Talk by Genetha Gray - We Speak: Inspiring Women in Math Speaker Series (AWM)

Friday, July 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Online via Zoom


Genetha Gray
Manager of Data Science & Research group of the Employee Success Strategy & Analytics (ESSA)


Math for the Post-Pandemic Working World

Even before the pandemic, advances in technology were challenging traditional concepts of the when, where, and how of work.  For example, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2019, employees were not only no longer spending their entire career at one job, but the average tenure dropped to less than 5 years.  The days of a team sitting next to each other in one office were rare as an increasing number of companies were made up of teams working together from multiple locations across multiple time zones.  This way of working was only intensified during the pandemic as more employees worked from home and moved to locations that were more convenient for the logistics of life and family rather than convenient to an office.  Now that the pandemic has begun to subside, companies are wrestling with new realities and thinking about how to improve the working experience for all.  In this talk, I will discuss how mathematicians can contribute to designing the new workplace through people analytics, a data-driven approach to managing the workforce and give some examples of problems solved in the field.  I also will describe how a career in math has led me to a role in human resources and talk about how combining math skills and passions can lead to a rewarding profession.

Dr. Genetha Gray manages the Data Science & Research group of the Employee Success Strategy & Analytics (ESSA) team at Salesforce.  ESSA focuses on optimizing the employee experience through the use of data.  Genetha and her team study how geographically dispersed teams interact, employee benefits and well-being, skills-based learning & development, and pay equity.  Previously, she was an analytics research scientist at Intel Corporation where she worked on engineering applications related to fully autonomous vehicles and people analytics applications including modeling the changing representation of women in the tech workforce.  Prior to joining Intel, Genetha spent 12 years as a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Labs in Livermore, CA.  There, she worked on problems in the areas of the electrical and mechanical engineering of systems, the storage of nuclear waste, groundwater remediation, cyber security, and energy including renewables integration and grid operations.  She has a Ph.D. in Computational & Applied Mathematics from Rice University and is the co-author of numerous research publications including a text book on environmental modeling.  Genetha volunteers with groups working to improve mathematical modeling education and mentors women studying mathematics.


In honor of AWM’s 50th Anniversary, each month we will feature a woman who has made a difference in the landscape of the mathematical sciences. Each speaker will give a 30-40 minute talk followed by a Q&A session from the audience for the remainder of the hour. Talks will be the final Friday of each month of 2021.

Talk by Genetha Gray
July 23, 2021
10:00am MDT / 1:00pm EDT
Online via Zoom
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