Principal Product Owner, Target Corporation
Experienced Product Discovery Coach with a demonstrated history of helping teams define their products, customers, outcomes, and hypotheses. Pete has 20+ years of technology solution delivery experience with deep expertise in Product Management, Agile Methodologies, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Process, and Team Building.
For the past two years, Pete has been accountable for driving Enterprise adoption of the Product Model at Target, including internally facing product teams and partner business teams. He has owned and driven Target's Product Management Community of Practice, is the Co-Organizer of ProductTank Twin Cities, and founder of the Agile Transformation Leadership Meetup.
He believes that Product is the gateway to Business Agility and seeks to create a strong Product Management Community in the Upper Midwest.
Chief Data & Strategy Officer, HotelTonight
Amanda is Chief Data & Strategy Officer at HotelTonight, the leading mobile app for last-minute hotel bookings. She leads data analytics, corporate strategy and data engineering to create and execute data-driven strategies. Amanda has also served in senior product management roles in companies including Snagajob, Eclipsys, and Prezi.
Consultant and Author, User Story Mapping
Jeff Patton helps companies adopt a way of working that’s focused on building great products, not just building stuff faster. Jeff blends a mixture of Agile thinking, Lean and Lean Startup Thinking, and UX Design and Design Thinking to end up with a holistic product-centric way of working. Jeff is the author of the bestselling O’Reilly book User Story Mapping which describes a simple holistic approach to using stories in Agile development without losing sight of the big picture. You can learn more about Jeff at: jpattonassociates.com
Senior Vice President, Return Path
Cathy Hawley is Senior Vice President of Performance at Return Path, experts in deliverability and driving results for email marketing. Cathy and her team are responsible for executive and leadership coaching and development, culture, employee relations, people analytics, people operations and recruiting. Cathy has 20 years experience in global human resource management and coaching.
Interaction Design Practice Lead, Royal Bank of Canada
Jennifer is a senior manager at RBC, focusing on people and practice: supporting, enabling and growing a talented team of interaction designers. Before joining RBC, Jennifer spent 20 years doing product design at IBM where she adopted and evangelized IBM Design Thinking and lean UX practices among local and distributed cross-functional teams. She believes that radical collaboration is the one of the keys to building exceptional customer experiences.
Founder, Lean Performance
Felipe Castro helps organizations transform how they use goals by adopting OKR, Silicon Valley's agile goal system. After training thousands of individuals, Felipe created the OKR Cycle, a simple method to avoid OKR's most common pitfalls. He is the author of the upcoming book: “Goals for Agile Organizations: Scaling OKR from Teams to the Enterprise.“
V.P. Architecture, Target Corporation
Joel spent most of his working life coding large scale software systems for enterprises. Architecture crept in as he worked on larger and more complex systems that needed a holistic view and thoughtful planning to function and scale. At the same time, Joel embraced the Agile development movement and learned both the Agile and Architecture trades concurrently. He has worked in multiple industries and companies from startup medical devices, power utilities, health insurance, online banking, call center work force management, rail car commodity trading, online education, long haul trucking logistics, and finally, retail. Joel has served as Chief Architect for Minnesota’s two largest consumer goods retailers, Target and Best Buy. Joel brings a strong Agile and Engineering focused bent to the practice of Enterprise Architecture.
Nate is the Chief Experience Officer at Pluralsight focusing on shaping experience design at scale across the organization. Nate is a seasoned entrepreneur who started his first company, Paramed, in 2004, revolutionizing medical evacuation with Paraslyde. When Stryker Medical acquired his company, Nate became the lead of global R&D for their medical emergency services division where he focused on mobile and web applications. Nate then became the Chief of Research and Innovation at Tanner Labs, where he built three best-in-class products within the first year.
Head of Product Design, When I Work
An advocate for the power of design thinking to help companies innovate and thrive, Sara leads product, UX, and engineering teams to collaborate, experiment, and learn their way toward better outcomes. She is currently Head of Product Design at When I Work, a Minneapolis-based start-up with a mission to make work less work for the hourly workforce. Previously, Sara was the Director of the Experience Design Center and Distinguished Engineer at Dell Software following their acquisition of enStratus, a local tech start-up where Sara established and scaled product, engineering and design teams.
Seth Rosen purchased CustomMade in 2009. He grew it into a large venture-backed marketplace for makers, backed by almost $30 million from Google Ventures and other top-tier venture capitalists. In 2015, he reformed and repurchased the business to grow what is today the world's largest online custom jeweler.
Director of Product Management, ADP
Kevin Sakamoto is a Product Management Director who collaborates with executives and division leaders to define product strategy, achieve corporate objectives, and harden product disciplines. With over a decade of product experience across banking, e-commerce, and enterprise SaaS, Kevin drives strategy and product develop by consistently putting the guest first.
Product Coach and Advisor,
Hope Gurion is a fearless product leader of great product teams. Currently Hope serves as a Product Advisor and Coach to start-ups and companies seeking growth. She has led more than 40 B2B and B2C product teams. She was CPO at CareerBuilder and SVP, Product Management at Beachbody. She led several verticals as a product and business leader at AOL. When she’s not building great products and product teams, she enjoys writing and speaking to help others shorten their learning curves. She has an MBA from Duke University and a BA from Pennsylvania State University.
Director of Voice of Customer, PTC
Sue is the Director of Voice Of Customer where she is capturing the customer voice and turning it into actionable change to improve the experience. Sue understands how to build teams to make very complicated tasks as simple as possible (Product UX) and to persuade people to buy stuff (Marketing UX). As a natural progression, she expanded to use the same fundamental skillset to craft and manage end-to-end customer experiences.
Senior Director Strategic Operations, Evite
Lauren is the Senior Director of Strategic Operations at Evite, the leading digital invitation and event planning service. As the Director of Product, she reinvented Evite from the ground up, bringing Evite’s 32 million registered users and 200 million guests a robust customer experience on every major platform for the first time in the company’s 20-year history. Most recently, Lauren has taken an operations role in which she brings Design Sprint methodology to the company to answer critical business questions through rapid prototyping and user testing.
Principal Product Owner, Target Corporation
Lucas is the Target Product Owner for Item-Location Services, Enterprise GraphQL, and Autobahn. He worked at Target from 2007-2015 in a variety of roles in TTS and returned for his second stint in his current role in early 2017. During his sabbatical from Target, he was a Product Director of Supply Chain at Infor Retail.
UX/Discovery Coach, Carmax
Archie Miller is an experienced designer and discovery coach with proven skills that combine creative vision with customer perspectives to drive world-class products and services. Archie has over 10 years of experience optimizing user engagement for brands such as CarMax, Snagajob, and Crutchfield.
Senior Data Analyst, Tinder
Jennifer is a Senior Data Analyst at Tinder. She has a PhD in Sociology and previously worked at Oxford, Yale, and Notre Dame before transitioning into the tech sector. She has 15 years of experience transforming user data into stories and insights. At Tinder, she is working to democratize the use of data, driving the effort to develop and share data learnings across the company.
President, GovernanceAlive LLC
John Buck has extensive leadership experience with government and corporations, including managing large information technology projects. John has coauthored multiple books on Sociocracy, which is the a system of governance intended to create healthy teams and productive organizations. As President of GovernanceAlive LLC, he trains and consults throughout the world about advanced management methods.
Content Strategist, Thumbtack
Cartier is a UX content strategist, previously at Microsoft and now at Thumbtack, finding human-centered ways of explaining muddled concepts, simplifying fuzzy interactions, and making users aware of what their next tap or swipe may mean. She’s worked on things like payroll mapping, network settings, and collaboration features that change the way people work. When it comes to deliberating the subtleties of language, you’ll see that she ’s really into the details.