CARLA G. GENTRY
Carla is an acknowledged influencer and SME in the field of advanced analytics and data science. During the past 19+ years, Carla has worked with Fortune 100 and 500 companies including but not limited to, Discover Financial Services, J&J, Hershey, Kraft, Kellogg’s, SCJ, McNeil, PBA, Disney, Deloitte and Firestone. Acting as a liaison between the IT department and the Executive staff, Carla is able to take huge complicated databases, decipher business needs and come back with intelligence that quantifies spending, profit and trends. Being called a data nerd is a badge of courage for this curious Mathematician/Economist because knowledge is power and companies are now acknowledging its importance.
Armed with data and analytical results, a top-tier data scientist will then communicate informed conclusions and recommendations across an organization’s leadership structure. Carla has worked with structured and unstructured data as well as programmers, developers, architects, scrum masters, and other data scientists — she can tell you they don’t all think alike. A data scientist could be a statistician but a statistician may not be completely ready to take on the role of data scientist, and the same goes for all the above titles as well.
Carla’s list of accomplishments is quite vast since she’s been working in the analytical field for over 20 years – Learn more about Carla at https://www.linkedin.com/in/datanerd13
Karlene’s academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Central Florida and numerous certificates in her field of study. She is well versed in developing Crystal Reports from her tenure at Boeing and writing SQL to extract critical data from the database. Of all the roles held over the years, Karlene is most passionate about database management.
I look forward to transferring the knowledge that I have acquired thus far to my next venture.
Diane is originally from Seattle, but spent most of her life in Orlando. From a young age, Diane has always had a creative mind and has always been interested in trying and learning new things. Growing up, Diane used to love drawing and painting. As Diane got older, her interests grew to include web and graphic design using Adobe Creative Suite, namely Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver. By age 16, Diane learned how to code websites using HTML and CSS. By age 19, Diane took her web development skills to a new level by building her first PHP and MySQL driven website where she learned her database maintenance skills.
In addition to graphic design and web development, Diane also has a strong interest in science. Diane graduated from Valencia College with an Associate in Arts degree in Psychology and later graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors in Science degree in Psychology. At UCF, Diane took a strong liking to research methods and applied the skills she learned in the classroom to a real research setting when she partook in an I/O Psychology study at UCF’s Research Park as an undergraduate research assistant. As a research assistant, Diane assisted with running studies, collecting data, transcribing data, and pulling articles from the EBSCO search engine.
As a UCF student and post-graduation, Diane worked at UCF’s Facilities and Safety department as an assistant to the database administrator. In this role, Diane made full use of the database maintenance skills she learned as a web developer and applied those skills in various capacities. Diane was primarily responsible for compiling, editing, and uploading data into the AIM and FuelMaster database tables. Diane would also pull data and compile reports for various FS employees using SQL Server, Excel, Crystal Reports, and BIRT. Other responsibilities included updating and maintaining the Facilities Operations website, researching and resolving billing disputes, mobile device management, key systems, and other tasks needed.
Now working as a consultant, Diane is looking to exercise all of her talents and experience in the areas of web and graphic design, database maintenance, data analytics, and building an online presence to best serve client needs.