This panel will be focused on how you build a career around R! Our panelists are all passionate about R and have each taken a different path to build a career around that passion. We'll be touching on topics like the different stages of career growth and how you find a community you can go to for support. If you're just getting started in your career, looking to make a transition, or interested in learning some great career-building skills, be sure to join us!
With over a decade of experience in the data space, Gabriela has worked in research and in several startups from different industries, including Software, Financial, Advertisement, and Health. Throughout her career, she has built diverse teams, created sophisticated data science solutions, engaged with customers and stakeholders to deliver business insights and drive data-centric decisions. She is passionate about building innovative solutions, understanding business gaps, and customer needs, and delivering a flawless experience.
David Keyes is the founder of R for the Rest of Us, which teaches people and individuals to use R through online courses, custom trainings, and public workshops. With stops as an elementary school teacher, PhD social scientist, and program evaluator, David brings his unconventional career trajectory to his current role, helping those with who don't think of themselves as typical R users embrace the power of R.
Dr. Sydeaka Watson is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and currently lives in Dallas, Texas. She is Founder and Owner of Korelasi Data Insights, LLC and a Senior Data Scientist at Elicit Insights, LLC. In these roles, Sydeaka uses predictive analytics and visual tools to draw insights from diverse datasets. Sydeaka earned a Ph.D. in Statistics from Baylor University and has several years of teaching experience. In her 5 years as Research Assistant Professor in The University of Chicago Biostatistics Laboratory, she consulted with over 110 biomedical research teams in The University of Chicago Medical Center, specializing in statistical analysis and experimental design for clinical research studies. Her current research interests include applications of (1) image recognition for computer vision and (2) data science for social justice. Sydeaka currently serves as Organizer of the R-Ladies Dallas Chapter. She also volunteers in the Dallas chapters of Girls Who Code and Black Girls Code.
Jen Hecht is the VP of People Operations at RStudio. She was first introduced to R in 2013, as a non-programmer seeking better ways to manage analytical projects - a quest which was aided both by the RStudio toolchain and the welcoming support of R Ladies, R meetup groups, and other wonderful open resources. Ever since, she has been captivated by open data science tools and the communities that build them. Before joining RStudio in 2018, Jen held HR and People Analytics roles in a variety of industries, including financial services, biotech, and used record shops. Outside of work, Jen loves books and music of all kinds, and is a novice fly caster.