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AWIP NYC is excited to bring you a strong foundation between the Product team and Engineering team is essential to the success of a product.

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Building a strong foundation between the Product team and Engineering team is essential to the success of a product. Join us as we explore how to build that foundation and an environment that ensures that both teams communicate with each other with radical candor. We will explore how to build credibility and leverage your influence in guiding product strategy. We will also look at strategies to maximize the value of one-on-one's with Engineering Managers.




DANA HART

SR. DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING, NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL

Dana has had a career focused on building and delivering high-quality client experiences. Whether working with marketing or business partners, creating public or internal sites - quality, usability, performance, and analytics has been at the center of her development best practices. Her current focus is leading an authenticated customer platform for Northwestern Mutual. Under Dana's director label, she is an experienced web developer with knowledge in all aspects of web application development. Her current focus is on JavaScript - creating micro apps and services with Node, React/Redux, in a containerized environment via Kubernetes running in AWS. She enjoys being a part of the tech community, learning from others, and sharing her experiences. She has given a few presentations over the past couple of years on some technologies she tinkered with: React Native, GraphQL, and Alexa apps. Links to these presentations and demo reports can be found in the Accomplishments/Publications section below. She has also participated in hackathons with topics focusing on blockchain and bots. 

SANDRA LIN

SR. DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL PRODUCT FOR NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL

Sandra Lin is an experienced digital innovator across e-commerce, loyalty, chatbot, and voice assistant platforms. In her current role as Senior Director of Digital Product for Northwestern Mutual, Sandra drives digital transformation on its client website, strategizing new features to lift digital engagement and strengthen relationships with financial advisors. Before joining Northwestern Mutual, Sandra spent 7 years at American Express launching innovative technologies that created unique digital experiences for its cardmembers in partnership with key partners such as Facebook and Amazon. Sandra began her career as a Project Manager at Citigroup after graduating from Boston College with dual concentrations in Marketing and Finance.

MARLEY SPECTOR

- SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER AT DROPBOX

Marley is currently leading product management for mobile at Dropbox. Her passion is building healthy, high-performing teams that work effectively together, something she has been able to do in partnership with her Engineering partner, Ping. In her first two years at Dropbox, she brought new products to market, including Dropbox Transfer, and led a re-architecture of Dropbox's commenting platform. Prior to Dropbox, Marley was a Product Manager at Hired, a marketplace matching tech talent to hiring companies, for 3.5 years. Marley began her career in an analyst leadership development program at JP Morgan Chase.

PING MA

- ENGINEERING MANAGER AT DROPBOX

Ping started his career at Bloomberg as a Software Engineer. After a few years of building financial products - the Bloomberg Terminal, Ping decided to devote himself to a brand new product (Bloomberg Government) that delivers news, legislation, regulations, and government contracting to professionals working in the Government sector. He spent a few years living in Washington DC, where he developed a strong interest in Engineering management and how to build a strong partnership with the product team.

Ping joined Dropbox's NYC office in 2018 and led a team of engineers to build out Dropbox Transfer. Ping and Marley Spector worked together on this product and built a strong partnership over time by supporting and challenging each other. That journey has continued while they continue to focus on delivering value to millions of Dropbox users today.

 

SPONSOR

NorthWestern Mutual