Hi! I’m Nicole, doctor of quality, organizational excellence, and data science, technology evangelist in the church of R, Chief Sorceress for the Burning Mind Project, and member of Burning Man‘s data science team, the Black Rock City Census.
I’m a technology executive who helps companies grow from $1M to $100M.
If you are part of one of my professional communities, feel free to friend me on LinkedIn.
I am a Unicorn (NCSSM c/o 92), a meteorologist (PSU c/o 95), and a weather geek. Sometimes I like to spin fire (yes, that’s me in the picture). My favorite places in the US are Black Rock City, Colorado, northern New Mexico, Puna (Hawaii), San Francisco, and western South Dakota. My favorite places outside the US are (in alphabetical, not awesomeness order): Dominica, Japan, Iceland, Malta, Montreal, Munich, New Zealand, and St. John. Toronto is also pretty darn cool, and I’m happy I’ve been getting to spend a lot of time there.
* Note: The picture above is from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmhpUjIlPY8.
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Nicole Radziwill is Senior VP of Quality & Strategy at Ultranauts, a majority-autistic professional services firm specializing in quality assurance and quality engineering for software, data science, and digital transformation. Previously, she was VP of the Global Quality Practice at Intelex in Toronto, Ontario. She has 25 years of experience in software, telecom, manufacturing, aerospace/research instrumentation, and food & beverage industries, and spent 9 of those years in higher education as a (tenured) Associate Professor at James Madison University (JMU).
Nicole is also a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Certified by ASQ as a Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE), and an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB). She was Chair of the ASQ Software Division from 2009 to 2011, a national Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) in 2009 and 2010, and has a PhD in Technology Management and Quality Systems from Indiana State University. She also has an MBA and a BS degree in Meteorology from Penn State.
Nicole was recognized by Quality Progress in 2011 and 2016 as one of the 40 New Voices of Quality. She is one of ASQ’s Influential Voices bloggers and blogs at http://qualityandinnovation.com. Her applied research solves practical problems for medium and large enterprises using data science and machine learning for improvement.
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I am a first-generation American, directly descended from Mikolaj (Nicolas) Faustyn Radziwill of Niasvizh (Belarus) and Mikolaj the Black. I have confirmed DNA connections through Pac, Romer, Tyszkiewicz, Rola, Morawski, Narbutt, Hempel/Hemple, Czaplicki, Nowakowski, Popiel, Pociej, Potocki and Zakrzewska descendants — let me know if we might be cousins. My Prussian family came to the US in 1957 and 1969.
I also found out recently that I’m exactly half Irish by DNA, which was a complete surprise, with all ancestors from Ballina, Crossmolina, and Killala. I feel like I have a new half identity. This side of the family came to the US in 1904 and 1911 and pretended to be German in their emigration docs.