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OPEN TALK (ProductWorld): Why Women Make Great Product Managers

Renu Motwani
Broadcom, Head of Product, AIOps

Renu has over two decades of experience in the software industry. Renu has envisioned and led software products ranging from infrastructure management to application platforms and device runtimes at companies such as Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corporation, Myriad Software and IBM. Currently at Broadcom, she is leading the product line for enabling AI/ML driven observability in IT Operations . Her work is driven by the principles of delivering value to businesses, and productivity to its users. Renu believes that technology should continue to evolve to become more relevant and applicable to not just new use cases but also to innovate the ways in which we do things today. Her products exemplify these principles.

Renu holds a BS in Computer Engineering, and an MBA from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. She is a frequent speaker at various industry events, and loves to connect with new people sharing similar interests and background.

Ankur Agarwal
Venio Systems, VP of Products

Ankur Agarwal is VP of Products at Venio Systems, an eDiscovery company. Ankur specializes in Product Management and Marketing and uses his skills to build new products, strategy, and content for modern software companies. Before coming to Venio, Ankur founded and developed and launched several CaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS products for companies like Rancher, VMware, CA, and Mercury Interactive. Ankur spends his free time volunteering at his daughter's school, teaching kids coding and math skills. 

Technology Product Management is a highly coveted job- sitting at the cusp of product definition, product marketing, business development and customer engagement. However, it is challenging too- with a variety of issues related to people, cross-functional alignment, fast paced market, changing customer requirements, and so on. Product Management is as much a skill acquired by experience, as it is an art refined with passion and natural inclination. In this session, we will explore what makes women handle this job skillfully and artistically.
And please don't mistake this session to be a comparison of Women's skills with other professionals. It is about the special skills Women can leverage to be successful at the product management discipline.