Deena McKay is an IT Consultant for Kin + Carta and the Founder & Host of Black Tech Unplugged, which she launched after feeling like she was the "only one" in the tech industry. On this episode, Deena joins us for a discussion on D&I and Product Inclusion that goes far beyond a conversation on metrics. Here we chat about what Diversity and Inclusion actually mean, and how a lack of diverse thinking can make for some embarrassing product fails.
She also shares with us a few resources on where to go to diversify the applicant pool and find top tech talent, including:
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Nina Foroutan started her career in journalism at WHDH-TV/Channel 5 during an economic downturn. She then went on to earn her MBA and took a job as a technical product manager at Hearst before landing her role at Forbes. On this episode of Her Product Lab, Nina will share what it was like to pivot from journalism, seemingly a world apart from product, and the skills she learned from that industry that has helped her move up into a product director role. To learn more about Her Product Lab, visit www.herproductlab.com.
On this episode, Sr. Director of Product Management at ADP Ventures Shilpa Singh joins us as we talk about the art of influence. As a product manager, we are trained to be the expert of our product, market, customer and competitors. However, one of the most important soft skills that we need to master is to lead through influence. Learning this skill is often not taught in the classroom, but is equally, if not more, important than being the experts of our domain. In this session, Shilpa will discuss some of the strategies to maximize your ability to influence across your various stakeholders and partners, be it an engineer or an executive. Shilpa will also share her story of building a product that is a breakthrough innovation in an established industry, where the success of your product is dependent on changing the norms of thinking.
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In the same week Abbe Cohen was laid off due to COVID-19, she got 14 job interviews (more if you count the ones she has turned down) and received an offer just days later. And it wasn’t pure luck. In this episode, Abbe will share several strategies to get noticed in the industry, including crafting your story, refining your LinkedIn page for the right opportunities to come to you, and tapping into your networks in more meaningful ways.
Abbe started her career in the music industry creating opportunities for smaller businesses to work with Live Nation and finding unique ways to engage artist fans with brands. She went to work at BuzzFeed during the rise of video and brought Tasty to profitability generating $35M in the first year and then scaled lifestyle brands like Nifty, and Goodful to build what is now the largest revenue generator there. She joined Splash to build a new business unit where she shipped many revenue driving products and ultimately led a redesign of the web design platform. And recently Abbe joined Frame.io to work on the next generation of product!
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