Rizza Quezon

Associate, Research

Statistics was never Rizza’s first choice, but she believes it was her destiny. All her life, she was so passionate about writing, that most people expected her to be a journalist. But as they say, "life happens," and the universe conspired to make her play with numbers. She started her career as a Data Analyst in a US-based start-up company and is now working as Data Science Associate for a social innovation start-up in the Philippines, inspired to improve public services.

What was your first job?
When I was 18, I had a summer job working as a hotel reservation specialist. I learned so much and got to experience firsthand how hard it is to cater to a customer’s needs. But overall, it was fun to explore a lot of places - even if it is virtual!

Who is someone you admire?
Someone I admire would be one of my mentors, Lei Motilla. I am always amazed at how she can connect with a diverse set of people, her courage to take on risks, and her ability to make everyone around her shine like a superstar! She’s like a human jetpack - she can give you the acceleration and the push to go higher!

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be…
Healing. The last thing I would want to see is someone in pain - physically, emotionally, or in any other aspect.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…
All things work together for good. I always try to see things from a different perspective - when I struggle, when I feel challenged, when I don’t understand things happening. I would always like to think I am in a storyline, and all these things happen as a part of my character development.