Helping more people from more diverse backgrounds into digital careers.

04 quality education S 05 gender equality S 08 decent work and economic growth S 10 reduced inequalities S Our impact

Intention

Digital product management is a generalist job field where many feel they do not have the skills to contribute when compared to specialist roles such as development or design. Product Tank helps people in this situation by providing skills, networks and inspiration.

William Joseph helps to organise, curate and deliver these events – over the last year entirely remotely.

We want to improve access to these roles from a wider variety of backgrounds so have pushed to ensure that speakers and organisers are more representative of these communities.

We have been particularly focused on showcasing women who are experts at their craft. Despite a large number of women being involved in the industry, it is often white men that take centre stage at these kinds of meet-ups. We have attempted to address this without discriminating against those with interesting stories to tell.

Product Tank has looked a bit different since going remote, but this diverse community still comes together to help others.

Results

6,000

people have viewed Product Tanks across the world in 2021

47%

of talks were given by women – up from 40% in 2020

Over the last year, we have helped to deliver nine product tank sessions, reaching over 6,000 people across the world.

47% of sessions were given by women, 53% by men. Compared to 2019, 60% of sessions were delivered by men.

What’s next?

By building relationships across the industry, we want to increase our recruitment of speakers from BAME communities.

In tandem, we will improve the diversity of perspectives that we hear from at the sessions – looking for inspiration from outside the product management echo chamber.