Our events and workshops wouldn’t be possible without our awesome volunteers who dedicate their time to sharing their knowledge in tech and beyond. Say hello to Dalya Manatova, volunteer instructor, and Steve Remington, our director of curriculum.
What inspires you to be part of the community and give back?
Dalya: Switching careers to Data Science/Data Analyst positions is not a path for everyone. However, shaping an individual’s career such that it intertwines with data and relies on data-driven concepts—that’s the goal. I am filled with joy when I have an opportunity to show others how they can utilize data in their career. I help people understand the material during the workshops and make sure everyone is on track.
Steve: Two things. First, I was fortunate to have great mentors both professional and academic. Given that I am good at sharing my knowledge in a way that makes it easy for others to understand, this is the best way for me to give back and help prepare the next generation of my profession to be the best that they can be. Second, I want to help redress the gender imbalance in the analytics profession and the associated negatives that it sometimes brings. Also, I have taught, worked with and managed a number of female analytics professionals in my career. I have always found them to be equally or often more capable than their male counterparts. I want to share that with other women so they can shift from the “Maybe I can’t do this” mindset to the “I can definitely do this” mindset.