Becoming an Executive

All org sizes


Sessions begin April 18
Meets weekly on Thursdays
8 am – 9:30am PT / 11 am – 12:30pm ET
Price: $1,500/participant

About this Circle

Our circle will focus on accelerating the careers of high-potential product leaders who are ready to take on that next level (or have aspirations but want a little nudge and capacity-building tips). Together, based on group preference, we will work on topics such as:

  • Building your executive presence and advocating for your personal brand
  • Increasing your influence across the organization, particularly with peers and teams you do not work with directly
  • Identifying and overcoming implicit biases that women and minorities face
  • Building capacity to do the stretch work while avoiding burnout
  • Finding role models when there aren’t many women like you at the top
  • How to identify and land senior sponsors within and outside of your organization
  • Navigating your own balance of family, career, and self-care


We will build time for broad frameworks and suggestions and focus on individual needs from week to week. We will also adapt our topics based on progress throughout the program to ensure we make the best use of everyone’s valuable time!

Meeting dates

Weekly on THURSdays: Apr 18, 25 • May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • Jun 6

8 am – 9:30am PT / 11 am – 12:30pm ET

Note – includes a complimentary 1:1 executive coaching session with Yue for use at any time during the program.

Yue Zhao headshot

“Yue is an amazing coach! Yue gave me a way to think about what I wanted long term and worked with me through how to negotiate the transition in terms of levels and comp. She was vital in every step of the process, from creating a vision of where I wanted to be to the tactical compensation negotiations. Highly recommend!”

– Director, Series C Healthcare Startup

Yue’s Coaching Style

She is patient, observant, and efficient. She spends her time listening to the words between the words, connecting with the emotion and energy of the conversations, and piecing together many cause-and-effect relationships. She looks for and pinpoints critical questions or themes. She exposes contradictions, uncertainty, or frustration. Together, you’ll then work through those things to get clarity and find a path forward.

More about Yue

Yue is a career coach for senior managers and directors. She has coached hundreds of aspiring executives and helped them advance their careers to VP+. She is the author of The Uncommon Executive: Breakthrough to the C-suite as a Minority and is working on a Reforge course for the same.

Separately, Yue is a venture partner with LifeX Ventures, an $100M early-stage fund investing in Healthtech and Climatech. Prior, she was the Chief Product & Technology officer at Fuzzy Pet Health (Series C, Matrix, Greycroft), Product Management Lead at Meta and Instagram, and first PM at Thumbtack (Series I, Sequoia, Google Ventures).

Yue started her career with McKinsey and Company and dabbled in entrepreneurship with a failed wine startup. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s from the University of California Berkeley in Biomedical Engineering.
Yue splits her time between the Bay Area and Barcelona, Spain. She lives with her husband, two kids, and a corgi. In her spare time, Yue loves wine, travel, and pottery.