• Presentation:
The night will begin with a presentation from Laura Jackson. She will speak about “Shifting from a Project to Product Mindset”. Per Hired’s 2017 Global State of Tech Salaries, Product managers bring in the highest average salary offers of any tech role.​ ​So why is there still confusion​ ​on what Product Managementis?

Coming from a background in user experience, could this be the next evolution of your career?

During this lightning talk, Laura will explain the difference between a project and product managers, how she started a career in product, and how you can identify a project vs. a product mindset and the pros and cons between the two.

Then, Justin Meats will share his journey from software development into product management and how the best product managers often come from other backgrounds like UX.

He will present the 10 truths from the book Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love and share examples about how close product and UX need to work in order to make inspiring products.

IF you have questions that for our speakers, fill out the form below! We will be asking them questions throughout the night:

• About Laura:
Laura is a​ ​senior​ ​product owner at​ ​Alliance Data Systems.

With a diverse background in project management and content marketing, she found her passion in delivering valuable products users crave.​ ​She is a recently elected commissioner for the Create Columbus Commission,​ ​director for Columbus Product Club, and serves as a professional advisor for The Ohio State University’s PRSSA Chapter and Student-Run PR Firm.

She is a passionate conference and meetup speaker and is proud to be the lead organizer for the two premier Product Management events in Columbus, Ohio:Lift: A Product Summit and Product Camp Columbus.

• About Justin:
Justin is the Chief Product Officer at ORIS Intelligence.

Justin leads the product team that is responsible for the features and design of the company’s platform to ensure it continues to help manufacturers easily and effectively enforce their price policies. Justin has over 20 years of experience in eCommerce, and has spent most of his career educating manufacturers about effective strategies for conducting business online. Throughout his career, Justin has been intimately involved with understanding and supporting minimum advertised price policies and helped build ORIS Intelligence from the ground-up.

• Timeline:
6:30 – 6:30pm: Food, Networking
7:00 – 7:25pm: Laura’s Presentation & Questions
7:25 – 8:00pm: Justin’s Presentation & Questions
8:00pm-8:30pm – Q&A, networking, etc.

• Location:
Cardinal Solutions
401 N Front St Suite 210
Columbus, OH 43215

• What to bring:
Yourself! Perhaps a notebook & a pen.