Advance the Practice. The purpose of the Product Management Community is to advance the knowledge, quality, and opportunities for Product Managers living in the Pacific Northwest.


Preferred by Employers. Our vision is of time when the members of the Product Management Community are specifically recruited for the most coveted positions in their field because they are part of the Community. Prospective employers recognize PMC membership indicates a Product Manager’s commitment to continuous self-improvement and dedication to becoming and maintaining top performance.


Inspired to Excel. Our mission is to be a community of Product Managers who inspire, motivate, and mentor each other in the advancement of our knowledge, practice, and careers.


Explore your potential | expand your practice | Engage, Learn, Contribute, Socialize


Our Board


Gwen Bender, Chairperson

Gwen is a program manager at Vaisala, a company at the cross-section of information technology and renewable energy, where she's leading their global solar power initiatives. She has no free time but if she did it would be spent reading books, dancing and learning to cook better. Gwen joined the PMC board in 2014. 


Kathryn Dellinger, Vice Chairperson

Kathryn is a UX product manager at Amazon, where she focuses on the digital video streaming experience. When she's not working, she loves seeing live music or you can find her outdoors hiking, climbing, and snowboarding. Kathryn joined the PMC board in January 2016.


olaf Kowalik, Secretary

Olaf is a Product Manager at Oracle and owns the social listening product that's part of the Oracle Marketing Cloud. On weekends, Olaf hopes to be found windsurfing and skiing and spends early mornings swimming, biking, and running. Olaf joined the PMC board in January 2016.



Karen is an accomplished program and product manager working at Launch Consulting in Bellevue (a creative technology solutions company serving start-ups to Fortune 500s), where she focuses on bringing differentiating technology opportunities to her clients. Outside work, life is about friends, discovery and adventure, be it locally in the PNW or globally – there is always somewhere next on the travel list! Karen joined the PMC in January 2016.



Sonal works as a Program Manager at Lumedx, a healthcare IT company. Outside of work, she likes to stay connected with friends, read fiction novels, write blogs and enjoys baking. She has been an active member of the PMC since 2014 and joined the board in 2015.


David okrent

David Okrent has over twenty-five years of experience as a product manager, business developer, marketer, marketing manager, and researcher spanning four different industries. He is the author of scientific papers and has presented worldwide on topics on brand management and customer insight programs. He is the author of two books on brand development and holds a B.S. and MBA in Marketing.  David has been a member of the board since May 2016.


Our Sponsors


Pragmatic marketing

Pragmatic Marketing is proud to have participated in EVERY ProductCamp since their inception. We conduct the world’s most popular product management training with more than 100,000 attendees from 7,000 companies in 23 countries. Product management certification from Pragmatic Marketing is the industry standard with 20,000 product managers and marketers earning the designation Pragmatic Marketing Certified. Indicative of our worldwide success, Pragmatic Marketing has been recognized seven times by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America.


general assembly

At General Assembly, we are creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, by offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing.


Pivotal Product Management

Want your Product Management team to make a stronger contribution to the business?  Need help implementing Agile and Lean practices at scale, across Product Management and Engineering?  Pivotal Product Management offers Agile and SAFe® product management and product owner training, coaching, and consulting to help you and your team deliver more value to customers and improve time to market.

Clients include EMC, Alaska Airlines, ViaSat, McDonalds Corporation, HBO, Cisco, Disney Technology Services & Solutions, Getty Images, Vizient, Walgreens, and many others. Find out more at www.pivotalpm.com.



Zulily is all about bringing moms special finds at incredible prices, every day. We feature an ever-changing, always delightful collection of clothing, shoes, home décor, toys, gifts and more — for the whole family. Darrell Cavens and Mark Vadon launched zulily in 2010 to give Mom a different way to shop, and now millions visit zulily to discover something new every day.


University of Washington, professional & continuing Education

Through UW Professional & Continuing Education, we break down barriers to make education possible for all types of learners. We provide unique opportunities for those who don’t fit the mold of a traditional full-time, on-campus student. Whether you want to update your skills or delve into a new field, UW Professional & Continuing Education can help. We make it possible for you to keep learning at the University of Washington, even if you work full time or live outside of the Seattle area.



Pendo was founded in 2013 when alumni from Rally, Google, Cisco, and Red Hat combined their heads and hearts to build something they wanted but never had as product managers — a simple way to understand and attack what truly drives product success. With powerful analytics, in-application user feedback, and contextual guidance designed to help companies measure and elevate the customer experience within their applications, Pendo is on a mission to improve society’s experience with software.



UserVoice provides customer-centric products built from rich data. Product management has always been more art than science, and we’re here to change that by transforming how companies gather and analyze product feedback. We automate the collection and management of product feedback and enrich it with quantitative customer data. By bringing science to the art of listening, we’re helping product managers prioritize feature requests to drive strategic product decisions.


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