We had the good fortune of connecting with Ronke Majekodunmi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ronke, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favorite quote “The impossible may take a long time or cost money, but it is possible” When I face challenges and difficulties, and I feel disheartened, my best friend always recites this affirmation to me. For me it means everything is possible, my professional and personal ambitions, nothing is off the table. It is a reminder to never give up on my dreams and to persevere.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
For many years, I have been a noteworthy leader and powerhouse in product management. I have dedicated my career to creating outstanding, world-class products and investing my time to educate the next generation of product leaders. My mission is to make the world of product management more accessible for diverse product makers entering the field – providing insights and authentic experiences for the next generation to draw from.
I have always been passionate about sharing my wisdom and experience with beginner product managers. Partnering with Product School, I have the unique opportunity to contribute to a community of over one million product professionals, sharing my industry insights to help shape their effectiveness and leadership. At Product School, I host webinars teaching the importance of leading with empathy, and gratitude and utilizing soft skills, interpersonal characteristics, and building coalitions. I also host Product Management Certification courses, where I guide product managers joining the space. In addition to my various teaching opportunities, I regularly volunteer my time at the University of Washington’s Product Management Center. There, I engage with and offer insights and guidance to empower product management students from historically marginalized communities.
In addition, I actively use my website and podcast to engage with fellow product managers and provide valuable content that helps expand their careers and create clarity from ambiguity. You can read more on www.ronkepm.com or tune into my podcast “Product Magic” on your favorite listening platform!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love living in California and there are so many great places to visit. I live in the bay area, and one of my favorite places to visit is Santa Monica. So, we would start the week ‘s long trip at the Loews hotel in Santa Monica, the property is close to the beach and there are so many places for us to eat, drink, and hang out. I would also rent a car so we could drive around, we would drive to Rodeo Drive, Beverly Center, and off-course Malibu.
Halfway through the week, we would fly back to the Bay Area so I can show my friend around San Francisco, see a Broadway show and visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am a successful African American product leader. I am humbled by how far I have gotten in my career. I’m driven, motivated, intelligent, graceful, and I lead with humility. I’m profoundly grateful for my story in all of its messy brilliance. The person I am today evolved throughout the years because of four women who took a chance and mentored me.
I am a product of my village. They have guided and supported me at various stages of my professional and personal life. They all took me under their wing, provided me with truthfulness, robust advice, and support – even when I did not realize I needed it or wanted it.
I have learned from these incredible individuals the importance of getting up after disappointments and missteps. Owning my mistakes and, most notably, the importance of not running away from challenges but instead running towards opportunities.