Event at Vectice HQ

May 17, 2022

At Vectice, we are passionate about data science, so we hosted an event with more than 25 data science leaders from various industries, including guest speakers from Microsoft, Kohl's, and Yelp.

The event "Voices of ML Leaders" took place at our headquarters in San Francisco on May 4th, 2022. The lineup consisted of discussions about topics related to talent retention, talent acquisition, aligning AI initiatives across business units, and building trust between data science teams.

Pushpraj Shukla, Partner Director AI & ML @ Microsoft
Pushpraj Shukla is leading one of the most prominent applied AI/ML groups in Azure with over 60 members composed of Researchers, Data Scientists, and ML engineers.

He shared his insights on how to attract and retain top performers:

"Data science talent is hard to find. Sometimes, to retain the best people, you have to let them work from wherever works best for them and their families." - Pushpraj Shukla

Dr. Ragnar Lesch, Head of Data Science @ Kohl’s
Dr. Ragnar Lesch is leading teams of data scientists focused on price optimization, assortment optimization, the Covid impact on sales, and demand forecasting.

He shared his insights on how you build trust between data science teams and the line of business:

"We want to learn how they think about a data science task, and not just talk about the previous models they have built."
- Dr. Ragnar Lesch

Justin Norman, former VP of Data Science @ Yelp
Justin led five functional Data Science teams at Yelp responsible for Data Science, Data Product, and the Core Machine Learning Platform.

He shared his insights and experience from his time at Yelp, Cloudera, and Fitbit on the key to retaining data science talent:

"The key is to build the internal job descriptions together with ICs and to spend more time telling the story of how their roles help the business and the team. We created and modified different individual career paths and opportunities instead of just one data science career path for everyone." - Justin Norman

The Vectice team would like to thank all who attended and the three speakers who provided an unparalleled level of knowledge and left the audience inspired. Our next event will be held in New York City later this year - stay tuned.

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