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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.

Click on each section below to learn more.

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 (April 5th, 2022)
  • Week 2 (April 12th, 2022)
  • Week 3 (April 19th, 2022)
  • Week 4 (April 26th, 2022)
  • Week 5 (May 3rd, 2022)
  • Week 6 (May 10th, 2022)
  • Week 7 (May 17th, 2022)
  • Week 8 (May 24th, 2022)
  • Week 9 (May 31st, 2022)
  • Week 10 (June 7th, 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

Partner, Drive Capital
Martie Burris

Martie Burris

Dir. of Product Management, Salesforce
Diego Granados

Diego Granados

Senior Product Manager, LinkedIn
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.

Chelsea Alexander-Taylor (Redfin)

Chelsea Alexander-Taylor smiling and looking into the cameraChelsea Alexander-Taylor is a product manager at Redfin, building technology for the company’s Associate Agent program. Prior to Redfin, she was at Axon, a public safety company, where she co-founded their affinity group for black employees. She is dedicated to fostering equitable and inclusive environments for under-represented groups in all organizations
she is a part of. Outside of work, you can almost always find her with her head in a book, experimenting with candle making and/or forcing her cat into bow ties.

 

Ayuba Audu

Ayuba thrives when creating experiences for people, first and foremost, and second to none. Hailing from Nigeria, you can catch him moonlighting as an actor, producing, getting into good trouble and much more.

He’s spent the past decade at Microsoft thriving in the matrix and partnering across product teams to craft valuable experiences for customers. His day-to-day work involves empowering people simply to capture a thought and do more important things with their time, by creating expressive, people-centered experiences and products in OneNote and Sticky Notes at Microsoft.

Ross Belmont (Salesforce)

Ross Belmont is a Director of Product Management at Salesforce focused on enhancing their platform. He brings 20+ years of technology experience to the IPM, including roles in consulting and IT. He has also been part of women’s resource groups as part of previous DEI initiatives.

Outside work, he spends time with his wife and daughter, probably cleaning up after their two dogs.

Dontae Delgado (Compass)

“DontaeDontae Delgado is a Senior Product Manager at Compass, where he leads the efforts to improve customer communication platforms for agents and their business. His early years in tech were shaped at Microsoft in Market Research, Sales Operations, Cloud Services and lastly Security Operations. He soon jumped into the startup scene with Versive (later acquired by eSentire), where he built a Machine Learning-based cybersecurity product, before moving to Outreach, where he helped build a platform that specializes in driving sales rep efficiency.

Dontae is always looking for opportunities to help those that are underrepresented in tech and business. He serves as a volunteer with Product School, and as a part of the newly-formed Product & Engineering DEI Advisory group at Compass. Outside of tech, Dontae is working with his wife on a hair restoration venture, focused on non-surgical hair replacement.

Vishal Ghotge

Vishal Ghotge has spent over 20 years building and shipping technology products in companies such as Microsoft, Groupon and PayScale. Most recently Vishal was the EVP of Product at Remitly where he is currently serving as an executive advisor. Vishal’s work has spanned various domains – operating systems, mobile apps, e-Commerce, B2B SaaS software and fintech. But a common thread across all his jobs has been his passion for building delightful customer-facing experiences, solving business problems through product innovation and building high-performing organizations. Vishal holds a Master’s degree in computer science from University of Illinois and a bachelor’s in computer engineering from University of Mumbai.

Shaili Guru (Nike)

Shaili Guru smiling and looking into the cameraShaili Guru is a product leader with experience spanning multiple industries, including Telecommunication, Entertainment, and Retail. Currently, she’s a Lead Product Manager at Nike, building the next generation of machine learning and computer vision products. Prior to Nike, Shaili was a Product Manager at Disney within their technology management leadership program, where she led products from internal onboarding platform, content tagging, and Identity and Access Management.

Coming from a non-traditional technical background, she saw fit to start a non-profit chapter of thrive-wise (formerly CodeChix) in Seattle to aid fellow Women In Tech. Outside of work, Shaili enjoys hiking and spending time with her family. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace University and a Technology Management MBA from the University of Washington. Shaili is also a passionate advocate for Women in Tech and
STEM initiatives.

 

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.

 

Tom Juarez (Pitchbook)

Tom Juarez HeadshotTom 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.

 

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.

 

Mona Mohanty (Google)

“MonaMona is a seasoned product leader at Google building products for Chrome, the world’s leading internet browser! She comes with a storied product career spanning 12+ years shipping popular products at marquee big tech companies like Instagram (Meta), Twitter, Microsoft, Amazon and eBay where she has worked extensively on both Consumer and Enterprise products. She is a passionate product thought leader, operator, learner and coach, always striving to leave whatever she touches better than she found them, including the hiring ecosystem for product management professionals. As a first generation POC American and a parent, she strives to democratize the field of Product Management by making it more accessible through compassion networks, generously passing on her expertise to passionate product folks through high commitment mentoring, networking and meaningful speaking opportunities.

Highly experienced in hiring as a calibrated interviewer over a decade, she takes pride in leading meaningful product areas while building highly diverse and emotionally intelligent teams. Mona has served as a Steering Committee member for Women in Tech leading “Lean in Circles” at eBay, was part of the Hiring Squad at Twitter that established rubrics for world class product hiring and continues to be an active volunteer and mentor within the Women in Product Community. Her industry associates often commend her personal brand as someone with a strong backbone to question status quo respectfully to keep the tech industry sustainable, accessible, ethical and kinder beyond her high impact product portfolio!

 

Charles Stewart (Autodesk)

“CharlesCharles Stewart is a Sr. Manager of Employee Experience Platform and Products at Autodesk where he and his team are driven to build a digital employee experience for all employees that is personalized, inclusive, and intuitive. Prior to Autodesk, he was a Conversational AI Product Manager at Workday where he also served as the Global Lead of the Veterans Employee Resource Group. Before becoming a product manager, Charles served as a soldier in the U.S. Army and also served in public education, teaching early childhood and then 5th-grade math. His core values are community and exploration and, as a product leader, he is inspired to build products that include and empower all.

Outside of Autodesk, Charles serves as a Reserve Major in the U.S. Army’s 75th Innovation Command where he is a product adviser on the Digital Soldier Experience. And, outside of his work, he most loves to travel the world with his wife Whitney and go for hikes with their Shiba Inu Max.

 

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.

Stephen Wang

Stephen Wang has been building digital products including web, native app and API for over 10 years. He is currently a Product Director at Simple Tire, an e-commerce startup, leading the product growth and building an empowered team. Prior to Simple Tire, he honed his product and leadership skills through working with industry leaders including Amazon, Expedia and T-Mobile.

From growing up in an underdeveloped city in China to becoming a product leader in the US, Stephen has overcome challenges through the transformational journey and found his passion for helping people grow and achieve their career aspirations. He is also driven to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture at work and in society.

Stepen received his M.S. from Fudan University and his M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Jian Zheng (Airbnb)

“JianJian Zheng is a Product Manager at Airbnb. She loves to bring new ideas to life, improve on them, and ship products that matter. As an immigrant, she believes in creating human-centered experiences that not only connect product teams to users but also build empathy between diverse communities. She’s always been drawn to mission-driven organizations, and has worked in fintech, nonprofits, and startups.

Before becoming a PM, Jian worked as a UX researcher and completed a Masters from UW focused on UX research and design. Outside of work, Jian is busy raising her son and is an avid reader and hiker.

 

  • Why are you interested in spending several hours every week as a participant in the Inclusive Product Management Accelerator program?
  • Why are you a strong candidate for the Inclusive Product Management Accelerator?
  • Describe what you have done or could do as a product manager to help your future employer develop successful innovations that are inclusive to diverse audiences.
  • Have you interviewed for a product management role before? If so, what companies and when?
  • How would you define product management?
  • Describe how your previous work, educational, and volunteer experiences prepared you for success as a product manager?

Applications for the Spring 2022 cohort of the Inclusive Product Management Accelerator are now closed. Sign up to be alerted of future opportunities from The Product Management Center at the University of Washington.

Inclusive Product Management Accelerator Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Amazon
Salesforce
T-Mobile

Silver Sponsors

Starbucks

Promotional 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

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