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CREATING AN INCLUSIVE DATA ECONOMY

Forward-thinking business leaders know they can no longer afford to ignore the gap between their growing data staffing needs and DEI goals. And our Employer Partners are helping us tackle both objectives at once.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW


ABOUT DS4A / DATA ENGINEERING

Data Skills for All (DS4A)/ Data Engineering is a rigorous training certification program that ultimately provides Employer Partners access to a pool of highly skilled talented Data Engineers from underrepresented communities (e.g., Black, Latinx, Women, Veterans, LGBTQ+, and others).

At the end of the free, 17-week program led by world-class instructors, these talented individuals are prepared to initialize, organize, and maintain data infrastructure for a range of businesses. 

Our Employer Partners not only recruit exclusively from our pool of certified Data Engineers but also explore unique employer branding opportunities.

Join us now to connect with top-tier talent.

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Our DS4A / Data Engineering community at a glance

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OUR DS4A MISSION

Currently, fewer than 7% of data professionals identify as Black or Latinx while significant structural barriers prevent many people (including Women) from acquiring data skills.

With the help of our Employer Partners, we're now on track to train 10,000 new data professionals in the next three years.

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WHY COMPANIES NEED DS4A / DATA ENGINEERING

 

 

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BUILD DATA PIPELINES


Data is the new oil, and data science is transforming how companies leverage their data for growth.

Without building effective data pipelines, the use of data is vastly limited. Like any resource, data has to be effectively organized and distributed.

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CREATE SMART DATA


The first step to leveraging the power of big data in an organization is creating “smart data” — data that is reliable and formatted to be easily accessed and analyzed.

Data Engineers design and build the systems needed to leverage big data.

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DEVELOP BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE


Data Engineers combine cloud computing, algorithms, and database design to create and maintain a data infrastructure for the entire organization. This enables analysts and data scientists to conduct root-cause analyses with high predictive accuracy. Plus,  with the help of these data specialists, non-technical departments (marketing, sales, and operations) can also access data to inform their decision-making.

SPONSORS

Our Employer Partners make this program possible through endowed scholarships, mentorship, and career opportunities.






EMPLOYER PARTNER BENEFITS

 

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ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS


DS4A / Data Engineering is entirely free for Fellows, supported by sponsorship from our Employer Partners. Each partnership package endows a specific number of scholarships.

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HIRING


Employer Partners have first access to hire our vetted, trained, and diverse graduates for Data Engineering roles.

 

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TALENT BRANDING


Our program is the U.S.'s largest, most prestigious data-training program for underrepresented groups. Sponsors are DEI-forward employers and thought leaders.

 

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BUSINESS IMPACT


Employer Partners can submit business challenges to the program, for Fellows to solve as AI projects. Also, diverse talent hiring helps make strides towards eliminating bias in future products and algorithms.

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MEET SOME OF OUR DS4A GRADUATES

"Without the DS4A community's encouragement and support through the hiring process, I could've never gotten my data engineering internship at Point72. Other programs, even great college classes, teach you theory; DS4A teaches you not just that, but also how to apply it to change the world."

SATHYA EDAMADAKA

"I've encountered obstacles to advancing my data skills, mainly confidence and sense of how to prioritize knowledge. This community has lifted me up. I've written a machine learning model from scratch. It's built to improve the accessibility of electric vehicles in the U.S."

LARQUANA BRYAN

"In DS4A, I've spoken with industry leaders on topics that relate to my experience as a black woman in STEM. "

BRITTANY ROLLINS

"The DS4A experience marks a huge shift in my career since now I am able to introduce next-generation technologies to my company and understand the benefits it will bring to the future."

DAVID PIRES

CORRELATION ONE ADVISORY BOARD

DEEPALI VYAS
Global Co-Head of FinTech, Global Financial Markets, Korn Ferry
ABOUT DEEPALI VYAS
Deepali Vyas is the Global Co-Head of FinTech in Korn Ferry’s Global Financial Markets practice based in the firm’s New York City office. Vyas brings more than 18 years of C-suite executive search experience. She has led global searches for asset managers, hedge funds, private equity firms, investment and commercial banks, pension funds, and other financial institutions, in addition to fintech and technology organizations. She is also a well-published thought leader with broad business exposure enabling her to handle assignments for large Fortune 500 companies as well as cutting edge emerging growth companies within the FinTech and broader financial services sector.
MONA SUTPHEN
Senior Advisor, The Vistria Group
Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff
About MONA SUTPHEN
Mona Sutphen has over 20 years of experience advising multinational corporate, philanthropic, and institutional investors on the intersection of geopolitics, policy, and markets. She is currently a Senior Advisor at The Vistria Group, a Chicago-based private equity firm, and is a venture advisor and co-founder of several startups. Previously, she was a Partner at Macro Advisory Partners (MAP), where she led the firm’s Unites States practice advising clients on emerging risks and opportunities across a range of sectors, including energy/environment, technology, and financial services. Prior to joining MAP, Sutphen was Managing Director at UBS AG, where she developed new tools for political risk evaluation impacting capital markets. From 2009-2011, she served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for President Barack Obama, where she advanced the policy and regulatory agenda on a range of issues, including, technology/telecom, trade, energy, small business, and housing/GSE reform. Previously, Sutphen was Managing Director at Stonebridge International and earlier led regulatory strategy for Currenex, the first Internet-based institutional foreign exchange trading platform. From 1991-2000, she was a career diplomat, serving on the staff of the National Security Council during President Bill Clinton’s administration and the U.S.‘s Mission to the UN, among other posts. She also served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board from 2013-2016. Sutphen serves on the boards of Spotify (NYSE: SPOT), renewable energy company Pattern Energy, and Unitek Learning and is a Trustee for Putnam Mutual Funds. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the International Rescue Committee and Human Rights First and the advisory boards of the Warner Music Social Justice Fund and the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Sutphen is a Trustee of Mount Holyoke College and co-author of “The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.” She holds B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.S. from the London School of Economics.
JONATHAN MCBRIDE
University of California, Berkeley
Former Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity, BlackRock
about JONATHAN MCBRIDE
Jonathan McBride is the former Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity at BlackRock. Prior to joining BlackRock, McBride was director of the Presidential Personnel Office in the White House, a role he was appointed to in July 2013. During his tenure, he led several initiatives, including co-chairing with the Deputy Director of Management for the U.S., an initiative to reform management and “work” in government. Prior to serving in the White House, McBride was Chief Strategy Officer at Universum, a global employer branding company, and served as the company’s most senior consultant to companies and organizations looking to attract and retain top talent. In 2000, he co-founded Jungle Media Group. Jungle’s magazines, websites and live events served a variety of audiences, including MBAs, attorneys, college students, and young African-American and Hispanic professionals. Jungle Media was nominated for three National Magazine Awards. McBride also was an Associate at Goldman Sachs and a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Herb Kohl at the start of his career.
JEFF SANDERS
Co-Managing Partner, Global CEO & Board Practice, Heidrick & Struggles
about JEFF SANDERS
Jeff Sanders is a Vice Chairman in Heidrick & Struggles’ Stamford, Connecticut, and New York City offices and Co-Managing Partner of the Global CEO & Board of Directors Practice, focusing on assisting companies with CEO and board succession. Previously, Sanders was Managing Partner of the North American CEO Practice, global sector leader for the Software Practice and a member of the firm’s global management committee. He leads CEO, COO, board of director, and other senior-level searches and recruits portfolio company executives for private equity and venture capital firms.
SARA BAXTER ORR
SVP & Global Head, CFO Practice, Anaplan
about SARA BAXTER ORR
Sara Baxter Orr is the Global Solutions & CFO Lead for Anaplan, driving its market-leading solutions and capabilities. She is responsible for delivering initiatives and programs that showcase Anaplan’s relevance in the marketplace as well as guiding and developing next-generation solutions. Orr is focused on partnering and enabling organizations’ use of Anaplan’s connected planning and orchestrated performance platform to forecast, plan, prepare, and make decisions for some of the most complex business scenarios that companies are facing. As a senior operating executive and CFO, she has been instrumental in driving growth, transformation and innovation in large, complex multibillion-dollar technology-based businesses. She is recognized for delivering revenue growth and margin expansion as well as for collaborating closely with chief executive team members, finance leadership teams, global procurement and supply chain leaders, and world-class sales and marketing teams on strategic decision-making, commercial pricing, deal structuring, change management, and system integration opportunities. Since 2000, Orr advanced through progressive financial leadership roles at Verizon Communications, holding regional, national, global finance operations, and business unit positions ― most recently as Senior Vice President and CFO of the Verizon Business Group, consisting of four business units generating $30 billion-plus revenue from wireless communications, corporate networking, and the Internet of Things in the global enterprise, public sector, wholesale, and small business markets. At ease in front of customers, earlier in her career as Verizon Wireless’s Midwest CFO, Orr headed, among other traditional finance responsibilities, real estate store maintenance and construction for over 400 retail stores and opened Verizon Wireless’s first two iconic experience stores.
SHEENA IYENGAR
S.T. Lee Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
about SHEENA IYENGAR
Growing up in New York City as a blind Indian American and the daughter of immigrants, Sheena Iyengar began to look at the choices she and others had and how to get the most from choice. She first started researching choice as an undergrad at the Wharton School and then received her Ph.D. at Stanford University, where her dissertation, “Choice and its Discontents,” received the Best Dissertation Award. Iyengar received the Presidential Early Career Award in 2002, has been voted among the Top 50 most influential business thinkers by Thinkers50 and rated one of the world’s best B-School Professors by Poets and Quants. Her book, “The Art of Choosing,” received one of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Books of the Year 2010 awards. Currently, she serves on the Executive Committee at Columbia Business School and the Advisory Board at Ernst & Young. She has worked with over 100 companies and recently created a groundbreaking course titled “Think Bigger,” which teaches students a new method on how to innovate. Iyengar began studying choice because she did not know how to choose, and she thinks if she keeps studying choice, she might one day know how. Iyengar muses that choice is how we create our most beautiful and singular selves.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What makes DS4A / Data Engineering unique?


DS4A / Data Engineering is a comprehensive program that aims to remove the structural, academic, and financial barriers that prevent minority candidates from pursuing careers in Data Engineering. We help identify and prepare talent from underrepresented groups for the data-driven jobs of the future. Our ultimate aim? To build a robust ecosystem of talented Black, Latinx, Women, and people of other under-represented communities who are data-fluent and ready to fill current and future Data Engineering jobs.  Indeed, DS4A Fellows can already access a diverse, rapidly expanding network of program alumni, mentors, and Employer Partners for career coaching support and job opportunities. 

How can this impact my firm’s recruiting goals?


In addition to DS4A Fellows nominated by our Employer Partners, Correlation One selects external applicants whom we identify as being not only excellent Fellows but also strong future employees. Employer Partners will have multiple opportunities to interface with Fellows directly throughout the program. They will also have access to comprehensive recruitment data including resumes, career interests, and technical assessment scores as well as data project-based learning from within the program.

How will this impact my firm’s employer brand?


Employer Partners for the DS4A/Data Engineering program are publicly affirming their commitment to creating equal access to the jobs of tomorrow by investing in the education and career advancement of talented individuals from the Black, Latinx, and other underrepresented minority communities—including Women. Correlation One will actively promote its Employer Partners across email, social, and PR channels leading up to, during, and after the program. Employer Partners will also have the opportunity to speak before the Fellows and share insights about what makes their individual organization both a category leader and a DEI champion.

Is the program free for Fellows?


Yes, DS4A / Data Engineering is free for all Fellows! We believe that cost should never be a barrier to learning, and this is made possible thanks to the generosity of our Employer Partners. To qualify, aspiring Fellows must complete an application, submit a resume, pass a skills assessment, and participate in a video interview. Following this process, they may be selected to enroll in the program. Employer Partners can also nominate their own employees to take part in the training as part of their sponsorship package.

When and where is DS4A / Data Engineering taking place?


The program runs for 17 weeks starting in March 2022. In addition to classes, Fellows will be able to access career fairs, guest lectures, and professional development sessions. The program will culminate with a graduation live virtual graduation event.

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