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A#DayInTheLifeinSanFranciscoasaProductManagerataTechCompany

A #DayInTheLife in San Francisco as a Product Manager at a Tech Company

Name: Terri Burns (@tcburning)

Current Occupation: Associate Product Manager

Time I wake up: 7:00 am.

First thing I do in the morning: Check my texts, Twitter, and email. In that order.

My typical breakfast: I usually eat a snack before I work out. Maybe a boiled egg, or toast. Fortunately there is great food at my job, so after I workout, I eat my real breakfast, which is usually some more elaborate version of what I ate earlier. If you can’t tell… I love breakfast.

Here's what my morning commute is like: I walk to work. I usually listen to music, or if it’s Friday and my favorite podcast is out, I’ll listen to that.

I spend most of my day doing: I spend most of my day in meetings, reading, or writing. I work with engineers and designers to get new features out the door which involves a lot of collaboration. Because I’m new, a lot of my time is spent reading documents like experiment and product briefs, so I can get up to speed.

After work or school, I like to: I do a lot of side projects, so after work I usually spend an hour or two getting more personal work done. That’s either writing, editing, planning conference talks, or meeting with interesting people who I’m collaborating with. And then I watch Netflix, obviously.


Time I go to sleep: Midnight.

Last thing I do at night: It changes. Recently, I’ve been reading a lot. (Some good, recent reads of mine include Ready Player One, When Breath Becomes Air, the Rat Queens series, Between the World and Me.) Sometimes I’ll talk to my friends or family, I’ll check Twitter one final time, or I’ll just be boring and brush my teeth and head straight to bed. I really love my bed, so either way it’s a win for me.

My favorite thing to do for fun: Hang out with good people. I’d say I’m pretty easy to please.

My biggest fear right now: Ha, well, I just watched the first Presidential debate. I’d say this election is pretty terrifying.

My biggest hope right now: San Francisco. I recently moved here, so I’m putting a lot of hope in this city right now.

Someday I'd like to: Take my friends and family on a really nice trip. It’d be so fun.

Being a woman is wonderful because: I recently read (and loved) Milk and Honey, a book of poetry. I think Rupi Kaur, the author, speaks about women so wonderfully:

we all move forward when

we recognize how resilient

and striking the women

around us are

To be a part of that brings me great pride.

Being a woman is a challenge because: Society demands an absurd amount from women.

What's your favorite meal or recipe that is a specialty of your culture? Gumbo. I could talk about gumbo all day. No one on this planet makes it better than my grandmother. This is a fact.

If you could ask the Mogul community anything, what would it be? What motivates you?

I am a Mogul because: I believe in women, and I believe in information. I'm both honored and delighted to exchange information with women worldwide!




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  • Jan Johnston Osburn
    Jan Johnston Osburn Mogul Influencer | Career & Life Coach | Helping People Turn Dreams into Realities
    11mo ago

    Thanks, Terri!

    Thanks, Terri!


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