Women in Product Bay Area: Product Management in Emerging Technologies @ Cruise, San Francisco [14 March]

Women in Product Bay Area: Product Management in Emerging Technologies

18:00 - 20:30

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1201 Bryant Street, San Francisco, California 94103
Women in Product is excited to partner with Cruise to bring you an illuminating discussion about how to grow as a product manager in emerging technologies. Join product leaders from Cruise, Thrive, Rigetti Computing, IFTTT, Trifacta, and Fluxx, who will be sharing inspiring stories about their career paths.

This event is a kick-off for the San Francisco chapter of Women in Product. It’s graciously hosted by Cruise, who will be serving refreshments and provide you with an opportunity to network with the WIP community before and after the speaking sessions.


Yardley Pohl, Chief Product Officer at Thrive
Keynote speaker

Yardley Pohl is the Chief Product Officer at Thrive Global, and the co-founder and board member of Women in Product. Yardley is also passionate about investing in founders, and she is a part of First Round Capital's Angel Track Class and Sequoia Capital's Scout Program. Yardley began her career as a New Products Engineer at Apple before changing career paths to focus on Product Management at companies such as Trulia, Zillow, eBay, Yahoo, Dun & Bradstreet. Born in Hong Kong, she graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and earned her MBA from the University of Chicago.

Yana Welinder, Director of Product at IFTTT
Panel moderator

Yana Welinder will moderate the panel. She is a co-lead of Women in Product San Francisco.

Yana heads up the Product team at IFTTT on their journey to help everyone unlock magical experiences by connecting different products and services. In previous roles, she worked on disrupting manufacturing with digital production at Carbon and tackled knowledge creation on Wikipedia.

Yana graduated from Harvard, London School of Economics, and USC. She grew up in Sweden and has lived and worked in Dublin, London, L.A., Boston, and San Diego, before settling down in San Francisco.

Betsy Masiello, VP of Ecosystem Development at Rigetti Computing

She oversees the product management and marketing functions at the company, and is responsible for driving growth in the broader ecosystem of developers using Rigetti's platform. Prior to joining Rigetti, Betsy led public policy efforts at Uber and Google over the past decade, after starting her career at McKinsey & Company. Academically, Betsy did her undergraduate degree in computer science at Wellesley College; a graduate degree in economics at Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar; and a graduate degree in Technology Policy at MIT.

Beth Witten, Senior Technical Product Manager, Ground Truth

Beth Witten is Senior Technical Product Manager on the Ground Truth team at Cruise. Ground Truth is responsible for producing and managing the labeled data that is used to train and validate the Machine Learning models that run on our autonomous vehicles. Her background is a mix of software development, product management, product operations, and management consulting. She is originally from Maine, graduated from Stanford, and enjoys hiking and road biking.

Jackie Shannon, Product Lead

Jackie Shannon is a Product Lead at Cruise. She and her team focus on the user experience across both physical and digital touchpoints, including mobile apps and vehicles. Prior to joining Cruise Jackie held positions in product management and finance. She holds undergraduate degrees from Santa Clara University and an MBA from the Stanford GSB. Jackie is originally from Healdsburg, CA, a small wine town in Northern California. She spends her weekends outdoors with her husband, Jack, and dog, Seeley.

Sonia Sarao, VP of Product and Engineering at Fluxx
Closing remarks speaker

Accomplished Product, Engineering and Business Leader with experience leading product vision and strategy. Currently, building products in the philanthropy space.

Last two WIP conferences were instrumental in helping me with some of the decisions I needed to make and I feel fortunate to be able to give back to the community now. Along with my other co-leads, I look forward to building a strong SF chapter in 2019!


6:00 — 6:30 PM: Arrival, mingling & refreshments

6:30 PM: Welcome and introductions (Doors close at 6:30 PM sharp)

6:40 PM: Keynote

7:00 PM: Panel discussion

7:30 PM: Closing remarks

7:40 — 8:30 PM: Networking and drinks

Parking is very limited, so we recommend taking public transport or Uber/Lyft.

The closest public transit stations are Civic Center BART or 4th & King Caltrain. If you take Uber or Lyft, make sure to set you destination to «1250 Bryant Street» to be dropped off in front of the Cruise office.

There are no bike parking, coat check, or storage inside the Cruise office. So please keep all personal items with you at all times as Cruise are not liable for any loss or damage.

If you RSVP to this event, you will receive an email to register with Cruise and sign Cruise’s NDA. Please complete that registration before the event and bring your photo ID to enter the building.

This event is brought to you by Women in Product and Cruise.

Cruise Automation is the driverless car company. They believe in improving people’s lives by making transportation safer, more accessible, and more convenient. They’re building the world’s most advanced software to fuel the driverless cars that safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We are building a diverse team to solve some of our generation’s most complex engineering challenges and completely transform the future of transportation.
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