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Evolve & Excel: Women In Product X Discover | Chicago Regional Event

May 9 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join our exclusive gathering with 125 vibrant product leaders from Chicago with Women In Product Chicago Regional Event at Discover.

Spend your evening at this after-hours gathering, which is designed to launch you into the Women In Product 2024 Conference and beyond. Engage, learn, and network with Chicago’s product innovators, with content and curated connections all geared toward helping you excel in product management.

What’s On Tap

  • Speed Presentations and mini-panels offer quick-fire insights to inform your career path and sharpen your skills, from strategy to leadership.
  • Structured Networking: Make connections that matter.
  • Interactive Discussions: Deep dive into what it takes to lead and innovate.
  • Interview Prep: Roundtable case-study practice and hot-seat coaching.
  • Explore opportunities: Meet Discover team members to learn more about what PM life looks like at Discover

Meet and Learn from:

Sessions include:

💡KICKOFF PANEL: Leverage Community to Evolve & Excel Your Career

Discover the founding story of WIP Chicago and learn how it became a cornerstone for career advancement and networking for women in product management. Our pioneering members will share insights into overcoming challenges, building a vibrant community, and leveraging it for career growth, leadership opportunities, and industry transitions. Join us for an empowering session that promises to inspire and connect.

💡Breakout Main Session: Redefining Product, Enabling Technologies & Platforms

This panel brings together a group of accomplished women from Discover Financial Services who are shaping the future of financial services through strategic innovation and robust technology integration.

Collectively, this group is responsible for:

  • Spearheading initiatives that enhance customer acquisition through cutting-edge marketing strategies
  • optimizing product portfolios to maximize value and efficiency across services
  • leading product teams to deliver solutions that are not only viable but also vital to enhancing customer engagement
  • Crafting long-term strategies that align with emerging market trends and company goals.
  • Overseeing the implementation of complex programs that bridge the gap between strategy and technology.
  • Guiding the development and execution of digital product initiatives that drive innovation and customer satisfaction.

These product leaders will explore emerging trends reshaping product development and customer interaction in the financial sector. You’ll get insight into the strategic Innovation and cross-functional collaboration processes and strategies that drive sustained adaptability, product success, and organizational growth in a highly competitive environment.

This session promises to be an insightful exploration of how technology and strategic vision come together to redefine product management in the financial services industry and to share perspectives on harnessing technology to create impactful products and services, fostering an environment of continuous innovation and growth.

This session promises to be an insightful exploration of how technology and strategic vision come together to redefine product management in the financial services industry, to share perspectives on harnessing technology to create impactful products and services, fostering an environment of continuous innovation and growth.

Panelists include:

Small Group Discussion Rooms*:

Interview Case Study – hosted by Himica Kumar , Senior Product Manager, Adyen & Varsha Gaddam, Strategic Senior Product Manager

This small-group breakout, open to PMs currently interviewing or preparing to interview, is a hands-on practice session designed specifically for interviewing product managers to engage directly with experienced PMs who will coach you through real-world case studies, mimicking the high-stakes environment of a job interview.

Case studies are a cornerstone of the product management interview process, designed to assess a candidate’s analytical thinking, problem-solving skills, and ability to drive product decisions under pressure. They challenge candidates to demonstrate critical thinking, strategic insight, and practical knowledge by navigating complex business scenarios and proposing innovative solutions.

Leadership Group Coaching – hosted by Kristen DeLap

Elevate your leadership skills and strategic capabilities in this exclusive group coaching session tailored for director-level and above product managers. This small-group breakout offers a unique collaborative environment where participants share real-world challenges they are currently facing, and upvote to select topics for focus. Led by a coach with extensive experience in product management leadership, this session is designed to foster peer learning and expert guidance in a confidential setting.

At the director level, challenges often revolve around key areas such as creating efficient processes, ensuring organizational alignment, articulating clear visions, formulating robust strategies, and managing high-performing teams. This session provides a platform for participants to bring these issues to the forefront, seeking solutions and sharing feedback and experiences that resonate with senior management roles.

Check-In on time for small group discussion rooms: The interview case study breakout is available to PMs currently interviewing or preparing to interview. The leadership group coaching breakout is available to PMs at the Director+ level. Both will be interactive discussions, with sign-in at event arrival.

Also featuring… a complimentary HEADSHOT STATION to empower you to refresh that 2019 profile pic.

Did we mention… PREMIUM SWAG (Because who doesn’t love swag?!?)

Why You Can’t Miss This

Celebrate your professional achievements, take part in conversations that will shape product management, and connect with a network that’s redefining leadership and innovation in your field.

Ready to excel together? Spaces are limited. Grab your ticket and step into a community that defines product excellence.

Lead, learn, and evolve with the best in the industry.


Regional ticket purchasers will receive a $49 discount code good towards any virtual pass for the Women In Product Conference on May 14th & 15th (see your event confirmation email.)

✏️Need a template to request employer funds? Get the guide to using your L&D funds.

Psst: Please follow the link in your event reminder email to sign up for your headshot prior to the event. Following the event, you will receive an email with a link to your personal gallery, where you may choose your favorite headshot for professional editing. Our photographer Ashley (check out her work—it’s amazing!) will email your final headshot, available for download on Friday, May 17.

Please note: Tickets are NOT refundable. These are live networking and skill-building opportunities, and our small staff works hard to keep these high-quality hosted events.

Wondering why there’s a cost associated with some of our more premium programs and offerings (like this event?)

Women In Product IS a 501c3, and we strive to make great content and connections as accessible as possible all year long. Our private Facebook group, many of our virtual and local events, the community knowledge center, podcast, the WIP Career Center, and our robust library of youtube learning replays are all FREE.

The efforts to develop, coordinate, curate, edit, and share these resources to ensure we make them available to the most women possible – and the costs associated with supporting our volunteer-led chapters with tools and resources – are funded by our more premium offerings and annual conference.

We aspire to live in a world where we have achieved equity on every level for ALL people in product, and all companies and industries provide their PMs with the support they need to thrive. Until then – there’s work to be done.

The Women In Product Chicago Regional Event is hosted by our friends at:


350 N Orleans St
350 North Orleans Street
Chicago, IL 60654 United States


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