gesture-driven app with interactive animation, we often couch our design thinking in static design tools. Shouldn’t we base our explorations in an interactive animation tool?

 

Wednesday, September 13th

Product Management For Free-to-Play Games w/ AC&A’s Senior PM
Speaker: Peter Knudson, Head of Product at Adrian Crook & Associates.

The presentation will cover the principles of product management for free-to-play games. Games have taken a live product mentality in the last few years, and PM’s need to be able to combine design, data, and marketing to drive important KPI’s.

 

Thursday, September 14th

Thinking Like a PM w/ former VP of Product at Lynda.com
Speaker: Ken Sandy, former Vice President of Product at Lynda.com.

Product Managers must balance four very different and sometimes conflicting mindsets when approaching ideation, creation, and delivery of high-value products. These are Exploration, Analysis, Critique and Evangelism. No matter what stage in the product lifecycle, simultaneously and deliberately viewing your product through these perspectives will help avoid common pitfalls and help deliver a superior solution.

 

Wednesday, September 20th

Push Notifications w/ Foursquare’s Director of Consumer Product
Speaker: Marissa Chacko, Director of Consumer Products at Foursquare.

Learn from Marissa how to build push notifications that break through the noise and connect with users. Learn how to go beyond CTR to measure success and understand differences between notifications on iOS & Android.

 

Thursday, September 21st

Product Management for the Internet of Things
Speaker: Daniel Elizalde, IoT Product Leader.

By 2020, it’s estimated that 50 billion consumer and industrial devices will be connected to the Internet. The explosive growth of the Internet of Things provides huge opportunities, but it also introduces a lot of complexity and risk. Daniel will discuss why IoT products are a big opportunity for PMs, and also point out the complexities involved in building IoT products.

 

Wednesday, September 27th

Product Mgmt Ethics in A.I. with Yammer’s former Dir. of Product
Speaker: Drew Dillon, Director of Product at Yammer.

From maximizing the crave-ability of food additives to notification addiction, Product Managers have a profound impact on society. In the not too distant future, a number of those Product decisions will be delivered by artificial intelligence. We’ll discuss ethical lessons from the history of Product Management and how we can learn from them to build ethical AI.

 

Thursday, September 28th

Growth: How to Lose Your Customers in 14 days w/ Box’s Senior PM
Speakers: Reyana Fayyaz, a Senior Product Manager at Box & Rishi Shah, a Senior PM at Zenefits.

How to tackle quick wins, and then develop a longer term strategy for onboarding, sales channels, increasing marketshare for mostly enterprise software (can also dip into a bit of consumer).

 

SILICON VALLEY

 

Wednesday, September 6th

“Ask Me Anything” with Instagram’s Product Manager
Speaker: Sanchan S Saxena, Product Management team leader at Instagram.

Ever wondered what it’s like to work as a Product Manager? This is an exclusive Q&A session to give you a chance to ask every question you’ve ever had, with Instagram’s PM. He will discuss what it’s like to work in this dynamic role and what it takes to get your foot in the door.

 

Thursday, September 7th

Mock Interview Workshop w/ Hearsay Social’s Enterprise PM
Speaker: Meghbartma “Megh” Gautam, Product Manager at Hearsay Systems.

Enterprise Product Manager from Hearsay Systems holds mock interview workshop, discussing the lay of the land in terms of the 3 most commonly asked questions, and group sessions for practicing interview questions.

 

Wednesday, September 13th

Product Roadmapping with Flipkart’s Head of Product
Speaker: Sudha Mahajan, Head of Product-Customer Experience at Flipkart.

In order to build the best possible solution, a product manager needs to understand why they are building. Once the problem and stakeholders have been identified, how does a PM tackle solving it? Sudha will cover this problem-solving framework and share insights and anecdotes from her user-first approach to product development.

 

Thursday, September 14th

AMA: Breaking Into Product w/ Facebook’s Rotational Program PM’s
Speakers: Jasmine Stoy, Lizzy Pratt, and Mike Weingert, Rotational Program Product Managers at Facebook.

There isn’t a set path to product management. In fact, many product managers come from a variety of different backgrounds. How did they get into the field? The panel will kick off with light sharing of their background and what their own unique path was into product management.

 

Wednesday, September 20th

Land Your Dream Job w/ LinkedIn’s Former Product Recruiter
Speaker: Mark Alfaro, former Talent Market Strategist and Senior Recruiter at LinkedIn.

Mark Alfaro has recruited 100’s of people into over a dozen technology companies in the Silicon Valley- primarily for product and engineering roles. He’s going to share key learnings that could help you to find your dream job, whether you’re a new college grad or an executive.

 

Thursday, September 21st

Product Discovery w/ former eBay Lead PM of Search Technology
Speaker: Debankur Naskar, former Lead PM of Search Technology at eBay.

How do Search Engines find and order information? Debankur will cover the fundamentals of information retrievals and search engines. Additionally, he will cover in depth: How search engines take one or two user entered keywords and very effectively returns only a few relevant documents from millions and zillions of documents.

 

Tuesday, September 26th

Product School Alumni Reunion with Free Headshots
Host: Product School Silicon Valley

Come join us for an exclusive Alumni-only Happy Hour here at Product School. Grab a beer and meet with other alumni along with instructors and the PS team to discuss your Product Management journey and grow your network. A photographer will also be here to do some headshots for your LinkedIn profile!

 

Wednesday, September 27th

Cracking the PM Interview with Gayle McDowell
Speaker: Gayle McDowell, Founder and CEO of CareerCup and the author of Cracking the PM Interview.

If you have a technical background, and want to get a job as a Product Manager – this is the perfect event for you! During this talk, she will teach you how to prepare for PM interviews, what top companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft really look for, and how to tackle the toughest problems.

 

Thursday, September 28th

The Lean Product Playbook with Dan Olsen
Speaker: Dan Olsen, an entrepreneur, consultant, and Lean product expert.

The Lean Product Playbook provides specific, step-by-step guidance on how to apply Lean Startup ideas. In his talk, Dan will describe an actionable model for product-market fit and a 6-step process that explains how to rapidly iterate based on customer feedback, illustrated with real world examples.

 

SANTA MONICA

 

Tuesday, September 5th

Introduction to Modern Identity with Auth0’s Developer
Speaker: Ado Kukic, Developer and Dev Advocate at Auth0.

In this introductory talk about modern identity we will discuss the role that identity management plays in modern software development. Modern identity is a lot more than just the login screen. You’ll be able to learn about the different concepts that make up modern identity.

 

Wednesday, September 6th

Building a Product from Scratch to Compete in the Market Top 10
Speaker: Chris Graham, former VP of Product and Marketing for HYFN.

Building a company doesn’t end with product market fit. Once you get to traction you’ll face an entirely new set of challenges as you scale your company, differentiate from competitors, and grow market share. We’ll walk you through how one company navigated those challenges and lived to tell the tale.

 

Tuesday, September 12th

The Raw Material for Exceptional Products w/ Former Edmunds DS
Speaker: Ben Biddle, former Senior Director of Unpublished Data at Edmunds.

If you haven’t already heard, data is kind of a big deal. Some have even called it “the new oil” of the digital economy. Big data, small data, streaming data, alternative data – there’s all sorts of data to choose from and lots of ways to use data in your products and services.

 

Wednesday, September 13th

Going with the Flow: Dollar Shave Club PM’s Journey into Product
Speaker: Loren Khulusi, Product manager at Dollar Shave Club.

Most of us have a plan. Our careers don’t always play out as expected, and sometimes it’s best to stop fighting and go with the flow. Loren Khulusi, Product Manager at Dollar Shave Club, will share his journey from struggling musician to the Lead Product Manager of Dollar Shave Club’s international business.

 

 

Wednesday, September 20th

Silicon Beach Product Management Info Session w/ PS Director
Host: Product School Santa Monica

Do you want to get a job as a Product Manager? Join free info session to get an overview of Product School’s part-time 8-week product management course, meet the lead instructor and have the chance to ask any additional questions that you might have about what it takes to become a product manager in Los Angeles.

 

Tuesday, September 26th

Product School Alumni Reunion with Free Headshots
Host: Product School Santa Monica

Come join us for an exclusive Alumni-only Happy Hour here at Product School. Grab a beer and meet with other alumni along with instructors and the PS team to discuss your Product Management journey and grow your network. A photographer will also be here to do some headshots for your LinkedIn profile!

 

Wednesday, September 27th

Creating World Class Products w/ Former Nike Product Expert
Speaker: Ramin Schultz, former Product Expert at Nike.

Working in booming Nike European Market, Ramin was an integral part of many important product launches in Berlin working together with athletes, influencers and consumers. From educating small retail shops to consulting world class athletes in Rio during the Olympic Games in 2016, Ramin has many interesting stories to share.

 

ORANGE COUNTY

 

Tuesday, September 19th

Disruption from Within with Zillow’s Senior Product Manager
Speaker: Michael Wong, Senior Product Manager at Zillow Group.

Launching a new brand within a large company is a challenge – when that new brand disrupts the flagship brand, it’s a massive challenge. Michael will take you on his journey of conception, to building, to the launch of RealEstate.com – a brand that competes with its parent company, Zillow.com.

 

FEATURED WEBINARS & SLACK AMA’S

 

Tuesday, September 5th

[Live Chat] with PayPal’s former Product Manager
Host: Raphael Bonstein, former Product Manager at PayPal.

Curious about the life and world of a Product Manager? What’s it all about? Bring your questions to our exclusive Slack “Ask Me Anything” session to ask every product related question you’ve ever had, with Raphael Bonstein, former Product Manager at PayPal.

 

Tuesday, September 12th

[Live Chat] with EA’s Product Manager
Host: Michael Eng, Product Manager at EA.

Curious about the life and world of a Product Manager? What’s it all about? Bring your questions to our exclusive Slack “Ask Me Anything” session to ask every product related question you’ve ever had, with Michael Eng, Product Manager at EA.

 

Thursday, September 14th

[Webinar] Lessons Learned in Product w/ Google’s Lead PM
Host: Yariv Adan, lead Product Manager at Google.

Yariv will share the 3 + 3 lessons he has learned, working as a PM at Google: 3 lessons about products and users, and 3 lessons about working with a team towards building a product.

 

Tuesday, September 19th

[Live Chat] w/ Walt Disney Parks/Resorts Digital Product Manager
Host: Brandon S. Reed, Product Manager at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Digital.

Curious about the life and world of a Product Manager? What’s it all about? Bring your questions to our exclusive Slack “Ask Me Anything” session to ask every product related question you’ve ever had, with Brandon S. Reed, Product Manager at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Digital.

 

Thursday, September 21st

[Webinar] What I Learned as Slack’s First PM w/ Kenneth Berger
Host: Kenneth Berger, the First Product Manager at Slack

In only a few short years, Slack has become one of the fastest-growing and most beloved enterprise SaaS products of all time. But the secrets behind its growth aren’t what you might expect: it wasn’t all about analytics and A/B testing. Kenneth tells stories from his time there and shares two surprising principles that helped drive Slack’s success.

 

Thursday, September 28th

[Webinar]Using Customer Research to Create Products w/ Intuit PM
Host: Courtney Caccavo, Senior Product Manager at Intuit.

Courtney will talk about the importance of doing customer research to understand how to design products for your customer. She’ll focus on 3 projects in particular that she has worked on (at Betterment and Meetup) and the important insights from user research that shaped those products.

 

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