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May 17, 2019: Role of the Data Scientist

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Dear TDWI Carolinas BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Carolinas Chapter meeting on Friday May 17, 2019 to exchange career advice while listening to quality presentations in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.


Friday May 17, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM


A Metlife - Grace Hopper auditorium in Met1

 Met1: 101 MetLife Way, Cary, NC, 27513
GPS: If your device does not recognize the address, key in:
9000 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513
From points East (Raleigh & surrounding areas) : Take I-40 West towards Durham to exit 287 for Harrison Avenue. Turn left onto Harrison, travel 0.5 miles, and turn right onto Weston Parkway. The entrance will be on your right in 1.7 miles.
From points West (RDU Airport/Durham & surrounding areas) : Take I-40 East towards Raleigh to exit 285 for Aviation Parkway. Turn right onto Aviation, travel 1.4 miles, and turn left onto Evans Road. Travel 0.7 miles and turn left onto Weston Parkway. The entrance will be on your left in 0.4 miles.



Role of the Data Scientist

Invest your morning with our TDWI Carolinas Chapter learning about the role of the Data Scientist which has been dubbed “the sexiest job of the 21st century, and yet for many, the expectations do not meet the reality. We have a diverse set of folks lined up to discuss what makes a great data scientist, how the data scientist is different from other analysts, what local universities are doing to help train for this role, and how to best leverage data scientists into your companies / project work.
You Will Learn

  • How local programs are training data scientists
  • What makes a great data scientist
  • How data scientists fit into modern analytics


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8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Networking and Registration

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Introductions and Chapter Business

9:10 AM – 9:40 AM

Ana Maria Echeverri (AI Skills Learning and Certifications Lead @ IBM): What Makes a Great Data Scientist?

9:40 AM – 10:05 AM

Dr. Chris West (Practicum Manager@ Institute for Advanced Analytics, North Carolina State University) – How NC State is training Data Scientist to turn Data into Insight

10:05 AM – 10:30 AM

Jim Mulhulland (Chief Operating Officer and Life Science Partner @ MSRCosmos LLC) The Role of the Data Scientist in Modern Analytics

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM


10:45 AM– 11:30 AM

Panel Discussion

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM


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Bios of Presenters

Ana Maria Echeverri
AI Skills Learning and Certifications Lead @ IBM
Ana Maria Echeverri works at IBM focused on Data Science, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence Skills Growth and Strategy.  Her career spans multiple leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Partner Ecosystems, and Analytics in the Technology industry (Informix, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM); and also leadership roles in startups as Founder and as leader in Digital Marketing and Analytics. A lifelong learner, avid reader, and an entrepreneur at heart, her passion is to build from scratch (businesses, strategies, teams, programs) while leveraging data science and AI capabilities and digital competencies. She holds a Computer Engineering degree, an MBA, a Master of Science in Analytics, and she is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management at Harvard Extension School.

Dr.Chris West
Practicum Manager, Institute for Advanced Analytics, North Carolina State University
Practicum Manager, Institute for Advanced Analytics, North Carolina State University Retired US Air Force Engineering Officer with 20+yrs experience in leadership and command positions in very challenging, constrained environments. Former Engineering Management Professor.

Jim Mulholland
Chief Operating Officer and Life Science Partner @ MSRCosmos LLC
Jim brings decades of experience working in corporate roles delivering analytic solutions that drive business success.  He is currently Chief Operating Officer and Life Sciences Partner at MSRCosmos LLC, an IT solutions company.  Jim previously served as Vice President of Digital and Business Technology Innovation at Syneos Health, the leading organization providing Lab to Life™ contract research (CRO) and commercialization (CCO) services, where he was focused on driving better clinical trial outcomes through advanced analytic capabilities.  Jim was Vice President at Creativity Inc. and Executive Director at Verispan LLC where he led the development of the innovative VectorOne™ patient-centric analytical platform.  Jim has held various analytics roles at big pharma concerns such as Merck, Schering Plough, and Warner Lambert.

Jim has recently been named a top digital innovator in Databird Research Journal Digital Transformation 2018 guide and was interviewed for the PharmaVOICE article of Artificial Intelligence: Molecule to Market (January 2019).  Jim has also been an educator in various capacities, having earned his California Teaching Credential in High Mathematics from the University of Laverne (CA).  He previously taught within the CA public high school system and was recently an adjunct instructor in the Business Analytics department at Wake Technical Community College (NC).

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