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Announcing Reforge’s Summer 2022 Executives in Residence (EIRs)

Summer self-care takes many forms.

For some, that might mean working on your golf swing. For others, that could mean laying out at the beach. (Don’t forget the sunscreen!)

But for Reforge members? They can do a little of both while getting ahead in their career.

This July, we’re offering our first ever Summer Cohort where Reforge members can access the frontier knowledge of tech’s best and brightest right at their fingertips — and you can too.

We’re even more excited to announce the new experts that will be joining us to lead these Summer 2022 Cohort of programs:

  • Hila Qu, Former Director of Growth at GitLab, formerly Acorns,
  • Tom Willerer, Former CPO at Opendoor, formerly Coursera, Netflix

As well as the trusted Reforge EIRs who will return to host live programs this cohort:

  • Jeff Dwyer, Former VP Engineering ezCater, founder PrefabCloud, formerly HubSpot
  • Jonathan Hillis, Founder of Creator Cabins, formerly Instacart
  • Stephanie Kwok, Former VP Marketing, Strategy, Operations at FanDuel
  • Ely Lerner, Startup Advisor and former Head of Consumer Product at Chime, formerly Eat24, Yelp
  • Saleem Malkana, Former VP Product NBC News Digital, formerly Amazon, AMC
  • Patrick Moran, Former Head of Consumer Marketing at Houzz, formerly Spotify, YikYak, Netflix
  • Michael Pici, Former VP Product, Revenue at HubSpot

And additional EIRs returning to contribute content and support additional events:

  • Behzod Sirjani, Founder of Yet Another Studio and Partner at HmntyCntrd, formerly Slack, Meta
  • Louis Bennett, formerly VSCO, Intercom, Trulia

Become a Reforge member today to learn from these leaders and access the entire Reforge content library. The Summer 2022 Cohort kicks off the week of July 18th. Apply now for a chance to secure your spot!

Reforge’s Summer 2022 Executives in Residence

Louis Bennett

About: Louis is an Executive in Residence at Reforge. He is the former VP of Engineering at VSCO, a photo/video app and social network, and held engineering leadership roles at Intercom and Trulia.

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Jeff Dwyer

Programs: Engineering Management

About: Jeff is an Executive in Residence at Reforge and the former VP of Engineering at ezCater, where he led the engineering team that built the ezCater Marketplace & Relish. Previously, he built growth tools at HubSpot and he is currently advising engineering leaders and working on something new at PrefabCloud.

Contributions: 5 Managing Up Hot Takes From Top Tech Leaders

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Stephanie Kwok

Programs: Marketing Strategy

About: Stephanie is an Executive in Residence at Reforge and the former VP of Customer Marketing at FanDuel, where she also held VP roles in Strategy & Operations and Engagement & Retention. In her 6 years at FanDuel, Stephanie helped grow the product to millions of users and become a category leader, working across acquisition, retention, and monetization levers. In addition to Reforge, she is a career and leadership coach and advises startups on growth & marketing.

Contributions: Marketing is More Than Growth, The Rubber Band Theory

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Ely Lerner

Programs: Product Management Foundations, Product Strategy

About: Ely is an Executive in Residence at Reforge and was previously Head of Consumer Product at Chime. He also held Product Leadership positions at Yelp, across the Consumer, SMB, and Marketplace domains, and was Head of Product for Eat24, a fast growing food delivery marketplace. In addition to Reforge, he's currently advising Consumer and Marketplace startups looking to cross the chasm from traction to hypergrowth.

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Saleem Malkana

Programs: Product Leadership, Product Strategy

About: Saleem is an Executive in Residence at Reforge. He is the former VP Product for NBC News, MSNBC, and other brands that together reach 120M+ users monthly. Previously, Saleem led Product at AMC Networks’ DTC startup, growing subscription video brands from proof of concept to over 1M paying subscribers. He also brings perspective from his experiences at Amazon, MTV, and the CIA.

Contributions: 3 Ways Marketing and Product Teams Can Improve Collaboration

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Patrick Moran

Programs: Experimentation + Testing, Growth Marketing

About: Patrick is an Executive in Residence at Reforge and was previously the Head of Consumer Marketing at Houzz. He also held leadership roles at Spotify, YikYak, and was one of the earlier marketing leaders at Netflix during its transition to original content. He is currently advising earlier staged B2C companies looking to profitably scale their marketing initiatives.

Contributions: 3 Ways Marketing and Product Teams Can Improve Collaboration, 5 Managing Up Hot Takes From Top Tech Leaders

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Michael Pici

Programs: Growth Series, Retention + Engagement

About: Michael is an Executive in Residence at Reforge, and an advisor to B2B scaleups on product-led revenue growth. He was formerly VP of Product, Revenue at HubSpot where over nearly 10 years, Michael led several mission critical initiatives spanning product market fit expansion, business unit integration, product-led revenue growth, and go to market technology.

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Hila Qu

Programs: Advanced Growth Strategy, Experimentation + Testing

About: Hila is an Executive in Residence at Reforge and former Director of Growth at GitLab, where she helped establish the Product-led growth motion and contributed to the company's successful IPO. Previously, as VP Growth at Acorns, she built a full-funnel growth team and helped scale the user base from 1M to 5M. Hila is currently advising startups looking to unlock the power of product-led growth via strategy, data/experiments, and team.

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Behzod Sirjani

About: Behzod is an Executive in Residence and Program Partner at Reforge, where he built and leads the User Insights for Product Decisions program. Outside of Reforge, he runs Yet Another Studio and is a partner at HmntyCntrd, working with organizations to develop intentional practices of learning and more human-centered leaders. Previously, Behzod led Research Operations at Slack and was a Senior UX Researcher at Meta.

Contributions: You’re (Probably) Using NPS Wrong, Tug of War: Balancing What’s Best for the User vs. Business

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Tom Willerer

Program: Data for Product Managers, Mastering Product Management

About: Tom is an Executive in Residence at Reforge and was previously Opendoor’s Chief Product Officer. He oversaw the company’s product and design teams to launch new products, acquire companies, and led teams of over 150 Product Managers, Designers, Engineers, and Operators. Prior to Opendoor, he was Chief Product Officer at Coursera, where he helped to scale the company from $1 million to $100 million in revenue. He also led product teams at Netflix as VP of Product, where he helped to expand the company’s subscribership from 8 million U.S.-only users to over 40 million globally.

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