September 7th was the third annual Women in Product Conference in Burlingame and it was timely inspiration to hear professional women leaders who've already made it speak of their experience. It was so delightful to see WIP provide a mothers lounge. I overheard multiple conversations on separate occasions talking about how attendees found it useful and comfortable… what a uniquely feminine and awesome topic to hear at a tech conference!
Overall, the speakers really emphasized and spoke of self-advocating and risk-taking, which really resonated with me. Not sure if it was intentional, but I liked how there was one umbrella theme of navigating more assertively since that is one of the main difference I believe causes a gap between opportunities between men in product and everyone else. Job-searching season for students is getting into full swing and that is usually accompanied by self-doubt and existential questions. Hearing women product leaders share anecdotes of their journey helped me grow more comfortable being uncomfortable in the job-searching process.
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