BWP 2017 Year in Review

Boston Women in Product 2017 Year in Review: By Emera Trujillo.  2017 has been an exciting year for Boston Women in Product. With events throughout the year, our organizing committee has loved being on this journey with all of you. As we gear up for 2018, here’s a look back at the past year with Boston Women in Product!

By the numbers

We organized 5 events in 2017, ranging from morning workshops to afterhours panel presentations, with really great event hosts, sponsors, and partners including: ZipCar, Fresh Tilled Soil, Wayfair, Rue La La, Pivotal Labs (an event partner for the 2nd year!), Wistia, and of course, our parent organization the Boston Product Management Association.

We had +150 event attendees this year, who listened, learned, and exchanged ideas with local product leaders including: Evan Ryan of Fresh Tilled Soil, Gillian Daniel of Evolve, Libby Webb of Copatient, Mike Byerly of Cengage Learning, Saurin Shah of Rue La La, Erin McHugh Saif of TIBCO Spotfire, Kevin Chang of Pivotal Labs, and Emily Tyson of naviHealth.

We grew our community from a few hundred to over 700 Boston Women in Product members!! Beyond thrilled that you have discovered this community, connected with other product leaders, found new jobs, and made new friends.

Thanks & appreciation

With that in mind, it’s apt that we include a round of thanks and appreciation to everyone who has supported Boston Women in Product throughout 2017, in ways both big and small.

To start, a big thank you to our co-founders: Sarah Ptalis, Cait Porte, and Vanessa Ferranto and our parent organization, the Boston Product Management Association, who have seen us through an exciting year, full big milestones – over 700 community members! – and positioned our organizing crew for great success in the future.

With that in mind, we owe a debt of gratitude to our event organizers who have been tireless in their devotion to growing our community and producing amazing events: Amanda Egan, Allison Schuster, Garima Paliy, and Mallory Mahoney.

Speaking of which, we couldn’t produce the quality nor quantity of events without our amazing event volunteers: Karishma Wadhwani, Bishakha Shrestha, and Cyndy Finnie.

And lastly, but certainly not least: many thanks to all of you, who make Boston Women in Product such an engaging, supportive community. You attend events throughout the year, rain or shine, participating and contributing to a dialogue that we could not have anywhere else. You make Boston Women in Product what it is and the group’s founders, organizers, and volunteers thank you!

Enjoy the holidays & can’t wait to see you at an event next year!


Emera Trujillo is a senior product manager at MediaMath, a global technology company that is leading the movement to revolutionize traditional marketing. With over a decade in product roles across the media landscape, she loves figuring out ways to make technology work for marketers, their customers, and prospects. When she’s not thinking about how to make marketing easier, she loves talking product and serves as a Boston Product Management Association board member representing Boston Women in Product, a community that aims to promote & support women in technology in product roles.

nullBoston Women in Product (BWP) is a community that empowers women to be influencers in their role inspiring them to make a difference and grow in their career. Our mission is to inspire, equip and help advance women in product by encouraging career leadership, development, support, mentoring, and building relationships with like-minded women. The BWP comes together throughout the year in local Boston area events. We gather women together to learn and affect one another in an open, casual setting. We aim to bring expertise from the product community and connect that with women striving to grow in their product career. Open to anyone interested in helping advance women in their product careers. We hope to see you at our next event.

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