Why we’ve partnered with Women in data…

Slalom is a global consulting firm that helps people and organisations dream bigger, move faster and build better tomorrows for all. We believe data propels modern organisations, giving them a winning edge, again and again. We believe that solutions for tomorrow begin with data. And that data helps make sense of the world around us, so we can thrive today and anticipate opportunities that tomorrow will bring. We believe that data accelerates progress, helping us work faster and more effectively and inspiring creative thought and bold innovation.

We’re passionate about connecting, inspiring and nurturing female data talent, which is why we are excited to be partnering with Women in Data. We are looking to build our connections with other women working in the data space, as well as to attract more female talent to our business and fulfil our gender parity ambitions.

Sophie Kim, Principal consultant

Bio

Expertise: Data Visualisation and BI, Data strategy, Commercial data insights

Education : BSc Psychology, MSc Entrepreneurship

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Sophie is a commercially focussed data leader with a diverse technical skill set. She is particularly adept in ‘translation’, able to communicate well with technical colleagues to pin-point problem areas and communicate optimal solutions to stakeholders.

Sophie began her career working as a data scientist specialising in marketing analytics. She then held various leadership roles across retail and Telco including management and transformation of a BI function and building data strategy with focus on optimisation and efficiency. Sophie also has a broad range of commercial experience from business casing, scenario analysis, and financial modelling.

Most recently Sophie has been working for Slalom as a principal consultant where she has led projects on cloud migration and data enrichment in industries such as Robotics and FS.

I’m grateful to have fallen into data- and truly that’s how I ended up here. I was in the right place at the right time. Data suits me well as I always loved maths and have a natural curiosity for how things work.

It is my hope that one day all girls have an awareness of data as a career and further, an awareness of careers in STEM. I think particularly for young girls it is important to showcase how their talents can translate into STEM careers. I hope to play my part in this throughout my career.

It is also my hope that in my lifetime I see more women in STEM leadership positions. I think it is a great time to be a woman in STEM as there are more opportunities than ever before- but there is still a way to go. The one thing I would encourage all women in tech to seek out is a mentor. My mentors, many of which female have offered me the support, knowledge, feedback and belief and I’m so grateful as I would not be here having enjoyed the experiences I have today without them. I think women supporting women and emerging talent is one of the most impactful things we can do to support each other and see more women in senior tech roles.

Darbi Smith, Associate Consultant 

Bio

Expertise: Data Visualisation using Tableau, Data Analysis 

Education: University of Warwick, Chemistry with International Placement, Masters of Chemistry, 2016-2020 

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After graduating with a degree in Chemistry during the height of the pandemic, Darbi took advantage of the resources provided by her university’s data science society to learn data analysis fundamentals and R. In doing this, she realised that she could use her communication and analytical skills that she learned during her time at university to transition into a new and exciting career in Data Analytics. After completing the introductory course offered by the data science society, Darbi began to teach herself Tableau which, in March 2021, lead to a job offer at Slalom London as an associate consultant within the Business Intelligence and Analytics team. 

In her day-to-day work, she helps companies unlock the potential of their data through visualisation in Tableau which includes liaising with stakeholders to gather business requirements, wireframing and developing dashboards, facilitating user acceptance testing, and running handover and onboarding sessions with her client. She is also a member of Slalom London’s Employee Advisory Board which represents the workforce at Slalom London and ensures their views are considered by leadership when decisions are made to make Slalom an even better place to work. 

Throughout life, feeling represented has been important to Darbi and she’s been fortunate to have a range of mentors since her teenage years, ranging from teachers and professors to managers and colleagues. She wants to continue to be a part of the change that she wishes to see within diversity in the workplace, especially in the world of Data and Analytics. 

Emily Moore, Senior Consultant

Bio

Expertise: Data Visualisation

Education: University of Leeds, BSc Human Physiology (2012). Keele University, MSc Computer Science with Data Analytics (2023)

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Emily has been working with Business Intelligence tools since 2015. Initially this was a very small portion of her role, however, her passion for working with data grew quickly and she actively sort out opportunities to be more involved in Business Intelligence projects.

Within a few years she was managing a small team of Business Intelligence Analysts. As a manager, she sees it as a privilege to have had the opportunity to manage and mentor several women in data roles. She prides herself on giving her team the support and guidance they need to become the next data leaders.

Emily has gained several certifications while on this journey, from Lean Six Sigma, to professional certifications in Tableau and Alteryx. To further her knowledge and broaden her skillset, in 2021 Emily started a Maters in Computer Science with Data Analytics alongside my fulltime role.

Emily joined Slalom as a Senior Consultant in 2021. With a focus on growing the Tableau capability, Emily is partnering with internal teams and Tableau directly to ensure Slalom is best placed to provide clients with innovative Tableau solutions.

Lydia Ray, Senior Consultant

Bio

Expertise: Data Strategy, Modern Data Architecture, Cloud Computing, ML & AI

Education: Sheffield Hallam University, UK (2015-2016),
MSc. Database Professional Graduated with Distinction
Transform Together International Student Full Scholarship Awardee
Catholic University of Indonesia Atma Jaya, Indonesia (2007-2012)
Bachelor of Industrial Engineering

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Lydia is a customer obsessed data expert with over 8 years of experience on helping various businesses from different industries and scales, to do great things with their data. She plays an important role advising the organisation in terms of how they should set their data strategy as well as helping them to build their fit for purpose, reliable, scalable, and cost-effective data architecture. Well-known for her ability of bridging the gap between business, technology, and data to drive an impactful outcome, in-depth technical knowledge, creative thinking and her passion in constantly up-skilling herself.

She is a self-starter and a high achiever who has proven that success is based on the combination of passion and hard work, not the gender you were born with. In the early stage of her career, she moved from Indonesia to Malaysia, pivoting her career from engineering into IT. Mostly self-taught herself on the job. After a couple of years, she made another move to the UK to follow her passion, pursuing a master’s degree in data analytics. Although she had to live in the 2 cities at one point, as she was still finishing her degree and working as a part-time data engineer, she managed to graduate with distinction.

Lydia is passionate about what she does. She always aims for the best outcome, continuously learning new things, and is involved in voluntary works related to her home country (Indonesia).

It is important for her to lead by example. Therefore, she loves to share her stories to people. She hopes the journey that she has been through would be the example that inspires others to be brave to make that life changing decision, to follow their passions.

We’re passionate about connecting, inspiring and nurturing female data talent, which is why we are excited to be partnering with Women in Data.

How slalom uk sees the data landscape changing in the UK in the next five years

  • The hype of Artificial Intelligence will have become a reality and organisations will be using Artificial Intelligence responsibly to solve some of life’s toughest challenges. We believe the key is really listening to actual customers in addition to inferring what customers want from the data. We believe that the current trend towards automation will increase and then plateau as organisations realise which processes can be fully automated and which still require an element of human touch.
  • Sustainability and social impact will become a focus for the majority of organisations and create a wealth of opportunities for using data for the greater good and to evidence the pace of change.
  • The pandemic has accelerated progress for many organisations and now there is a renewed excitement as to how teams can measure bold outcomes, rather than bold actions. We believe that data will be critical to this.
  • We believe that diversity will continue to increase in the landscape of data talent, not just from a gender point of view, but in diversity of thought and backgrounds. The pandemic has lowered the entry barrier to careers in data and the increased flexibility of hybrid working allows more individuals to work in this space. As a firm we have publicly committed to full gender parity by 2030 across all title and roles and hope that we will be on our way to achieving that in five years. We see supporting and inspiring school age children as a key part to achieving this ambition.

about slalom uk

We began our journey in 2001 with a foundational belief to create an experience where people can love their life and work. This means recruiting local talent, working with local clients and delivering a tangible impact to the local community.

Through trusted partnerships with our clients, our data team co-creates modern data solutions that drive results and improve the world so we can build a better future with data. Spanning strategy, intelligence, architecture and storytelling, our UK team of 60 is part of a global team of over 1,500 consultants.

Slalom has exciting growth plans across the UK and internationally and has an award-winning culture, including Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work and Glassdoor Best Places to Work for 6 years running, and winner of the Great Place to Work UK’s Best Workplaces for Wellbeing in 2022.