Cap Watkins is CXO at Primary, where he's responsible for Design, Product and People (oh my!).
In the recent past, he was a professional leadership coach and organizational consultant at my company Practical Works, helping senior contributors, first-time managers and managers-of-managers grow and evolve in their roles.
Previously, he was VP of Design at BuzzFeed, where he managed Product Design, and also did various stints managing Brand Design, the IT Department and Branded Content Operations. He started and ran programs like Hack Week, Manager Dens (support groups for managers) and even the annual and midyear review processes for their Technology team.
Before BuzzFeed, he worked with design teams at Etsy and Amazon, and was the first designer at a handful of startups that didn’t quite make it...
He believes in cross-functional, collaborative teams, who share goals and accountability across disciplines. He writes and speaks about managing teams, and always love chatting about products and product development.
As a leadership coach, I've completed approximately 600 one-on-ones with designers and design leaders, as well as their counterparts in engineering and product management. Whenever I take on a new client, they consistently ask me about the common threads, the struggles we all face across various levels of leadership. In this talk, I'll dig into what I've learned over the past year of coaching designers and leaders, as well as how to thoughtfully approach the challenges we all universally face.