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Data Science Leaders

Data science is booming, but scaling it in the enterprise is hard. The playbook is still being written.Data Science Leaders is a podcast for data science teams that are pushing the limits of what machine learning models can do at the world’s most impactful companies.Each episode features an interview with a leader in data science. We’ll discuss how to build and enable data science teams, create scalable processes, collaborate cross-functionally, communicate with business stakeholders, and more.Our conversations will be full of real stories, breakthrough strategies, and critical insights—all data points to build your own model of enterprise data science success.Data Science Leaders is hosted by Dave Cole.

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What Happens When You Bring Data Science and Data Engineering Under One Roof (Mark Teflian, VP, Data Science & Data Engineering, Charter Communications)

It’s a common refrain among enterprise data science professionals: 70-80% of their time is spent on data wrangling and pipeline building. But what happens if you bring data science and data engineering together under one roof? Mark Teflian, VP, Data Science and Data Engineering at Charter Communications (Spectrum), joins the show to share how bringing the functions together can help increase efficiency and productivity for everyone at an enterprise scale. Mark covered: - Why data science and data engineering should be under one roof - How data science helped keep Americans connected when COVID-19 drove massive shifts in internet usage - Different ways to approach embedding data science into production systems Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Can’t see the links above? Just visit domino.buzz/podcast for helpful links from each episode.

42mins

20 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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How to Answer the #1 Question in Enterprise Data Science: “So What?” (Khatereh Khodavirdi, Global Head of Analytics & Data Science - Global Merchants, PayPal)

In data science, experimentation is everything. But as a leader, how can you balance experimental work that may never pay off with delivering measurable business value every day? In this episode, Khatereh Khodavirdi, Global Head of Analytics & Data Science - Global Merchants at PayPal, talks with host Dave Cole about how she has navigated that balance throughout her career, all while building world-class data science teams in the process. We also discuss: - Making an impact with data science in the ads business at eBay - Getting buy-in for data science experiments - Hiring tips for leaders growing their organizations Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Can’t see the links above? Just visit domino.buzz/podcast for helpful links from each episode.

34mins

13 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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The Past, Present, and Fascinating Future of Data Science (Mike Tamir, Chief ML Scientist and Head of Machine Learning/AI, SIG)

The title of “Data Scientist” leapt into prominence in 2012 when the Harvard Business Review named it the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” Almost ten years later, what’s changed? And what’s next? In this episode, Dave Cole is joined by Mike Tamir, Chief ML Scientist and Head of Machine Learning/AI at SIG, to break down the shifting trends in data science, NLP, and ML—and what it all means for leaders in the field. The conversation covers: - The past, present, and future of data science - The different roles and responsibilities within a data science team - New and exciting advancements in NLP - When models are right for the wrong reasons For daily news and insights on all things data science, follow @MikeTamir on Twitter. Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Can’t see the links above? Just visit domino.buzz/podcast for helpful links from each episode.

44mins

6 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Industry 4.0: Data Science in Manufacturing (Paul Turner, VP Industry 4.0 Applications & Analytics, Stanley Black & Decker)

We’re in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution. Industry 4.0 encompasses the use of advanced automation and analytics in manufacturing. So how is data science driving value in Industry 4.0? In this episode, Dave Cole is joined by Paul Turner, Vice President Industry 4.0 Applications & Analytics at Stanley Black & Decker, to break down everything you need to know. We discuss: -The definition and foundational pillars of Industry 4.0 -Three approaches to Industry 4.0 -Balancing data science and domain expertise to deliver value -Inspiring action through predictive analytics Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Can't see the links above? Just visit domino.buzz/podcast for helpful links from each episode.

46mins

29 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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The 3 Biggest Jobs of Any Chief Data Officer (Heidi Lanford, Chief Data Officer, Fitch Group)

As more organizations recognize the power of data to transform their decision making (or for it to become a product in its own right), the role of the Chief Data Officer has become critical. So what are the biggest challenges facing every good CDO? And where do data science teams intersect with that work? In this episode, Dave Cole is joined by Heidi Lanford, Chief Data Officer at Fitch Group, to discuss strategies for cultivating partnerships between data science leaders and the Chief Data Officer. They also explored questions such as: What is the role of a CDO? What does “data as a product” mean? How can the CDO enable others to deliver insights? How do you start a data literacy program? What’s the deal with “citizen data scientists?” Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Can't see the links above? Just visit domino.buzz/podcast for helpful links from each episode.

43mins

22 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Navigating Data Constraints in the Highly-Regulated Healthcare Industry (Derrick Higgins, Head of Enterprise Data Science & AI, Blue Cross and Blue Shield)

Data scientists in the healthcare industry face some especially tough challenges. Not only do they have to contend with complex regulatory landscapes impacting the data they can work with, but they’re also constrained by some less than modern processes. 75% of medical communication is still delivered by fax. And that’s just one example. Derrick Higgins, Head of Enterprise Data Science & AI at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, talks to us about the processes his team has put in place to overcome these unique challenges. In this episode, we cover: The challenges of working in a highly-regulated industry Implementing a continuous code review process Where IT intersects with the data science life cycle Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Can't see the links above? Just visit domino.buzz/podcast for helpful links from each episode.

29mins

15 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Bioinformatics and the Unprecedented COVID-19 Vaccine Race (Fiona Hyland, Director of R&D, Informatics, Thermo Fisher Scientific)

The field of bioinformatics plays a critical role in medical breakthroughs like the COVID-19 vaccine. Fiona Hyland, Director of R&D, DNA Sequencing Informatics at Thermo Fisher Scientific, teaches all of us about how it happened in the latest episode of Data Science Leaders. What we talked about: A quick run through genetics and bioinformatics terminology Bioinformatics, and the genetics of cancer and the coronavirus The role of data science in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast: COSMIC genetic database The 1000 Genomes Project gnomAD Genome Aggregation Database Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for Data Science Leaders in your favorite podcast player.

44mins

8 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Bridging the Gap Between Data Science and Business Outcomes

The best data scientists are continually learning something new, taking on unfamiliar projects, and keeping their skills fresh. The best leaders in the industry create a culture where teams have opportunities to grow and are able to clearly understand and communicate data science concepts. In this episode, Dave Cole is joined by Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy, Managing Director for India Center, Technology Fellow, and Chief Data Scientist at Halliburton, to discuss how to explain complex subjects in simple terms for better business outcomes. Dr. Priyadarshy also explained: - How his experience as a professor has influenced him as a leader in data science - What governance he puts in place for his training methodology - How to cultivate a diverse workforce Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for Data Science Leaders in your favorite podcast player.

33mins

1 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Challenges and Opportunities in Operationalizing Data Science

Data science operationalization is a simple enough concept. But in practice it can be a complicated and often overwhelming challenge. In this episode, Dave Cole is joined by Nishan Subedi, VP, Algorithms at Overstock.com, to discuss the best way to operationalize data science. Nishan talked about: - The data science experts that make up the team at Overstock - Strategies to improve search and measure search success - The difference between ML engineers and ML scientists - How to design teams around product orientation Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for Data Science Leaders in your favorite podcast player.

42mins

25 May 2021

Rank #9

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How to Be a Truth-Seeking, Truth-Telling Partner in Data Science

Data science teams are responsible for delivering impactful models, of course. But they’re also responsible for translating that impact (and all the work that goes into it) for business stakeholders of all kinds. In this episode, Dave Cole is joined by Nate Litton, Vice President, Data & Analytics at Toyota North America, to discuss strategies to strengthen the relationship between data science leaders and their business counterparts. They also talked about: - How to structure your organization for great partnerships - Cultivating your teams’ soft skills alongside their technical skills - How to measure stakeholder engagement and partnership success - What to do with difficult partnerships Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

38mins

18 May 2021

Rank #10