IWD 2024 GDG Kuwait Impact the Future

Join us for two online talk by invited speakers Upasna Gautam (Sr. Product Management Leader at CNN/Warner Bros. Discovery) and Iris Yuning Ye Graduate Student Instructor at Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) Program at LSA and School of Information at University of Michigan) to learn more about enhancing your brand, self promotion and self advocacy and navigating career choices.

Apr 17, 5:00 – 7:00 PM


Key Themes

Career DevelopmentCommunity BuildingInternational Women's DayNetworkingWomen Techmakers

About this event

Join us for an exciting evening learning about careers, ourselves and networking...

Talk #1 Your Career Catalyst: The Art of Self-Promotion

Come and meet Upasna Gautam (Sr. Product Management Leader at CNN/Warner Bros. Advocating for yourself and publicly sharing your accomplishments isn't easy and can be uncomfortable, especially if you aren't used to vocally owning your achievements. In this session, I’ll unveil the transformative power of self-promotion and self-advocacy. You’ll learn how to create a professional brand that is a magnetic force for high-value career opportunities.

Upasna will be joining us to share what she believes works! What you will learn includes: (1) build a strong professional brand that distinguishes you in your industry (2) develop the confidence to effectively advocate for yourself in the workplace and (3) leverage actionable strategies for self-promotion, ensuring you stand out and seize valuable career prospects

More about our speaker:

Speaker: Upasna Gautam

Job Title: Senior Product Management Leader

Company: CNN/Warner Bros Discovery

Location: Austin, TX, USA

Upasna is a Senior Product Management leader on the Platforms team at CNN, where she leads the development of the content management technology that delivers breaking news to the world. Upasna has been working in the tech industry for the last 15 years and has been an integral part of building technical, data-informed solutions for brands such as Ford Motor Company, Valvoline, PCMag, Mashable, Mars Corporation, and Kimberly-Clark. Outside of her day job at CNN, Upasna is the Chair of the Board of Directors at the News Product Alliance. She’s also a Community Lead with Google's Women Techmakers, freelance journalist at CNN, angel investor, content creator, and new mother.


Instagram: www.instagram.com/upasnagautam

Twitter: www.twitter.com/upasnagautam

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/upasnagautam

LinkedIn Newsletter: https://www.linkedin.com/newsletters/7015450433791959040/


Talk #2   Empowering Paths: Navigating Career Choices

For our second talk this evening we will be hosting WTM speaker Ms. Iris Yuning Ye who is a Graduate Student Instructor at Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) Program at LSA and School of Information at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Iris is passionate about women empowerment and excited to share her perspectives. The talk begins by delving into the observed challenges that Gen Z college students encounter while navigating career choices. This struggle is not exclusive to students but resonates across all stages of a woman's life. Participants will leave the talk with a renewed sense of agency in their career choices, armed with practical tools for self-exploration. "Empowering Paths" seeks to inspire young women of color to embrace their natural superpowers, unique strengths, fostering a resilient mindset in the face of the digital age's ever-changing landscape. 


More about our speaker

Iris Yuning Ye is a Graduate Student Instructor at Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) Program at LSA and School of Information at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She realized the importance of self-exploration through her own experience and her research. Her research focuses on development finance, user identity and innovative education methods. She has 3+ years product management and information architecture experience among startups and developed tech companies. Her products have been ranging widely from AI, NLP to user experience. Outside of research and product, she is also a Strength and Conditioning Coach and classical violinist. 


  • Iris Ye

    University of Michigan

    Graduate Student Instructor

  • Upasna Gautam

    CNN/Warner Bros. Discovery

    Sr. Product Management Leader


  • Zainab Almeraj

    Kuwait University

    Assistant Professor


  • Hafsah Almuhanna

  • Fajar Aldousari

  • Shaikha Sabti

    GDG Organizer


Women Techmakers in Kuwait logo

Women Techmakers in Kuwait

ArabWIC Kuwait logo

ArabWIC Kuwait

Click IT club (Kuwait University) logo

Click IT club (Kuwait University)

Kuwait University logo

Kuwait University

Munjiza project by KIPCO CSR and Burgan Bank logo

Munjiza project by KIPCO CSR and Burgan Bank


  • Zainab AlMeraj

    Kuwait University

    GDG Organizer

  • Hafsah ALmuhanna

    Kuwait University


  • Fajer D

    GDG Kuwait Organizer

  • Shaikha Sabti


    GDG Organizer

  • Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Ahmed

    GDG Organizer

  • Mubarak Albarrak

    GDG Kuwait Organizer

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