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Influencing the product strategy and roadmap

This workshop provides you with strategic frameworks for how to influence the strategy and get buy-in to align people in a common direction.

Julie Xu

Lead Product Designer, Carta

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December 9, 2022

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Influencing the product strategy and roadmap

This workshop provides you with strategic frameworks for how to influence the strategy and get buy-in to align people in a common direction.

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AN IMMERSIVE ONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Develop better relationships with product partners

OUTCOME

Learn how to influence the strategy

You will learn and apply frameworks for how to communicate and influence the product strategy, direction to better innovate and scale product work.

OUTCOME

Learn how to influence the strategy

You will learn and apply frameworks for how to communicate and influence the product strategy, direction to better innovate and scale product work.

TIME TO COMPLETE

On-Demand

Watch virtual lessons at your own pace.

Join Live on Zoom for 90 minutes discuss your challenges with Julie.

Lifetime access to video lessons and a workbook.

LEARN WITH A COHORT

Peer Learning and Interaction

Complete the program alongside a group of peers who will keep you accountable and inspired.

ALL SKILL LEVELS

Who's this workshop for?

Product Designers, Design Managers, Design Directors

looking to improve their strategic skills

Why this program?

How do you define strategy and get buy-in from product partners to align in the common direction? How do you communicate how prioritizing a specific user need & design would impact business outcome? How to set goals to drive alignment and reinforce strategy to motivate team members to contribute?

This program focuses on helping you develop strategic skills as a designer so that you can Influence and collaborate on product strategy and roadmap

Meet your workshop trainer

Julie Xu
Lead Product Designer, Carta

Product Designer

PROGRAM DETAILS

What will you learn?

MODULE 
1
:

Understand Your Business

December 9, 2022 11:00 AM
PDT - Timezone
  • What’s the top thing your org cares about
  • What are the north star business metrics/outcomes your product area is trying to drive 
  • Understand how your product makes money/business model 
  • Understand how your business makes decisions 
  • Understand your company's product vision and strategy

MODULE 
2
:

Building trust with product stakeholders

December 9, 2022 11:00 AM
PDT - Timezone
  • How to build trust with leadership
  • Understand what your stakeholders care about
  • Understand how to advocate for solutions that impact metrics that matter and drive success for the business.
  • Know how leaders make decisions and think about strategy 
  • How to collaborate with PMs and Design, how to develop that relationship with product partners 

MODULE 
3
:

Strategies to influence the vision

December 9, 2022 11:00 AM
PDT - Timezone
  • Understand the problem space well and identify gaps
  • How to get buy-in from business stakeholders 
  • How to manage up
  • How to have a voice and share your design POV at meetings
  • How to leverage your design toolbox 
  • How to communicate effectively to influence decisions

WEEKLY CURRICULUM

What you will learn

Build trust and get buy in from product partners

WEEK

1

- WORKSHOP

Understand Your Business

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

December 9, 2022

  -  

11:00 am

  • What’s the top thing your org cares about
  • What are the north star business metrics/outcomes your product area is trying to drive 
  • Understand how your product makes money/business model 
  • Understand how your business makes decisions 
  • Understand your company's product vision and strategy

0
1
Julie Xu

Lead Product Designer

Carta

WEEK

- WORKSHOP

Building trust with product stakeholders

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

December 9, 2022

  -  

11:00 am

  • How to build trust with leadership
  • Understand what your stakeholders care about
  • Understand how to advocate for solutions that impact metrics that matter and drive success for the business.
  • Know how leaders make decisions and think about strategy 
  • How to collaborate with PMs and Design, how to develop that relationship with product partners 

0
Julie Xu

Lead Product Designer

Carta

WEEK

- WORKSHOP

Strategies to influence the vision

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

December 9, 2022

  -  

11:00 am

  • Understand the problem space well and identify gaps
  • How to get buy-in from business stakeholders 
  • How to manage up
  • How to have a voice and share your design POV at meetings
  • How to leverage your design toolbox 
  • How to communicate effectively to influence decisions

0
Julie Xu

Lead Product Designer

Carta
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

What attendees say about the program

Build trust and get buy in from product partners

An impactful program to help you learn to identify gaps and opportunities across your product that drive real business impact. We dive into frameworks, real-life scenarios, providing opportunities to practice using clear techniques to communicate effectively to influence the roadmap and product direction.

What our community says

Connor Blacksher
Senior UX Engineer, UnitedHealth

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Sofia Papadopouloua
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

An impactful program to help you learn to identify gaps and opportunities across your product that drive real business impact. We dive into frameworks, real-life scenarios, providing opportunities to practice using clear techniques to communicate effectively to influence the roadmap and product direction.


PROGRAM DETAILS

Influence and work better with cross-functional teams

LENGTH
2
WEEKS
PERIOD
December 9, 2022
INVESTMENT
$
Application Deadline:
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

What attendees say about the program

What our community say

Sofia Papadopouloua
Independent Visual Designer & Art Director

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Sofia Papadopouloua
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

$15M+

Revenue Achieved

102

Countries supported

390

Staff Members
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK

How will you learn?

Leadership Academy is a 6-week professional growth program investing in the next generation of design leaders. You'll get matched with a mentor and a group of 2--3 design peers for mentorship, accountability and discuss challenges. You'll also join workshops and live sessions (six live sessions, one each week) to learn from experienced design leaders.

Learn from Experienced Leaders

Attend an intimate workshop-style program that will enhance your perspective on better collaboration. Join practical sessions (one per week) to solidify what you're learning and apply the frameworks and concepts in action.

Learn with a Small Peer Group

This program is designed to facilitate peer learning and interaction. Going through a program, you will connect with a group of curated design peers facing similar challenges like you is the best way to ensure transformation for your career. We're keeping the cohort small to ensure you master the concepts we're teaching, learn and get support from peers.


Accountability & Personalized Feedback

Get personalized feedback from other learners in intimate design peer groups. For the 6 weeks programs you get matched with a mentor and a small group of 2-4 design peers with complementary skills and knowledge for mentorship and ongoing structured meetings for peer learning, to support you and keep you on track to achieve your goals.

Join a Private Community

Join our member-only community. Get 1 year access to Leadership Circle where you'll continue to be supported via ongoing events and accountability after the program.

Ask Questions

Get support on your challenges

Build your network

Learn by Doing

This program is structured as: “Learn → Practice → Get Feedback". Each week you get a worksheet to practice, actionable methods and tactics to summarize the concepts and help you immediately put them into action.

Frameworks, worksheets and resources

Lectures, homework and practice sessions

an inclusive and equitable PROGRAM:
2% of the profits from this program will be donated to the non-profit Inneract Project to empower underrepresented youth through design education and link them to opportunities to explore design in career and life.

Inneract Project (IP) is a cause we believe in that serves primarily middle and high school youth who identify as Black, Latinx and/or of low-income backgrounds.

FAQs

Frequent questions

How does the program work?

Leadership Academy is a 6-week professional growth program investing in the next generation of design leaders. After you apply, your application will be reviewed and you will find out in 5--10 days if you qualify. You'll receive next steps and a link to pay for the program.

When the program starts, you'll get matched with a mentor and a group of 2--3 design peers to for mentorship, accountability and discuss challenges. You'll also join workshops and live sessions (six live sessions, one each week) to learn from experienced design leaders.

Additionally, you'll be part of our Leadership Circle for 12 months. There you'll get to connect with other design leaders, and peers for advice, guidance, accountability, and much more.

What is my time commitment per week to finish the program?

To make the most out of this program recommend to set aside 3 hours a week to attend the workshops, complete the homework. Once every two weeks you'll meet with your mentor and your group.

- Meet with your group: 1 hour/ every two weeks. A total of 3 meetings.
- Attend Live Workshops: 2.5 hour/ week.
- Apply the Concepts: 20 - 30 minutes / week to reflect on materials and practice on your own.

You are welcome to put into it as much time as you can. This is an investment in your career growth.

What time are the workshops?

Most live sessions will happen on Thursdays, Fridays at 9:30am PDT. Click here to convert that time to your own time zone.

There will be 6 live sessions with one per week, for 6 weeks. Although recordings of the talks are available we highly recommend you join live for the full experience.

How much does the program cost?

Attending the program is an investment of $1,200 US which includes access to all workshops from the program and an annual membership to access all content and resources from RETHINK Leadership Circle. If your company would like to purchase 8 or more tickets, please contact us at hello@rethinkhq.com. We can provide an invoice if needed.

Will I be able to expense this to my company? 

Yes. Many of our program applicants are able to expense the program tuition to their company. The return on investment compared to a conference or other opportunities is much greater. You get structured content, hands-on learning, lasting community, and actionable strategies to help you develop practical leadership skills for effective collaboration with your cross-functional teams. Contact hello@rethinkhq.com for further questions.

Do you offer certificate of completion? 

Yes. A certificate of completion is available after the program. That requires you to attend all 6 live sessions and meet with your small group 3 times over the course of 6 weeks. Contact hello@rethinkhq.com for questions.

Do you offer scholarships?

We offer scholarships for underrepresented groups or people who need financial support to attend. This is possible because of partnership with Pinterest and also kind people who donated to the scholarship fund: Aniruddha Kadam, Al Hertz, Liz Heidner, Shara Rosenbalm. If you need financial support to attend this program please reach out to hello@rethinkhq.com.

How long will I have access to the program resources?

You’ll have lifetime access to the program materials to help you successfully lead and influence at work.

Starting with the 6-week live program, you’ll also have access to Leadership Circle, the talk recordings from the events in the program, member-only events, and our community for ongoing support for a total of 12 months.

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Module
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Understand Your Business

Julie Xu
Lead Product Designer, Carta
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Building trust with product stakeholders

Julie Xu
Lead Product Designer, Carta
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Strategies to influence the vision

Julie Xu
Lead Product Designer, Carta
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Mentorship

Here you will find resources and templates for the mentorship program.
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How to Be a Career-Changing Mentor
How do you know when to share your own perspective and when to listen? How do you plant the seed of trust, then tend that relationship over time?
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Meeting Agenda Template
You can use this guiding document to prepare for each meeting. Share with your Mentees to fill it in.

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