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My Career as a Mother and Data Science Expert

Sharmistha, a Mom of two, believes flexibility, trust, and empathy from leadership have helped her thrive in her career. She shares her return to work story and more.

Sharmistha Chatterjee
Sharmistha Chatterjee

I joined Publicis Sapient when I was six months into my pregnancy. Throughout the one year I have been here, I have felt complete both as a professional and as a mother to a toddler and an infant. I cannot stress enough how crucial a role Publicis Sapient has played in helping me feel happy and content.

I am a data science expert and I design and formulate business use cases, and implement scalable solutions with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to enable business transformation for clients. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to create long-term impact for clients by leveraging AI and Data Sciences.

The backbone of this ability has been my work environment. It has always made me feel that I can excel in every project, whatever the circumstances. Apart from the flexibility I receive, the empathy of leaders, managers, and my peers have constantly pushed me to think beyond each initial task and deliver my best. I am overjoyed to see how the organization has relied on my skills and expertise and has trusted me without bias.

My reskilling at Publicis Sapient helped me get selected as one of the very few female Google Developer Experts in Machine Learning in India within two months re-joining after maternity break. In adiition, I also became only one of the 2X Google Developer Experts in India, in two technologies - Machine Learning and Cloud. I also got the opportunity to represent Publicis Sapient at The Rising, organized by Analytics India, where we showcased our unique AI solution to a wider audience. I’ve also presented at the TensorFlow India Summit, TensorFlow Everywhere, Google DevFest at London, Adelaide, and Norway, VoiceTech Summit , ODSC, RSA.

Within 8 months after I rejoined from my maternity break I got the Hackernoon Tech Award for 2020 for my blogs, been selected as 40 under 40 Data Scientists by Analytics India Magazine and also been featured as one of 21tech trailblazers by Google on International Women’s Day.

My work here has made me feel satisfied on one hand, and has challenged me to do more on the other. At Publicis Sapient, I have been able to pursue my passion for solving new and complex problems without sacrificing my personal life. I’ve been able to leverage my domain expertise in different client engagements and nurtured my skills through various projects in the last year.

Publicis Sapient helps me continuously push the envelope, something that I live by in my career.

“My work here has made me feel satisfied on one hand, and has challenged me to do more on the other. At Publicis Sapient, I have been able to pursue my passion for solving new and complex problems without sacrificing my personal life.”
Sharmistha Chatterjee
Sharmistha Chatterjee
Senior Manager Data Sciences
Sharmistha leads the AI/ML team at Publicis Sapient. Her passion for investigating the best AI/ML solutions, next-generation algorithms, and processes helps clients increase the revenue potential of their businesses. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, exploring new cultures and cuisines, and spending time with her family and friends.

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