Skill Based Mentorship

Find a mentor but become one too!

You don’t need to be an expert to be a mentor – you just need to be giving. Pay it forward and show them how it’s done!

   

Melanie

Product Designer

Area of Expertise: Data, Design, Founder, Product, UX

Career Level: Mid

Ask Me About: Product Design, Idea to MVP, Workflows, Process Efficiency

Jane Sorkin

Chief Product Officer at Move the Chain

Area of Expertise: Design, Engineering, Founder, Leadership, Product, UX

Career Level: Executive

Ask Me About: Leadership

⚡️ A few years back, I noticed there was a gap between programmers, designers, and business-focused individuals. If they weren’t working together, the final products lacked a clean, intuitive approach and simplicity and the culture was in shambles. Here’s where I come in.

I’m a passionate CPO where my main focus is creating a symbiotic relationship of all 3 environments. The only way I got here was to experience and feel the problem myself. 👉 You have to feel the disappointment to have empathy.

One of my biggest goals is to help other women rise to the top. Regardless of age, experience, etc. confidence and grit are key. Whether it’s advice or mentorship, I can share my story and advice from how I went from a film degree, to design, to engineering, and now to the c-level.

Keerthana Muruganandham

Product Manager @ Marqeta, Inc

Area of Expertise: Design, Leadership, Product, UX

Career Level: Mid

Ask Me About: Product Management, Master of Engineering Management(MEM), Payment industry, FinTech, UX design

I’m a Master of Engineering Management graduate from Dartmouth College. I started working as a Product Manager after my graduation at Marqeta, Inc which is a growing issuer-processor platform in the Payments industry. I also interned as a PM in the same company. I previously worked as a Software Developer for 2 years in a FinTech before pursuing my Masters program.

Ashish Bidadi

Director of Technical Product Management at Lifion by ADP

Area of Expertise: Design, Engineering, Founder, Leadership, Product

Career Level: Executive

Ask Me About: Transitioning into Product Management, PM Interviews, PM Skills, Product Strategy, Day to Day PM

  • Background in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo
  • Co-founder of Palette, aka MonogramCC
  • Primary content created for the Instagram Account, @ObsessedPM
  • Currently a Director of Technical Product Management at Lifion by ADP
  • Enjoying building products from zero to 1
  • Love working on complex problems that require engineering and design skills, as well as, understanding user needs and market trends
  • Passionate about tooling aspiring and passionate entrepreneurs and PMs to increase their chances of success

Kate Agnew

Director of Software Engineering at Optum

Area of Expertise: Engineering, Leadership

Career Level: Mid Senior

Ask Me About: Managing people, bringing your whole self to work

Kate Agnew is the Director of Platform Engineering at Optum, where she began in 2017 as the second employee on a team tasked with modernizing and introducing scalable technologies to healthcare. Now managing a team of 20+ software engineers, she has created multi-million-dollar impacts and is always looking for ways to take on more. Prior to Optum, Kate had various roles including employee number 7 at an Artificial Intelligence startup and Campaign Manager in a City Council race. She obtained her BA from Macalester College and MBA from MIT. Outside of work, she previously served as the Managing Director of the non-profit Girls in Tech Minneapolis and serves on the board of a girl focused STEM Charter School – Laura Jeffrey Academy. She is also a commissioner for the city of Edina and the Communications Director for the Macalester Alumni Board.

   

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