AoF 67: What Data folks can learn from the Caribbean? w/ Raquel Seville

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Data isn’t just relevant in the US, it’s important all over the world. And currently, the Caribbean is experiencing something of a movement in relation to data. In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Raquel Seville, the CEO of BI Brainz Caribbean. Learn what’s happening in the Caribbean on the data scene, how data innovation is taking center stage, and how you can be a part of it.

“If you’re trying to compete in this global landscape then you eventually have to adopt some sort of digital strategy.” [33:09]



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  • [22:26] - Raquel’s thoughts on the pandemic: “I think if anything else that a person’s going to take away from the Caribbean, it’s just being resilient despite the odds.”
  • [32:43] - Raquel on the Caribbean’s future: “I definitely think that for the Caribbean, persons can learn that we’re trying to navigate and propel ourselves with technology.”
  • [34:17] - Raquel’s conviction towards making a difference: “It does make a big difference with you believing that you can step out of your 9-to-5 and start your own company or you believing that you can be the CEO of one of the biggest banks in the Caribbean as a person of color, as a black person, because you look up and you see these leaders who look like you.”

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In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [01:48]  - User Expectations: How companies in the Caribbean are treating the data movement and innovating in the data culture
  • [07:22]  - How Raquel opened the first Jamaica PowerBI user group
  • 08:42]  - How long Raquel has been the Caribbean BI Brainz CEO
  • [09:05]  - The companies that Raquel has been supporting in the course of her work
  • [10:35]  - The differences in regulations across different Caribbean nations
  • [13:49]  - What’s happening with data in the Caribbean right now
  • [15:05]  - Key Quote: “You can’t just think of how do I digitize a process or how do I digitize something that’s manual, without actually thinking of data.” – Raquel Seville
  • [15:45]  - New data protection laws
  • [17:40]  - Key Quote: There is a shift happening and I’m very happy to see the shift, and I’m very happy to see, for example, companies are hiring a chief digital officer.” – Raquel Seville
  • [18:39]  - How the average citizen feels about the digital shift and data collection
  • [21:07]   - What the rest of the world can learn from the data work happening in the Caribbean
  • [22:54]  - The presence of data science and data literacy in the Caribbean
  • [32:01]  - 3 things listeners can learn from the Caribbean
  • [35:36]  - The differences between the way race is treated in the Caribbean vs. the US
  • [42:28]  - Key Quote: “We’re focusing on the differences when we should be focusing on the similarities.” –Raquel Seville
  • [47:33]  - What Raquel is inspired by
  • [51:54]  - How AoF can stay in touch with Raquel
  • [54:54]  - Raquel’s book giveaway
  • [55:26]  - What Raquel is on fire about right now
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“Just the fact that we’re in the presence of leadership that sort of looks like us – it does make a big difference.” [34:05]

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