Head of People Analytics
What sports front offices can teach People Analytics about quantifying employees’ experiences.
Nelson Spencer, former Strategy and Development Analyst at Major League Soccer and the Cleveland Guardians, transitioned to People Analytics at Wayfair before leading the global function at Sonos. He will demonstrate the importance of a growth mindset in your quest to understand the employees’ experiences, and reveal 4 competitive advantages we can learn from sports front offices.
This session will explore:
- The hunt for a competitive advantage:
- Scouting and developing talent
- Data-driven decision-making
- A performance-focussed mindset for sourcing and developing talent
- How to embed a culture of innovation in people analytics
- How to work more efficiently with people analytics technology
- How to empower leaders to make data-driven decisions.
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Nelson Spencer (he/him/his) is the Head of People Analytics at Sonos. In this role, he is responsible for leading the team responsible for driving data-driven people insights across the organization. The group serves as the employee’s voice to share actionable insights with executives and leaders that drive organizational strategies and business outcomes. Before Sonos, Nelson spent time at Wayfair, where he led the People Analytics team focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across the organization. The team was responsible for leveraging quantitative and qualitative data to answer questions about the culture of Wayfair’s global 20K+ organization. Nelson spent most of his career before People Analytics working in data analysis in professional sports, including Bloomberg Sports, Major League Soccer, and the Cleveland Guardians. Nelson completed Metis’ Data Science Bootcamp in New York City, holds an M.S. in Data Science from Elmhurst College, and a B.S. in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, MA.