Breaking into Product Management

AMA with Carnegie Mellon MS in Product Management Students


June 13, 2024




Virtual Event

Interested in pursuing a career as a Product Manager but don't know where to start? Join our Ask Me Anything session with current students from Carnegie Mellon's Master of Science in Product Management (MSPM) program. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain insights on breaking into Product Management, learn about the experiences of being enrolled in the MSPM program, and receive tips on how to successfully apply. We encourage everyone interested in a career in Product Management to participate and make the most of this valuable resource.

Hosted By

Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business


Brad Eiben

Executive Director Master of Science in Product Management Program

MODERATOR: Brad’s mission is to guide people and align teams toward solving the right problem.Currently, Brad is the Executive Director of the MS in Product Management (MSPM) program. He’s been with Carnegie Mellon University and the MSPM program since 2019, initially as a teacher of HCI for Product Managers.  With a passion for coaching and building a problem-solving culture, Brad made the leap to join CMU full-time in late 2020.  In his current role, Brad directs all aspects of the program’s growth, features, quality, and continuous improvement. Brad has more than two decades of experience in product development and management roles, having held a variety of roles in a diverse array of corporate cultures. As a young engineer, he earned new product launch experience during his time with Toyota Motor Manufacturing. With the data-driven problem-solving foundation developed at Toyota, he moved into leadership roles in the semiconductor, electrical, and manufacturing industries.  In each of these roles, he established and aligned team-oriented cultures, implemented lean processes, and initiated new product development and launch strategies.

Brielle Irving

MS in Product Management Student at Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business

Brielle spent just over 10 years working with HR Technology, approaching her work by finding the balance between tech & talent. During her career, she spent time in the start-up tech sector, where she had the opportunity to enhance the customer experience either by identifying time-consuming manual processes & finding ways for automation, or by taking an existing process & making improvements. This was also the time when she saw products being built to make people’s lives better, and with her experience working with internal cross-functional business partners and external stakeholders, she knew she wanted to officially transition to Product Management. She is currently a student in Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Science in Product Management program.

Elise Guerrier

MS in Product Management Alum from Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business

Elise Guerrier is a dedicated product manager at PointClickCare, specializing in healthcare solutions. A 2021 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Science in Product Management program, she balances her career with her new role as a mom. Elise’s passion for serving others drives her to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare industry. Before joining PointClickCare, she honed her skills in the education sector, where she discovered her love for the daily challenges of product management. A die hard Steelers fan, Elise thrives in environments where no two days are the same, always ready to tackle new problems and deliver innovative solutions.

Qianqian Yu

MS in Product Management Student at Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business

Qianqian Yu is currently a Business Analyst Intern at PayPal, bringing a unique blend of creativity and technical expertise to her role. She holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from Tongji University and a master's degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Chalmers University of Technology. After pivoting from architecture to technical product management, Qianqian has spent two years as a Product Manager, honing her skills in leading innovative projects. She is now furthering her education as a Master of Science in Product Management student at Carnegie Mellon University. In her free time, Qianqian enjoys photography, playing the piano, hiking, and fencing.