You ARE Good Enough | Lisa Shiller


July 13th, 2020

52 mins 57 secs

Season 3

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About this Episode

On this episode of The Artists of Data Science, we get a chance to hear from Lisa Shiller, a mathematician and data scientist who loves dancing, cooking and adventure. She's most passionate about using her skills to make a positive impact, improve people's well-being, create sustainable abundance and decrease our carbon footprint by spreading awareness of sustainability.

Lisa shares with us her work at FoodMaestro, the importance of sustainability, interesting findings from her COVID-19 related project, and advice for women in tech. Lisa provides great advice for data scientists on how to impact the culture of their organizations and the importance of being authentic. It was a great pleasure interviewing her!


[6:01] What is sustainability?

[19:52] Lisa’s COVID-19 project in Mexico

[28:19] Challenges in cultivating a data science culture in an organization

[32:41] Important soft skills every data scientist needs

[38:51] Advice for women in tech


[8:38] “'s all about taking the data that we have, interpreting it and allowing just like everyday people to have access to information to make smarter, healthier decisions.”

[31:22] “I think it's important to... work with other people that are also who they are authentically.”

[36:57] “I don't know everything right now, but I will figure it out. And that's totally OK.”








[00:01:44] Introduction for our guest

[00:02:58] Lisa’s path into Data science. What sparked her interest? Where did she start? And how did she get to where she is today?

[00:04:08] Talk to us about the work you're doing at FoodMaestro. How are you applying data science to help deliver a better food experience?

[00:05:48] What sustainability means in terms of the work Lisa does

[00:07:15] How will Data science will impact clinical health, wellness, and sustainability even in the next two to five years?

[00:08:48] In what ways do you feel we can leverage data science to help reduce our carbon footprint and promote sustainability?

[00:09:45] In what ways do you think Data science will have a big impact or at least the biggest positive impact on people's food choices in the next two to five years?

[00:12:06] Lisa talks to us about the project she worked on, where she used math and data science to predict COVID-19 in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.

[00:14:09] Lisa explains what the SEIR model from epidemiology is

[00:15:37] Lisa talks to us about the importance of having good or strong assumptions when undertaking a project?

[00:19:44] Lisa shares what she found to be the most interesting or important finding that she got from this project?

[00:21:54] Lisa defines what herd immunity is

[00:22:54] How do you view data science? Do you view it as an art or as a science?

[00:24:08] How does the creative process manifests itself in mathematics and Data science?

[00:25:28] What do you think are the essentials to lay the foundation on which to build a data science team in your organization?

[00:28:02] Tips for the first data scientist in the organization.

[00:29:45] What is it that you look for in a Data science candidate?

[00:32:14] What are some of these soft skills that candidates are missing that are really in a separate from their competition?

[00:34:30] How to communicate with non-technical audiences

[00:35:32] How to communicate when you don’t know the answer

[00:38:33] Words of encouragement for our women in the audience who are breaking in to or currently in tech.

[00:40:44] Can you talk to us about how you grappled with imposter syndrome and how you overcame that?

[00:43:03] What can the Data community as a whole do to foster inclusion of women in Data science and AI?

[00:44:52] What's the one thing you want people to learn from your story?

[00:45:39] The lightning round

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