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Product Management Advice, 5 Cents – Washington DC Meetup, March 21, 2017

March 28th, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21st, Talener Director Kate Byrnes partnered with Meetup organizer Jie Zhang (JZ) to host a lively discussion at Talener DC.  The meetup, Product Management Advice, 5 Cents, covered topics such as lean startup, enterprise innovation and prioritization.

JZ began the meetup by setting two goals for each attendee: Goal 1 – Meet one new person; Goal 2 – Leave with one new solution. Attendees wrote questions on sticky notes and then each were divided into groups by category.  The four guest speakers, Elliot Susel and Teague Hopkins, freelance workers alongside Kristian Bouw from Notion Theory and Pete Oliver Kruger from Going Green Today, each took a categorized group, holding informative discussions on each topic within the groups.

Attendee, Anna N., thanked the organizers for hosting the Meetup, saying “it is one of the most engaging and well facilitated Meetups I have been to. The format encouraged a good learning/collaborati­ve environment with the mentors and opportunity for a natural, personal connection with others. Goals were clearly defined in the beginning and achieved. Looking forward to the next one!”

Each attendee left with at least one solution to their inquiries.  After groups of interactive discussions, both goals were met successfully, leaving each attendee with a sense of accomplishment.

JZ and Kate have another Meetup in the works covering the 2018 SXSW (South by Southwest) convention on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Those who should attend this next Meetup are product managers who would like to announce or speak at SXSW 2018, or understand what they can get out of this tech and culture conference. SXSW is held in Austin, TX the first week of March each year.  Answers to frequently asked questions such as “What do I need to prepare?” “Should I go?” and “What can I get out of it?” will all be addressed at the meetup.  For more information about the May 3rd Meetup, click here.  Follow Talener on social media for more information about the future Meetups and new job openings!

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Talener raises over $10k for Cycle for Survival

March 14th, 2017

Continuing the tradition of charitable giving through teamwork, Talener New York took part in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Cycle for Survival at Equinox Bryant Park this past weekend.  The 18-person team took to the bikes, having raised over $5,000 towards research to battle rare cancers.  All proceeds are used for research efforts within 6 months of the Cycle for Survival event, offering an immediate impact on the lives of rare cancer patients and their families. Friday’s event hosted almost 50 participating teams, bringing the total fundraising to over $33 million for 2017.

New York team leader, and one of Talener’s Directors, Kim Siembieda, reflects on her participation in the event:

“Cycle for Survival is an incredibly inspiring event.  It is emotional and powerful to hear firsthand stories from Memorial Sloan doctors and rare cancer survivors.  Over the past 4 years I have been participating in Cycle for Survival, it is still so motivating to see so many people come together and rally behind such a great cause.  To see the event grow over the years, in terms of participants, money raised and locations across the country, gives so much hope to the battle.”

Amongst four Talener offices, we have raised more than $10,000 for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Donation pages are still open until April 1, 2017.  If you would like to donate to the cause, please click here.  On behalf of all Talener offices, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity and support.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

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