Past Event! Note: this event has already taken place.

Using Data Science to Improve Organizational Effectiveness

January 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Data Science Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series  

Speaker: Dr. Gordana Tešić


People analytics is a rapidly growing field that applies data science methods to the area of people, teams, and projects within organizations. People analytics insights are used to improve talent attraction and retention, make workplaces more engaging and efficient. These insights also help develop leadership, support employee growth, and influence decision making across business. In this talk, we will introduce the people analytics field, and then focus on how Shopify’s People Analytics team collects and analyzes data about the Shopify team to help the company make data informed decisions. In addition to data science insights and recommendations, our People Analytics team builds and maintains our own protected warehouse and infrastructure to further this mission. We have also contributed to open source tooling, in order to better the Python data science community. This talk will also illustrate how a full stack data science and engineering team operates at Shopify.

About the Speaker

Dr. Gordana Tešić is a data scientist working with the People Analytics team at Shopify. Previously, she was a member of the People Analytics team, and the Artificial Intelligence (AI) work group at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. She received her Ph.D. in High-Energy Physics from Carleton University (2009). Before focusing on the data science field in 2017, she conducted her research at McGill University and the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include causal inference and machine learning, astroparticle and neutrino physics, real-time systems and cyber infrastructure design. She was a member of several international scientific collaborations: the Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network (AMON),  IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory, VERITAS gamma-ray observatory and Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), which resulted in 140+ publications. Some of her awards include the Governor General Medal at Gold Level and University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work – Doctoral Level (Carleton University, 2009), the FQRNT Quebec Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students – Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2010/11), co-recipient of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2016) with her colleagues from SNO, and others.

Seminar Moderator:
Dr. Tracey P. Lauriault, Associate Professor, Critical Media and Big Data, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

Zoom webinar information for the Data Science Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series is sent to our mailing list (sign up here). If you are not on our mailing list and would like to attend this virtual seminar, please e-mail