CHELSEA Q. GONG
A go-getter who brings people together with integrity, empathy, and purpose.
A believer of TECH FOR HUMANITY.
PASSIONATE PRODUCT MANAGER
Focus areas: data, analytics, privacy and safety, open web sustainability
Dec 2018 - Present
Product strategy, roadmaping, and execution
Open web monetization via reader revenue
Privacy-safe data collection, sharing, and use for advertising products
Global corporate access and insider risk infrastructure
Aug 2017 - Dec 2018
Product roadmaping and execution for SaaS products in life science
Data-driven clinical trial design optimization product for global clients
ML model based clinical trial site selection and performance projection
Data warehouse, analytics, and ML modeling for clinical trial operation
Feb 2015 - Aug 2017
Full product lifecycle management for SaaS in auto retail / finance
Integrated electronic contracting, digital signature, finance and tax calculation, and compliance
TL / MANAGER, NYSDOT
Jun 2014 - Feb 2015
Responsible for 24/7 technical reliability of NYS intelligent transportation system in Westchester County
RA, VILLANOVA UNIV
Aug 2011 - May 2014
Renewable energy system design
Data modeling for Li-ion battery charging / discharging process
Data modeling for lead-acid battery charging / discharging process
Jul 2009 - Jul 2011
Product innovation and go-to-market from 0 to 1
Mobile video chat app across Android and iOS (later merged into WeChat)
Mobile browser across all main stream mobile OS
Mobile QQ Instant Messenger on Meego OS (strategic partnership with Intel)
HOW IT GOT STARTED
From a small village in China to the great New York City
I started my PM career in 2009, when I got my first "real" job as an Associate Product Manager at Tencent, Shenzhen. I was very excited for two reasons: I was one of the 3 APM after fierce competition with thousands of students; I would be able to save up quickly to pay off my student loan.
It was never easy being a first-generation college student. I had seen many girls dropped out of school started from 5th grade. As a female, I had always been able to smell the discouragement in the air all the time - "boys are better","you can't make it".
When I first started, I had no idea what a "Product Manager" was. It didn't take long before I was drawn into how PMs could lead the cross-functional teams and solve users problems creatively and elegantly. It clicked! I was so lucky to have found my passion at the cross roads of people, technology, and business.
I've been dedicated in product management for my whole career. Many people have been very kind to me in my pursuit of personal and professional growth. I would love to pass the kindness along, and share my professional experience and life stories to those who are interested in becoming a Product Manager in the tech industry, and / or into diversity, equity and inclusion.