Meet the Tallizen: Amelia
Get to know the people behind the company that’s on a mission to make people less stressed and better off financially.
October 12, 2023
Amelia Williams is a Principal Product Manager at Tally based in Philadelphia, PA. Leading Partnership Products, she is responsible for developing, deploying, and managing meaningful long-term partnerships for Tally. Day to day, Amelia services as a bridge between customer needs, and Tally’s mission. Her responsibilities generally include ideation, feature prioritization, and tons of collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders.
On what she enjoys most about her role, Amelia shares “my favorite part is figuring out the business case, as I get to research our partners' product strategies in depth and think about Tally from their perspective.” If Amelia was not in the product management space, you would likely catch her in the theater, helping to put on the latest production of new, experimental works from up-and-coming playwrights.
A Day in the Life of a Tallizen
Walk us through a day in your life. What does a typical workday look like for you?
I feel spoiled by my workday routine at Tally. Because our team is dispersed across multiple time zones and I am on the East Coast, I get to start every day with protected time. I use the morning hours to catch up on slack conversations, walk my dog, and wake up my brain with tea.
Once everyone is online, the meetings begin. As a product manager, most of my time is spent working with other Tallizens to solve user problems and identify what we should focus on next. I get the opportunity to collaborate with Tallizens across nearly every function in the business, sometimes all in the same day. It does add up to a lot of meetings—apologies in advance to anyone looking for time on my calendar.
As we build our B2B2C business, I have been focused on working with our strategic partnerships team to create custom pitches and prototypes so that potential partners can understand the unique value Tally unlocks for their business. My favorite part is figuring out the business case, as I get to research our partners' product strategies in depth and think about Tally from their perspective.
What has been the highlight of your time here at Tally so far?
Last winter I was part of an EPD team that did a virtual pizza making class. I had a blast seeing everyone in their kitchens, creating from-scratch pizza. I really am proud of the way that we were able to create real relationships in a remote setting. Even though it was over Zoom, I actually think about that as if we were all in the same place. A few members of the team had some truly beautiful results, too. I can honestly say I was not one of them. RIP to my unexpectedly large, inexplicably wet pizza.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in your current role?
I would probably be a producer for new plays! I've had the opportunity to work in nearly every job related to live theater, and I've even had the chance to produce a handful of independent plays. I find it so gratifying to bring together a group of talented people and make something no one has ever seen before. Although this might sound completely different from what I do today, product management has more in common to staging a live performance than you'd think. The show must go on!
Which of Tally’s core values - Don’t Say Nothing, Own the Outcome, Change Shoes Often - resonates most with you and why?
I think all three of our values are really amazing and essential to what we do at Tally. I am really proud of my growth in "Don't Say Nothing." Learning when and how to speak up is a lifelong practice, and I think it's just incredible that Tally actively encourages that as a core value.
What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
Tabletop Role-playing Games. (DND 5e, Lancer)
What’s the next item on your bucket list?
I want to get certified as a dog trainer!
Tell us about one of your favorite vacations.
The Star Wars Galactic Star Cruiser experience in Disney World... just amazing.
Tell us something that people would be surprised to know about you.
I think most people know I'm a terrible cook, so it might be surprising to hear that I make incredible omelets.
What’s your hidden talent?