Ellen Chisa speaks about startups, software development, and leadership. You can read about her talk development process on the 50/50 pledge or contact her for bookings: ellen.chisa@gmail.com.

Talks Ellen gives frequently are:

  • Beyond Metrics: Making Product decisions is a lot more than metrics. This talk walks through four ways to make product decisions in a startup: quantiative, qualitative, vision, and team input.
  • Continued Learning In Product Management: Lots of content exists for "how to get into Product Management." A lot less exists for "How do I get better at Product Management?" This talk walks through how to assess where you are as a PM, what to learn next, and how to learn it. (And yes, it answers the two most popular questions: "do I need an engineering degree?" and "do I need an MBA?")
  • Courses: Ellen has also developed a full length Product course for engineers and revised an interface design course for engineers at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.

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Selected Past Talks

  • CTO Summit 2018: Quick Product Validation Strategies by Company stage
  • Product Leader Summit 2018: Vision vs. Management (video)
  • Front Utah 2017: Balance: Prioritizing your roadmap across product stages (video)
  • Product Tank NYC: Learning in Product (video)
  • Growth Camp Boston 2016: Consumer Apps: When (and How) to Grow?
  • Industry 2015: Launching: Using Checklists at Industry Summit
  • #ProductSF 2015: The Careful Balance Between Product and Art (video)
  • Skillshare: Fundamentals of Product Management (video)


  • "Ellen was exactly what we were looking for in a speaker when we invited her to speak at Industry 2015. Her talk was instantly an audience-favorite, and she was a pleasure to work with and get to know. We were quite lucky to feature Ellen as a part of our lineup!"
  • "Ellen was a perfect fit for our Boston Women in Product panel. She joined women in various stages of their career and provided the audience with product career advice. She connected with our community instantly, sharing insights from her experience and elevating the discussions with a fresh perspective. Ellen was so easy to work with and we hope we have her join again soon!”