wid meet ups
23rd May – Accenture

23rd May – Accenture
Join Women in Data UK to discover Accenture, and hear first-hand from colleagues who will share their career experiences, the exciting work they are involved in within the world of data and analytics, and how Accenture’s inclusive culture has enabled them to thrive.

What does it mean to be successful in your career as a woman working in data?

Success means different things to different people. Whether it’s working part time, taking parental leave, going on a sabbatical, being a working mother, finding time to indulge in your hobbies or achieving a work/life balance, success comes in many different forms. But what it takes to thrive is usually more defined and there are some traits common to all.

What are those traits? How can we develop and be mindful of them, keeping them at the forefront of our journeys? What combination of these make us thrive in our career and personal lives? Join us for an evening of diverse discussion, as we hear from highly accomplished women who are thriving in their careers and exploring this in detail.

Who should attend? Data practitioners of all levels with an interest to find out more about the consulting world.

Sessions and Topics
Belinda Djamson, Data & Analytics Management Lead – Not just AI, Applied Intelligence

Kumutha Swampillai , Consultant – A small cog in a Big Machine – Navigating a path from blue skies academic research to practical data science that impacts millions of customers

Amy Haskins, Manager – Around the World on a Roadmap

Natasha Close, Digital Business Integration Senior Manager, Applied Intelligence Delivery, UKI. –  It’s possible; a Data Career alongside Sports & Sabbatical (for me, not kids)

Location and times
When: 18.00 – 20.30 on Thursday, 23 May 2019
Where: Accenture, 5th Floor, 30 Fenchurch Street, London. EC3M 3BD.

Speakers

Name: Belinda Djamson, Data & Analytics Management Lead

Title: Not just AI, Applied Intelligence

Bio:

Belinda leads Data & Analytics Management for Accenture in UKI. She has over 15 years combined industry and consulting experience in data and analytics governance, data strategy and business intelligence. She is a thought leader on data transformation and helps organisations build foundational data management capabilities to enable digital transformation efforts. She is a subject matter expert on regulatory and compliance analytics, data governance, metadata, master and reference data management, analytics governance including AI ethics, regulatory compliance and oversight.

Outside of work, she spends most of her time with her husband and two kids.

Name: Amy Haskins, Manager

Title: Around the World on a Roadmap

Bio:

Amy has presented at Oxford University running a workshop on ‘assertiveness and confidence in the workplace’ for the STEM programme with a focus on women in positions in Technology. She has a passion for coaching more junior members of the Digital practice and was selected to mentor students at the Fashion Retail Academy for a ‘Future in Retail’ programme. She recently completed an entrepreneur course with Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Amy loves being outdoors and spends her spare time with her horses and walking her Italian Greyhound in Greenwich Park.

Name: Kumutha Swampillai , Consultant

Title: A small cog in a Big Machine – Navigating a path from blue skies academic research to practical data science that impacts millions of customers

Bio:

Kumutha is an Applied Intelligence Data Science Consultant based out of London, where she delivers innovative analytics strategies that create value for FTSE 100 clients. She is passionate about creatively leveraging data to personalise customer experience

A specialist in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing with a background in Speech Recognition, Kumutha recently came to consulting after 7 years as a research scientist in academia and global technology companies.

Kumutha holds a Ph.D. in Information Extraction from Sheffield University (UK), a Masters in Artificial Intelligence with Speech and Language Technology from KU Leuven (Belgium), and a M.Eng. in Computer Science from Birmingham University (UK).

Kumutha grew up in London and now lives here with her husband and two young daughters

Natasha Close

Name: Natasha Close, Digital Business Integration Senior Manager, Applied Intelligence Delivery, UKI.

Title: It’s possible; a Data Career alongside Sports & Sabbatical (for me, not kids)

Bio:

Natasha is part of Accenture’s Data Management & Integration Chapter, helping clients realise and execute their data ambitions in value driven delivery.  What does this mean…

Data, & the management of it, underpins every aspect of her client delivery.

During her time at Accenture, Natasha has led a number of end to end Business & IT Projects including data transformation, digital roadmap strategy, large scale post-merger acquisition integration, solution outsourcing, software & infrastructure upgrades and process change enhancements.

She has worked alongside Senior Business & IT Client Stakeholders, while managing large mixed staff teams to deliver projects & initiatives. She has experience across industries including Financial Services, Comms & Media and Resources (primary focus), with specific functional experience in Global Finance Treasury.

“I thrive on learning, forming relationships and leading a team, as well as being part of one. I have strong interpersonal skills; I’m highly motivated, organised and enthusiastic. I’m keen to expand my experiences further, making use of my skills and strengths.”