How to deal with the issue of diversity?

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How to deal with the issue of diversity? The tech industry, like just about all the other industries in the world, has a problem: diversity. It’s a problem that is confronting everyone these days, but as the most advanced industry on the cutting edge of the most important software in the world, it is incumbent on us to do more than talk. We have to produce. This gathering, which features Product Managers grappling with the issue of diversity, is an attempt to face something that makes a lot of people uncomfortable, but which we see as an enormous opportunity. This event is the first of its kind, and like all firsts, we face something that no one else has faced before. And we are facing it in style.

“This is the first event for Product Managers to address important topics like racial diversity and inclusion in a world of tech conferences typically led by white men. We will have speakers from all racial and social backgrounds and members of LGBTQ communities.”

— Chris Dela Cruz, Event Manager @ PM Upskill Lounge

"Every possible background will be included, will be carefully listened to, and the recommendations they make will have an immediate impact on the way this industry does business," said Ben Lee, the host of the event, and the CEO of Neon Roots, who is the venture studio behind the event.

The world’s largest Product Manager digital event will be held on October 6-7 with the explicit aim of helping to level the playing field for all Product Managers. It’s a tall order, but the organisers feel they are the right group to do it.

“Assembling a diverse panel was our number one priority from the beginning. We noticed pretty much all of the events in the product space have one thing in common — they’re expensive, inaccessible, and their panels are led by white males that are mostly non-technical.

We wanted speakers our audience could relate to — people who took different approaches to their career path and didn’t necessarily follow the traditional route. Our lineup consists of men and women from PayPal, Microsoft, Headspace, Teachable, NTWRK, and lots more.“

— Ben Lee, CEO @ Neon Roots

“Shifting D&I culture takes at least four steps: 1. Establish a sense of belonging for everyone, 2. Compassionate leadership is key, 3. Top-down, bottom-up, and middle-out, 4. Maximise psychological safety (joy and connection), minimise psychological danger (fear and politics)." — Christoper Lee, one of the Product Managers who will be speaking at the event who currently works for Ernst & Young.

Workshops will cover everything from leadership, product strategy, hiring product talent, and managing distributed teams as well as product management in the blockchain space, becoming a better founder, mindfulness, productivity hacks and more. The enthusiasm for this event has percolated throughout our leadership.

“We're thrilled to be a part of this event and to participate as a sponsor. Our Director of Product Management will be speaking as well. With the pandemic, it's been increasingly more difficult and frustrating to try and organise in-person events. The PM Lounge community was the perfect opportunity for us to organise the product folks on our team and reproduce the in-person conference that we miss so much.”

— Brady Brim-DeForest, CEO @ Theorem

This will be a unique opportunity for all of us. I, for one, can’t wait to see what the PM Lounge folks come up with and how they intend to tackle some of the many issues this industry faces with diversity.

“This is the first event for Product Managers to address important topics like racial diversity and inclusion in a world of tech conferences typically led by white men. We will have speakers from all racial and social backgrounds and members of LGBTQ communities.” — Chris (or third party even better)

A small venture studio from LA is throwing the world’s largest digital event for PMs on October 6-7 with the goal of helping people from all backgrounds level up their careers.

“Assembling a diverse panel was our number one priority from the beginning. We noticed pretty much all of the events in the product space have one thing in common — they’re expensive, inaccessible, and their panels are led by white males that are mostly non-technical."

We wanted speakers our audience could relate to — people who took different approaches to their career path and didn’t necessarily follow the traditional route. Our lineup consists of men and women from PayPal, Microsoft, Headspace, Teachable, NTWRK, and lots more. “ — Ben Lee.

Workshops will cover everything from leadership, product strategy, hiring product talent, and managing distributed teams to product management in the blockchain space, becoming a better founder, mindfulness, productivity hacks and more.

The two-day live virtual event will feature multiple stages, networking rooms, panels, and fireside chats with the industry’s best talent. If you’re interested in attending, head over to pmlounge.io for more information.

"We're thrilled to be a part of this event and participate as a sponsor as well as of our Director of Product Management speaking. With the pandemic, it's been increasingly more difficult and frustrating to try and organise in-person events. The PM Lounge community was the perfect opportunity for us to organise the product folks on our team and reproduce the in-person conference that we miss so much."

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