Skill Based Mentorship

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Poonam Rahman

Founder and CEO of Virtue Mental and Shattering Bias in S.T.E.A.M.

Area of Expertise: Founder, Leadership

Career Level: Mid

Ask Me About: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Managing Teams, Volunteering, DEI, Women in S.T.E.A.M., Founder, Interview Prep, ATS-Friendly Resume Reviews, Building Communities

Poonam Rahman is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of two international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations designed to provide free resources to historically marginalized communities. The first international nonprofit she founded, Virtue Mental, aims to provide free mental health resources to historically marginalized communities, while her second nonprofit, Shattering Bias In S.T.E.A.M., aims to provide free academic and professional resources to young girls who are considering pursuing a career in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics), but do not have the adequate resources to do so due to their socioeconomic status and other related factors. She has also written a book (publishing in early 2022) also named “Shattering Bias In S.T.E.A.M.” which focuses on bridging gender gaps within the field of S.T.E.A.M. and creating a more inclusive work environment for all womxn. Poonam has also led a workshop at the Girl Up Leadership Conference alongside keynote speakers Meghan Markle, Malala Yousafzai, Michelle Obama, and more.

Aishwarya Rao

Product @ Webex Intelligence

Area of Expertise: Product, UX

Career Level: Early

Ask Me About: User research, design thinking principles, enterprise vs startup, product management, roadmapping

Hi there, I’m Aishwarya and I have 3+ years experience in the product space across health-tech, blockchain, and collaboration. As an immigrant woman of color who is building an intentional and fulfilling career while (re)learning healthy professional boundaries and true work-life balance, I know what a difference it makes to have people invested in your career progression when you are starting out with building your professional network and skills. I have had a lot of support on the way, and have learnt so much, and I am excited to give back to folks, whether it be through resume coaching, interview coaching, or product mentoring. Come say hi!

Lucie Tuan

VP of Product Management at WW

Area of Expertise: Engineering, Leadership, Product, UX

Career Level: Executive

Ask Me About: Product management career, leadership growth, transition into product management

I have been in the technology and product management field for over 15 years, working with amazing companies like Sephora, Starbucks, and WW. I had the privilege of not only being a product management leader, but also led engineering and UX organizations.  When I was newer in career or going through growth changes, I often wished there was someone outside of my work who could tell me what being a product manager at different levels of the career meant. Through this platform, I’d love to give back to the community and help.

Vaishnavi Ravi

Director of Product Marketing | | X-Google, Ivey, eBay

Area of Expertise: Data, Marketing, Product

Career Level: Mid Senior

Ask Me About: Transition between companies, between Product management and Product Marketing

Having accumulated years of experience in the Fin-tech and Ad-tech space, Vaishnavi is curious and innovative in her approach. Currently, the Director of Product Marketing for Poka’s Connected Worker platform helping accelerate its growth in the global market, Vaishnavi completed her business undergrad in India where she grew up, and joined Google right after, dabbling in Google Wallet and digital Advertising over the next several years. The Ivey MBA experience further expanded her business acumen, paving the way as a Product Marketer and Product Manager with Canada’s giants like Bell, Kijiji, The Weather Network and Top Hat, ensuring their products and go-to-market strategies are built with the audience in mind.

Ankita Terrell

Founder, Intentional Money

Area of Expertise: Founder, Marketing, Product

Career Level: Mid Senior

Ask Me About: Personal Finance, Investing, Budgeting, Values-Aligned Money Plan

Ankita Terrell is a money coach. She is the Founder of Intentional Money, where she helps her clients align their values with the way they earn, spend, invest, and donate money.

Ankita’s mission is to empower her clients to manage their money with confidence and ease. She works with clients of all levels: from individuals who want to create budgets and understand the basics of investing, to more advanced investors who want to get more intentional about where their money is going.

Ankita also works part-time at Ashoka, funding social entrepreneurs who are combatting climate change and making technology less biased.

She has worked at various for-profits, non-profits, and BCorps over her career, before settling into the entrepreneurial lifestyle. She has a BA in Economics from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Makenzie Magaro

Product Manager at Tempus

Area of Expertise: Data, Product

Career Level: Mid

Ask Me About: Product Management, Product Fundamentals, HealthTech

Makenzie is a Product Manager at Tempus, a small biotech company using data science and AI to provide data-driven, personalized care to patients. She leads cross-functional teams of data scientists and engineers in designing, building, and releasing unique digital products, and is very passionate about making a positive impact in health and patient care. She has experience in both consulting and HealthTech industries, and is enthusiastic about creating an environment of continuous learning. She previously founded an internal digital fellowship at Deloitte Digital to teach fundamental product development themes to junior team members across the firm, and led a book club for Product Managers to help mentor and coach team members. She uses her time outside of her 9-5 to learn development and design more in depth.

Makenzie has experience building both mobile and web products, and has worked in the emergency preparedness, higher education, and healthcare spaces across both government and private industry. She’s excited to connect with others and offer advice on starting a career in Product and/or working in HealthTech!

Anjali Nair

Marketing Specialist | Founder

Area of Expertise: Founder, Leadership, Marketing

Career Level: Early

Ask Me About: Digital Marketing, Customer Acquisition, Coaching, Blogging, Social Media Marketing, Personal Branding, Entrepreneurship

Anjali is an innovative and enthusiastic Marketing professional with over 7 years of work experience broadly ranging from Corporate firms to Marketing agencies to Startups. Her expertise and skills lie in Digital Marketing, Strategy & Planning, Brand & Account Management, Social Media Marketing and Blogging.

Currently, she works as a Marketing Planner at AAA – The Auto Club Group, Tampa. In addition, she acts as the Florida Market Chapter Coordinator for the Asian Pacific Islander Group within the Diversity and Inclusion Team.

Anjali is also passionate about empowering Immigrants living in the States. She founded ‘Desi Girl in US’ – an e-learning platform and community for immigrants in USA. She conducts training programs for onboarding new immigrants, live workshops, online courses and provides free resources at theanjalinair.com and a private FB group that helps Immigrant women to establish a career and navigate their new life in the States.

Anjali graduated from a highly ranked premier Business School with a dual degree in BS Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Masters in Business Administration specializing in Marketing. She’s highly recognized to be a creative thinker, problem-solver, and empathetic coach.

Louise Heite

Founder

Area of Expertise: Founder, Leadership

Career Level: Executive

Ask Me About: Leadership/ Managing Teams/ Productivity/ Fueling Your Best

I run a leadership consultancy for driven movers & shakers. My methodology is deep coaching – bespoke, not time-based. Successful people, the kind of people you would assume don’t need a coach, are the ones who call me.

I am an expert at taking driven movers & shakers to the greatest levels of success. I’m a lifelong student of human behavior.

My clients include Emerging Leaders, Serial Entrepreneurs, and Solo Founders. They do things that few people on the planet tap into. They are powerful, passionate, and successful, yet whatever is coming next still feels like a really big leap. And I help them make the tiny shifts that change EVERYTHING…

I’m a high-performer myself, I know there is always a better way. So I find it, I study it, I refine it. I perfect my craft and continuously enhance my art. I lead from the front. I study, read, research. I invest a huge amount of my time, money, and energy as part of my relentless professional and personal development.

What most people DON’T know about me… is that I can feel lonely in the middle of a crowded room. I sometimes feel overwhelmed, insecure, or not enough. The greater my successes, the more I feel like I don’t deserve them and the more it feels that I have to lose. Business can feel like a rollercoaster, marriage can feel frustrating and parenting can feel overwhelming. I am great at helping others but I’ll push you away if you try to help me. I spent much of my life trying to prove myself to my family and to this day, it’s easy for me to slip into trying to prove myself or to look good.

I love the experience of being with another extraordinary human being in the space of created trust, commitment, and vision. I get constantly amazed at what gets generated when two people sit together, speak, and listen from a space of safety and possibility. There is nothing quite like creation. I love what I do and love whom I do it with.

Megan Murphy

VP of Product at Hotjar

Area of Expertise: Leadership, Product

Career Level: Executive

Ask Me About: Product Management, Product Leadership, Strategy, Winning over Stakeholders, Breaking through career growth plateau

Megan is the VP of product at Hotjar, where she leads its design, data, and product teams. She has lived and led product teams in San Francisco, Brazil, Spain, and in fully distributed environments on a mix of B2C and B2B products at Skyscanner, Microsoft, N26, and a few early-stage startups.  Megan has earned her stripes in building products in a range of contexts – from validating early demand through prototypes at a Series-A startup in pursuit of its first 100 customers, to experimenting at scale on 100million MAU products. And likewise on the qualitative side – she has designed and run complex, multi-continental user research studies, and today you’ll still find her as scrappy as ever, reaching out to target customers on LinkedIn so she can personally understand their workflows and biggest sources of frustration. One of the most challenging aspects of Megan’s transition from Product Manager to Product Leader was the ability to find and relate to modern examples of real-world, foundational product work (think product principles, lightweight quarterly planning processes, concrete approaches to vision and strategy, etc.). In recognition of this whitespace, Megan is now open-sourcing much of her work at Hotjar to make it easier for other Product Managers and Product Leaders to equip their teams with the artifacts they need to move fast and stay aligned.

Prachi Shah

Senior Software Engineer @ Metromile

Area of Expertise: Engineering, Founder, Leadership, Product

Career Level: Mid Senior

Ask Me About: Engineering, Leadership, Startups, Interview Preparation, Confidence, Imposter Syndrome, Volunteering, Product Engineering, Bro culture, Diversity - Inclusion - Belonging, Women in Tech, Mentorship, Personal Development, Mental Health

Hi! I am a Sr. Software Engineer and Technical Leader with 10+ years of professional experience. My main focus has been Product Engineering for the past 7 years.

Nina Kalwar

Product Manager at Stealth Startup

Area of Expertise: Product

Career Level: Mid

Ask Me About: Books, Career Management, Product Fundamentals, Interview Prep

I’m Nina — an experienced Product Manager dedicated to delivering mission-focused products to my users. I’m currently a PM at an early-stage stealth startup where I serve a variety of users across a few products — and I love what I do! I have direct experience building mobile, web and CMS products from discovery to launch across both B2B and B2C markets. When I first entered the field of product management, I didn’t have much guidance on product outside my organization. I’ve since prioritized time beyond my nine-to-five to discover best practices in product research, design and development. In addition to my work as a PM, I also write about product methodology and maintain a book review blog. I’m eager to connect with others early in their journey and offer tips and tricks useful for launching a career in product. Let’s chat!

Marie-Anne Roche

Product Manager

Area of Expertise: Product

Career Level: Early

Ask Me About: Product Management I changing countries (moved from NYC to London)

Product Manager for a french software company in London, I’m responsible for an AI tool for auditors. I graduated from the Univeristy of Notre Dame in 2018 and started working for PwC as a Junior Product Manager that summer. My favorite part of the my role is the different skills that I need to incorporate in my day to day life. I am new to my role and am looking for mentorship.

   

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