Mini Workshop

Taking the Lead: How Facilitation Skills Propel Product Managers to Greatness

Facilitator: Leslie Hall

A critical skill in successful product managers is their ability to facilitate. “Facilitate what?”, you ask. Everything from team collaboration, decisions, and innovation to name a few. If your stakeholders come to a decision or solution on their own accord–rather than a dictated path–the results are almost always more successful. Facilitation skills are key to driving this kind of influence.

Join Voltage Control and The Product League as we explore the intricacies of facilitating collaboration, stakeholder alignment, and the essential skills that elevate good product managers to greatness. Engage with industry leaders and gain insights into their journeys, discovering firsthand how superior facilitation skills have transformed them into influential figures in the product management landscape.

6:00 pm CT – Kickoff & announcements
6:10 pm CT – Panel discussion & audience Q&A
7:00 pm CT – Networking in breakout rooms
7:15 pm CT – Closeout


February 8, 2024


6pm-7:15pm CT​


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What to expect

What to Expect

Our panel of esteemed product management leaders will share their career journey and how facilitation has played a role in their success. This is a safe, judgment-free zone to learn from experts and peers through an open discussion. This session is hosted on Zoom. You’ll need a computer or laptop with a strong internet connection.

What You'll Learn

During this panel discussion, we will hear from experienced product leaders on how facilitation has played a role in their career success. We’ll share practical tips for incorporating facilitative leadership into your everyday job and ways to continue honing your facilitation skills.

How You'll Learn

This session is hosted via Zoom. Attendees will learn through the shared experience of our esteemed panel and will have the opportunity to ask questions during the discussion. We will also host a brief networking activity using breakout rooms for all participants to mingle with panelists and fellow attendees.



Meet the organizers and panelists

Panel Discussion

Hear from successful product managers as they share how facilitation has played a role in their careers and launching products


Mingle with panelists and fellow attendees in a live breakout session

Wrap Up

Hear what’s coming up at Voltage Control and The Product League, and how you can continue to hone your facilitation and product management skills with us

Who Should Attend

Experienced Product Managers

Who want to understand how facilitation skills can enhance their career and team’s collaboration

Aspiring Product Managers

Who want to understand how facilitation skills can help launch their Product career

Project Managers

Who want to steer stakeholders to the best outcomes

Product Teachers & Trainers

Who want to design the most impactful learning

Key Takeaways

Learn how facilitative collaboration fits into the role of a Product Manager

Explore how facilitation skills ignite career growth and leadership success

Get inspired by established Product Managers as they share their secrets of facilitative leadership and lessons along the way

Connect with aspiring and experienced Product Managers

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Leslie Hall

Leslie Hall is an experienced people manager and product leader with a demonstrated history of collaborating with team members and stakeholders. She has a passion for improving the customer experience and her career reflects this goal. She did this as the Director of Customer Experience at LivingSocial and as Product Leader at Sparefoot, Modernize, H-E-B Digital, and Hologram. She is currently a Director of Product Management at

Paul Young

Paul Young is a Certified Instructor with Pragmatic Institute who has more than a decade of experience in hardware, software and services product management and marketing. During his career, Paul has launched and managed dozens of products, started his own business and successfully implemented the Pragmatic Framework at several companies. His focus on building market-driven teams gives him a unique ability to relate to product management teams and executives that are transforming their business.

Douglas Ferguson

Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur, educator, and human-centered technologist. He is the founder and president of Voltage Control, a facilitation academy that develops leaders through certifications, workshops, and organizational coaching focused on facilitation mastery, innovation, and play. He has helped transform leaders, innovators, and creatives from Nike, U.S. SOCOM, Google, the Air Force, Gap, Tesla, MSU, Church & Dwight, Apple, Adobe, Dropbox, Fidelity, Vrbo, Liberty Mutual, Humana, and SAIC. Douglas is a thought leader and author of four books: Magical Meetings, Beyond the Prototype, How to Remix Anything, and Start Within.
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