This event is open to everyone! TPMA is now free to join, and membership is required to attend. In person attendance will cost $10 to cover costs and online participation is free. Zoom details will be sent in a reminder before the event.
Building Diverse Teams that Address Your Whole Market
- 5.30 - 6.00pm: In-person networking
- 6.00 - 7.00pm: Hybrid program (all speakers in-person)
- 7.00 - 8.00pm: In-person networking
Customers know best why they hire the products and services they do to perform jobs. Successfully serving the entirety of diverse markets takes a holistic product management approach. A key consideration when building out teams tasked with addressing the whole market is their perspective and worldview. Product processes and methodologies will only get a company so far.
How are modern product management shops preparing themselves to serve whole markets? Let’s discuss with leaders that have built and promoted teams and learn from their experiences leading diverse product organizations.
Seema Lakhani most recently served as Chief Product Officer at Wattpad, after almost 10 years helping to grow the Canadian internet storytelling success from early stage startup to acquisition, reaching over 90 million people around the world. She also served as General Manager for Wattpad Labs and Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Seema is known for her expertise in startup innovation, scaling tech companies, growing revenue and leading anti-oppression practices. She is a champion of building products and companies that make the world better, especially for marginalized communities. Seema was awarded Canada's 50 Best Executives in 2020 by The Globe & Mail and Canada's Top 40 Under 40 in 2021.
Previously Seema led the corporate development team at Torstar Digital, assessing and investing in new disruptive businesses in the consumer internet space, as well as supporting the Toronto innovation ecosystem and startups at MaRS Discovery District.
Seema is a founding board member of APM Canada, on a mission to improve the diversity of the industry, by providing entry level access and learning for underrepresented folks, in order to build products that better serve the world's needs.
Dr. Francis Nwakire is a seasoned healthcare and technology executive with a wealth of experience in global product, business, and corporate development. He has successfully scaled product-led businesses with multiple exits (IPO, PE, strategic) by building high-performing teams, growing revenue, and expanding customer footprints.
In addition to his expertise in business and technology, Francis is a trained physician, bringing a unique perspective and deep domain expertise to innovating in healthcare.
Care Fader has 10+ years of product management and product marketing experience in Toronto and international markets. Care is currently a Venture General Manager at Koru, an institutional investor and venture studio, where she builds global ventures from 0-1. She was previously venture Chief Product Officer where she led Product at new ventures. As a leader on the DE&I committee at Koru, she’s passionate about building diverse teams and inclusive environments and supporting early stage ventures in making this part of their priorities from day 1.
Special thanks to our space host Versett