Whitney Zheng

Engineering Manager


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Speaker Bio

Whitney is an Engineering Manager on the Product Monetization Platform team, supporting the wider Market Engineering Platform group within Yelp. She joined last year with extensive experiences in various data domains. With an academic background in statistics and operations research from UNC Chapel Hill, Whitney started out her career as a data scientist and organically grew into the management role where her passion and skill sets are heavily centred around people and cultural initiatives.

She is a strong champion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) topics. Having moved around the globe a couple times herself, she also advocates for migrating talents and their journeys navigating through cultural diversity and uncertainty. Whitney is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

Fun Fact: Whitney is now training for her first triathlon race, wish her luck!

Speaker Sessions


Leading A Hybrid Technical Team And Executing In Uncharted Territory

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Whitney Zheng

    Engineering Manager


Whether you are new to management, a company, a team through an internal transfer, or recently experienced a re-org, the novelty can bring excitement but also introduce chaos and uncertainties. There are already plenty of obstacles leading a technical team in this new remote work setup, not to mention the expectation to deliver performance and reliability for hybrid tech teams.

In territories where well-laid blueprints have been replaced by uncertainty, effectively managing the balance between team exploration and execution versus stakeholder buy-in and expectations becomes the engine for propelling products forward. In this session, we’ll talk about practical approaches and processes to help early adopters turn ideas into reality in business contexts.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Running diagnostics of existing team status and dynamics
  • Introducing and implementing relevant and effective team processes
  • Communication strategies internally with team members and externally with management and stakeholders

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