As the Analytics Lead, it’s my job to use our data to tell a compelling story. My work straddles the line between qual and quant, from deciding what analysis is best for the questions we want answered, to interpreting the results as they apply to our work in real world, to how to present them in a way that is informative and exciting for our audience.
How does D&I relate to you personally?
I come from a bi-cultural background, being born in Beijing, China, and raised in the US within a Chinese household, so my life has been an interesting mix of traditional and modern views. I’m often reminded of how people of various backgrounds can interpret the same situation differently, and react entirely differently as well, whenever I find switching between “American” and “Chinese” points of view. I think growing up as an immigrant also makes you uniquely aware of the need for inclusion, as you sometimes feel like you don’t quite belong to one country or another.
My background is in research and academia, which are both heavily populated by white males, so I have firsthand experience of how it feels as a minority in your chosen field. It’s really motivated me to find ways to support others in the same position, and also to help teach the dominant population how to be better allies. In fact, I believe we can all learn to be better allies – I love exploring other cultures and their histories myself, so my work keeps me honest in making sure I’m respecting others’ diversity as well.
What do you like to do in your free time?
If I’m not in the office, you can usually find me running outdoors, preferably deep inside a lush, green forest, or up and down mountains with great views. I’m also a huge fan of reading, gaming, and all things food-related (eating, cooking, watching other people cook), and willing to try anything when it comes to those hobbies (except for olives and Tetris).