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I Want to be a Product Manager! - BPMA Career Night
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Want to break into product management? Learn the actions that others have used to successfully make the transition to product management. Join the panel discussion and hear the views from local companies about how to make the transition.

When: September 18
Registration opens and networking begins at 7:00 pm.
Where: Microsoft NERD Center
1 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, Massachusetts 
United States

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BPMA Career Night:

I Want To Be A Product Manager!

Want to break into product management? Maybe you’ve just graduated from college with a business or technical degree or maybe you’ve been working in your field for a while as a technical contributor. Either way, you’ll learn a lot at this discussion with our panel of experts consisting of product management leaders, recruiters and people who have made the transition to product management.


  • Actions that others have used to successfully make the transition

  • How recruiters can help you make the transition

  • How important is formal product management training?

  • Views from companies that are currently hiring product managers

  • What role networking can play in finding opportunities

Check back as we finalize panel members for the event

Timeline for the Evening
6:15 pm: Registration opens
6:15 - 7:15 pm: Career Fair and Networking (light refreshments are served)
7:20 - 7:30 pm: Announcements
7:30 - 8:30 pm: Panel Discussion
8:30 - 9:00 pm: Wrap up, networking


Premium Members: Free if you pre-register online at least one day prior to event or $10 at the door
Basic Members: $25 if you pre-register and pay online at least one day prior to event or $35 at the door
Non-Members: $35 if you pre-register and pay online at least one day prior to event or $45 at the door
Students: $15; pre-register with a student ticket. Must show valid student ID and pay at door

About our panel:

Bruce McCarthy, Founder of UpUp Labs
LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog | SoHelpful
Bruce McCarthy.pngHaving spent a lifetime as a builder and innovator, Bruce has a passion for understanding customer needs and creating compelling solutions. He has founded three companies and has led teams in organizations ranging from startups to market leaders such as Art Technology Group, Oracle and D&B. His executive-level positions include, most recently, VP of Product at NetProspex. He has demonstrated his leadership in areas ranging from marketing to acquisitions (on both sides of the table) to product management, development and design. A dedicated evangelist for better products and product development, Bruce founded UpUp Labs in 2012. Through it, he help product teams develop products that make a difference and applies his expertise to building innovative new tools like Reqqs, the smart roadmapping tool, now in private beta. Bruce is a prolific blogger on product management topics, as well as an organizer and sought-after speaker at product management, development, and innovation events. He was recently a judge at the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition

Brian Collins: Vice President of Product Management at Demandware
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Brian Collins is responsible for product management and UX design efforts for Demandware. Brian and his team define product strategy, requirements and solution roadmaps for Demandware’s omni-channel commerce solution, setting the direction for current and future product offerings. Brian joined Demandware in early 2013. Prior to Demandware Brian led product management and design at ATG (purchased by Oracle) and earlier held roles in product management, product marketing and project management at Heroix Corporation and Accenture.


Larry Kahn: Vice President of Recruiting at New Dimensions in Technology
Company Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter
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Celebrating 35 years in business, New Dimensions in Technology (NDT), is a Boston area Recruiting firm specializing in Product Management, Marketing, Sales, Engineering, and Technical Operations placement. As the second generation of leadership at the firm, Larry is respected and connected in the High Technology Industry, and he is often quoted in the news for his insights on the job market. He is a seasoned "hunter" for the best and brightest talent, a skilled negotiator, and a calm and strategic resource when it comes to assisting his client companies and candidates on hiring and career decisions. NDT has been a sponsor of the BPMA since its inception.


Eli Mather: Product Manager at
G&A-March-Small-917.jpgEli recently completed a full time MBA program concentrating in Marketing with a joint Masters in Information Systems to transition from a general management role in Manufacturing and product development consulting to Software Product Management. During Business School at Boston University Eli studied Peer to Peer Networks, including, where he currently works. Eli has also studied and instructed as a teachers assistant with General Assembly's Product Management program. He is active in Boston's tech community and strives to create compelling, competitive and profitable solutions to market problems. Eli invites you to reach out and continue the conversation on twitter @elimather.


Alyson Weiss: Social Media Coach at Career Moves


Alyson Weiss is passionate about "translating’ abstract concepts into concrete action plans. She is a personal branding, digital networking, and online leads generations coach for job seekers and career advancers for Career Moves - a division of JVS and was a student activist in a previous life. She freelance writes for Idealist Careers & The Life Uncommon and volunteers for NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Boston. Contact her directly at or to discuss professional development, social justice in the workplace, or why Twitter is like "Aaron’s Party”.



BPMA Career Night is Sponsored by:

Employers & Recruiters - reserve your table now


Sponsorships are open to both employer-side recruiters and recruiting agencies.

Career Night Sponsorship Package: $250

Sponsorship Benefits Include:

  • Networking table before and after the panel discussion
  • Promotion in BPMA’s corporate & job-seeker newsletters
  • Promotion on BPMA website
  • Pass for the event
  • 30 Day resume job-bank subscription on BPMA career center
    (access to connect with candidates who have posted resumes to the BPMA career center)
  • Company shout-out during the opening remarks

Please contact Petra Lehman at: to request the discount code to enter on your online order with our provider, Job Target.

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