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!

   

Janko Bazhdavela

Chief Product Officer of The Infatuation and Zagat

Area of Expertise: Leadership, Product

Career Level: Executive

Ask Me About: Building products, building product organizations, transitioning to product management career.

I am passionate about building products that have a real impact. I am a highly collaborative and outcome-focused product and technology leader with over 15 years of global experience in leading teams and building (B2B and B2C) products in Consulting, Finance, Education Technology, Marketing, Real Estate, and Online Media. I love data and have high user empathy.

Olivia Piazza

Lead Product Designer at RemoteTeam.com

Area of Expertise: Product, UX

Career Level: Early

Ask Me About: Product Design, Project Management, Startup Culture, Remote Work/Teams, Career Transitions, Women in the Workplace

I’ve never been a “defined career path” kind of woman. My education/jobs were inspired by topics I liked to study and work environments that suited/challenged my personality. COVID put my career into a tailspin but now I’m better for it! I am now the first Product Designer at a ~40 person startup leading the web design team, plus I manage the team of remote devs/designers.

Let’s talk about anything and everything – careers, politics, feminism, plants, mental health, travel, home decor – I love it all!

Nina Kalwar

Product Manager at Deloitte Digital

Area of Expertise: Leadership

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 Deloitte Digital where I serve a variety of users across industries and technologies – 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!

Alexandra Loh

UX Researcher at Etsy

Area of Expertise: Design, Product, UX

Career Level: Mid

Ask Me About: Public Speaking, Salary Negotiation

Currently a Senior UX Researcher at Etsy, where I help our native app teams ground their decision-making in user insights. Before Etsy, I was a UX Researcher at Morgan Stanley and Meetup. I even spent a year as a Product Manager, which helped me understand how user researchers can most effectively partner with PMs. When I was first trying to break into the UX industry, I did not have many mentors or peers to ask for advice. I am now eager to help promising researchers and designers succeed in this field, from finding that First Job to thriving in your role. Outside of work, I spend my time taking boxing classes, cooking subpar meals, and consuming content on the Internet. In my past life, I was a hip hop and contemporary dancer, as well as an avid amateur artist.

Siri Wanpen

Product Design Manager

Area of Expertise: Design

Career Level: Mid

Ask Me About: Design, Portfolio Review, Industry Experience

I’m a product design manager at Bank of America. My role involves leading the design and helping with the product management of a fintech digital product for our prominent business clients.
   

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