Product Tank Sydney: Leadership in a remote-first world


6 months ago, most companies would have considered remote Product Managers a no-go. How can you be an effective leader and stakeholder manager if you are not in the same building? With the COVID-19 lockdowns, everybody had to learn how to do this from scratch – except for a few people who have been doing it for years.

Hear from Cheryl Gledhill, Head of Product at Zip, who worked as a PM and Head of Product remotely for years, and Tom Richardson, who is managing the APAC team at InVision – a fully distributed company.

======= Talk #1: Effective Product Management, working from home =======

Speaker: Cheryl Gledhill – Head of Product at Zip Co

Cheryl is Head of Product at Zip Co and has been working remotely on and off for the last decade, although this is her first unprecedented global pandemic. She has been creating tech products for startups and corporates for 25 years through the evolution of the product process from clunky waterfall and business requirements docs through to agile and lean startup approaches.

======= Talk #2: Leadership in a remote environment =======

Speaker: Tom Richardson – MD APAC at InVision

Bio: As MD APAC at InVision, Tom Richardson is responsible for InVision’s Design Software business, and 6,000 customers, across the region. InVision was founded in 2011 as a fully-remote company, with more than 850 people around the world now working from wherever they want to on any given day. Prior to InVision, Tom was responsible for channel partnerships at Acquia, a Boston, USA-based software company that was sold for $1BN in August 2019.

Before joining the Enterprise software world, Tom spent a year each in London, Shanghai, and California on WPP Group’s fellowship program. The WPP fellowship is designed to develop future leaders of WPP companies, and accepts eight to 10 candidates from 2,000-plus applications each year. As a WPP fellow, Tom was mentored by WPP’s Founder and former CEO, Sir Martin Sorrell.

Tom grew up in the United Kingdom, and speaks Japanese. He holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Cambridge, and lives in Avalon Beach, NSW with his wife and three children.

========== Agenda ==========

5.30 PM: Networking (arrive on our youtube stream, grab a drink and engage with the community).
6.00 PM: Talks and Q&A (post your questions in the youtube chat)
7.30 PM: Wrap-up.

========== Thank you to our sponsors ==========

Optimizely is pleased to support ProductTank and the passionate people at the forefront of product management, development, UI/UX, data-led models and evidence-based metrics. Optimizely enables product and marketing professionals to accelerate innovation, lower the risk of new features, and drive up the return on investment from digital by up to 10X.

Optimizely is a world leader in digital experience optimisation with an impressive customer list including eBay, FOX, IBM, The New York Times and many more global enterprises. To learn more, get in touch with the Australian Optimizely team on +61 (02) 8379 0542 or visit optimizely.com/anz/

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