Building & Managing a Diverse Team in the Age of Social Distance by Prachi Gupta, Minal Mehta

The global pandemic has changed the way we live, work, and collaborate together. Effectively building and managing teams remotely has gone from an aberration to the norm, and is now more critical than ever.

Join a discussion between Prachi Gupta, Discord’s head of engineering and former head of LinkedIn’s feed, and Minal Mehta, head of product management for Next Billion Users (NBU) at YouTube, as they talk about taking over the “virtual” reins of a distributed workforce, her approach to building diverse teams, and her mission to make tech a place where women and people of color thrive.

about the speakers

Prachi Gupta

VP of Engineering @ Discord

Prachi Gupta is the head of engineering at Discord, where she is responsible for strategically growing the team to support Discord’s core product, infrastructure, and security systems as the service continues to expand. Prachi was most recently the head of engineering for LinkedIn’s feed, where she led the R&D teams for the feed, sharing, and homepage teams at the company. She has over a decade of experience in consumer technology and has been responsible for leading the strategy and execution of highly scalable and distributed technology stacks. Earlier in her career, she served as a senior engineer across multiple technology companies, including Garmin International, Intellicus Technologies, and Impetus. She is an active supporter of diversity in STEM. During her time at LinkedIn, she co-founded the company’s Women in Technology initiative and is also an alumnus board member of Women's Audio Mission. She was named one of the most powerful female engineers by Business Insider in 2018. She has a Masters in Computer Applications and Science from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya. She currently resides in the Bay Area with her husband and son.


Minal Mehta

Head of Product Management @ Next Billion Users (NBU) @ YouTube

Minal Mehta is the Head of Product Management for Next Billion Users (NBU) at YouTube. She leads a suite of products that serve the next billion users in emerging markets at YouTube, delivering growth while serving the distinct needs of users in these high-growth markets. She also influences across Google, ensuring that teams across the company are building for this key segment. Prior to her current role, Minal was a Group Product Manager at Google, where she built brand new ‘NBU-first’ products, and led Google’s investments in Indonesian ride hailing app, GO-JEK and in the Indian on-demand service, Dunzo. Minal has previously led PM & design teams at LinkedIn and Amazon as well as in earlier stage companies. She has a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, improv, and the craziness that an 8-year old and a 5-year old bring with them.


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