Tuesday, September 13, 2016

8:00 am - 7:00 pm


8:00 to 9:00 Registration / Breakfast
9:00 to 9:30 Welcome
9:30 to 10:30 Learning to Lean In Panel                 10:30 to 11:00 Fireside Chat with Julia Hartz
11:00 to 12:00 Leadership Panel
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch and Connecting
1:00 to 1:30 Keynote: Frederique Dame
1:30 to 2:30 Lightning Talks Panel
2:30 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 4:00 Skill Building
4:00 to 5:00 Keynote: Sheryl Sandberg
5:00 to 5:15 Closing
5:15 to 7:00 Happy hour



An Amazing Lineup of Speakers


From all different backgrounds, speakers will share their stories and provide actionable advice for you to strengthen your product and leadership skills.



SHERYL SANDBERG is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations.

Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the U.S. Treasury Department during the Clinton administration, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank.

Sheryl received a BA in economics summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.

She is the author of the number-one best seller Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and founder of LeanIn.Org, a global community committed to empowering all women to achieve their ambitions. Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, the Walt Disney Company, SurveyMonkey, Women for Women International, and ONE; is a member of the fund-raising council of the Second Harvest Food Bank; and co-chairs the StandUp for Kids campaign.

Sheryl lives in Menlo Park with her son and daughter.

MAXINE WILLIAMS is the Global Head of Diversity at Facebook.  In this role, she develops strategies to harness the unlimited potential of Facebook’s talent while managing a high-performing team of diversity program managers from the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.  Prior to Facebook, she served as the Director of Diversity for a global law firm.  A graduate of Yale University, she received her law degree with first class honors from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. As an attorney, she has represented clients in criminal, civil and industrial courts in both her native Trinidad and in the U.K. at the Privy Council.  She has worked with multiple international organizations on development and human rights issues and has had a parallel career as a broadcast journalist and on-air presenter.

YARDLEY IP is the General Manager of Trulia Rentals (acquired by Zillow Group) where she oversees product management and marketing for the rentals business.

A Silicon Valley veteran, Yardley began her career as an Engineer at Apple before changing career paths to focus on product management at companies such as eBay, Yahoo, and Dun & Bradstreet.

She has served on the regional board of the Canadian Cancer Society and she's an informal advisor to several startups. She’s passionate about diversity in the workplace and mentoring the next generation of leaders. Yardley is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post where she blogs about work-life balance and how to succeed in the workplace.

Born in Hong Kong and fluent in Chinese, Yardley graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and she earned her MBA from the University of Chicago.

AMI VORA is a Product Director at Facebook, currently leading the Ads product team. In her 9 years at Facebook, Ami has held a variety of roles, including building the first Instagram ads business, launching the Facebook developer platform, and leading global marketing for Facebook’s mobile apps. Before Facebook, Ami worked on Visual Studio and .NET at Microsoft. She holds a degree in Computer Science from Harvard. She loves travel and reading. As a new mom, she’s also learning how to rebalance work, family, and personal time.

MERCI GRACE leads the Growth team at Slack. Prior to joining Slack, she was the Director of Product Management at Gigwalk, a mobile workforce platform. In 2007, Merci founded GameLayers, a venture-backed social game company. Her first game, The Nethernet neé the Passively Multiplayer Online Game, was a finalist for Game of the Year. It lost to World of Warfcraft: Burning Crusade.

Merci founded the Women in Product community to bring together women in product management and PM-adjacent roles. She enjoys kicking ass, taking names, and running down hills with her dog, Ms. Pixels Wigglebottom.

ROSE YAO is a seasoned product leader with over 10 years of experience on building and leading consumer product teams. She got her start as a computer engineer at University of Nebraska, Lincoln and joined Google as APM after college. Her work at Google included products like Gmail and iGoogle. She then went on to lead the mobile, open-graph, and photos PM teams at Facebook. Her latest work was at a smart clothing startup called Athos where she was the VP of product.

NATALIA BURINA is a Director of Product at Salesforce where she builds predictive experiences, learning systems and other intelligence. Previously, she founded Parable, a creative photo network featured by Apple in #1 spot for photo & video and social networking. Parable was bought by Samsung.

Before Parable, Natalia led the buyer search experience at eBay which accounts for over 70% of all site traffic. Prior to eBay, she worked on Microsoft’s search engine Bing where she shipped a number of innovative search experiences. Natalia started her career as a software engineer after having completed a Bachelors degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics at University of Washington.

As Vice President of Platform and Marketplace, DEB LIU runs Facebook’s developer and commerce businesses, where she oversees product management and engineering for dozens of products and initiatives that make it possible for companies all over the world to build, grow, and monetize their apps and sites. Named one of the most influential women in mobile advertising by Business Insider, Deb led the development of Facebook’s first mobile ad product for apps and the Audience Network. She also built the games business and payments platform, which has paid out over $9.5 billion to developers since 2010.

A 14-year veteran in the tech industry, Deb worked at eBay and PayPal where she led the integration between eBay and PayPal prior to Facebook, and she was also previously a consultant at Boston Consulting Group. Actively involved with promoting diversity and women in tech, she serves on the board of Expanding Your Horizons Network, a non-profit that focuses on inspiring girls to pursue STEM careers. She co-created the Women in Product conference in Silicon Valley after realizing that there was no forum for this underrepresented community to connect.

Deb has an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University. She is the mother of three children.

EMILY CHANG is the San Francisco-based anchor of "Bloomberg West," Bloomberg Television's weekday technology program airing at 6 pm ET / 3 pm PT from the network's San Francisco studio.

Chang reports on global technology and media companies and the startups that may become them. She regularly speaks to top tech executives, investors and entrepreneurs. She is also the host of Bloomberg Television's interview series, Studio 1.0.

Currently, she sits on the board of BUILD, a national non-profit organization that uses entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success.

Before joining Bloomberg in 2010, Chang served as an international correspondent for CNN in Beijing. There, she reported on a wide range of stories, including the 2008 Olympics, President Obama's first visit to Asia and North Korea's nuclear ambitions. She also reported for CNN in London, where she covered international news for CNN's "American Morning" program.

Prior to joining CNN in 2007, Chang served as a reporter at KNSD, NBC's affiliate in San Diego, California. There, she filed reports for MSNBC and won five regional Emmy Awards. She started her career as a news producer at NBC in New York.

Born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, Chang graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.

SABRINA ELLIS is a Director of Product Management at Google on the Android mobile team. Sabrina joined Google in 2011, and she has led a variety of efforts including the Google Store, Google Fit, Google Camera, Google Profiles, iGoogle, and Blogger.

Prior to Google, Sabrina was Vice President of Product Management at a startup called Kosmix (acquired by Walmart). From 2001 to 2008, Sabrina was at Yahoo! where she led product management for a series of teams in the communications area including Yahoo! Mail, Messenger, Calendar, and Address Book. Her last role at Yahoo! was Vice President and GM of the Real-Time Communications group.

Sabrina is a Bay Area native, and she has a BS in Computer Science as well as an MBA, both from Stanford University. She lives in Cupertino with her husband, 14-year-old daughter , and 11-year-old son.

SHIMRIT BEN-YAIR is a Director of Product Management at YouTube. She has been at Google for seven years, and has worked on Google Docs, Groups and Google+. She joined YouTube two and a half ago and to design and launch the YouTube Kids app. She is now the PM Lead on Community where she's working to make YouTube the best place for creators to engage with their fans and the best place for fans to engage with each other.

Shimrit has a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Math from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. She loves contemporary art, cooking and sleeping in (which never happens as she has two kids under five).

KATIA VERRESEN coaches C-suite executives and rising stars from the earliest startups to Fortune 100 companies. Her passion is to help ambitious leaders achieve their full human potential.

She helps bring in resources to support you such as keen emotional intelligence, executive presence, power and influence to reach remarkable results. As an executive coach, Katia helps maximizes power -- power to change, to do what inspires, to have impact. Katia believes each of her clients has an X-factor, her role is to help her clients identify it, cultivate it and leverage it as a means to fulfill full potential.

With significant training and experience in neuro-linguistics and technology, Katia applies leading-edge coaching techniques to design a program tailored to your needs and goals. Running a practice based in both the Bay Area and New York City, she has worked closely with leaders at organizations like Airbnb, Facebook, Refinery29, Stanford Business School, and The New York Times

FREDERIQUE DAME helped scale Uber from 80 employees to 7,000+, and from 14 cities in 4 countries to 400+ in 68 countries in 4 years. But the mindset that got her there is a longer story; going back the 15 years she's been in Silicon Valley, the single most important factor in her success has been happiness. Frederique discusses the most powerful lessons she's learned from her experience — all of which you can apply right now: What it means to live elegantly, and how this can become your secret weapon. The qualities you can learn to make you a networking success. How to make even the toughest struggles a positive experience so you can keep gaining strength and power.

JOANNA LAMBERT is the Vice President of Consumer Product and Consumer Financial Services at PayPal. In that role she upholds PayPal’s global consumer product vision for hundreds of millions of customers, in more than 200 markets around the world. Jo leads an international team charged with deploying and operating consumer products and commercial strategies for PayPal’s products and portfolio brands, including oversight as the General Manager of Venmo.
Previously she was the Senior Vice President of Product Development and Operations at American Express. She was charged with developing and managing new products and services to attract and serve new customers, including American Express Serve, Bluebird, numerous partner integrations, and multiple banking and money management features.
In addition to leading product development, Jo managed the user experience and design center of excellence teams. She also established the division’s Operational Excellence team to oversee the quality of customer experience, issues management, controls and testing, and process transformation.
Jo holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

STEPHANIE HANNON is the Chief Technology Officer at Hillary for America. Stephanie spent most of the last decade at Google where she was the Director of Product Management for Social Impact focused on building innovative technology to help people broaden engagement with their community, government and nonprofits; focus areas ranged from changing how the world prepares and responds to natural disasters to using data to help cities make evidenced-based decisions. Stephanie was also the product lead for Google Wave, a real-time communication and collaboration tool based in Google's Sydney office. Prior to Sydney she worked in Google's Zurich office, leading the product teams for Google Maps for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Google Transit. She started her time at Google as a product manager for Gmail (in its first year of life) where she also helped launch the first version of Google Apps.
Stephanie previously worked at Facebook where she led product management for Site Integrity and Trust Engineering, working to ensure Facebook is a safe-space for communication where people use their authentic identities. Prior to Facebook, Stephanie co-founded an ambitious startup that aimed to bring web innovations, technology and transparency to residential energy management and markets. Stephanie also spent six years as a software engineer building operating systems for the Catalyst line of switches at Cisco Systems after the acquisition of a startup she joined called Granite Systems.
Stephanie holds a B.S. Computer Systems Engineering, an M.S.E.E. from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Stephanie loves traveling (71 countries and counting) and diving with sharks.

SARAH TAVEL joined Greylock as an investment partner in 2015. Her areas of focus include products, platforms, networks, and marketplaces that enable new forms of communication, media, and commerce.

Prior to Greylock, Sarah was the product lead for search, recommendations, machine vision, and pin quality at Pinterest. As one of the first 35 employees, her first order of business was to launch Pinterest internationally and close the Series C financing. Sarah then moved into product, becoming Pinterest’s founding PM for search and discovery, and launching Pinterest’s first search and recommendations features. She also led three acquisitions as she helped the company scale through a period of hyper-growth.

Sarah joined Pinterest in 2012 after co-leading the Series A investment while at Bessemer Venture Partners. She spent six years at Bessemer, investing in a wide range of businesses from e-commerce companies such as Quidsi [parent company of,,, and others] (Acquired by Amazon), Onestop Internet, and KupiVIP; to SaaS companies Mindbody Software (IPO), Cornerstone OnDemand (IPO), and Convertro (Acquired by AOL); to an enterprise software company, Metalogix (Acquired by Permira).

IRANA WASTI is the Head of Product Management for GoDaddy’s Productivity Applications division and is based in Sunnyvale, Calif. Irana leads teams focused on building productivity tools designed to empower small business owners and entrepreneurs. She is also the founder and president of “GoDaddy Women in Technology” (GDWiT), a networking organization, including women and men, that is focused on STEM education, empowerment and attracting more diversity to the technology industry.

Prior to joining GoDaddy, Irana led product teams at Intuit, where she oversaw the redesign and launch of Quickbooks POS with Mobile Payments integration, enabling more than 100,000 merchants to “go mobile.” Irana served in technology roles at IBM, focusing much of her tenure there on Eastern European markets. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. Degree in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley. Irana and her husband have two very active boys and enjoy traveling, dining out and trips to the San Francisco Zoo.

As Co-Founder and CEO of Eventbrite, JULIA HARTZ has helped drive the company from an innovative idea to a leading global ticketing platform that powers over 2 million events around the world each year. Since the company founding in 2006, Eventbrite has generated billions in gross ticket sales, and processes over 2 million tickets per week to events and experiences around the globe.

Under Julia’s leadership, company culture and workplace performance has remained an integral part of Eventbrite, which now boasts 500 employees in eleven offices around the world. Eventbrite secured a spot on Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Women and separately for Millennials, and has been voted one of the “Best Places to Work in the San Francisco Bay Area” seven years running. In the years since founding Eventbrite, Julia has been honored as one of Fortune’s 2015 40 Under 40 business leaders, Inc.’s 35 under 35 in 2014,  Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013, and has been profiled for her leadership and impact in top publications around the world.

Julia landed in Silicon Valley via Hollywood where she began her career as a development executive at MTV and FX Networks. In today’s digital age, Julia believes that real-life, human experiences lead to individual happiness and strong global communities. This belief continues to fuel her passion while running Eventbrite today.

FIDJI SIMO is a Director of Product who leads the product teams in charge of Video, News, and Advertising in News Feed. Most recently, she launched Live videos, autoplay in News Feed, and Instant Articles. Fidji joined Facebook from eBay. There, she was part of the Strategy group and rotated through eBay’s main offices of France, Spain and the US. She holds a Master of Management from HEC Paris and spent the last year of her Master program at UCLA Anderson School of Business.

APARNA CHENNAPRAGADA is a Director of Product Management at Google and is currently the Technical Assistant to the CEO. She most recently led Google Now, a personalized digital assistant that proactively helps you through the day. Having led multiple efforts across Google Search and YouTube over the years, she is excited about the potential of AI and algorithms in powering life-changing products.
Aparna has over 15 years of experience in the tech industry as a computer scientist, engineer and product leader, starting with helping build the world's first content delivery services at Akamai technologies. She has a Masters in Management and Engineering from MIT, Masters in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.

CHRISTINE LEE is a Senior Product Manager at Twitter where she leads the team responsible for the tools and analytics that advertisers use to plan, run, and optimize ads. Christine loves building useful and usable products. She formerly was an Innovation Catalyst at Intuit, where she coached teams on customer-driven product ideation and testing. She also led several major product initiatives for small businesses on QuickBooks and related online services. She began her PM career building enterprise sales solutions at Siebel Systems and PeopleSoft (now Oracle). Christine has also done tours of duty in product marketing, strategy consulting, and public policy analysis. She has an MBA from Wharton.

LESLEY GROSSBLATT is VP of Product & Business Operations for theBoardlist, a Public Benefit Corporation working to increase corporate board performance through greater gender diversity. In this role, Lesley oversees development of theBoardlist's board candidate discovery and recommendation platform, as well as overall direction of theBoardlist's growth strategy and business model. Lesley has led product, innovation and growth efforts at Netflix, Intuit, AltSchool, Nextdoor and CreativeLive; she also holds multiple patents for software products. Lesley has served as a non-profit board member and as an advisor to several technology startups in the real estate technology and e-commerce spaces. Lesley earned her BA at the University of Chicago and JD at the University of California-Hastings College of the Law.

SHARON ZENG  is a Product Manager at Facebook. She has spent her entire adult life working at Facebook. In the past, she's worked as a Data Scientist on Pages, Ads, Birthdays, Gifts, and Payments. As a Product Manager, she's worked on growing Payments and building Safety Check.  

SHARON ZENG is a Product Manager at Facebook. She has spent her entire adult life working at Facebook. In the past, she's worked as a Data Scientist on Pages, Ads, Birthdays, Gifts, and Payments. As a Product Manager, she's worked on growing Payments and building Safety Check.

DIANA KIMBALL is a Product Manager at Quip, a San Francisco startup that’s reinventing productivity. She’s held strategy, business, and product roles at SoundCloud in Berlin and at Microsoft on the PowerPoint team. She also co-hosts a podcast called Should We and writes about what she’s learning at


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