ABOUT US

AWIP was founded in 2017 to address the gaps we saw in tech management roles that were filled by women and other underrepresented groups. As an organization, we believe that this gap largely exists due to lack of targeted skills-based training as well as executive mentorship. AWIP intends to empower women and other underrepresented groups to advance their careers to become product and technical leaders.

Therefore, our two-pronged approach offers skills-based workshops in all of our AWIP chapters globally, as well as a comprehensive Ambassadors program to introduce high-achieving PMs to executive mentors who can open the door to their next leadership opportunity. Since its founding, AWIP has experienced 2,000 percent growth, to a membership of more than 6,000. It is opening chapters in Paris, Seattle, London, Berlin and Boston, and is partnered with or sponsored by the Wharton School of Business, Workday, Redpoint, WeWork, LinkedIn and others.

We work with top companies to put on panelist series and workshops throughout the world to empower quality female and male tech leaders through equality of opportunity.

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AWIP PARTNERS

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OUR STORY

Since coming together to form Advancing Women in Product (AWIP) in late 2016, we are the premier community in the SF Bay Area for women product managers. As part of a grassroots movement to improve diversity stats and encourage more inclusion in tech companies, we feel that AWIP will soon become a cross-gender movement—one that is championed by women and men.

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • Nancy Wang

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Senior Manager - Product Management, AWS

    Nancy currently leads the SQL Server, public sector, and gaming teams for Windows on EC2 at Amazon Web Services. Previously, Nancy also led products at Rubrik, the fastest-growing enterprise software unicorn.

  • Tatyana Mamut

    Executive Advisor

    Head of Product (CPO), Nextdoor

    Tatyana is a General Manager & multi-disciplinary product executive who drives innovation by understanding customers deeply and leading through empathy.

  • Ron Hirson

    Executive Advisor

    Chief Product Officer, DocuSign

    Ron is an entrepreneurial executive and investor with two decades of business and product management experience and over 40 issued patents to his name. Ron currently leads Product and Customer Experience at DocuSign responsible for product strategy, roadmap, development.

  • Sadaf Hasan

    Chief Operating Officer

    Project Manager, GlobalSoft, Inc.

    Sadaf is a project manager and a research analyst. As her research work, she created an engineering management model for delivering safe, secure and resilient products in the market.

  • Patrick Yang

    Director of Ambassador Program

    Co-Founder & General Partner, Amity Ventures

    Patrick Yang is a venture capitalist excited to work with the next generation of entrepreneurs and help more people break into the technology field.

  • Aakrit Prasad

    Director of Strategy

    Co-Founder & CEO, AptEdge

    Aakrit is a software entrepreneur and product executive. He has previously lead products & teams at early stage, growth stage, and public technology companies.

  • Ajantha Suriyanarayanan

    Director of Growth

    Behavioral Research Practice Lead at BlueOwl, LLC

    Ajantha has an ideological focus on understanding ‘people’, not just ‘consumers’ or ‘users’, her work has thrived in consulting and industry environments, and corporate and social enterprises.

  • David Cheng

    Director of Content

    Vice President, DCM Ventures

    David is an Investment Manager at DCM Ventures, a $3.5B global venture capital firm. Prior to DCM Ventures, David spent time as a product manager at StreetEasy (acq by Zillow) and Accenture Management Consulting.

  • Swetha Salunke

    Director of Marketing

    Sr. Manager, AppDirect

    Swetha is an experienced product marketing manager and strategist leading go-to-market strategies for products ranging from concept to scale. She was also part of the product strategy team at HP Inc, leading go-to-market of their new A3 products.

  • Gordon Yu

    General Counsel

    Partner at Westmoreland Partners, LLP

    Gordon is the chief legal officer of a parent holding company in the healthcare field and adjunct professor of business law at the George Washington University.

  • Patricia Rollins

    Co-Director of Marketing

    Sr. Product Manager, AWS

    Patricia has held multiple senior management positions in marketing with companies such as IBM, Oracle and CA Technologies. She is customer obsessed with understanding the digital customer footprint and building campaigns that drive meaningful results. She is known for getting the job done at speed and wants to give back what she learned to aspiring professionals.

  • Trina Bergquist O'Brien

    Head of Partnerships, Seattle

    Director, Customer Engagement

    Trina is a senior customer engagement and channel development strategist focused on customer-centric organizations who thrive on driving value through emerging technologies. She is a pioneer and life-long advocate for AI and accomplished consumer, B2B and digital manager previously for Apple, Microsoft, Motorola, Sony, Bell South and AT&T.

  • Jenny Tai

    Director of Membership

    Sr. Product Manager

    Jenny is a strategy and growth professional with experience in both B2C and B2B product development. Jenny is driven by my passion for using data to drive informed decisions and building products.

  • Pranava Adduri

    Director of Programming

    Software Development Manager, EC2 Enterprise

    Pranava currently manages enterprise container workloads at AWS and was a founding engineer at Rubrik, the fastest-growing enterprise software unicorn, where he built out their Polaris SaaS platform.

TEAM MEMBERS


REVIEWS

Loved the event, learned a ton. Was especially cool to see how much the younger, aspiring PM crowd valued your direct insights and advice at the end. They were starstruck! At a recent ally event at Segment, one our Designers, Annie, said, "I can only be what I can see," referring to the importance of representation— so kudos for being such an inspiring example to these budding professionals!  

▬ Chris Sperandio, PM @ Segment

I attended the AWIP event yesterday and this was my second event. Loved it - very helpful and informational, not just for PM roles but also long term corporate career growth and success. We owe you a lot for your efforts to bring together these high quality events and thank you for being the champions.

        ▬ Kaushik Raha, Wharton MBA Class of 2018