How to Win at the People Side of Product Leadership

  • 10/01/2020
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Virtual/Zoom (Email confirmation will contain link & password)
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Join us for an all-virtual learning and networking event with some of the brightest change management and product leadership minds. We'll candidly discuss one of the hardest parts of product leadership --- PEOPLE!

A panel from market-leading companies share their invaluable experiences, lessons learned, actionable Strategies from "real products and projects." An excellent opportunity for us to collaborate and expand our Change Management knowledge and toolbox with practical Product Leadership techniques that deliver business value.

We'll tackle how to:

  • Achieve a shared belief in product strategy that helps your team/stakeholders support and execute your vision.
  • Create alignment within a dynamic web of competing stakeholder priorities, manage undefined problems in a fast-paced, uncertain, and competitive environment.
  • Address potential political saboteurs and build a coalition with shared norms, language, and processes.
  • Get leadership commitment to your product, sustain delivery, navigate rapidly changing corporate priorities.
  • Build an influential coalition through a compelling product story and a credible road map
  • Cultivate a product culture of cross-functional teams with shared beliefs of their role in your customer's world.
  • Coach your team to identify and amplify the voice of priority users vs. more vocal users.
  • Help leaders (senior and junior) understand the mutual “self-interested” benefits of your product's success.
  • Model how different stakeholders would act based on their beliefs about the product, business, and market.
  • Implement clear communication, task-to-vision alignment and empowered decision-making delegation
  • Avoid dev teams that do not work well together, confused stakeholders interrupting momentum, customer use cases focused on symptoms and not "the real problem," lackluster user adoption, etc.
  • Avoid decelerating momentum, resources wasted on non-value-adding activities, stalled decision making, and cultural friction between misaligned factions.


  • Moderated Expert Panel
  • Duration: 90 mins
  • 40 mins: Moderator asks panel questions about their experience on the subject
  • 20 mins: Break for audience to network in breakout rooms and submit questions for Q&A session
  • 30 mins: Q&A session 

Panel Members Include:

Christina Burns, MPA, MA, PMP

Organizational Effectiveness Practice Leader @ Slalom

Christina is the lead of Slalom’s Organizational Effectiveness practice and has over +15 years of experience working with leaders in driving organizational change initiatives.

Christina is an experienced leadership and organizational development consultant and is an expert in organizational change management strategies that result in meaningful and lasting change. Christina has led multiple strategic change initiatives by applying pragmatic change management solutions to achieve real business outcomes. With a clear focus on bring people along in the transformation journey, Christina believes developing and empowering leadership to drive the right behaviors is critical during any organizational change.

Parashar Krishnamachari, MBA

Technology Research and Development Expert, Leader in AR/VR Applications @ Facebook

Parashar is an R&D principal working in the field of AR and VR applications. He has nearly 30 years of experience working in gaming, film, automotive, and other industries. He has previously led the research and development of Academy Award-nominated technologies and guided engineering strategy for numerous projects over the years. Currently, he is working on projects that will transform the future of remote work.

Parashar uses his extensive knowledge of the field in conjunction with working closely with end users to enable a holistic perspective to the design and development of product that can carry cutting edge technology forward with a strong focus on customer value. He has helped to guide technology direction and led the creation of novel IP driven not solely from an engineering standpoint, but from an overall value standpoint.

Ashish Mangal, MBA, CFA

Product Lead at Google Cloud

Ashish is a product manager at @GoogleCloud and has worked on several platform projects at Google. Prior to Google, he worked on the Alexa team and the supply chain platform at Amazon. Ashish finds fulfillment by listening to and learning from his users. He leverages this user centricity to build products that deliver delightful experiences. He is a technologist at heart and believes in the power of technology to enrich lives and enables others to achieve their full potential. He has successfully developed products that touch millions globally by consistently applying his principles of informed by data and driven by empathy.

Anil Moolchandani, MBA

Product leader and Development Expert, Leader in Consumer devices and product development @ Western Digital

Anil leads the product management function for the Client+ business unit at Western Digital. He has 23 years of experience working on Consumer devices, Semiconductor design, and EDA Software. He has previously led the technical program management, semiconductor development at SanDisk/Western Digital, and customer management roles at Synopsys. His current focus is developing solutions for edge endpoints and the application of AI/ML to consumer devices

Anil has led multiple generations of consumer product development working in close cooperation with global cross-functional teams. He has delivered several industry-first products in their category, that are regularly featured as category bestsellers on Amazon.

Anne Ruybalid, MBA

Senior Manager, Organizational Change Management @ Columbia Sportswear

Anne leads the global Organizational Change Management team at Columbia Sportswear Company and has, in the past, led change within nonprofit and higher education industries. Anne is also an active nonprofit and municipal board member.

Anne has led multiple strategic initiatives, within a variety of industries and company sizes, from small nonprofit organization to large global enterprises. Anne has business and academic experience in leadership, change management, team performance, market research, and data-driven decision making. Her focus on people, transparency, and business value has helped to bring clarity and purpose to strategic changes and alignment. Anne uses a strengths-based approach to build teams that leverage one another’s passion and ability to achieve more collectively.

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