Advancing Women in Product Releases Future of Women 2020 Report Ahead of Third Annual Executive Summit ‘Breaking the Cycle: Pathways to Ascending Leadership’

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With nearly half of women concerned about career growth due to COVID-19, AWIP’s one-day virtual summit will feature industry executives and leaders to up-level the careers of women and people of color in tech

Advancing Women in Product (AWIP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization empowering women and underrepresented groups to enhance their skills and careers in senior engineering and product roles, will be hosting their third annual Executive Summit – Breaking the Cycle: Pathways to Ascending Leadership – virtually on Wednesday, October 7 beginning at 10:00 AM PST. Ahead of this year’s Executive Summit, AWIP will also release their annual Future of Women report for 2020.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered the workplace, AWIP’s Future of Women 2020 report revealed that 49% of women think COVID-19 could hamper opportunities for career advancement, and 48% report difficulty searching for professional mentorship.

AWIP is holding its one-day virtual summit to support women and minorities facing these new challenges, in addition to other issues too often encountered in the technology industry, such as lack of diversity in leadership roles and lack of opportunities in career advancement. The summit will also foster professional connections and mentorships.

Through candid conversations, speakers and attendees will draw from their own experiences and knowledge to present solutions to effectively tackle these obstacles and provide insights on career advancement. Topics covered include interviewing tips for mid-senior roles, connecting female founders with investors, up-leveling technical skills to meet the demands of this new normal, and other topics that enable more women and minorities to reach their full potential.

“Despite the current circumstances, we are ecstatic to host our third annual Executive Summit virtually. We will focus on breaking the cycle that too often holds back talented professionals from reaching their career goals, as well as providing insightful and career changing dialogues for all who attend,” said Nancy Wang, CEO of AWIP. “With COVID-19 putting women and minority professionals at a disadvantage and on unstable ground, it is more vital than ever to keep these conversations top of mind and develop solutions for those without work and those working remotely, who are bereft of the support and resources needed to further progress their careers.”

The agenda includes breakout sessions touching on: dismantling systemic barriers, economic parity for women founders, male allyship, developing sustainable diversity recruiting strategies, and more. Featured speakers providing career and industry insights at the summit include:

Tatyana Mamut, Chief Product Officer, Nextdoor
Sandy Carter, Vice President, Amazon Web Services
Wayne Duso, Vice President, Amazon Web Services
Sharmeen Browarek Chapp, Vice President, Twitch
Sabrina Farmer, Vice President, Google
Barkha Saxena, Chief Data Officer, Poshmark
Sri Shivananda, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Paypal
Vijay Raghunathan, Senior Vice President, Expanse
Marty Cagan, Founder and Partner, Silicon Valley Product Group
Hope Cochran, Managing Director, Madrona Ventures
Jon Oakes, Senior Vice President, Fitbit
Kimerly N. Ellison-Taylor, Executive Director, Oracle
Arthi Rajan Makhija, Vice President and Head of Global Fraud Risk, PayPal
Nancy Riley, Vice President and General Manager, Hubspot
Manju Thomas, Vice President, Shopify
Jin Zhang, Director of Engineering, Facebook
Cecile Alper-Leroux, Vice President, Ultimate Kronos Group
Hema Budaraju, Director of Product Management, Google
Jen Wang, Director of PM, ThredUp
Chaitra Vedullapalli, Co-Founder and CMO, Meylah
Bindu Tuli, Head of DevOps, Product Ops, ITSM and CIO Chief of Staff, PSEG
Wahab Owolabi, Founder, URx
Bobbie Carlton, Founder and CEO, Innovation Women
Helene Campourcy, Founder and CEO, Pink Innov’; CEO, Umantex
Lou Martinez Scancho, Vice President at Kairos Power

To purchase tickets or view the full agenda and speakers, please visit Ticket sales support both AWIP and AI4US – a non-profit organization providing technical training and scholarships to increase Black representation in computing and AI.

Partner organizations participating at the summit include OneReq, a company built for the talent acquisition industry building a diverse and inclusive workforce for everyone; OneMama, bringing prosperity and health to people all over the world; Women in Cloud, empowering women-led technology companies; the Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association (WAFFA), accelerating the success of female founders and funders; PlatoHQ, helping talented technologists become better leaders; Pink Innov, inspiring innovation across Europe and the world; and Bravely, building healthier cultures through on-demand, one-on-one confidential employee coaching.

AWIP’s 2020 executive summit is made possible by the generous support of sponsors, including HubSpot, Social27, AWS, Fitbit, Diffusion PR, Expanse, Polar Productions, Chai Angles, PayPal, and Mixpanel.

About Advancing Women in Product (AWIP)
Advancing Women in Product (AWIP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with over 16,000 members dedicated to advancing the careers of women and underrepresented groups across the globe so they can become product and technical leaders. Focusing on skills-based workshops, advocacy, and mentorship, AWIP actively addresses the gaps in management roles their members face when going from mid-senior and director level roles into executive positions.

AWIP has chapters in Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Boston, and Chennai.

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