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Meet + Network with CNN’s Women Leaders & Allies
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PowerToFly was thrilled to host an exclusive virtual networking event with CNN, the global leader in online news and information. Watch our virtual event to learn how CNN has adapted during COVID-19 including working remotely, how they’re staying in touch with users, their revamped focus on innovation, and more from the world’s most essential and engaging source of news.

United by a mission to inform, engage, and empower the world, CNN reaches more screens than any other news source in the world. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the game-changing work going on at CNN Digital from some of the powerhouse technologists who make it happen.

This event will took place online Wednesday, September 16th from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM ET (2:30 PM - 4:00 PM PT).

AGENDA:

  • 5:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM PT - PowerToFly Kickoff
  • 5:35 PM ET / 2:35 PM PT - Welcome Address from Melissa Koehler, Vice President, Delivery & Strategic Operations
  • 5:40 PM ET / 2:40 PM PT - Panel Discussion “Staying Connected During COVID” & Audience Q&A Featuring:
    • Nitya Chambers, Vice President, Emerging Product & Platforms
    • Laura Cozart, UX Research Manager
    • Marlena Cruz, Project Manager
    • Emily Jipson, Sr. Director Product Management
    • Jess Rubenstein, Sr. Product Designer
    • Asha Toulmin, UX Research Manager
  • 6:10 PM ET / 3:10 PM ET - Panel Discussion “Inside CNN Digital” & Audience Q&A Featuring:
    • Austin Bloom, Technical Manager
    • Heather Buchma, Creative Director
    • Upasna Gautam, Product Manager
    • Galina Sidarenka, Product Manager
  • 6:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM PT - Closing Remarks from PowerToFly
  • 6:35 PM ET / 3:35 PM PT - Optional Breakout Sessions Begin
  • 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT - Event Concludes

CNN is in the midst of rapid transformation and is looking for innovators, makers, and dreamers who will lead and drive their growth with the goal of making the world a better, more connected place. CNN is hiring - they offers extremely competitive benefits including: a 401(k) with matching, a stock purchase plan, child care, domestic partner coverage, fertility assistance, paid training, and remote opportunities.

About PowerToFly’s Events: All RSVP’d attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require accommodation to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Please note, this event is attended for professionals working as Product Designers, Product Managers, and Software Engineers. If you are currently working as a journalist or media professional, this event is not a great fit for you and we recommend you visit CNN's career page. In order to keep the event conversations as on topic as possible, PowerToFly reserves the right to redirect any individual we determine to fall outside of this event's parameters.

Meet The Speakers

Nitya Chambers
Nitya Chambers
Vice President, Emerging Product & Platforms

Nitya Chambers is the Vice President of Emerging Product & Platforms at CNN. She oversees product discovery and content strategy for CNN Digital's new ventures and emerging product portfolio. Nitya is passionate about the transformative power of content and community delivered via superior user experience.

Laura Cozart
Laura Cozart
UX Research Manager

Laura Cozart is a UX Research Manager at CNN. She has extensive experience planning, designing, and effectively executing consumer studies. Her genuine passion is for team building and fostering the growth and development of junior UXR team members.

Marlena Cruz
Marlena Cruz
Project Manager

Marlena Cruz is a Project Manager at CNN. She has 10 years of experience in creating industry recognized campaigns for Fortune 500 brands. Marlena's passion is for creating unique experiences that redefine the definition of branded entertainment. Some of her specialties include integrated marketing, production, branded content, strategic marketing, and media management.

Emily Jipson
Emily Jipson
Sr. Director Product Management

Emily Jipson is a Sr. Director of Product Management at CNN. She has demonstrated success in the financial services and online media industries at startups and larger companies. Emily is a leader of digital strategy and execution spanning research, UX, engineering, client service, and operations.

Jess Rubenstein
Jess Rubenstein
Sr. Product Designer

Jess Rubenstein is a Sr. Product Designer at CNN. She is dedicated to making innovative online experiences for CNN Politics. Currently, she's working primarily as a UX researcher conducting foundational discovery work in the form of moderated user interviews and usability testing for CNN’s Election Center and Facts First products.

Asha Toulmin
Asha Toulmin
UX Research Manager

Asha Toulmin is a UX Research Manager at CNN. Prior, she's worked with Airbnb, Google, and Bloomberg LP.

Austin Bloom
Austin Bloom
Technical Manager

Austin Bloom is a Technical Manager at CNN. Prior, she's worked with Huge, Object 9, VML, and Studiocom.

Heather Buchma
Heather Buchma
Creative Director

Heather Buchma is a Creative Director at CNN. Her expertise is in creating intuitive experiences that delight users. She also has extensive experience in complex e-commerce flows and the financial services industry.

Upasna Gautam
Upasna Gautam
Product Manager

Upasna Gautam is a Product Manager at CNN. She excels at discussing, architecting, and delivering holistic, data-driven strategies around the digital search experience: technical SEO, semantic search, e-commerce optimization, content and UX strategy, and consumer journey analysis.

Galina Sidarenka
Galina Sidarenka
Product Manager

Galina Sidarenka is a Product Manager at CNN. She is passionate about designing solutions that customers love and driving business growth. Galina has over 10 years of experience leading product management and agile teams.

Melissa Koehler
Melissa Koehler
Vice President, Delivery & Strategic Operations

Melissa Koehler is the Vice President of Delivery & Strategic Operations at CNN. She is responsible for the delivery of all products across all digital platforms, oversight and stewardship of the technology budget, and the operational processes and standards for the technical organization. She is an operational excellence leader in technology who has been delivering world-class products in media for 20 years.