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Meet the Navanauts: Jillian Igarashi, Senior Product Manager

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Meet Jillian Igarashi, Senior Product Manager at Nava. In her role, Jillian collaborates with developers and designers to deliver innovative tools to HR leaders and Nava customers. Read on to learn more about why she joined Nava, her 2x couch-to-half-marathon track record, and how she would spend her perfect day.

Meet Jillian Igarashi, Nava's Senior Product Manager

Give us the cliffs notes of your career, pre-Nava.

I started my career in customer service: retail, account management, and sales (Ask me about my door-to-door sales days!). I have always been passionate about helping people, and that led me to helping people through technology when I became a product manager at a Seattle-based startup. A hop, skip, and a jump later, I found myself joining the Nava team.

What made you want to join Nava?

I first heard about Nava from a friend who joined the company earlier, and everything she said told me Nava is a company whose mission and culture would match my passion to help customers. It was an easy decision to join a team that not only believed in its goal but was led by co-founders with impressive track records.

Biggest piece of professional advice?

There are a dozen variations of this adage, but a former manager of mine once quoted me this version: “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” He reminded me to constantly challenge myself, to be comfortable being uncomfortable. I’m proud to say I learn something new every day from my Nava peers!

Which is your favorite Nava value?

My favorite value is #createsuperfans. My goal as a product manager is to help craft tools that make a difference in people’s lives and turn them into fans!

How would you spend your perfect day?

My perfect day would need to be 48 hours long, so I could fit in a long hike, a three-hour brunch, shopping, a round of golf, a movie in a theater while eating obscenely buttery popcorn, and an evening of reading on a couch with my partner and cat.

Biggest (non-professional) achievement to date?

In 2016, I trained my way up from couch-to-half-marathon. It was the hardest thing I had ever done ... until I had to restart training to run a half-marathon in 2021, and then that was the hardest thing I had ever done.

What's the strangest or worst job you've ever had?

For a brief and horrible time, I sold cable packages door-to-door in Boston. “Strangest” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Nava is hiring! Learn more and see available roles here.

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Meet the Navanauts: Jillian Igarashi, Senior Product Manager

Meet Jillian Igarashi, Nava's Senior Product Manager

Give us the cliffs notes of your career, pre-Nava.

I started my career in customer service: retail, account management, and sales (Ask me about my door-to-door sales days!). I have always been passionate about helping people, and that led me to helping people through technology when I became a product manager at a Seattle-based startup. A hop, skip, and a jump later, I found myself joining the Nava team.

What made you want to join Nava?

I first heard about Nava from a friend who joined the company earlier, and everything she said told me Nava is a company whose mission and culture would match my passion to help customers. It was an easy decision to join a team that not only believed in its goal but was led by co-founders with impressive track records.

Biggest piece of professional advice?

There are a dozen variations of this adage, but a former manager of mine once quoted me this version: “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” He reminded me to constantly challenge myself, to be comfortable being uncomfortable. I’m proud to say I learn something new every day from my Nava peers!

Which is your favorite Nava value?

My favorite value is #createsuperfans. My goal as a product manager is to help craft tools that make a difference in people’s lives and turn them into fans!

How would you spend your perfect day?

My perfect day would need to be 48 hours long, so I could fit in a long hike, a three-hour brunch, shopping, a round of golf, a movie in a theater while eating obscenely buttery popcorn, and an evening of reading on a couch with my partner and cat.

Biggest (non-professional) achievement to date?

In 2016, I trained my way up from couch-to-half-marathon. It was the hardest thing I had ever done ... until I had to restart training to run a half-marathon in 2021, and then that was the hardest thing I had ever done.

What's the strangest or worst job you've ever had?

For a brief and horrible time, I sold cable packages door-to-door in Boston. “Strangest” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Nava is hiring! Learn more and see available roles here.

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Jillian Igarashi

Senior Product Manager

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Summary
Meet Jillian Igarashi, Senior Product Manager at Nava. In her role, Jillian collaborates with developers and designers to deliver innovative tools to HR leaders and Nava customers. Read on to learn more about why she joined Nava, her 2x couch-to-half-marathon track record, and how she would spend her perfect day.
Meet Jillian Igarashi, Nava's Senior Product Manager

Give us the cliffs notes of your career, pre-Nava.

I started my career in customer service: retail, account management, and sales (Ask me about my door-to-door sales days!). I have always been passionate about helping people, and that led me to helping people through technology when I became a product manager at a Seattle-based startup. A hop, skip, and a jump later, I found myself joining the Nava team.

What made you want to join Nava?

I first heard about Nava from a friend who joined the company earlier, and everything she said told me Nava is a company whose mission and culture would match my passion to help customers. It was an easy decision to join a team that not only believed in its goal but was led by co-founders with impressive track records.

Biggest piece of professional advice?

There are a dozen variations of this adage, but a former manager of mine once quoted me this version: “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” He reminded me to constantly challenge myself, to be comfortable being uncomfortable. I’m proud to say I learn something new every day from my Nava peers!

Which is your favorite Nava value?

My favorite value is #createsuperfans. My goal as a product manager is to help craft tools that make a difference in people’s lives and turn them into fans!

How would you spend your perfect day?

My perfect day would need to be 48 hours long, so I could fit in a long hike, a three-hour brunch, shopping, a round of golf, a movie in a theater while eating obscenely buttery popcorn, and an evening of reading on a couch with my partner and cat.

Biggest (non-professional) achievement to date?

In 2016, I trained my way up from couch-to-half-marathon. It was the hardest thing I had ever done ... until I had to restart training to run a half-marathon in 2021, and then that was the hardest thing I had ever done.

What's the strangest or worst job you've ever had?

For a brief and horrible time, I sold cable packages door-to-door in Boston. “Strangest” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Nava is hiring! Learn more and see available roles here.

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Jillian Igarashi

Senior Product Manager

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