Title: Data and machine learning solution leader at SingleStone, a Henrico County-based consulting firm

Born: 1973, Toms River, N.J.

Education: Duke University, history and English, 1995

Career: Oracle, 1999-2002; Whitlock Consulting, senior consultant, 2001-2002; Chesterfield County Public Schools, 2002-2006; B2B Solutions, 2008-2010; Alstom Energy, 2010-2011; Health Diagnostic Laboratory, 2011-2013; The Axis Partners, 2013-2019; VCU da Vinci Center, Innovator in Residence, 2017-present; and SingleStone, March 2019-present

In which part of town do you live? eastern Henrico County

Best business decision: “Choosing to strike out on my own to provide support in data-related concepts to nonprofits and other organizations that otherwise would not have had access to skill sets due to budgetary constraints. These organizations are on the front lines of supporting our communities and need to have the same acumen and proficiency in interpreting data as our largest financial systems.”

Worst business decision: “Being great at data does not always translate to being great at forecasting revenue. The worst business mistake I made was using debt to finance business operations. It’s similar to having a credit card in college before you really start earning and establishing your lifestyle. When using debt as cash, the potential for financial distress is significant.”

Mistake you learned the most from: “I learned business finance quickly as a consequence of making financial-planning mistakes.”

What is the biggest challenge/opportunity in the next two to five years? “My greatest opportunity is helping to establish and grow a dynamic and innovative data practice specializing in advance analytics. The challenge is understanding that the data industry is in transition, and how to best partner with our customers to create value from their greatest strategic asset.”

First job after college: “My first job out of college was a major data transformation project: migrating Environmental Protection Agency data from a mainframe environment to a relational data environment. I started as a technical writer and ended that project as a data and software engineer.”

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently? “Nothing. I love my life. I love what I do. I would need all of my life lessons in order to get to this same place again.”

Book that inspired you the most: “The most influential writer in my young life that continues to be important is Nikki Giovanni. Her poem ‘Nikki-Rosa’ illustrates the ability for a young woman to have agency over her own life, seeing both the beauty and the challenges with equal impact. It is inspiring.”

Favorite/least favorite subject in school: Favorite subjects: history and physics; least favorite: geometry.

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