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A day in the life of a senior director of product management at Google – Business Insider

A day in the life of a senior director of product management at Google – Business Insider

Lilian Rincon runs a team of 20 people at Google’s headquarters, in Mountain View, California.
Lilian Rincon

Lilian Rincon is the senior director of product management for the Google Assistant.She runs a team of about 20 people at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, with more team members around the world.She starts her days at 5:30 a.m. to get in a quick workout before her kids wake up.Rincon attends 10 to 12 meetings daily.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.Lilian Rincon, the senior director of product management for the Google Assistant, runs a team of 20 people at Google’s campus in Mountain View, California.Rincon said her team at Google, called the features team, is “at the heart of the Assistant.””The way that we’re organized, there are other teams that kind of handle the mobile surface and the speakers and the hardware, et cetera,” Rincon told Business Insider. “But my team is that one that really thinks about what are the types of things that the Assistant should be able to do?”Before starting at Google nearly two years ago, Rincon worked at Skype and, before that, at Microsoft.Rincon, who recently spoke at a Latinas in Tech summit in San Francisco, said she tests features of the Assistant in her own life, from cooking along with her smart display to letting her kids request songs from “Coco” on the Assistant in the car.Here’s what a day in her life looks like, from waking up at 5:30 a.m. to fit in a workout before her kids wake up to ending with emails and wine.

Lilian Rincon is the senior director of product management for the Google Assistant. She runs a team of about 20 at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, with more team members around the world.

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“My team is that one that really thinks about: What are the types of things that the Assistant should be able to do?” Rincon told Business Insider.

Rincon speaks at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View on May 8.
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She lives in San Carlos, California, with her husband, Nik, and their two children, Hudson, 6, and Bela, 3.

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Rincon wakes up at about 5:30 a.m. so she has time to do a quick workout — which includes core work and yoga — and take a shower before her kids wake up at about 6:15.

Lilian Rincon

After her children wake up, Rincon helps her daughter get ready. “These days I find myself trying out new hairdos on her,” she said.

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She says goodbye to her children and then continues her commute to the Google campus in Mountain View. “I’m lucky Hudson still likes giving me hugs,” Rincon said.

Lilian Rincon

Rincon gets to work between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., depending on Bay Area traffic. The first thing she does is get an almond-milk latté from the café — for free, of course, as one of the perks of being a Google employee. She said her barista, Juan, knows her order by heart.

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Rincon settles in at her desk and catches up on emails before heading to her first meeting of the day.

Lilian Rincon

Rincon said she has 10 to 12 meetings in a typical day, some of them over the phone on her drive to or from work. In this meeting, Rincon and part of her team are reviewing their product goals for the quarter.

Lilian Rincon

Dani Michel is Rincon’s administrative business partner. “She is a big part of my support system because she manages schedules, responds to requests, and helps people on the team get what they need so they can keep moving forward,” Rincon said.

Lilian Rincon

After she and her husband read stories to the kids and put them in bed at about 8 p.m., Rincon usually catches up on emails. “This is not a good habit, but it’s one that both my husband and I have,” she said.

Lilian Rincon

Sometimes answering emails is accompanied by a glass of wine, Rincon said. “So we’re usually online for an hour or two, and then we’re in bed between 10:30 and 11:30,” she said. “And then it begins again.”

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