9 Inspiring Women Data Scientists in DC
Biostatistician turned Data Scientist. Enthusiastic about innovation in health tech and bringing teams of good people together to come up with great ideas. Working to develop data-driven tools to empower health decisions and impact health outcomes.
Advice for women in tech: “Go for it! Surround yourself with people who inspire you, ask lots of questions, and never stop learning from your peers.“
Dr. Rebecca Bilbro is Lead Data Scientist at Bytecubed, where she builds data solutions for government and commercial clients using open source machine learning tools. Previously, she served as a data scientist at the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor.
Her PhD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and subsequent research with District Data Labs led to the development of the Yellowbrick Project, which is a new Python library for visual machine learning diagnostics. She is also adjunct faculty at Georgetown University and coauthor of the forthcoming Applied Text Analytics with Python.
Advice for women in tech: “Do it; join us!”
Nicole Donnelly, Data Analyst, The Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Government of the District of Columbia
Nicole Donnelly is a data management IT specialist with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, District of Columbia. She believes a city that consumes and understands its own data is acting in the true spirit of public service by improving the lives of its residents.
She has a professional certificate in data science from Georgetown, where she continued as TA and instructor, and has completed the Data Science Immersive program at General Assembly. She is a faculty member with DC data science collaborative District Data Labs. She has Bachelor’s degrees from Rutgers University in Computer Science and Art History.
Advice for women in tech: “Most people in life aren’t going to cut you a break, so cutting yourself one is an important kindness.”
Advice for women in tech: “Don’t wait until you are “perfect” and have all of the required skills on paper. You often don’t know what skills your dream job will require until you’re actually there. Hard work and a good attitude will get you 80% there.”
Kate Rabinowitz is the founder of DataLensDC, where she analyzes and visualizes data to tell stories about the District. She also works with clients to bring data to life through data science and visualization.
Kate serves as co-captain of Code for DC, a volunteer-based civic hacking group, and co-organizer of Tech Lady Hackathon, an event series promoting women in DC tech. She’s recipient of Technical.ly DC’s Technologist of the Year and DCFemTech’s Data Science awards.
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