Q&A with Francesca Lazzeri, Principal Data Scientist Manager, Cloud and AI @ Microsoft

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Firstly, please introduce yourself

Hello, I am Francesca. I am Principal Data Scientist Manager at Microsoft, where I lead an organization of data scientists and machine learning engineers building intelligent applications on the Cloud, utilizing data and techniques spanning from IoT, time series forecasting, experimentation, causal inference, computer vision, natural language processing, reinforcement learning and open-source frameworks. Before joining Microsoft, I was a Research Fellow at Harvard University in the Technology and Operations Management Unit.

What are you looking forward to at Women in Tech Boston?

I look forward to being inspired by other professionals in my industry. Women in Tech Boston is a conference full of inspiration, energy, with a huge women technologists’ community.

What advice would you give to a woman looking to step up their career in tech?

Problem-Solving is your most powerful skill. Each day in tech, you’ll be presented with fresh, complex ideas that you need to solve. You have to be ready, therefore, for a lot of problem-solving. When processes or programs are presented for you to answer or debug, you’ve got to learn how to break these down into smaller pieces in order to come up with the best solutions.

What do you see as the biggest challenge currently facing women in technology?

The biggest challenge women in tech endure include the gender pay gap, the glass ceiling, the lack of female role models.

The theme of the event is Resilience, as a woman in tech, what does resilience mean to you?

Resilience means awareness and attention to me. Resilience is a key tool for training awareness and attention: present-moment awareness that is receptive, accepting, kindly and appreciative.

Join Francesa Lazzeri for her session “Enabling Resilient Machine Learning Systems” at Women in Tech Boston on October 20 – 21st.

About Joao Vasconcelos
Joao is Content Lead, USA at Ascend Global Media and Lead Producer of Women of Silicon Valley, Women in Tech Texas and Women in Tech Boston. Joao is responsible for creating cutting-edge agendas and events for the USA that further the Women in Tech World Series' mission to permanently and irreversibly drive positive change in the tech sector.

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