Livongo fmr Chief of Growth on Defining the 2020 Product Exec
Product leadership roles are constantly evolving as companies get more complex, consumer marketing gets concentrated, and enterprise software becomes harder to commercialize. The old ways of building and leading product processes and teams don't work anymore. New skills and roadmaps are necessary for modern product executives to have true impact within the C-Suite of any organization. What does it mean to be a product executive in 2020? Livongo fmr Chief of Growth, now Co-founder and CEO of Emilio Health, Naomi Allen, discusses how to succeed in the New Role of the Modern Product Executive. She will also share experiences about her untraditional path to product leadership, shaping two of the hottest recent IPOs in healthtech, and co-founding her new company in pediatric behavioral health.
Naomi Allen is currently the Co-Founder and CEO at Emilio Health, which is building the world’s first technology-enabled Behavioral Health Home for children and their families. Naomi is a serial entrepreneur and executive with over 15 years building and leading high growth healthtech companies. She was Chief Growth Officer at Livongo until their IPO (NASDAQ: LVGO). Prior to Livongo, Naomi was Co-founder and ran Product, Sales, Operations, Implementation and Client Success at Castlight Health for 8 years until post-IPO (NYSE: CSLT). She's a 2018 Silicon Valley Woman of Influence and is also an advisor to numerous world-class early stage companies. She has recently spoken at conferences including JPMC Healthtech Women, Wharton Healthcare Conference, Constellation Connected Enterprise’s Future of Work, National Business Coalition on Health, CFO Magazine webinar, National Business Group on Health’s Business Health Agenda, Forbes Online, Public Radio “Air Talk”, and Berkeley Haas Business School Healthcare Entrepreneurship course.
RecordedFeb 6 202067 mins
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