Posted on : 6 Feb 2018 0 CommentsAll Events , Product Management Events
Leading the Product is the ultimate event for product professionals 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.
Who is speaking at the event?
Gibson Biddle | Speaker, Advisor, and Teacher | Former VP/CPO at Netflix/Chegg
Topic: Leaders Lead
Gibson Biddle, is a business speaker, product advisor, Stanford lecturer, and Board Observer and Executive-in-Residence for NerdWallet. Prior to NerdWallet, he spent five years (2005-2010) transforming Netflix from a startup to an industry dominator as the VP of Product Management. He helped grow their consumer base from 2 million to 13 million and revolutionised the video streaming process before leaving the company in 2010.
He learned about the making the tough decisions while working at Netflix and innovating their process to revolutionise the movie-watching industry.
Georgos Papanastasiou | Director Product Management | Easy to do Business at Service NSW
Topic: Product Management for the greater good
A former lawyer and public policy analyst, Georgos now operates at the intersection of digital product management, public policy and design-led innovation. Georgos is currently Director of Product Management, Easy to do Business, at Service NSW. In this role, he is leading the development of new digital products for small and medium businesses in New South Wales. In his previous role with the NSW Department of Industry, Georgos introduced user-centred design methodologies and led projects trialling the application of design methods to policy, regulatory and service delivery challenges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inga Latham | Chief Product Officer | SiteMinder
Topic: Relationship status: “It’s complicated” – Managing Products in a Global Company with Distributed Teams
Inga started her working life as journalist and found user experience and product management quite by (fortuitous) accident in the early years of the “dotcom” boom in London.
Inga has seen the good, the bad & the ugly as a veteran of boo.com & Yahoo!, two online travel agencies, ticketing & financial services. She has led product strategy, implementation, launch & optimisation programmes for complex, content rich, transactional websites & mobile applications across multiple geographies, based on a marriage of commercial drivers & user-centred design principles.
Inga recently joined one of Australia’s most successful startups, SiteMinder, as CPO. SiteMinder provides hotels world wide with a complete guest acquisition platform.
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.
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