INFORMS Insights

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Mark your calendars for the INFORMS Insights: Exploring Industry Career Paths and Experiences webinar series brought to you by Certified Analytics Professionals (CAP)!


Held on the third Thursday of every month at 1pm Eastern time, this series is tailored specifically for early career professionals looking to succeed in the rapidly evolving field of analytics.


Join top leaders in the industry as they share valuable insights and practical career advice on a wide range of topics, including interview and hiring strategies, personal branding, and emerging fields for analytics professionals. With a focus on best practices and real-world examples, these monthly webinars will provide you with actionable insights and tangible skills that you can immediately  apply in your career.


Whether you're just starting out or looking to advance, the INFORMS Insights: Exploring Industry Career Paths and Experiences webinar series is the perfect resource for professional development and growth. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn from the best in the business! Register now to secure your spot and take your career to new heights.


Free for INFORMS members; $19 per webinar for nonmembers.

Upcoming webinar

Surviving in a Competitive Job Market and Work Environment

Xiaonan Shang
Manager, Data Analytics at Enovation Controls


Shannon Shang is the Manager of Data Analytics at Enovation Controls. She began working at Enovation Controls as a market analyst in 2019 after receiving her Master of Science in Quantitative Finance and MBA from the University of Tulsa. At Enovation Controls, she identifies the needs of the business and developed a team based on the need to Data Analytics. She has worked relentlessly promoting data-driven culture within the organization. She also has many years of teaching experience at the University of Tulsa. Fun fact, Shannon was a part-time NBA contributing reporter for Tencent covering Oklahoma City Thunder. 

  • Technical skills are important, meanwhile soft skills are what makes candidates stand out.
  • Understanding the business is crucial to keep competitive in the work environment. 
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Meet Your Host


Carol DeZwarte, CAP

Carol is a data scientist who excels at developing a trust-based culture where scientists thrive, and improves effectiveness, efficiency, and sales through data. As a CAP and PMP, she has been delivering results for 20 years – from patenting an inventory method for the U.S. military that saved more than $400M to defining network strategy for a $10B online retailer.


Surviving in a Competitive Job Market and Work Environment

Xiaonan Shang | Manager, Data Analytics at Enovation Controls

Terry Rawls

Role of Communication in Framing Business Problems

Terry Rawls | COO at Vulcan Academics, LLC


Meet the Speakers



Andrew Blake

Managing Director
Opening Bell Ventures

Success is NOT a straight line!

  1. The importance of building your personal "Board of Advisors"
  2. Identifying your strengths and building on them
  3. Enjoying the journey and taking risks
Andrew has more than 25 years of experience leading digital transformation in the financial services, insurance, and consumer sectors. Prior to joining Opening Bell Ventures, Andrew led data transformation efforts for Ally Financial, including the establishment of Ally’s award-winning Data-To-Intelligence Program, focused on enabling data to be a competitive organizational asset. Prior to Ally, Andrew led digital transformation initiatives at LPL Financial, Wells Fargo, and OneBeacon Insurance Group, dramatically improving the customer experience by empowering stakeholders to leverage data insights more effectively.

Nirmit Chetwani

Nirmit Chetwani

Manager, Data Science

Finding success in

  1. Cross-cutting data science and analytics concepts as applied to e-commerce industry (what you need to land a job in e-commerce/tech companies).
  2. Pros and cons of working as an analytics professional in a startup and tech giants (helpful for shortlisting what roles could suit you).
  3. Difference between identifying what your stakeholders want vs. what they need (in the context of science/analytics problems), which is critical to success in any role.
Nirmit is a scientist at Amazon with experience in analytics/data-science domain, both as a team leader and an individual contributor. He is passionate about applications of data science to the problems in e-commerce and likes working in a fast-paced environment. He is inspired by the work done at, and envisions an education system for the underprivileged in India that helps them rise beyond "making their ends meet."


Janine Kamath

Executive Director
Mayo Clinic International

Janine is the executive director at Mayo Clinic International. Over the last seven years, she served as chair of the Department of Management Engineering and Consulting, and is an assistant professor in Health Care Systems Engineering in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Prior to Mayo, Janine was a manager in two large pharmaceutical companies. At Mayo, she has advanced and led multiple strategic initiatives. Janine is engaged with various Mayo national and international leaders and governance committees. She has a passion for entrepreneurship, diverse talent growth and driving results in a dynamic environment through empowered high-performing teams.

Mechie Nkengla

Mechie Nkengla

CEO | Chief Data Strategist
Data Products LLC

ASK ME ANYTHING - Industry insights: Gain valuable knowledge about current trends, emerging technologies, and best practices in data and analytics. Career guidance: Receive advice on essential skills, job search strategies, networking, and professional development to enhance your career prospects. Real-world case studies: Learn from my successes and challenges.
Mechie is focused on helping organizations improve performance, effectively leverage their data assets, and understand the possibilities of emerging technologies including data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data, and the Internet of Things. Aligning technology vision and strategy with business goals and objectives in creating holistic continuous solutions that drive continuous ROI.


Kermit Threatte

Kermit has experience in strategic supply chain network design and the creation and automation of supply chain and call center decision engines, including call-center scheduling, inventory balancing, and inventory placement. Kermit spent most of his career (16+ years) as a consultant focused on optimization, machine learning, and analytics. The majority of his consulting experience was working on various aspects of retail supply chains.

Kermit holds an SM in Operations Research from the MIT Operations Research Center and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Doug Trent

Doug Trent

Senior Data Scientist

Doug is a senior data scientist in the Office of the CIO, leading intern teams to accelerate adoption of AI technologies in support of NASA’s digital transformation strategy. Projects include data mining, machine learning, computervision, information retrieval, natural language processing, robotic process automation, model-based systems engineering, knowledge analytics, IoT devices, and augmented/virtual reality.

Frequently Asked Questions

I can't make the webinar at the scheduled time. Can I view the webinar at a later time?

Yes, we will be recording the webinar and will post the video recording and slides afterwards in the library of the Open Forum in INFORMS Connect. We'll send out an email to all registrants within 5 business days after the webinar with a link to the video and slides.

What day/time is the webinar?

The INFORMS Insights Webinars are held on the third Thursday of each month starting at 1pm EST. There will not be a webinar in December but will resume in January.

Can I get a copy of the slides being used in the webinar?

Yes, all of the INFORMS Insights webinars and their respective slides are stored in the library of the Open Forum in INFORMS Connect. We will also send out an email to all registrants with a link to the webinar video and slides once they're posted.

How do I log in to the webinar?

The zoom link will be sent to you in a confirmation email at least 24 hours before the start of the webinar. If you register within 24 hours of the start of the webinar then you will receive the zoom login information no later than 1 hour prior to the start of the webinar. On the day of the webinar, about 15 minutes before the webinar, you will be able to login to the webinar from the provided link. Audio for the webinar will be streamed via your computer speakers. Make sure that your computer speakers are on and test your system when you login to ensure you can hear the speaker. If you do not see an email from zoom in your inbox, please check your spam folder as it may have been filtered automatically as spam. If it is not there, please contact our customer service team (Aysha Saqib at for assistance.

Do I need to mute myself on the webinar?

No - we'll take care of that for you. As an attendee, you are automatically muted.

I’d like to ask a question during the webinar. How can I do that?

Any content related questions you’d like to ask the speaker can be submitted through the Q&A feature during the webinar. Any technical issues or questions can be asked via the chat feature and an INFORMS Staff member will work to help troubleshoot.

I’d like to sign up for future webinars. How and when can I do that?

Registration for next month’s INFORMS Insights Webinars will be available after the current month’s webinar happens. You will sign up through the registration link on the INFORMS Insights website (this URL) and follow the registration process on the screen.

How do I submit this time for PDUs towards renewing my aCAP or CAP certification?

You can login - at - to your CAP/aCAP profile and submit your PDUs through the My Certifications Tab on the left.


View Past Webinars


Four Practical Points for Aspiring Data Scientists

Recording of INFORMS Insights webinar with Jennifer Priestly. Jennifer is the Chief Data Officer at Flock Specialty Finance.

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What Makes Consulting a Fun But Challenging Career?

Recording of INFORMS Insights webinar with Zohar Strinka, CAP. Zohar is Principle Consultant at Analytics Strategies LLC.

Watch webinar with Zohar Strinka, CAP


AI Skills You Need as you Start Your Analytics Career

Recording of INFORMS Insights webinar with Aaron Burciaga. Aaron is a renowned Data Scientist, AI Engineer, author and Advisor.

Watch webinar with Aaron Burciaga


Find your career pathway

Recording of INFORMS Insights webinar with Olamide Jolaoso. Olamide is the Head of Data & Analytics at Wema Bank Nigeria.

Watch webinar with Olamide Jolaoso


Top Shocks for Transitioning to Data Science & AI Careers

Recording of INFORMS Insights webinar with Beverly Wright, PhD, CAP.

Watch webinar with Beverly Wright


The World Needs Dreamers That Do - Success & Significance

Janine Kamath presented this webinar on October 19, 2023

Watch webinar with Janine Kamath


Ask Me Anything

Mechie Nkengla, CEO and Chief Data Strategist of Data Products LLC, presented this webinar on September 21, 2023

Watch webinar with Mechie Nkengla


Success is NOT a straight line!

Andrew Blake, Managing Director of Opening Bell Ventures, presented this webinar on August 17, 2023.

Watch webinar with Andrew Blake

Nirmit Chetwani

Finding success
in e-commerce

Nirmit Chetwani, Manager, Data Science, Amazon presented this webinar on July 20, 2023.

Watch webinar with Nirmit Chetwani

Let happiness, not prestige, guide your career.

Kermit Threatte presented this webinar on June 15, 2023

Watch webinar with Kermit Threatte

Doug Trent

Top 10 Lessons for a Productive & Fulfilling Career in Analytics

Doug Trent, Senior Data Science, NASA presented on May 18, 2023

Watch webinar with Doug Trent

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