Translating Data as Stories, the Future of Work, and Career Advice with Unum COO Mike Simonds

This week’s episode features Mike Simonds, the Chief Operating Officer of Unum, a leading provider of disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision benefits through the workplace that serves 39 million people worldwide covering 182,000 businesses in the U.S. and the U.K. that offer benefits provided by Unum. We discuss a range of workplace culture and skills issues, including:

  • Unum’s strong Multicultural Leadership Development Program
  • The leadership qualities Unum seeks to cultivate in participants in its talent development programs
  • The importance of storytelling in presenting data and understanding data doesn’t “speak for itself”
  • The types of skills and attributes Unum considers to be key when recruiting potential new hires
  • How Mike’s sees the future of work evolving or transforming as a result of changes in response to COVID
  • Mike’s career advice for listeners who may be interested in data science outside of academia but don’t know where to begin