Leading The Product Sydney - Leading The Product

Your Host

Jen Marshall

Jen Marshall | Brainmates

Jen Marshall is CEO and Senior Consultant at Brainmates. She has deep experience in Media starting out her career as a News Producer at BSkyB, London. Before leading the team at Brainmates, Jen was the Product Director at Fairfax Media. Jen has an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a BA in Communications from Charles Sturt University. She is regular presenter at events on the state of Product Management.

Your Speakers

Ken Sandy

Ken Sandy | University of Berkeley

Ken Sandy is a 20-year technology Product Management veteran based in San Francisco Bay Area. He has led Product Management teams at an executive level at both fast-growth, early-stage companies, and for larger companies attempting digital transformations amidst industry disruption.


Ken is an Industry Fellow and Lecturer at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at University of California, Berkeley, where he instructs a pioneering Product Management course equipping students with real-world tools and frameworks, and immediately applying them on complex product initiatives. And he is an Executive Product Consultant, assisting companies to drive growth through establishing focused Product strategy, and maturing their Product Management processes and teams.

Previously, Ken was Vice President, Product at Lynda.com – the premier online learning company acquired by LinkedIn. Prior, he worked for companies developing content and advertising platforms for independent publishers, startups creating mobile messaging and social networking solutions, and led business units based in the US and China. He is an alumnus of University of Melbourne.

Trent Mankelow

Trent Mankelow | Trade Me

Trent Mankelow is the Chief Product Officer at Trade Me, New Zealand's leading online marketplace and classified business.

Trent helps define the product management practice for Trade Me, including the tools and processes to help deliver a great user experience used by over 700K Kiwis a day. More than anything, he sees his role as building better product managers.

Prior to Trade Me, Trent was the co-founder and CEO of Optimal Experience, an UX consultancy started in New Zealand. Trent helped grow the business from two people sharing a desk in 2003, to 30 staff across Auckland, Wellington and Sydney before selling to PwC in 2014. He is a co-founder of Optimal Workshop (which builds tools for UX professionals), was the Chief Product Officer for a high-growth SaaS business, and has worked for Spark Ventures.

He's currently obsessed with mountaineering with the goal to climb Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, in January 2018.

Dr. Sarah Colley

Dr. Sarah Colley | Pockets of Brilliance

Dr. Sarah Colley is an organisational psychologist who works with organisations and teams to develop a range of human-centered development processes, based on applying insights from psychology, neuroscience and design thinking. Sarah has spent the past ten-years designing and delivering innovative training, development and coaching processes that result in sustained organisational change, enhanced cultural alignment, accelerated leadership development, improved team alignment / effectiveness, and enhanced outcomes for individuals and organisations.

Sarah has trained at Stanford Design School and utilises design thinking to collaborate in the creation of all processes with clients. She is an engaging facilitator and coach, having presented at national and international conferences including at the United Nations. She has designed and delivered hundreds of development processes across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, The United States, Europe and Asia; across a range of industries including government, engineering, oil and gas, mining, rail, shipping, energy and explosives.

Susan Teschner

Susan Teschner

Susan’s degree in Political Science qualified her for nothing, but her journey through the ranks of product management sure has. Having tried her hand at all angles of product, Susan’s found that straying too far from either the thinking or the doing makes her seriously cranky pants. She’s most happy building collaborative, creative and generally ass-kicking teams, learning daily, delivering on a shared vision and laughing hard along the way.

Currently directing a Product team spread between Melbourne and San Francisco, Susan’s work growing 99designs — the world’s largest marketplace for graphic design — keeps the cranky pants away.


More speakers to be announced soon


Where is it?

Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf

Getting there

By Car | Drive down Market Street toward Darling Harbour and turn left onto Sussex Street. For parking, use Wilson Carpark at 201 Sussex Street. Park on Levels C1, C2, or C3 and take elevator to Level B. Walk along the footpath bridge, over the roadway, and Dockside will be located to your left. Alternatively, you can park directly behind the IMAX building.

Drop off / on foot | he full day rate for non-hotel guests is $85 per vehicle.For taxi, asked to be dropped off at Wheat Road drop-off zone. The driver needs to take Wheat Road and keep left as thy pass the IMAX Theatre. Once exiting the taxi, take the escalators up one level to Dockside. By Taxi | Proceed to 161 Elizabeth Street.

On foot | Take Train to either Town Hall Station. Upon exiting the station, follow Bathurst Street towards the IMAX Theatre at Darling Harbour. As you enter Darling Harbour, make a right. You will pass the IMAX theatre and follow the path along the Cockle Bay Wharf side of the Harbour. Once you get to Dockside, take the escalators up to the Balcony Level.

*Please note that Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf is located on the Sydney CBD side of Darling Harbour between the IMAX Theatre and the Pyrmont Bridge.*