Women Lead Data Podcast Episode 3: Nicole Janeway Bills of Data Strategy Professionals

May 2, 2024

In the third episode of Women Lead Data, Lindsay is joined by Nicole Janeway Bills (Founder & CEO of Data Strategy Professionals) to learn more about her journey towards starting a company and becoming a CEO. Nicole shares her career story about breaking into the data industry and becoming a data scientist before starting her own company.

Data Strategy Professionals helps data practitioners ace data-related exams, such as the CDMP (Certified Data Management Professionals).

From Data Scientist to CEO with Nicole Janeway Bills

In the latest episode of the Women Lead Data podcast, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Nicole Janeway Bills, the visionary founder and CEO of Data Strategy Pros, a company dedicated to empowering data practitioners with the tools they need to excel in data-related examinations. Having met Nicole a few weeks back in Toronto, delving deeper into her journey and the mission behind her company was an opportunity I couldn't pass up.

Nicole's Journey into the World of Data

Nicole's story is a testament to the transformative power of curiosity and lifelong learning. Starting her career in strategy and operations consulting, Nicole quickly realized her true passion lay in the realm of data. This realization led her on a path of self-education, where she dedicated nights, weekends, and vacations to mastering Python, paving her way into data science through a rigorous boot camp. Nicole's transition from consulting to founding Data Strategy Pros highlights a journey fueled by a desire to make a tangible impact through data.

The Genesis of Data Strategy Pros

Data Strategy Pros emerged from Nicole's own experiences and challenges in preparing for the Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) exam. Recognizing the need for more accessible and effective study materials, Nicole harnessed her insights and experiences to create a platform that offers specialized training and resources for data practitioners. Her company's focus on the CDMP exam underscores a commitment to elevating the standards of data management and strategy.

Leadership Lessons and Growing a Business

Stepping into the role of CEO, Nicole has navigated the complexities of growing a business with grace and strategic foresight. From refining operational processes to fostering a culture of continuous improvement within her team, Nicole's leadership style is rooted in empowerment and education. Her journey underscores the importance of aligning business practices with overarching goals, ensuring that every team member is not only in the right seat but also equipped with the skills and knowledge to excel.

Navigating Advice and Charting Your Own Course

Nicole's reflections on receiving advice, both good and bad, serve as a reminder of the nuanced nature of guidance. Emphasizing the value of curiosity and personal growth, Nicole encourages entrepreneurs to seek frameworks and methodologies that resonate with their unique circumstances and goals. Her experiences highlight the significance of fostering an environment where questioning and continuous learning are not only encouraged but celebrated.

The Future of Data Strategy

Looking ahead, Nicole is passionate about partnering with organizations like DAMA to further the cause of data management excellence. She envisions a future where data strategy is not just a component of business operations but a driving force behind innovation and profitability. Her dedication to making data management knowledge accessible and engaging is paving the way for a new generation of data strategists who are equipped to tackle the challenges of the digital age.

In conversation with Nicole Janeway Bills, it's clear that her journey is not just about founding a company; it's about inspiring a movement towards better data practices. As Data Strategy Pros continues to grow, Nicole's leadership and vision offer valuable insights for anyone looking to make a meaningful impact in the world of data.

For those interested in exploring the resources and training offered by Data Strategy Pros, visit their website at datastrategypros.com. Nicole's journey is a beacon for aspiring data professionals and entrepreneurs alike, reminding us of the power of determination, education, and strategic thinking in achieving our goals.

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