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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 California, 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 | 99 Designs

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.

Sara Wood

Sara Wood | Vice President of Product Management, GAP Inc

Sara has been leading Product teams since long before the discipline had a name. Starting in the early days of the first dotcom boom in San Francisco managing products such as Salon Magazine, she survived the bust and came through that period to lead teams at the executive level at Flickr, Wikia/Wikipedia, early stage starts ups such as Layer, international science organizations such as the United Nations, PLoS and Harvard, as well as large Fortune500 companies such as Gap Inc global.

Sara has developed her own outlook on what makes a team, a feature, a product and a company successful. She has worn many hats (depending on the size and maturity of the organization) and lived every incarnation of “process.” She has learned first-hand how to manage through complexity and changing economics (she also credits her years as a waitress and bartender to pay her way through University and Graduate school for this as well!).

Sara serves as an early-stage advisor to young companies, hoping to help accelerate their vision, while avoiding the all-too-common land mines along the way.

Cameron Adams

Sally O’Donoghue | Manager, ABC iview

Sally O’Donoghue is manager of ABC iview. iview attracts 2.1m monthly users, second only to Netflix for video on demand, and records more than 50 million program plays each month.

During Sally’s time leading product development, editorial and audience experience at iview, the service has continued to break new ground with multiple digital-first program commissions and initiatives unearthing new on and off-screen talent.

Sally has previously held senior product and editorial roles at BSkyB and Virgin Media UK before joining ABC TV in 2011. Sally completed post-graduate studies in Communication at Swinburne University of Technology.


More speakers to be announced soon


Where is it?

Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf

Getting there

Take the Wheat Road exit and keep left past the IMAX Theatre. From the Wheat Road drop off zone take the escalators up one level to the Balcony Level.

Take train to Town Hall Station. Exiting 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 to Balcony Level.

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.

*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.*

The after party

Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf