Only an exceptional innovator would look at a burgeoning career in operations and pause to examine their reputation and evaluate their goals. With the help of an executive coach, Deborah Spence-Cummings did just that and now serves as the Director of AI/ML Operations at Apple.
Deborah shares how she used an engineering mindset developed at MIT and Northwestern to drive her career progression through positions in operations, planning, project management, sales, and now, artificial intelligence and machine learning. In this conversation with Pat and Shelli, Deborah also discusses her contributions to the innovative processes at Apple and NAVTEQ and how she navigated her career when opportunities did not automatically appear.
- (01:27) – Machine learning and AI
- (08:09) – Studying material science
- (11:38) – Journey to NAVTEQ
- (18:14) – Taking on different roles
- (21:45) – Working with an executive coach
- (26:51) – The engineering of sales
- (28:33) – Approach to leadership
- (30:27) – Advocates in your network
About Our Guest
Deborah Spence-Cummings is the Director of AI/ML Operations at Apple. She has previously held executive and senior roles at HERE Technologies and NAVTEQ across operations, planning, program management, and sales. Deborah earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in materials science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
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