Boston | October 25, 2018 | 5:00 pm

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Join us for a discussion
on the future of product management

Should product managers have a technical background?

What’s the ideal composition of a product team?

Should companies make their roadmap public?

Who has the final say on product design?

McKinsey recently called product management the new training ground for tech CEOs. Why? Because great product design and innovation are necessary for category leadership.

Join us on Thursday, October 25 for a debate on some of the most controversial questions in product! Should product managers have a technical background? Are PMs really the CEO of the product? Who should product managers report to? What are the guideposts on the path to the C-suite?


Chief Strategy Officer | Mimecast

Christina is a veteran of the technology industry, having spent two decades with some of the world’s largest firms, including Oracle, IBM and Infor as well as the entrepreneurial companies they acquired. Currently, Christina is Chief Strategy Officer for Mimecast, a global leader in cyber-security, where she leads Product, Corporate Development, and M&A. She has also served on the advisory boards of several emerging tech firms. She recently created a resource platform dedicated to the economic advancement and self‐reliance of women and girls called Women@Work. Christina earned a BA from Georgetown and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

SVP of Product | HubSpot

Christopher O’Donnell is a technology products strategist, designer, and evangelist. Christopher joined HubSpot as a part of the Performable acquisition in June of 2011. Christopher started and drove a content-driven social media marketing effort that today boasts over a million readers. Prior to working in online marketing and product development, Christopher operated a music production business, where he put his B.A. in Music from Brown University to good use.

Chief Product Officer | Onapsis

Leading the Product Team, Ashish is responsible for ensuring that Onapsis’s products are continually evolving to reflect the latest developments in the Business-Critical Application Security market. Prior to joining Onapsis, Ashish managed various products at Cybereason as the first executive hire and was instrumental in establishing the company and product as a leader in the EDR market. Ashish holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Applications and studied strategy at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

CPO | Rapid7

Lee brings a wealth of security and product leadership experience to Rapid7, where he is responsible for leading the direction and delivery of Rapid7’s entire product portfolio. Before becoming chief product officer he was VP of products at LogMeIn, Inc., a provider of cloud-based remote connectivity solutions. He has also held leadership roles at several software security firms, including Netegrity, Inc., IMlogic, Inc., and Symantec Corporation. Lee received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.



Todd Olson is co-founder and CEO of Pendo, a product cloud that helps product teams deliver software customers love. A three-time entrepreneur, Olson teamed up with fellow product leaders and technologists from Red Hat, Cisco and Google to launch Pendo in October 2013. The company has since raised $106 million in venture capital, landed more than 700 customers and now employs over 240 people across several worldwide offices.


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The Venue

Commonwealth Cambridge

11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA, 02142


October 25, 2018

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Happy Hour/Networking

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Live Debate!

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Happy Hour & Networking/Meet the panelists & moderator

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