What is your role at IntelliDyne?
I am a Data Scientist at IntelliDyne. I help empower our clients by building them processes and tools to make use of the data they already have and get them the data they didn’t know they needed, to make confident decisions.
What about your job makes you jump out of bed each morning?
I love working with a variety of people on different projects because I get to watch teams grow together, people learn new skills, and share the pride in accomplishing challenging tasks.
What influenced or drove you to become an expert in your field?
I am driven to develop my own knowledge and skills in Data Science so that I can be a valuable resource and mentor to others, especially other women.
What was your dream job growing up?
A pastry chef. Pastries are like little ephemeral pieces of art you can eat!
What are some personal challenges you have encountered in your career —and how have you overcome them?
I have worked with others in the past who wanted to use data in highly selective, or questionable ways to get the result they were looking for. As a data practitioner, it’s my responsibility to keep up to date on data ethics and make sure we follow them. In these challenging situations, I start from a place of assuming the best intentions for the other party and work to educate them on data use best practices and ethics, so they can understand what we can and cannot do. It rarely happens, but when it does, I know I have a resolution plan and that I’m not willing to compromise my integrity, so it’s less stressful.
What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a career in Data Science?
Get your foundations in statistics, object-oriented programming (e.g. Python), and business use cases. You can take free online classes through edX or Udemy. Check out some free or low-cost certifications in AWS, Google Analytics, UiPath, or others that have promotions.
There are a lot of jobs that involve data science type work, so expand your search to include a variety of job titles. You can also explore your Alumni network, or join a professional network like AnitaB.org, or IEEE, to reach out to current professionals for potential mentoring, job shadowing, internship, or job opportunities. You can also browse through profiles on LinkedIn for people who have the job title you want and see what previous jobs they held, or certifications and education they earned, and see what interests you for a next step!
What are 3 words you would use to describe IntelliDyne?
Supportive, collaborative, welcoming
What do you think makes IntelliDyne a great place to work?
The support IntelliDyne offers to its employees, through professional development opportunities and assistance, supportive managers, flexible paid time off, volunteer opportunities, employee resource groups, and mentorship or job shadowing all make it a great place to work. During my time here IntelliDyne has supported me in earning numerous certifications, taking graduate classes, joining a women’s leadership group, joining a mentorship program, joining interesting professional organizations, attending conferences and trainings, and more. I am continuously looking to learn new things and bring more value to my team, so I appreciate all the support IntelliDyne has given me to do that. These opportunities to try new challenges make it an enjoyable place to work.
Which one of our corporate values is the most meaningful to you?
Diversity. Because when we design solutions for only one type of user, we cut short our potential for innovation, which fails our other users immediately and denies everyone access to a better solution long term.
What is one unique or fun fact that others may not know about you?
I was on a ski holiday once that was cut short because the volcano we were skiing on erupted.