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Linda Xiong

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Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I immigrated to the U.S. from China when I was in middle school.
My dad urged me to go into engineering and technology because of the security that learning hard skills could provide.
I considered computer science but it didn’t seem like I’d fit into that community, so I studied industrial engineering and operations research instead.
After graduating, I worked as an engineer at Lockheed Martin—it wasn’t a great culture fit for me, so I started looking for something that would match better.
I transitioned into the technology industry and worked as a senior business intelligence analyst for Ubisoft for a few years before moving to Facebook.
I started at Facebook as a marketing analyst and have since worked my way up to data scientist and then product manager.
I’m also the founder of Moms in Tech, an online support community for women.
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Career

Product Manager

I build and lead teams to solve the most important problems with technology.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Technology
Working with Others

Day to Day

My primary role is to bring direction to the team. I evaluate the problems we need to work on and decide who should be working on them. These could be customer, technical, or infrastructure problems. I also help team members make the best out of their day by being efficient and happy. It’s also my responsibility to make sure our products fit into the rest of the company and the outside world. My days involve a lot of meetings and thoughtful thinking to connect dots within the company.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Writing and speaking skills are very important. You need to be able to speak well in order to communicate efficiently within the company and to the world. Writing skills can be just as important as speaking because that's essentially how communications are remembered.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Learn to work hard, build authentic connections, and take feedback. If you're looking to get a foot in the door, networking and making good, authentic connections with people in the industry can really help.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You want to have kids, so you'll probably want to take a step back. You can't be a hands-on mother and a successful career woman."

Challenges I Overcame

Gender Discrimination

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