Most of you know our fearless CEO and Founder, Anna Anisin. And if you haven’t yet read her article in Forbes about her own career path and lessons she has learned from them, drop what you’re doing and give it a look. It’s hard to believe that such a pioneer in the data space still sometimes feels silenced or undermined by her male colleagues. But that’s why she started this community for us. Anna described feeling like she to strive for a higher standard than her male counterparts merely on the account of being female.
“I believe that if we work hard to understand, together we can realize a better world. We need one another, because individually we do not know very much.”
This piece of wisdom from RJ Andrew’s novel. “In Info We Trust” was just one of many gems put forth by the enlightened group of women that lit up DSSe’s Slack Channel on Tuesday night.
Now that knowledge of machine learning is making its way into offices all around the world, company leaders have a strong desire to automate processes that have existed manually for years. Google’s Jasmeet Bhatia, a talented machine learning specialist, explained to us the ways in which Google is innovating unique processes meant to facilitate effective automation at the Data Science Salon in New York City in September 2018.
I recently accepted a new job at an innovative company with coworkers who share my passion for data science. Every day, I have the chance to work closely with many analysts, a data scientist and a data visualisation specialist to help clients understand the qualitative implications behind their data and act on it, which is what I love to do the most. I build dashboards, I create meaningful visualisations and teach clients how to interact with the various BI tools we build for them. It really is the perfect role for me! Therefore, I was thrilled to start on my first day, until the moment I sat down at my new desk.
Everyone who has been to one of our Data Science Salons knows how wonderfully diverse our slice of the industry is. However, in the data world at large, women are still underrepresented. Data Science Salon Elevate (DSSe) is created in honor of the brave female warriors already making waves within the space. We see you, we appreciate you, and we know that you are the key to bringing more amazing female talent into the industry.
Go to any discussion group or conference workshop entitled “Women in (Blank)” and you’ll hear high-achieving women discuss how they are experiencing imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is feeling like a fraud, that your successes are the result of luck as opposed to talent and that someone is going to find out and expose you.
One of the most difficult things about being an introvert in tech is the open office plan. It’s taxing to have to mentally dim the conversations, the comings and goings of others, the Slack messages, the texts and calls pinging phones throughout the office, the office pets, and the demanding coffee and printing machines that routinely require human attention. For introverts, being on medium-strength social awareness for 8-10 hours straight is exhausting.