Mike Capsambelis, Product Management Lead, Google
Athena Meyers, Chief Product Officer, Niche
Athena is the Chief Product Officer at Niche, a product that helps students and parents choose the right school. She's on a mission to modernize the school search and enrollment process. Athena joined Niche with over 15 years of experience leading digital product strategies and has a strong passion for growing two-sided marketplaces. Prior to Niche, she led The Knot's global wedding marketplace and was recognized in 2019 as one of DC's "50 on Fire" in tech innovation. She's also had impactful roles in New York at Time Magazine/TIME.com and asmallworld.com (a social network start-up when she joined). She is especially motivated to build products that make it easy for people to navigate hard & important life moments, like planning and wedding and finding a school!
Multi-Horizon Product Planning - How to balance short-term wins and long-term growth.
Can you have a long-term roadmap and still be agile? Absolutely. In fact, without planning further out toward a future horizon, Product Managers can get stuck doing a lot of one-off requests and optimizations that may not move the business forward in a meaningful way. Athena will talk about how to balance the near-term needs of the product and company while moving towards a long-term vision.