Adaora AsalaProduct Lead, Enterprise User Applications Cogito Corp.
Founding Board Member, CODE RED: Disrupting Diversity, Innovating Inclusion
Experienced business & product leader (who's not-so-secretly trying to save the world).
ME + CORE VALUES
Purpose. People. Execution. Integrity.
I’m a mentor-leader, right and left-brained, and for better or worse, committed to a career of meaning--building great products, teams, and communities, and investing in innovative (and scalable) solutions that positively impact the world.
As a passion project, I'm collaborating with tech leaders and investors from Boston's most progressive companies on an accelerator focused on diversity & inclusion in tech.
Julia AustinSenior Lecturer Harvard Business School, Board Member, Advisor to Emerging Tech Companies
Julia is a Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at the Harvard Business School. She teaches Product Management 101 and Product Management 102 in the second-year MBA program. Julia is a board member, advisor and angel investor to several early stage companies and is often called upon as a leadership coach with a focus on the engineering process, staffing and functional operations. Most recently, Julia was the CTO at DigitalOcean. Prior to DigitalOcean, Julia was the VP of Innovation and the Cambridge Site Director for VMware, Inc., the Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies and has held technical management and consulting positions at several other startups and mature companies. She also serves as a Trustee for the Becket Chimney Corners YMCA and is a volunteer for both BUILD and Year Up in Boston. Julia received her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a graduate of Boston University's School of Business where she received her Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems.
Sarah BernardCOO at Crisis Text Line, Board Member at Women in Product
Sarah Bernard has previously held positions as General Manager, SVP and VP of Global Product Orgs within Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett-Packard, Expedia Inc., Vantiv, Jet.com as well as start-ups. Ms. Bernard leads her companies and specifically Product, User Experience, Analytics, and Technology in comprehensive transformations that accelerate growth with innovative organizational design, customer focus, process implementation with product discovery & development, and talent curating. She has enabled her companies to respond quickly to market disruptions and create disruptions themselves. Ms. Bernard holds a BA in Cognitive Science (the study of Artificial and Human Intelligence) from Brown University.
David CancelCEO at Drift.com
David is the CEO at Drift, the world’s leading conversation-driven marketing and sales platform. Former CEO at Performable (acq) then Chief Product Officer at HubSpot. Co-host of Seeking Wisdom podcast. Entrepreneur. Investor. INTJ.
David DelmarFounder of Resilient Coders
David Delmar is a designer, artist, and activist. He’s the Founder and Executive Director of Resilient Coders, a Boston-based nonprofit coding bootcamp that trains people of color for high growth careers as software engineers. Before founding Resilient Coders, he was at PayPal, leading a cross-disciplinary team of designers and coders. They designed and built first-to-market digital advertising concepts for brands like Starbucks, Coke, FedEx, and Pepsi.
David is the youngest-ever recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. He has been identified by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as one of “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders,” an honor he shares with Leonard Zakim, John Tobin, and John F. Kennedy. He has also received acknowledgements from the Mass Tech Leadership Council, and Harvard Business School’s “Young American Leaders Program,” which is an effort of its US Competitiveness Project. He’s been recognized by El Planeta, a local Spanish newspaper, as an influential member of Boston’s Hispanic community. David writes and speaks extensively about the state of access to the economy.
Radhika DuttCo-Founder, Radical Product
Radhika is a product executive who has participated in 4 exits, two of which were companies she founded. The first startup she co-founded was Lobby7, a venture-backed company that created an early version of Siri back in 2000 and was acquired by Scansoft/Nuance. She later worked at Avid, growing their broadcast business by building a product suite to address pain points of broadcasters worldwide as they were moving from tape to digital media. She then led strategy at the telecom startup, Starent Networks, later acquired by Cisco for $2.9B. She left Cisco to start Likelii to offer consumers “Pandora for wine”. Likelii was later acquired by Drync. Recently she led Product Management at Allant to build a SaaS product for TV advertising. Allant’s TV division was subsequently acquired by Acxiom. Too long ago to admit, Radhika graduated from MIT with an SB and M.Eng in Electrical Engineering, and speaks 9 languages.
Martin ErikssonCo-Founder, Curator, Editor, and Chairman of the Board at Mind the Product
Best-Selling Author of Product Leadership
Martin is an entrepreneurial, driven and innovative Product Management leader with over 20 years experience building leading online products in both corporate and start-up environments across US, UK, and Sweden.
Founder of ProductTank, a global meetup for Product People with 100,000+ members across 150 cities, and Mind the Product, a top product management blog and annual conferences in San Francisco and London. Together they are the world's largest product management community.
Co-author of the best-selling book Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams (O’Reilly).
Martin has a proven track record of defining product strategy, building product teams, and launching successful products and businesses.
Andrew ForsthoefelAuthor, Speaker, Peace Activist
I’m a writer, speaker, and peace activist living in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. After graduating from Middlebury College, I spent eleven months trekking across the United States with a sign on my pack that read “Walking to Listen,” recording interviews with the people I met along the way. I co-produced a radio documentary about this project that was featured on Transom.org and This American Life, and my book, Walking to Listen (Bloomsbury, 2017), tells the tale of the journey.
Drawing from the experiences of my year-long initiation on the road, and from the abundance of lived fodder that comes from an active contemplative practice, I offer my work as a contribution to the collective project of learning how to be human together with love, by listening—united by our diversity, empowered by sharing the inherent vulnerability of being alive, and freed by opening to truth.
This work comes in three ways: I write, putting my wonder to words. I speak, spinning stories and mining them for insight. And I teach, exploring the practice of listening as a catalyst for connective presence, personal transformation, and peacemaking.
Senior Advisor, Engagement Strategy, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Perry Hewitt is an established leader in digital strategy, with extensive experience in both corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Her focus is on driving sustainable change to enable academic and cultural communities to adapt and thrive through digital transformation.
Perry currently serves as Senior Advisor, Engagement Strategy at Lincoln Center. She most recently led marketing at Ithaka, an organization advancing global higher education through innovative use of digital. As Harvard University’s chief digital officer, Perry conceived and led digital strategy for marketing, communications, and engagement for the general public, media, and alumni worldwide. Previously, she held marketing, editorial, and strategy roles at firms including Crimson Hexagon, Razorfish, Harcourt, and Lotus Development Corporation. She has consulted to media companies on digital product development, and began her career in publishing at Houghton Mifflin.
Gilbert Lee is the Chief Product Officer at Pluralsight, a high-growth online education company designed for developers, IT professionals, designers, and other creative disciplines including game designers, architects, industrial designers and more. He works inside Pluralsight’s Experience organization where he leads a group of product managers, designers, analysts and researchers.
Ben RabnerHead of Experiential Marketing, Adobe
I am passionate about using strategy and creativity to drive results. I analyze messy data and insights and then create wickedly disruptive strategies and tactics that fit within the surrounding constraints. I thrive on taking small ideas or insights and translating them into scintillating business models, strategies, products, or marketing campaigns.
Janae SharpFounder and CEO, The Sharp Index
Janae Sharp is a physician suicide loss survivor and the Founder and CEO of the Sharp Index, a nonprofit dedicated to better physician mental health. Her main work involves healthcare data and analytics marketing to improve healthcare outcomes for the underserved. Python is her preferred code language, but her true passion is in matchmaking companies to create elegant healthIT systems and improve health. She has worked with interoperability and social determinants of health and is an expert on patient and physician engagement. Janae has three children, enjoys hiking, triathlon, and quilting.
Olympic Medalist, Keynote Speaker, Performance Coach
Paul combines a passion for high performance and wellness with a background in coaching and mentoring athletes and business leaders towards peak performance. As an Olympic Medalist in figure skating, former Disney executive and Harvard Business School MBA, he trains people all over the world to help them transform their productivity, fitness and overall health, instilling the benefits of physical movement, nutrition, positive psychology, perseverance, motivation, innovation and creativity.
For the past five years, Paul has served as Performance Coach for the Johnson and Johnson Human Performance Institute's Corporate Athlete Program, coaching Fortune 100 Executives in Health and Well-Being. He has continued to give back to skating as a Master Rated Coach with the Professional Skaters Association, coaching and mentoring top skaters globally.
Paul has also served as Olympic and World Championship Broadcaster for NBC, ESPN/ABC, CBS and Westwood One for Radio and Television.