Leading the Product Sydney – 23rd October 2018

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Leading the Product is the ultimate event for product people in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Around the world, there is a global movement of Product Managers coming together to network, learn and collaborate. Leading the Product is a community event, championed by Product Managers so that we too have a place to ignite our passion for developing and managing great products and services.  Now in its fourth year in Melbourne Leading the Product is an event you can’t miss if you work in or around product.

Our Managing Director, Victoria Butt will be taking part in a Lightning Talk on the day! If you are attending, be sure not to miss it!

Tickets are available here!

Who is speaking at the event?

Saeed Khan

Saeed Khan | Founder, Speaker, Innovator, Product Leader and Transformation Expert | Transformation Labs
Topic: Don’t Release the Kraken: Bringing clarity and harmony to product release planning

Saeed has been a thought leader and thought provoker throughout his 25 years working in high-tech. He started the influential blog On Product Management in 1997, and has been writing and speaking on the discipline of Product Management and new product development for a number of years. He is a co-founder of Transformation Labs, an advisory firm that helps companies harness innovation, product management and product marketing to drive growth and market success.

Twitter @saeedwkhan

Product Management: The Good, the Bad and the Venn
Have we (finally/thankfully) reached peak Agile/Lean?
Do Product Owners Really Own the Product?

Sara Wood

Sara Wood | Product specialist & Early stage startup advisor, VP of Product Management | Farfetch
Topic: Navigating the ever-changing landscape… before and after IPO

Sara has been leading Product teams since long before the discipline had a name. Starting in the early days of the first dotcom boom in San Francisco managing products such as Salon Magazine, she survived the bust and came through that period to lead teams at the executive level at Flickr, Wikia/Wikipedia, early stage starts ups such as Layer that won TechCruch Disrupt, as well as large Fortune500 companies such as Gap Inc global. Sara serves as an early-stage advisor to young companies, hoping to help accelerate their vision, while avoiding the all-too-common land mines along the way.

Sara has developed her own outlook on what makes a team, a feature, a product and a company successful. She has worn many hats (depending on the size and maturity of the organization) and lived every incarnation of “process.” She has learned first-hand how to manage through complexity and changing economics (she also credits her years as a waitress and bartender for this as well!).

In her current role, as the executive leader of Product at Farfetch, Sara is responsible for all product, design, data science, and analytics work across global markets. Farfetch is by far the leading innovator in both the fashion/retail space, but also in how technology platforms can build an ecosystem that allows many companies to benefit. Farfetch is poised to reinvent the shopping experience wherever the customer may be.

Jason Shen

Jason Shen | Co-Founder & CEO | Headlight
Topic: Product madness – 5 ways to bring sanity back into the PM hiring process

Jason is a tech entrepreneur and talent expert. As the co-founder and CEO of Headlight, he partners with employers to evaluate and hire tech talent including engineers and product managers. Prior to Headlight, Jason held product and marketing roles at Etsy and Percolate, and served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow under Obama.

Jason co-founded Ridejoy, a Y Combinator backed startup in 2011 and holds two degrees from Stanford University, where he helped the men’s gymnastics team win a national championship. He contributes regularly to Fast Company and his TED talk on the future of hiring has over 1.5M views.

Twitter @jasonshen

Product Manager Tournament
What People Don’t tell you about Product Management
Highlight your Ability

Kirsten Mann

Kirsten Mann | Vice President Product Experience, Construction & Engineering, Global Business Unit | Oracle
Topic: Love like a Leader! – All you need to know to transition into a product leadership role…

Kirsten is Vice President, Global Product Experience. As a key member of the executive team, she is responsible for the end-to-end customer and user platform / product experience across Oracle’s Construction & Engineering Global Business Group. Kirsten is a transformational and strategic leader, with a focus on increasing client value and driving Oracle’s growth agenda in the global project community.

She has worked in product development for over 25 years, helping organisation leaders to deepen understanding of the value of Product Management, User Experience and Design Thinking practices.

Twitter @mannki

Why organisations don’t value design (and four ways to overcome this)
Don’t sink: soar! How to make your mark as a new UX Manager

John Clegg

John Clegg | Product Manager – Data Engineering | Xero
Topic: Machine Learning for product Managers

John Clegg is the Product Manager of the Data Science and Automation group at Xero – the beautiful business software company. He is passionate about building a culture of data science within Xero. He helped develop a Data Science competency framework to guide the career development of Data Scientists at Xero. John’s group has the goal of building machine learning products and spreading this knowledge across the business.

John has worked on product at a number of startups around the world. He developed and launched online auctions, geospatial applications, events and ticketing web applications.

John is the founder and trustee for the Summer of Tech, a tertiary student internship scheme based in New Zealand. He is also an advisor to the Engineering School at Victoria University of Wellington. John also teaches kids coding at his local primary school and spends spare time being “Uber” for his kids.

Twitter @johnclegg

Bronwyn Yam

Bronwyn Yam | Director of Product | Tyro Payments
Topic: Are We There Yet? The (End of) Customer Research

Bronwyn joined Tyro in October 2017 with over 20 years of experience in financial services and consulting. Prior to joining Tyro, Bronwyn has held several senior roles across various divisions within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia since 2005. Before moving to Australia, Bronwyn had a consulting career with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in the U.S. and across Asia working with clients from multiple industries from manufacturing to financial services.

She has extensive experience in challenging the status quo and delivering on innovative processes and solutions. Bronwyn has a passion for driving transformational change to organisations and teams leveraging on technology and disruptive thinking to deliver exceptional customer outcomes.

Twitter @tyro

Nicole Brolan

Nicole Brolan | Product Director | SEEK ANZ
Topic: Unshackling from product monogamy and playing the field

Having worked her way through Service, Sales and Product at SEEK, Nicole Brolan is now Product Director for SEEK ANZ. Nicole is always passionate to solve customer problems in a meaningful way. With a team of 75 and growing, Nicole is constantly focused on how to build amazing teams and consistently challenge and evolve product practices for better outcomes.

SEEK has recently made organisational changes which means that increasingly the product and delivery teams will build solutions for both ANZ and the SEEK Asia businesses, having a greater positive impact to people. This will present new opportunities to work in a different way, ensuring her team continues to deliver on the SEEK purpose of helping people to live more fulfilling lives and to help organisations succeed.

Prior to her current role, Nicole headed up looking after small to medium businesses utilising SEEK, with a big focus on funnel optimisation and behavioural economics.

Outside of all things product, Nicole was previously a competitive Muay Thai fighter, having won 4 x Australian titles throughout her career and continues training. She also has a black belt in Kyokushin Karate.

Willy Lai

Willy Lai | Vice President of User Experience | Macy’s
Topic: Designing User Experience for Business Impact

Willy Lai is an award-winning user experience design leader with over two decades at top tech companies in Silicon Valley, including Apple, Samsung, PayPal, Intuit, and eBay. He has had in-house, agency, and consulting experience across Mobile, Tablet, Wearables, TV, Web, and desktop. He currently leads omnichannel user experience design as Vice President of User Experience for Macy’s, and concurrently leads product design as Chief Design Officer for Haggleland. Prior to Macy’s and Haggleland, Willy held Director of User Experience Design positions for Apple’s FileMaker business software and Samsung’s Milk Music streaming music apps. Willy has also led large-scale, global redesigns for PayPal, Intuit, eBay, AOL, and numerous start-ups in Silicon Valley. His designs strategically align user needs and business goals, and have garnered many industry awards, including Communication Arts, W3, and A’Design. Named a “UX Guru” by Design Bureau magazine and one of “10 UX Influencers to Follow” by Speckyboy Design Magazine, Willy has been profiled in industry publications such as Design Bureau and iMagazine for his work with Samsung and Google.

Willy has given keynote UX talks and workshops worldwide, including England, Germany, Poland, Spain, Austria, China, Canada, United Arab Emirates, and cities throughout the United States. He has lectured, mentored, and advised at universities such as UC Berkeley (& Extension), Stanford University, ArtCenter College of Design, Parsons School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UCLA Extension, UC Irvine, Academy of Art University, and UCSC Extension. He is a career coach for many professionals and students, and holds a degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design.

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