Ashlesha Kadam — Amazon - Product Head, Discovery & Voice (Alexa), Amazon Music

Ashlesha leads a global product team at Amazon Music that builds music experiences on Alexa and Amazon Music apps (web, iOS, Android) for millions of customers across 45+ countries. Ashlesha leads her product team to craft music experiences ranging from very specific and niche requests (try “Alexa, play some French rap from the ’90s”) to vague ones (try “Alexa, play something good”) on Alexa. Her team also drives the discovery of music that is new to customers, from forgotten favorites and undiscovered gems by your favorite artists to new releases, across all voice and visual experiences. Her product launches have generated positive PR for Amazon Music in leading publications like VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Android Central,, and more. She has filed 2 patents in the area of AI application to voice assistants and is also on the editorial board for multiple AI-related scholarly journals. 


She is also a passionate advocate for women in tech, serving as co-chair for the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) track for Grace Hopper Celebration (biggest tech conference for women in tech with 30K+ participants across 115 countries). In her free time, Ashlesha loves reading fiction, listening to biz-tech podcasts (current favorite – Acquired), hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and spending time with her husband, son and 5yo Golden Retriever.