Melissa Perri is a product management educator, author, speaker, and consultant. She believes the key to creating great products is growing great product leaders. Committed to that mission, she created the online school Product Institute, which offers continuous learning opportunities to product managers so they always have a place to return to expand their problem-solving skill set.
Seeing an opportunity to help executives understand the value of Product Management, she published the book Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value, with O’Reilly Media. In 2019, she started a program to train the next generation of Chief Product Officers with Insight Partners and their 150 portfolio companies. In 2014, she wrote the Product Management curriculum for General Assembly’s part time Product Management course, being used worldwide today.
As the CEO of Produx Labs, Melissa runs a team of consultants who work with executives worldwide to set up their product organizations, advise on product strategy, and train leaders and team members. Their clients include Capital One, Lloyds Bank of England, Spotify, Liberty Mutual, Bynder, AthenaHealth, the Australian Defence Department, and Chewy. Prior to her current position, Melissa was a Product Manager and UX Designer at Capital IQ, Barclays Capital, OpenSky, and Conductor.
Melissa is a highly sought after keynote speaker, having addressed audiences in over 35 countries. Past conferences include Mind the Product, Productized, Industry Conference, Agile Australia, Agile 2017, Lean UX NYC, Lean Agile Scotland, and QCon. In 2017 she was voted Best Product Person by The Product Group, a peer review award that received thousands of nominees worldwide.
Melissa has a degree in Operations Research and Information Engineering from Cornell University.