New York Life's headquarters is a gorgeous, gothic National Historic Landmark, located adjacent to the Flatiron District's scenic Madison Square Park. After over a decade of living in NYC, I was thrilled that my first time inside this legendary building would be for a PowerToFly event highlighting New York Life's data science and analytics leaders.
PowerToFly's event with New York Life was held on Thursday, October 25th, inside New York Life's Ben Feldman Auditorium. After guests navigated the ornate lobby, they were welcomed with delicious food and drinks and had the chance to network with both members of the New York Life data and hiring teams as well as their peers.
PowerToFly's CoFounder and President Katharine Zaleski started the night off by introducing New York Life's SVP/Head of Retail Life Alex Cook. "We are always finding ways to be collaborative because we know a diverse culture leads to innovative and new ways of thinking, which are critical to the future success of the company. I'm impressed that a company like ours that's been around since 1845 and is as large as we are, how quickly we're moving on multiple fronts. For example, in just the last two to three years we've built a 50-person Data Science Team We're also making a lot of investments in our infrastructure and our technology capabilities. We're now at a point where everywhere you look in the company, we're transforming something," explained Cook.
Alex went on to speak about how New York Life uses data in assessing mortality risk and the inherent challenges involved. "You don't know whether your calculations are accurate for 10, 30, even 70 years. It's a very difficult problem to solve and very intriguing from a data science perspective."
As Alex concluded, he introduced CVP, Advanced Analytics Rita Fuller who discussed New York Life's Data Science Academy which, as Rita describes it, "is a program with two educational tracks designed to increase knowledge of Data Science and Analytics for our employees.." The Data Science Academy is part of a cultural shift to generate greater understanding of data science and to create an environment in which New York Life data scientists can thrive. The program features two educational tracks. The technical track is for those who want to gain or improve your skillset in statistical modeling and machine learning. The business track introduces you to case studies involving analytic solutions to foster an analytical mindset. Rita then introduced an insightful short video that provided a better glimpse into a "day in the life" of the data team.
Next up, Katharine introduced our amazing panel of New York Life leaders which included Michelle Bottomley, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer; Glenn Hofmann, VP & Chief Analytics Officer; Mary Louie, CVP & Lead Data Scientist and Beth Schumacher, CVP Human Resources/Training. Our experienced panel discussed their latest projects, how they keep current on the latest tech trends and dove a bit deeper into their individual career journeys. The formal programming for the evening ended by opening up the floor to questions from the audience.
But the night wasn't over yet! Our attendees had plenty of opportunities to network with the panel, members of the New York Life team and each other before the evening eventually drew to a close. As they exited, our guests were greeted with a complimentary copy of a book to remember the evening by. All in all, this was a fabulous New York evening with an iconic New York company.
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This event is intended for women working in data science & analytics. If you would like to be considered for an invitation, please email email@example.com
Are you working in data science or data analytics? Then please join New York Life and PowerToFly for this exclusive evening of panels and networking featuring women leaders from New York Life's data teams.
The event will take place on October 25th from 6pm to 8pm at the New York Life Insurance Company's HQ, located at 51 Madison Avenue New York, New York 10010 (Ben Feldman Auditorium, 13th Floor).
Agenda (Subject to Change):
- 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking over Cocktails & Light Food
- 6:30pm - Kick-Off from PowerToFly's CoFounder & CEO Katharine Zaleski
- 6:35pm - Welcome & Introduction by New York Life's Alex Cook, SVP/Head of Retail Life Department
- 6:40pm - Panel Discussion featuring from New York Life
- Michelle Bottomley, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer
- Glenn Hofmann, VP & Chief Analytics Officer
- Beth Schumacher, CVP Human Resources/Training
- Mary Louie, CVP & Lead Data Scientist
- 7:05pm - Audience Q&A
This is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with New York Life's data and hiring leaders and to of course network with your fellow women in tech over food and drinks. New York Life is hiring but you don't need to be looking for a new opportunity to attend - if you'd just like to come to network, that's great too.
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About New York Life Insurance Company: New York Life Insurance Company is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States. Founded in 1845, New York Life is headquartered in New York City, maintains offices in all fifty states, and owns Seguros Monterrey New York Life in Mexico. New York Life is one of the most financially strong and highly capitalized insurers in the business. New York Life have steadfastly refused to ask agents and employees to conform themselves to a single way of doing business. Instead, everyone is expected to bring his or her own cultural and intellectual perspectives to the table.
PowerToFly was thrilled to partner with Stash for our second event last week. Held at Stash's headquarters in the Flatiron District, the event focused on women in data science. Moderated by PowerToFly CoFounder Milena Berry, the panel from Stash included:
- Claire Goldwitz, Stash's VP of Product
- MaryAlexa Divver, Senior Product Manager
- Christine Hurtubise, VP of Data Science
Stash's wonderful office
Stash's VP of Product Claire Goldwitz kicked off the evening.
MaryAlexxa Diver, Stash's Senior Product Manager provided a deeper dive into Stash's product
PowerToFly's CoFounder Milena Berry conducted a fireside chat with Stash VP of Data Science Christine Hurtubise
A look at Stash's product
Christine will be a featured speaker at our event for data scientists in NYC on 6/19
Christine Hurtubise, VP of Data Science at Stash, the innovative company dedicated to simplifying investing, is spearheading how Stash uses data to drive value. We spoke to Christine about her career journey, what products Stash has in their pipeline and how she's found her own leadership style.
On June 19th, Christine will be a featured speaker at an invite-only event PowerToFly is presenting for women data scientists, engineers and analysts. If you are interested in attending, you can learn more about the event here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation.
How did you first become involved in data science?
I studied Mathematics and French in college, so I was always interested in an interdiscipline practice, and Data Science is a great mix of communication and quantitative work. After graduation, I became a consultant at the software company SunGard, where my team worked on developing and implementing banking risk models. At that time (2011), data science was blossoming as a field, so I moved to the FinTech company, OnDeck, as a data scientist. It was an opportunity to leverage my financial modeling skills while better understanding machine learning and the start-up business.
In November, you transitioned from being a data scientists to the VP level. How were you able to make sure that this transition was a successful one?
I was at OnDeck for three years, where I had started and ultimately led three other teams of growing size. The biggest difference between an individual contributor role and a leadership one is that your focus has to be on elevating the work of those around you. Growing the skills of my team is crucial, but I am also tasked with making sure Stash uses data in a way that drives value. I spend a lot of time with my colleagues understanding our roadmap and what we can deliver to the market.
During your time at Stash and beyond, what have you seen as the biggest change in the fin tech landscape?
FinTech companies need to develop a strong brand around client trust, as they are new entrants in a market that is tasked with a sensitive and important role of customer's financial well-being. Customer privacy and protection are central to our values at Sash. We do not share data. Our focus is using data to offer financial access at scale, and being able to customize clients' experiences across our various products.
What current or upcoming products at Stash have you particularly excited?
I'm very excited to see the evolution of our Coach feature, which guides your journey on the app by presenting dynamic and personalized challenges. This gamification is one of several places where we can use models and user-specific rule sets to make finance fun and engaging.
What advice would you have for other women who are looking to enter leadership roles?
There's no "one size fits all" in leadership; you have to find your own style and voice. I'm not loud or particularly outgoing, so I focus on developing genuine relationships and producing quality work consistently in order to give the times I do speak up the most impact. If you have a clear vision for your practice, then you should take opportunities to step up and share your ideas.
Working at a startup can be a fast paced environment. How do you maintain a strong work-life balance and how does Stash help you achieve that?
I try to approach each project with high quality focus, as opposed to grinding through arbitrary hours. Stash gives me flexibility in my hours along with a lot of creative control over my work. The work here is so interesting, that I get excited to continue. My commute is quite long, so I can never stay late in the office, but I am happy to work at home later.
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Disclosure: The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of Stash. Stash is not providing any financial, economic, legal, accounting, or tax advice, or recommendations in this article