I am a data junkie at heart. I love the way technology, and data drive our life today and is slowly supplanting human intuition. I first got introduced to the analytics space in college when we had a placement talk by General Electrics on how analytics could help decide the right strategy for setting up windmills. From there on I have been intrigued by the power of data sciences, and there was no turning back ever since. Over the last 15 years, I have had the opportunity to explore various ways in which data sciences could prove and disprove myths, and I thoroughly enjoy every day of the journey. I recently got nominated as one of “The Phenomenal She” by the Indian National Bar Association aimed at recognizing 100 leading women in various categories. It was a happy and humbling moment to share the stage with eminent personalities excelling in their respective fields.
I’ve been a witness to the growing power of analytics in organizations. It’s not that the business problems are any different from before, but the massive growth of computing has made the problem-solving phase much more effectual. That’s the beauty of it. Accuracies of predictive models hitting 95%+ is no more a surprise as it was previously.
As fascinating as my journey sounds, I have had some rocky roads as well, especially the first time around when I started building a team. It’s quite different, working individually and working with your team. It’s always about striking a balance; you need to know when to step back or let go and when to provide your best support. Another important aspect is trusting your team with responsibilities. This is where I realized Emotional Intelligence plays a major role. A leader reports to her team first before her manager.I have always believed in sharing my knowledge. Simply because there are so many budding minds out there who could benefit from my experiences. I deliver speeches at various data science & educational institutes such as IIM Kashipur & NIT Trichy. It enthuses me to mentor young and upcoming data scientists. They say learning never ends, I am also taking up a data science course from Praxis Business School.To me, Data science as a culmination of craft and algorithms. However, we need to understand that the context of a business problem is more important than the algorithm itself. But the major challenge now is the scarcity of talent in the market. It’s not easy to find people who can blend this craft and science together to build robust data solutions.Outside of data science, my life revolves around my family and friends, especially my 8-year-old daughter. We read together, write and compose songs too. She brings out the child in me. I also run a children’s drama club – wherein we take a fairy tale and set it up in today’s backdrop and endorse our current values. This is my bit in breaking the ‘princess needs help/damsel in distress’ stereotypes. Every little girl needs to know to stand up for herself and fight her own battles. Strong girls of today will be stronger women of tomorrow.
Meet Mathangi Sri: Data Science Leader, Analytics Mentor & Supermom.