Bethany Pagels-Minor


Bethany is an experienced solutions oriented product manager who helps companies more effectively plan technical product strategies to accomplish business goals and beat OKRs. Bethany is a JQL ninja who tames Jira to effectively manage workflows and organize complex software development and technological projects. Bethany has excellent planning skills that effectively navigate constraints blending short-term tactics with long term strategic goals.

Bethany has worked on diverse products, like: big data marketing visualization tools, client facing reporting tools, affiliate network webhooks and reporting, to the uber for tutors, and buyer personalization for one of the largest auto sites. Bethany's ideas and execution have successfully helped their teams reach over $600 million in revenue and consistently achieve growth.

Bethany is a thought leader on product and culture development within technology companies. They are passionate about creating a culture of accountability and sustainable processes that allow teams to do the work well.


Senior Product Manager

Sprout Social

Executive Vice Chair

Howard Brown Health

Howard Brown Health is one of the largest LGBTQ organizations in the United States with over $90 million in revenue. It also is the only LGBTQ focused FQHC in the Midwest. Howard Brown Health's focus on LGBTQ patients and the research it does is quickly becoming a standard for LGBTQ care for the country.

Product Manager

  • Product Owner for buyer personalization team and early stage shopping tools
  • Own, lead and evangelize the continual evolution of the product’s vision and roadmap, ensuring that they meet customer needs while also achieving the company’s strategic goals 
  • Lead rich discovery processes, including market opportunities, user/customer research and prototyping to identify, evaluate and define products and features that are valuable, usable and feasible 
  • Define, maintain and internalize product KPIs, using them to measure/report progress and to align product development to business strategy 
  • Collaborate with Development, Design and other teams (e.g. marketing, ads, business development) throughout product definition and project delivery 
  • Bring innovation to the company’s product lines and ability to serve its customers 
  • Align product release planning in harmony with business strategy and other product roadmaps

Associate Product Manager


  • Product manager for three separate development teams totaling 15, including: developers, data engineers, automation engineers, QA and designers with focuses on SEO, marketing tech, backend, & online services
  • Work in an agile environment, managing sprints and creatively parsing large initiatives into smaller iterations and tests
  • Research, write, analyze and prioritize requirements and acceptance criteria for stories, evaluating project impact to help shape prioritization
  • Track and communicate progress to senior leadership team and relative stakeholders, making sure features get delivered on time

Associate Product Manager


  • Scrum Evangelist that implemented agile best practices to streamline product iterations
  • Utilized agile methodologies, such as: planning sprints, beginning and ending sprints, and determining when an iterationcan be released
  • Researched, planned, and strategized new features for the Benchtools app
  • Streamlined development process for seven engineers to ensure SOW and Requirements are executed
  • Worked closely with UX designer and QA engineer to ensure app enhancements and additions work as expected
  • Provided technical resources and administration for all software tools; such as Jira, Jira Agile, Confluence, Smartsheetsand Google Apps for Work

Business Analyst 

Acceleration Partners

  •  Led product team responsible for transition of all reporting tasks from manual collection to a dynamic web based portal using cloud technology
  • Helped clients exceed FY 2014 goals of over $150 million in gross retail sales
  • Designed, created and ran weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports for clients inclusive of program performance,ROI, optimization opportunities, and projections

Agency Relationship Manager 


  • Worked with clients, engineers, and design team to overhaul agency management portal
  • Designed, defined, and implemented online Agency Manager Knowledge Base with engineering team
  • Acted as a consultant to agencies and outsourced program managers to help them successfully manage their clients’programs on ShareASale
  • Managed 90 agency relationships and in turn over 600 merchant programs
  • Created best practice documentation and conducted daily webinars to standardize practices among agencies and helpthem exceed clients’ sales expectations
  • Helped clients’ programs exceed $77 million in sales for FY 2012 (30% increase) and $90 million in sales in FY 2013(17% increase)


Master of Business Administration, Management - 2014

Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL

Master of Information Systems - 2011

Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Arts, History, minor in Asian American Studies - 2008

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

International Law - 2004

University of Oxford, New College, Oxford, UK

Achievements and Leadership

Hall of Fame Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL 2016

Board of Directors, Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago, IL 2015 - present

Distinguished Alumni Award Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL 2013

Leadership Council & Rogers Society Member Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 2010 - present

30 under 30 Honoree Windy City Times, Chicago, IL 2008 


PMI-ACP Project Management Institute

CSPO, Scrum Alliance