Friday, April 30, 2004

My Career is My Business - Presentation

I will be giving a presentation next week on May 5, 2004 evening title "My Career is My Business". I invited Heather Hamilton, the Microsoft Talent Scout, to join me. Sachin Ganganpantula who is a member of the core ResumeBlog team will also be on our panel.

The details can be found here:
Next SVPMA Event
at least until before the event.
I really don't like it when webpages don't have a permanent link. Anyway, if you are reading this after May 5th the SVPMA (Silicon Valley Product Marketing Association) has an archive of the events.

But here are the details. If you read my blog and come to the event, please let me know.

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004

My Career is My Business - Career Management in the era of globalization

Cynthia Typaldos, Founder and President - ProfGuilds
Heather Hamilton, Sr. Talent Scout, Microsoft
Sachin Gangupantula, ProfGuilds ResumeBlog Team

Location: Wyndham Hotel
1300 Chesapeake Terrace, Sunnyvale, 94089
408-747-0999 (map)

Cost: $20 at the door for non-members or $100/year for annual membership covering 12 meetings.

6:30 pm Registration/networking/refreshments
7:30 pm Presentation
9:00 pm Wrap-up/networking

Cynthia Typaldos, founder and president of ProfGuilds (previously known as the Software Product Marketing [SPM] eGroup) will speak and lead a discussion on managing your career in the era of globalization. Product marketing and management, like many other knowledge worker occupations. is being globalized and commoditized. Cynthia will speak about how the product management job market will evolve, and how to develop and market a deep expertise thus differentiating yourself. Cynthia will also cover how to achieve professional visibility online, build your reputation, and participate on virtual teams wherever your skills are needed. Heather Hamilton, Senior Talent Scout at Microsoft for marketing, will provide her perspective on the way she seeks out top talent and how this has changed and is further evolving because of the internet. Sachin Gangupantula, a consultant and key member of the ProfGuilds/ResumeBlog team, will highlight the process of creating a ResumeBlog and the benefits this brings.

Cynthia and Heather will also explain the difference between being a “wolf or a potato” in managing your career.

The audience will be encouraged to participate throughout the discussion. This promises to be a lively topic. Please join us and learn the strategies that product managers are using to succeed in today's difficult job climate.

50% off the entry fee if you bring a copy of your ResumeBlog! It’s best to print it in landscape format.

Heather Hamilton and a colleague will be interviewing candidates during the day before and after the presentation for marketing positions at Microsoft (for various geographical locations, not just Silicon Valley or Redmond). If you would like to be interviewed, please follow the directions here:

Speaker Bios

Cynthia Typaldos is currently the founder and president of ProfGuilds. ProfGuilds is a set of professional guilds for knowledge workers (formerly known as the Software Product Marketing [SPM] eGroup), currently consisting of 5 guilds in the software space (marketing, sales, engineering, project management, and jobs in India), and over 5,000 members. The ProfGuilds are not-for-profit volunteer-managed organizations composed of career-minded knowledge workers who are employees, consultants, contractors, and entire project teams in the software, networking, internet and telecommunications markets. In tandem with the not-for-profit professional guilds she would like to develop a for-profit company to provide services to the guilds including hosted social software, partnerships, consulting projects, and a barter economy (funding needed). The primary services are a job postings and the ResumeBlog service.

Typaldos is a two-time entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in software and networking. She was previously founder and CEO of RealCommunities, an enterprise software platform for collaboration (a.k.a. social networking) applications (acquired by Mongoose Technology in 2001), founder and COO of GolfWeb, one of the first dot.coms (acquired by CBS Sportsline in 1998), Director of Software Product Marketing at Sun Microsystems, Group Manager of Product Marketing at Data General, and Senior Systems Software Engineer at Bank of America

She is widely recognized as an expert on web collaboration, online communities, and social software. She earned an undergraduate science degree and did graduate course work in computer science at UC Berkeley and was awarded an MBA from MIT.

Heather Hamilton has been working in the staffing industry for ten years and is currently Senior Recruiter for Marketing Talent Acquisition at Microsoft. She is responsible for creating and driving strategies for identifying and attracting the industry's best marketing talent to Microsoft. Heather has been with Microsoft for 5 years in different roles, supporting business and technical organizations' staffing needs. Prior to Microsoft, Heather held roles leading the technical recruiting team at a large multi-line insurance company's corporate headquarters as well as staffing full-time consultants for Y2K remediation and application development and application outsourcing projects for a national IT consulting firm. Heather started her staffing career at Robert Half International in the AccounTemps division after a brief career excursion in accounting. Heather has a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and currently resides in the Seattle area.

Sachin Gangupantula is an independent consultant providing services in product and technology strategy, Competitive Analysis, Product Marketing and business development. Most recently, he helped iManage develop, market and deploy highly reliable enterprise collaborative content management solutions. He has over 8 years of experience in developing and bringing to market innovative web-based products and services.

He is currently helping the ProfGuilds team in developing & delivering a compelling open-source innovation with the ResumeBlog Service that redefines Professional Visibility on the web. He is also on the board of SVPMA.

Sachin earned an undergraduate degree from BITS, Pilani and has a Master's in Computer Science from Univ of Hawaii.

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