Tori Oblad | Getting Executives to Support Data Science
22 July 2021, 05 pm

Tori Oblad | Getting Executives to Support Data Science

Enterprise Data Officier at WaFD

Episode notes

We were recently joined by Tori Oblad, Enterprise Data & Analytics Officer at WaFd Bank.

Here are a few snippets from our conversation:

1:14 - Start of session
3:00 - How to build an internal data science community
11:40 - Showing the art of the possible
14:00 - How do you get others to lead topics and foster engagement?
26:17 - Writing starter scripts for new users
35:55 - When to use R or Python versus BI
36:38 - Building toy models in Excel to explain it to people / to build relationships with business
38:33 - Avoiding vendor lock-in, being technology agnostic
43:35 - How to build confidence with IT and compliance
49:15 - Working with business users and creating business value
53:21 - Getting business and executive support
1:22:30 - What data scientists should focus on when communicating with stakeholders: value

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Featured in this episode
Rachael Dempsey
Rachael DempseyHost
Community Manager at RStudio
I love connecting people across the data science community to share what they're accomplishing with data and help others do the same through community discussions, industry meetups, and more.
Tori Oblad
Tori ObladGuest
Enterprise Data & Analytics Officer at WaFd Bank

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