Product Management: Getting Executive Buy-in

Sep 21, 2017 · Calgary, Canada

It's time to kick off the new season!

As a Product Manager, you are often referred to as “the CEO of the product”, but you still have to answer to “the CEO of the company”.

• What are the typical questions (and answers) from your executives?

• How do you handle the personal opinions of the people above you?

• How do you maintain focus on the product vision? How do you prioritize?

• How do you react to the shiny new sales opportunity?

• How do you get your executives to “think product”?

Join our experienced panelists for a deep dive into the relationship between Product Management and the C suite.

Chris Foster

A background building products designed for users as consumers within the enterprise, Chris has over 10 years experience driving product vision and building products across multiple verticals including Employee Engagement, Health & Wellness, and Financial Services. He is currently Director of Product Strategy at Benevity.

Rosalee Gordon

Rosalee is a seasoned Product Manager with over 15 years of industry experience in IoT, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, SaaS, Telecommunications, and Manufacturing with leadership roles in Product Management, Operations, and Engineering.  She is currently the Director of Product Management for Osprey Informatics where she also manages the software development group.  Rosalee’s career began at the age of 13 when she founded and ran a profitable global company that connected kids around the world.  She has a M.Sc. in industrial engineering and a B.Comm. in Finance.  She is the organizer of the Calgary Product Manager’s Meet Up. 

Jaret Hargreaves

Driven by a passion for healthcare innovation and drawn to product-focused companies, Jaret has a decade of experience with healthcare software startups. As the Director of Product Management at Brightsquid, he is focused on providing secure communication of protected health information (PHI) for healthcare professionals and patients. Jaret's formal education includes Bachelor's degrees in Biochemistry and Computer Science, and a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Calgary.  

Martin L'Heureux (Moderator)

Martin began his career as a developer with a taste for strategy. Over the following years, he moved into Business Analysis and Product Management. His passion is understanding the customer needs (both practical and emotional) and helping teams deliver extraordinary experiences through agile practices. Martin has worked on customer experiences for both startup and Fortune 500 organizations. He is active in the community as a member of the Calgary Agile Methods User Group and co-organizer of the Calgary Product Manager’s Meet Up. He once started a robot uprising.

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Doors open at 5:30pm and the session will run from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. This will give us time to catch up and socialize/network after a long summer.

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