Women in Data UKTM 2018. It’s your time! Changing the data landscape.
The number of delegates at the Women in Data UK annual event has doubled year on year to 1000 in 2018. We have enjoyed dozens of speakers of the highest calibre and seen the WiD UK community grow to 20,000. 12 of our WiD UK colleagues and participants were recognised in the DataIQ 2018 Big 100. Our Chair, Payal Jain, was No1 Data Titan in 2016 and in 2018 is on the CW long-list for UK influential women in tech. In partnership with Edwina Dunn and The Female Lead, we announced the second Twenty in Data and Technology to act as role models, following the huge success of the inaugural Twenty. Our growth has led to leading brands joining us as partners, to advance data and diversity initiatives in their own organisations, and to encourage women in the data sector at every stage of their careers from graduate to boardroom.
WiD UK 2018 featured some of the most influential women in the data sector, as speakers and on panels, which included a public sector panel and a panel hosted by our Platinum partner, Experian, on the critical matter of Data Trust. We were also delighted to have Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, open the event.
WiD UK 2018 was a busy, varied and positive day … indeed, another a landmark event.
What happened at WiD UK 2018?
Helen Hunter urges attendees to ‘have courage’
Sainsbury’s CDO gave a powerful, open and honest presentation about her career challenges, agile goals and the confidence gap that faces females in STEM.
Data Science is hot, which raises issues of trust
Experian hosted a panel that explored people’s attitudes to privacy and trust, and organisatons’ responsibilities to be ethical and transparent. Lloyds Banking Group provided insight into how Data Science can be applied, monitored and adapted.
An event that perfectly blends inspiration and practical guidance
Amanda Parker invited attendees to tap into their early-life ambitions; Kathryn Parsons mapped gender ratios in STEM and announced new data academies; while Liz Truss invited the WiD community to use their combined voice for positive action.
Network, network, network!
WiD UK events are characterised by their openness and intimacy. The 2018 event gave attendees full access to partner representatives and speakers throughout the day. Attendees also had time to get to know each other in workshops and during event breaks. These networking opportunities are at the core of WiD UK’s ability to facilitate peer relationships that provide immense ongoing support for female data practitioners.