Stina Pagliero is a curious product leader, builder, and teacher living in Copenhagen, DK. She is also a published writer working on her next collection of short stories.
Stina is currently Lead Product Manager at Labster and Lead PM Instructor at General Assembly. Before that, she built products at Pleo and Empirical. And a number of media companies including XO Group, CNN, Hearst, and Complex. Her writing is published in Copenhagen Post, Lululand.io, and Journal des Reves.
Watch Stina's WTGC 2022 talk "The Art of Storytelling as a PM", and other inspiring sessions on our website.
Especially for the WomenTech Network, Stina agreed to give an interview, share her story and experience.
Tell us about your experience as a Women in Tech Global Conference 2022 speaker.
My experience at the Women in Tech Global Conference 2022 was everything I hoped it could be. The space was inviting and supportive. It allowed me to show up authentically as myself with a group of driven and kind participants. I spoke on the Art of Storytelling as a PM. I connected with women attending my talk before, during, and after. It was a professionally enriching experience for which I am extremely grateful. I wish I had met this community sooner.
What is your favorite thing about working in tech?
My favorite thing about working in tech is the possibility for a group of people to unite around a common mission or purpose and help others realize their potential in solving key problems. At Labster, we are helping empower the next generation of scientists to take on global challenges through science education. Having access to a million-dollar lab doesn't stop you from being able to take concepts and apply them to your studies or solve real-world challenges. At GA, we are global training skills offering an intro to PM course I teach. A PM student can take a 10-week course, apply principles of the product as a case study, and transition careers. It doesn't matter where they're from or what industry they're currently in. What matters is they show up. I find this creatively inspiring.
What advice (and tips) would you give to women who want to start a tech career?
Know what you want and trust yourself. If you are already thinking about a career in tech, congrats. You're on your way. But it's important to think about why you want a tech career. Ask yourself some questions that help set intentions and milestones for your decision. Google uses the GROW model developed by Graham Alexander, Alan Fine, and Sir John Whitmore which I've found helpful.
Remember that transitions and a career in tech happen step by step, so be patient and compassionate to yourself throughout the process. Always check in with yourself on your intentions and stay focused on where you're going as you create your new path. You got this!
Who would you recommend to join the WomenTech Network?
I would recommend the conference and network to anyone that's looking for leadership guidance, career directions, professional connections, or personal development.
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