The questionnaire answered by the Women of Tech is a variant of the Proust questionnaire, named not because Marcel Proust got lost in the Paris metro, but in memory of Emilie du Chatelet, a woman of letters, mathematician and physicist, renowned for her translation of Newton's Principia Mathematica and the dissemination of Leibniz's physics work. She was a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Bologna Institute. Emilie du Chatelet led a free and fulfilled life during the era of the Enlightenment and published a speech on happiness.
Why a career in tech?
Like all middle school students, I did an internship in 9th grade. I had the chance to do it in an industrial research center where I discovered a wide variety of jobs. One of them was researcher in applied mathematics, and I was able to see the power of computer science and mathematics to solve complex problems from the optimization of industrial production scheduling to logistics and marketing issues. This is what made me want to pursue a career in tech!
Your professional experience?
My favorite subject has always been mathematics, so I naturally turned to a degree in applied mathematics. During this course I became passionate about a data analysis option that combines computer science and mathematics, so I specialized in statistics and data science to complete my academic background.
Your first experience with technology?
My first immersion in tech took place during an internship at Société Générale. I was able to measure that tech was hiding everywhere in the banking activities and in particular to remedy fraud, money laundering or terrorism financing thanks to the use of artificial intelligence.
What do you do today, and why?
Today I am in charge of the datalab of the entity that manages payments & transactions for banks and corporate clients of Société Générale. I'm lucky to have been able to create this datalab, build the team, create the roadmap. I'm passionate about having a view of all the use cases through which we help the business by providing innovative solutions based on AI.
Your strengths in this role?
My great organizational skills, my determination and my desire to go further and further with the business to best meet their needs.
Past challenges, failures and disappointments?
Without a doubt, when I arrived at the university to give my first class as a teacher and was asked for my student card!
Best moments, successes you’re proud of?
The creation of the datalab, that's what I'm really proud of today. Taking up the challenge and having the confidence and support of my hierarchy to carry out this project. I have the great satisfaction of having succeeded in setting up a functional datalab. There are obviously always things to improve but it is a service that has proven its added value!
People who helped, influenced -or made your life difficult?
My algebra teacher in my first year of university, without whom I certainly wouldn't have hung in there! She pushed me to excel and proved to me that if you work hard you can do it. She followed me through my entire university career and I owe my degree in large part to her!
Your hopes and future challenges?
To reconcile family life and professional career. I am someone who loves to work and is very maternal, so reconciling the two will be a real challenge!
What do you do when you don’t work?
Pastry, I love to take on new challenges like Mercotte's technical challenges in the Best Pastry Chef!
Your heroes -from History or fiction?
Helen Keller really inspired me with her story that I read as a child. She was able to show the world that anything was possible with a good dose of willpower.
A saying or proverb you like in particular?
The sooner you start the sooner you finish!
A book to take with you on a desert island?
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley, all volumes!
A message to young female professionals?
Go for it, dare! It costs nothing to try, tech needs your talents!