For Director Kathleen Featheringham, data tells an important story––one worth uncovering. In her role at Booz Allen, the self-proclaimed “analytics storyteller” helps clients harness the power of data to discover their stories.
What’s it like to unlock data’s potential? We spoke to Kathleen about forging her career path and the ways through which she empowers change through artificial intelligence (AI).
How did you get started in your field?
I like the challenge of learning new domains and technologies quickly. Years into my career at Booz Allen, a teammate approached me about leveraging these skills––and learning the analytics business––to see if I could help scale a new data science practice for a national security client. I jumped right in and learned all about data science and its strong intersections with strategy and change management. Eventually, I realized the key element they all had in common: storytelling.
Why did you choose Booz Allen?
I was looking for an organization where I could have the opportunity to grow my career and forge my own path. Building skills and experiences that will serve me in future roles is important, as is the ability to take on diverse roles. I knew I made the right decision the first time I switched teams at Booz Allen. Not only was I supported in my desire to switch, but I was also given help in finding my new role.
What projects are you working on?
Right now, I’m leading strategy and training capability work for our AI practice. Getting a data-driven organization to harness the power of AI is a journey, and our clients are at various stages in that journey. We help them determine what that path looks like and how to navigate it.
How do you feel you’re making an impact?
I’m helping organizations do more with their data. Being a data-driven organization starts with strategy, change management, and training, and helping organizations blend these elements with AI, machine learning, and data science is how I help set them on their AI journey.