ProductTank PDX's summer meetup will feature a great lineup, hosted by Vacasa! This will be in Vacasa's new space (previously home to Simple) is terrific, and has plenty of room for us all to hear from Teresa Torres and Laure Parsons on some great, relevant topics for product professionals!
Teresa Torres, Product Discovery Coach
Growing Professionally As a Product Manager
Product management has evolved rapidly over the past five years. You might see it happening in your organization or you may just be reading about it in blogs. As William Gibson once said, “The future is here—It’s just not evenly distributed.”
If you enjoy being a product manager and want to still be doing it in the next five years, you need a plan for investing in your skills and evolving as a product manager.
As a discovery coach, I get to see first hand how dozens of companies are evolving to adapt these changes. In this talk, I’ll share how to take ownership of your own professional development to ensure that you stay relevant as a product manager as our field continues to evolve.
Teresa Torres is a product discovery coach who helps teams adopt user-centered, hypothesis-driven product development practices. She works with companies of all sizes on integrating user research, experimentation, and the right analytics into the product development process resulting in better product decisions. Recent clients include Allstate, Capital One, CareerBuilder, Prezi, The Guardian, and the Wikimedia Foundation. She blogs at www.ProductTalk.org.
Before becoming a coach, Teresa spent the majority of her career leading product and design teams at early-stage internet companies. Most recently, Teresa was VP of Products at AfterCollege, an Internet startup that helps college students find their first job. She was CEO of Affinity Circles, an online community provider for university alumni associations and a social recruiting service used by Fortune 500 companies. She also held product and design roles at Become.com and HighWire Press.
Teresa has a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and an MS in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University.
Laure Parsons, Sr. Product Manager at Notion
Challenging Your Assumptions to Build Better Products
Laure Parsons is a Senior Product Manager at Notion, the analytics layer for intelligent teams. Prior to her work at Notion, she led the marketing-communications efforts at live chat leader Olark, and served as a leader on specific projects that spanned product and operations. As a consultant, she also helped a number of startup companies on product acquisition and activation. Before moving into technology, she held a number of leadership roles in independent film distribution and production. She has also held a number of board positions in the non-profit sector and was a DJ at WFMU, the county’s premiere independent radio station.
A reminder, if you are interested in speaking, or have connections who would make great speakers, please let us know! Also, if your company is interested in hosting and/or sponsoring a future event, please send us a note.