Ex-Chief Product Officer and General Manager, Wattpad
Seema Lakhani builds and scale innovative technology businesses that make the world a better place. As ex-CPO and GM of Wattpad, she oversaw the growth and engagement of a social storytelling platform that reached over 90 million people around the world each month. In her 9+ years at the company, she led a variety of functions including Product Management, Design, Customer Support, Trust & Safety, Sales, Programmatic Advertising Revenue, Machine Learning, an Innovation Lab and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Lakhani was awarded Canada’s 50 Best Executives in 2020 by The Globe & Mail and Top 40 Under 40 in 2021.
Building a Diverse and Inclusive Product Team
We build technology products to help meet the needs of people, to solve real problems for people. If we want to build globally successful and sustainable companies, we better make sure that the people building those products represent the diversity of the markets we serve. Building a diverse and inclusive team is critical for all leaders in technology. This talk will cover some basic steps to help leaders ensure their culture and hiring practices are supporting this and help employees and candidates to understand if their organization is actually serious about its diversity efforts.