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Be yourself. That’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given me.
At Booz Allen, being myself means embracing my entrepreneurial spirit. I’m passionate about pioneering new ideas to help our clients—and for social good.
I’ve worked in every market the firm serves. Right now, I help our clients harness the power of data science and machine intelligence. And I’ve also co-authored a new book called The Mathematical Corporation that further explores how organizations and their leaders can beat the competition by coupling human ingenuity with machine intelligence.
Being myself also means that I rarely wear matching socks. Who decided that socks should have to match all the time anyway? It’s my rebellion against conformity.
Angela Zutavern has pioneered the application of machine intelligence to organizational leadership and strategy. She is an inventor of the machine intelligence and data science strategies that are now helping business and government organizations make better decisions and gain competitive advantages.
Angela led Booz Allen’s most advanced data science research and development efforts, including the areas of deep learning and quantum machine learning. She is passionate about data science for social good and helped create the Data Science Bowl, a first-of-its-kind, world-class competition that solves global issues through machine intelligence.
She has worked with clients in every major U.S. government cabinet-level department as well as in
Angela co-authored the 2017 book The Mathematical Corporation, which explores how organizations and their leaders can beat the competition by coupling human ingenuity with the mathematical power of machine intelligence.
A frequent industry, academic, and media speaker on the power of data science, Angela convenes the Chief Data Officer (CDO) Council for the U.S. federal government community. In addition, she is actively involved in strengthening diversity and inclusion, especially in technology, and is an enthusiastic champion of women in data science. Angela also serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports ICE employees in their homeland security and public safety missions.
What excites you about working in data science and machine intelligence? We’re on the verge of a revolution, a powerful alliance between great organizational leaders and thinking machines. Technology on its own is great. But if we as leaders can think differently about the possibilities that new technologies give us, then we can pioneer new approaches, new organizations, or in some cases, entirely new industries.
What are the three biggest untapped opportunities for your government clients right now? New discoveries using machine intelligence are helping us uncover answers to questions that we didn’t even know to ask. We don’t have to know the question ahead of time. The power of technology will force us to think creatively about the next evolution of our workforce. Leaders need to ask themselves how to utilize their people in different ways, shifting them to more creative pursuits. Finally, the more diverse the data sets are, the more we can discover. There’s a new opportunity for social advancement, based on organizations releasing and sharing their data. We’ll need to take into account individual’s privacy rights. Once we tackle those hurdles, the power of combining the world’s data will open up new possibilities.
Where do you see Booz Allen in the next 100 years? The types of solutions we deliver will be completely different. However, one thing will remain the same: We’ll still be solving our clients’ hardest problems.
What’s a highlight of your career? I’ve seen the difference a group of volunteers can make on a global scale. We’ve done hackathons, finding new ways to fight human trafficking, prevent genocide, and help more animals be adopted from shelters. We also started the Data Science Bowl, the largest data science competition with a community of 700,000 data scientists. Each year we’ve focused on a social good challenge—discovering new ways to help ocean health, heart health, and fight lung cancer. I’m also passionate about my work with the ICE Foundation. We provide college scholarships for survivors of human trafficking. We retrain wounded warriors to be computer forensics analysts, and train high school kids with life-threatening illnesses so someday they can become law enforcement professionals.
What advice would you give yourself as a young professional? Don’t try to be such a perfectionist. In the course of my career, I’ve learned the value of failure.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? An astronaut.
What was your first job? A lifeguard and a dance teacher.
What’s your strongest character trait? Patience.
What’s something not many people know about you? I was very involved in dance as a child—ballet, tap, and jazz. I grew up in the DC area and danced at all the well-known venues—the Kennedy Center, Wolftrap, National Theater, and Arena Stage. I was part of the first ever amateur group to perform at Disney World. My dance group would rehearse during the school year and then during the summer, we would travel all across the country dancing.
What motivates you? Making the world a better place for our kids and doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.
What’s been your biggest accomplishment so far? My kids. I’m so proud of the people they’ve become.
What can we do to be happier? We can all be more accepting. Assuming the best about others and not jumping to the worst conclusions would save a lot of time in resolving conflicts.