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Inclusive Product Management Accelerator

The Inclusive Product Management (IPM) Accelerator is a free, ten-week product management professional development program that broadens access to economic opportunity by bringing more diverse voices to the Product Management community who can inspire innovations that universally improve lives.

The goal of the cohort program is for mid-career professionals from historically marginalized communities to get hired into their first product management role.

Participants are selected based on their demonstrated potential to succeed as a product manager and to develop successful innovations that are inclusive to diverse audiences. The IPM Accelerator offers knowledge, connections, and a community of support empowering participants to excel in interviews and on the job.

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You should apply if:

  • Your voice is underrepresented in product management
  • You are committed to dedicating several hours per week to utilizing the knowledge, connections, and community of support provided by the IPM Accelerator to empower you to excel in interviews and on the job
  • You are seeking your first product management role and have already either:
    • had an on-site product management interview with a Fortune 500 company, or
    • studied best practices in product management from multiple sources such as various books, blogs, and podcasts and you can synthesize what you’ve learned
  • You are authorized to work in the United States
Participants in the IPM Accelerator are assigned to a mentor who is personally invested in their success, have access to a knowledge base and network of drop-in volunteers, and engage in weekly activities with a cohort over a 10-week program.

Discussions and workshops take place online on Tuesdays from 6pm – 7pm PT on the following dates:

  • Week 1 (January 11th, 2022)
  • Week 2 (January 18th, 2022)
  • Week 3 (January 25th, 2022)
  • Week 4 (February 1st, 2022)
  • Week 5 (February 8th, 2022)
  • Week 6 (February 15th, 2022)
  • Week 7 (February 22, 2022)
  • Week 8 (March 1st, 2022)
  • Week 9 (March 8th, 2022)
  • Week 10 (March 15th, 2022)

Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

The steering committee has collectively helped create over $10 million in salaries mentoring over 100 people into product roles. The program is designed to provide the knowledge and connections that have proven effective.

Markell Baldwin

Markell Baldwin

Engineer & Founder, Resonance
Martie Burris

Martie Burris

Dir. of Product Management, Salesforce
Diego Granados

Diego Granados

Product Manager, Microsoft AI&ML
Rovina Valashiya

Rovina Valashiya

Principal Product Manager, Amazon
Felix Watson Jr.

Felix Watson Jr.

Product Manager, Google Play Growth
Each member of the cohort will be paired with a mentor who is personally invested in their success. Meet a few of the program’s distinguished mentors. Check back for updates as additional distinguished mentors are announced.

Eman Barhoumeh (Facebook)

Eman Barhoumeh smiling and looking into the cameraEman Barhoumeh is the Head of Relevance at Facebook AI. Prior to Facebook, Eman was a VP of Product and GM at Lyft, a VP of Product and GM at Expedia Group, and a senior product manager at Microsoft. An influential product leader, Barhoumeh is known for leading teams within a collaborative culture to innovate delightful customer experiences and drive business growth.

 

Ayodele Duyile (Google)

Ayodele DuyileAyodele ‘Ayo’ Duyile began his professional career in tech in 2015 when he joined Lockheed Martin’s 3-year Engineering Rotational Leadership Development program focusing on Systems Engineering, Test Engineering and Software Engineering for each rotation. During that program, Ayo earned his Masters in Engineering Project Management from Drexel University. In his 3 years with Lockheed Martin Ayo earned several awards for achievement which include special recognition award from the Vice President, Innovation award from Senior Program Manager of Underwater Systems and award for outstanding achievement with the Engineering Leadership Development Program.

After completion of this program, Ayo left Lockheed Martin and started his role in Product Development Virtual Reality for Facebook where his team was awarded the first Emmy for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media in 2019. In 2020 Ayo transitioned to a Technical Product Manager for Microsoft’s Azure Team and heading its growth in the Atlanta metro area. Today, Ayo is a Senior Technical Product Manager at Google!

 

Angelina Howard (Amazon)

Angelina Howard smiling and looking into the cameraAngelina Howard is currently a senior product manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s largest cloud provider. Angelina works on early market development efforts for new AWS offerings. In addition to her PM role, she is a past President of the Black Employee Network (BEN), an Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Amazon. She focuses on being an advocate for inclusion and diversity, driving different initiatives and programs internally/externally, advising Amazon’s senior leaders, and growing a community inside and outside of Amazon. She co-founded several initiatives at Amazon including BEN Startup Week, a week to highlight and support Black entrepreneurs, and the Black Excellence Gala, a scholarship event for organizations supporting underrepresented youth in STEM.

 

Paul Howard (Charles Schwab)

Paul Howard smiling and looking into the cameraPaul Howard is Managing Director- Product Management for Charles Schwab where he leads the team responsible for modernizing client and prospect communication platforms used to deliver marketing and service communications across all distribution channels.

Prior to Schwab, Mr. Howard held various product management leadership roles across AT&T consumer, small business, and digital services organizations. He is active in several employee resource groups, professional and community organizations. Paul is passionate about coaching and helping people grow as product managers and leaders. In his free time, Paul enjoys cooking and spending time with his family.

Mr. Howard received his B.S. from Texas A&M University and his M.B.A. from the Walter Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley.

 

Rohan Jones (Twitter)

Rohan JonesRohan “Yannick” Jones began his career in tech in 2013 when he joined Aetna’s IT Leadership Development Program. There he held positions as Cyber Security Architecture, Web Engineer, and IT Analytics Engineer. He later wanted startup experience and transitioned to e-commerce, Jet.com (acquired by Walmart in 2016 for 3.3 billion) where he got his first taste of working in the product world. He started off as an APM at Jopwell where he was working on partner experience tools. Upon getting promoted within his first year, he knew this was his calling. He stays involved in tech by joining hackathons, such as BDPA National Hackaton, where he placed 3rd amongst teams. He was a finalist in the Google Sandbox Machine Learning program and came 3rd at the eBay Startup Cup in 2018.

Outside of his professional work, Yannick is a board member for the Harlem Boys & Girls Club and loves to give back to his community through mentorship. Yannick is now transitioning to a Senior Product Manager at Twitter from his previous role as a Technical Product Manager for Microsoft’s Azure Data Global Team.

 

Tom Juarez (Pitchbook)

Tom Juarez Headshot
Tom Juarez is a Product Manager at PitchBook Data, the leading financial data provider covering the global venture capital, private equity, & public markets. Tom’s past work experience includes running product at Guidant Financial, as a Product Management Trainer for Mind The Product, & at the digital banking pioneer ING.

Outside of his professional work, Tom mentors early-stage Product Managers & early-stage companies through TechStars Seattle, the University of Washington CoMotion Accelerator, First Round Capital, & the U.S. Census Open Innovation Labs. Tom chairs the ‘Entrepreneurship & Innovation’ Committee at his local Economic Development organization and is most likely camping with his wife & 2 kids in his free time.

Victoria Kennedy (Seed to Harvest)

Victoria Kennedy smiling and looking into the cameraVictoria Kennedy has been working in tech in product for over 8 years. She started her career in gaming and then moved into consulting for a number of years. She was a product leader at Hustle, the first peer to peer texting platform for community organizing. She has a deep passion for building new products and working with early stage startups. She most recently worked in commercial real estate and was a product EIR at TechStars. She is currently advising early stage startups and working on building her own venture studio, Seed to Harvest.

 

Kris McKee (Optimizely)

Kris McKee smiling and looking into the cameraKris McKee is a Principal Product Manager at Optimizely, where she supports the Commerce Cloud products and helps the largest ecommerce brands in the world optimize their digital experience through a culture of experimentation. Prior to joining Optimizely, Kris led the Product function at BlueCart, a B2B Marketplace helping restaurants and their suppliers move to online ordering and fulfillment, and served as Head of Operations at Jumia, Nigeria’s largest ecommerce company and Africa’s first tech unicorn.

Prior to her work in tech, Kris worked in investment banking and international development. Kris holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in Journalism from Northwestern University.

 

Landon Medlock (Remind)

Landon MedlockLandon Medlock is the Head of Product at Remind, an edtech SaaS company focused on improving school communication and engagement. Prior to Remind, Landon was a senior product manager at Amazon Music. His path to product included stops as a software developer and as a math teacher. Education and thus equitable opportunities for historically underrepresented groups are his strongest passions. Landon serves as a mentor for the Black Venture Capital Consortium where he helps HBCU students pursue entrepreneurship and develop careers in technology. When not doing tech things you will find him spending time with family, starting DIY projects, or cooking something new.

 

Ambika Sharma (US Bank)

Ambika SharmaAmbika is a human dynamo architecting a world characterized by action, possibility and community. Within finance, Ambika has extensive international experience ranging from SoFi, U.S. Bank, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Central Bank of Chile, and the International Monetary Fund. Ambika started the Fintech Cafe to build a community of like-minded professionals and cultivate thought leadership on topics of financial technology to foster creativity, collaboration and purpose. In her free time, Ambika enjoys hiking and meditation.

 

Joseph Sunga (Aurora)

Joseph SungaJoseph Sunga is a product leader with over 12+ years of experience working within the tech community, from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 companies, and was a key employee for two startup acquisitions by Amazon and Uber. As a child of Filipino immigrants, his family has prepared him to stay ready for whatever comes his way and to continue building for the next generation. Now, Joseph leads product initiatives as a Staff Product Manager at Aurora focused on delivering the benefits of self-driving technology to the world. He also gives back locally by mentoring early-stage startups at Techstars Seattle and advising minority-owned businesses within under-served communities through the University of Washington Foster School of Business.

 

Teresa Thomas (Zillow)

Teresa Thomas smiling and looking into the cameraTeresa Thomas leads the search and homepage experience for home buyers. She’s passionate about finding the sweet spots of opportunity where technology and business can come together to solve a real customer problem. She strives to foster an inclusive culture where everyone can do their best work. Prior to Zillow, Teresa held product roles at the growth stage Outreach and tech giant Microsoft. On her time off, you’ll find her taking long walks with her pup, working out in the home gym, traveling with her husband, or playing mixologist and inventing a cocktail.

 

  • Why are you interested in spending several hours every week as a participant in the Inclusive Product Management Accelerator program?
  • Why are you a good fit for the Inclusive Product Management Accelerator?
  • Describe how you becoming a product manager would help your future employer develop successful innovations that are inclusive to diverse audiences.
  • This program aims to increase access to product management opportunities, which can be especially important for first-generation students and graduates. Please describe the highest level of formal education completed by your parent or legal guardian and what this has meant to you during your professional and personal development?
  • Have you interviewed for a product management role before? If so, what companies and when?
  • How would you define product management?
  • How have your previous work, educational, and volunteer experiences prepared you for success as a product manager?

Applications for the Winter cohort are now closed. Admitted applicants will be notified via email in December. Sign up below to be notified of future opportunities from The Product Management Center.

Program Partners

Financial support was generously provided by Starbucks. The Product Management Center is also grateful to partner with organizations that are working to develop a more diverse, inclusive, and skilled product management community. The following organizations are promotional partners for IPM Accelerator.

Advancing Women in Tech
Black Women in Stem 2.0
Blacks in Technology
Build Justly
Products by Women
Technology Access Foundation

Become a Sponsor

Corporate partners demonstrate a commitment to inclusion, gain access to meaningful engagements with the diverse talent in the program, and support a free-program that develops a more diverse product management community.