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How Levi's AI Bootcamp Homegrows Data Science Talent

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Levi Strauss Design Coordinator Ronald Pritipaul

Design Coordinator and "denim nerd" Ronald Pritipaul participated in Levi's Machine Learning Bootcamp.

Credit: Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. recently graduated 43 non-technical employees who participated in its inaugural artificial intelligence and machine learning bootcamp, launched in May 2021.

The bootcamp is "an intensive, full-time, fully paid eight-week training program where [participants] left their day-to-day jobs to complete this unique program," said a Levi's blog post. "In the bootcamp's inaugural cohort, we trained more than 40 employees — 63 percent of whom were female, representing 14 locations around the world with employees from corporate, retail stores, distribution centers, and data centers."

Participants entered the bootcamp with no background in coding or statistics, and emerged as tech-savvy employees "who know our company, know the business, and now also know data science, and they're applying these skills to actually change the industry," says Levi's Chief Strategy and Artificial Intelligence Officer Katia Walsh.

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