Welcome to the Women in Data Podcast, where every other week your host, Karen Jean-Francois interviews some of the most inspiring women working in data. Through each episode, they share their invaluable experience and knowledge. Leaving no stone unturned, the Women in Data Podcast series will provide you with information on the use of data in various industries, plus helpful tips for career development.  More importantly, it will enable you to become the data professional you want to be.

“The most amazing thing about Women in Data is the community. It’s the inspiring women you meet, the conversations you have, the mentoring you get access to and the friendships that get created! ” 

Whilst studying to be a Maths teacher in 2010, I fell in love with Data Science and opted for a career change, switching to an MSc in Applied Statistics studying at Université Paris Sud 11. Eight years later i started working for Cardlytics as a Senior Analyst / Manager. My passion is exploring data and finding surprising insights that make a difference to business strategy. Most of all, I thrive on personal development and supporting others in their career and personal fulfillment journey. 

I began athletics at the age of 10 to help overcome my shyness. I ran for several years at county level before leaving Guadeloupe, a French island in the Caribbean. In 2009 I started to train as an international athlete and run the 100m hurdles for France. An incredibly proud moment for me, and the first time I understood the importance and power of role models.  Whilst representing my country was an amazing and such an honour, being far from home and my family was tough. Admiring athletes such as Marie-José Pérec, who was a leader on track and promoted peace, really gave me a focus to continue and strive for more.

Now, as a woman working in data, I have experienced the lack of female role models in industry and I am keen to support Women in Data for the quest to change this.

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Ep 42
Career crafting

16/09/2021
Sue Parker

16/09/2021: Sue Parker - Career crafting

This week, Karen is joined by Sue Parker, founder of Empowered Leaders in Tech. As a data leader and an ambassador for women working in technology, Sue is passionate about helping data and IT professionals to feel fulfilled by work that has purpose and impact. In this episode, she shares her best advice to help you shape your career. With her 3D framework, Sue will walk you from understanding your journey so far, to defining your success story. 

Ep 41
Achieving your ambitions

02/09/2021
Alina Timofeeva

02/09/2021: Alina Timofeeva - Achieving your ambitions

This week, Karen is joined by Alina Timofeeva, Associate Partner at Oliver Wyman. Originally from Russia, Alina was raised with the intention of becoming a housewife. However, she had different aspirations and gave herself the means to make them happen. In this inspiring episode, she shares her advice to get you where you want to be. You will hear about her move from Graduate to Associate Partner as well as tips to raise your profile and get that promotion.

Ep 40
Back to the office

21/07/2021
Holly Smith

21/07/2021: Holly Smith - Back to the office

This week, Karen is joined by Holly Smith, Senior Solutions Consultant at Databricks. They share their respective experience working from home and how they feel about going back to the office. On top of that, you will find tips to help you make the return to the office work for you. From managing your time and reviewing your priorities, to reinventing your commute and defining how you will use your time in the office, this conversation will hopefully help you shape your post lockdown routine.

Ep 39
The Chief Data Officer explained

7/07/2021
Susanna Moan

7/07/2021: Susanna Moan - The Chief Data Officer explained

This week, Karen is joined by Susie Moan, Chief Data Officer at comparethemarket.com. In this episode, Susie explains the role and responsibilities of a CDO and touches on the skills and experience needed for the role. She also talks about the importance of data literacy outside of data teams and how appointing a CDO was key to instigating data led change at comparethemarket.com. Lastly, as a mum of 4, Susie shares her personal tips to become a leader while also taking care of your family and your wellbeing.

Ep 38
Telling stories with data

23/06/2021
Gráinne Gilmore

23/06/2021: Gráinne Gilmore - Telling stories with data

This week, Karen is joined by Gráinne Gilmore, Head of Research at Zoopla to talk about data storytelling. Gráinne tells data powered stories of the real estate market on a daily basis, and in this episode, she shares her tips to deliver impactful and digestible presentations. She outlines how her career started in journalism before moving into research, and she also shares the perspective of another member of Zoopla's Research & Insight team who comes from a more technical data background.

Ep 37
Open banking and using Data for Good

9/06/2021
Emma Kisby

9/06/2021: Emma Kisby - Open banking and using Data for Good

This week, Karen is joined by Emma Kisby, Managing Director at CoGo. In this episode, they talk about how Emma uses her experience with customer analytics to fuel a purposeful career in the world of open banking. You will discover what open banking is, how it works and how businesses use customers' transactions history to help them make purchases that are in line with their values.

Ep 36
Elisa Morariu

26/05/2021
Understanding customers behaviour

26/05/2021: Understanding customers behaviour - Elisa Morariu

This week, Karen is joined by Elisa Morariu, Senior Customer Insight Analyst at A.S. Watson. Elisa’s background in market research along with her experience in analytics means that she is passionate about understanding the “why” of customers behaviour as well as the “what”. In this episode, she gives a glimpse of customers analytics and how mixing market research and purchase data can offer a 360 insight on customers.

Ep 35
Starting a career in Data Science or Data Analytics

12/05/2021
Swathi Sudhaakar

12/05/2021: Swathi Sudhaakar - Starting a career in Data Science or Data Analytics

This week, Karen is joined by Swathi Sudhaakar, Director of Product Analytics at Cardlytics. If you are looking to start a career in data science or data analytics or have just started working in the field, this episode is for you. In this conversation, Swathi provides some great insights on the different types of roles and shares what hiring managers are looking for, how to build the right skills and when to apply for a job. On top of that, Swathi touches on the biggest responsibilities of data scientists and analysts, including ensuring projects add value to the business and that the data is not biased. With the approaching reveal of the 20 in data and technology awardees, this episode ends with Angela Lillis talking about her experience as a 20 in data in 2019 at 23”36

Ep 34
Managing data teams

28/04/2021
Bianca Partington

28/04/2021: Bianca Partington - Managing data teams

We are closing the anniversary of the podcast with Bianca Partington, Head of Customer, Decisioning & Digital Analytics at NatWest. 3 years ago, with no prior experience in data, Bianca took on managing a team of over 70 data professionals. In this episode, she shares her approach to managing data teams and provides tips for managers coming from a technical background and for those who like her, didn’t initially set up for a career in data. Whether you are an experienced manager or aspiring to be, this conversation will provide you with precious insights.

Ep 33
Negotiate your worth

21/4/2021
Wies Bratby

21/4/2021: Wies Bratby - Negotiate your worth

This Week, Karen is joined by Wies Bratby, founder of Women in Negotiation and TEDx speaker. Over the years, Wies has helped more than a thousand of women get a job they love along with an average salary increase of 49%. In this episode she talks about the importance of negotiating your worth, and what are the steps to start doing so. As we are still celebrating the anniversary of the podcast, at the end of the episode, you will hear Elisabeth Harris and Cecilia Olivera talk about what a fulfilling career means for them.

Ep 32
Deep dive into the role of a product analytics team

14/04/2021
Kavya Gupta

14/04/2021: Kavya Gupta - Deep dive into the role of a product analytics team

This week, Karen is joined by Kavya Gupta, Head of Product Analytics at Paymentsense. In this episode, you will hear about product analytics – what it is, why it’s important and how a typical team is structured. Kavya also talks about the skills that are important in a product analytics team and, having come to data from software engineering, she shares how she over comes the challenges she faces heading a team that is more technical than she is. At the end of the episode, you will hear from two former guests of the podcast talking about career fulfillment.

Ep 31
Career fulfilment

7/04/2021
Ekaterina Atanasyan

7/04/2021: Ekaterina Atanasyan - Career fulfilment

For the second week of the anniversary of the podcast, Karen is joined by Ekaterina Atanasyan, General Manager at Business Intelligence Group. Ekaterina is joining from Russia and shares what having a fulfilling career means to her. Get ready to feel uplifted by her positive attitude! At the end of the episode, you will hear other women working in data talk about their views on career fulfilment.

Ep 30
Big Data small data and data mastering

31/03/2021
Sonal Goyal

31/03/2021: Sonal Goyal - Big Data small data and data mastering

This week marks the beginning of the celebrations of the first anniversary of the podcast, and in April, we will release one episode every week. In this episode, I am joined by Sonal Goyal, Founder at Aficx and Cristina González, aspiring data professional. You will hear all about data mastering and driving value from data. As Aficx focuses on supporting companies with having clean, consistent and trusted data, Sonal shares how this is done through graphs and data science. She also highlights the importance of knowing from the start what data you should hold and why.

Ep 29
Breaking the mould

17/03/2021
Sathya Bala

17/03/2021: Sathya Bala - Breaking the mould

This week, Karen is joined by Sathya Bala, Head of Global Data Governance at CHANEL. They talk about what data governance is and how it varies from one industry to another. Sathya then shares her views on the perceptions people have of data professionals, encouraging you to create your own story and your own success.

Ep 28
Choose to challenge!

3/03/2021
Macarena Estévez

3/03/2021: Macarena Estévez - Choose to challenge!

This week, Karen is joined by Macarena Estévez, Partner for Analytics & Cognitive at Deloitte Spain and recognised by LinkedIn as Top Voice for Data and Analytics in Spain. In this episode, they talk about what “Choose to challenge” means for Maca. They also discuss leaving a well-paid and secured job to start a business focusing on data and mathematics, along with some applications of mathematics in business. Maca’s philosophy of life is inspiring and I hope you will as you will be glued to her words as I was.

Ep 27
Using data science to understand human cells mechanisms

17/02/2021
Elisabeth Yaneske

17/02/2021: Elisabeth Yaneske - Using data science to understand human cells mechanisms

This week, Karen is joined by Elisabeth Yaneske, Principal Lecturer in Computer Science at Teesside University. In this episode, they talk about Elisabeth’s research that aims at curing diseases using data science. You will hear about genes expression, the advantages of using data science to model human cells rather than animal testing and touch on what working in academia means.

Ep 26
Democratising data for better business decisions

3/02/2021
Natasha Joslin

3/02/2021: Natasha Joslin - Democratising data for better business decisions

This week, Karen is joined by Natasha Joslin, co- founder of We Are Mojo, a data agency that helps businesses use their data to accelerate growth. They discuss the growing importance of data literacy within businesses, along with the best approach to using data analytics to answer business questions.

Ep 25
Reflections on career resilience

20/01/2021
Elizabeth Harris

20/01/2021: Elizabeth Harris - Reflections on career resilience

This week, Karen is joined by Lizzie Harris, Senior Customer Analytics Manager at Sainsbury’s. They talk about how Sainsbury’s utilises data and reflect on career resilience. With the global pandemic and various lockdowns across the world, career resilience is likely to be helpful in 2021. In this episode, you will hear Lizzie and Karen’s experience with career resilience, ranging from accepting feedback, being at peace with one’s job title, but also falling victim of the cancel culture.

Ep 24
WiD reflections and projections

6/01/2021
Roisin McCarthy and Payal Jain

6/01/2021: Roisin McCarthy and Payal Jain - WiD reflections and projections

In this new year episode, Karen is joined by Roisin McCarthy and Payal Jain, respectively co-founder and Chair of Women in data. They reflect on what 2020 looked like for WiD, the challenges they faced, the wins they had. They also discuss their plans for Women in Data and Girls in Data in 2021. And, if you have been wondering what happened to the Twenty in data awards for 2020, you won’t be disappointed as Roisin reveals what they have been up to.

Ep 23
Your career questions answered

16/12/2020
Various

16/12/2020: Various - Your career questions answered

You sent us your career questions and, in this episode, Belinda Djamson, Managing Director at Accenture, Claire Thompson, Head of Data and Analytics at NatWest, and Samani Lamabadusuriya, Head of Data and Analytics at Cigna, bring you answers.

Ep 22
From Analytics to Data Science

9/12/2020
Sumedha Menon

9/12/2020: Sumedha Menon - From Analytics to Data Science

This week, Karen is joined by Sumedha Menon, Data Scientist at Google. If you ever wondered how to transition from Data Analytics to Data Science, this conversation might answer many of your questions. In this episode, Sumedha talks about her personal experience of making this transition, factors she considered and how she made non-linear career choices so she could have a more fulfilling professional journey. She also provides tips on how anyone looking to make this transition can upskill themselves and start their own journey.

Ep 21
Success story and cultural clash

25/11/2020
Karrie Liu

25/11/2020: Karrie Liu - Success story and cultural clash

This week, Karen is joined by Karrie Liu, winner of the top 100 women in technology in 2019. Karrie works as a Freelance mathematician for the NHS and Pharma companies. Making a point of using her skills to help others, she also advises charities on data related issues, allowing girls living in rural areas of India go to school. At the age of 17, Karrie moved to the UK to study and decided to stay and pursue a career in data and mathematics. Nobody would've guessed how much her father didn't appreciate her because of her gender. Tune in to the Women in Data, Karrie shares how she struggled to get her father’s approval along with tips on how women can support other women whose culture doesn't believe that women should study or have a career.

Ep 20
Real estate research and geo spatial analytics

11/11/2020
Grainne Gilmore and Dewi Spijkerman

11/11/2020: Grainne Gilmore and Dewi Spijkerman - Real estate research and geo spatial analytics

This week, Karen is joined by Grainne Gilmore, Head of Research at Zoopla and Dewi Spijkerman, Senior Geospatial Analyst at Knight Frank. In this very insightful episode, they talk about how the real estate industry uses data for research purpose, allowing them to understand trends and create insights into the market. They also talk about geospatial analytics and its various applications. Get ready for an exciting peek into the world of real estate and discover the power of geospatial analytics.

Ep 19
What do Credit Risk Analysts do?

28/10/2020
Cristina Meloni

28/10/2020: Cristina Meloni - What do Credit Risk Analysts do?

Ep 18
Owning your career!

14/10/2020
Freya Holland

14/10/2020: Freya Holland - Owning your career!

This week, Karen is joined by Freya Holland, EMEA & International HQ Analytics Lead at The Kraft Heinz Company. From feeling unhappy and losing confidence to driving the analytics agenda for a multinational FMCG company, Freya shares her journey to own her career. In this episode, you will also find tips to grow confidence.

Ep 17
How to get rid of limiting beliefs and build bravery!

30/09/2020
Caroline Pankhurst

30/09/2020: Caroline Pankhurst - How to get rid of limiting beliefs and build bravery!

Ep 16
Finding opportunity in uncertainty

16/09/2020
Lara Izlan

16/09/2020: Lara Izlan - Finding opportunity in uncertainty

Ep 15
Saying yes to a side hustle and flexible working


Sarah Hunt

: Sarah Hunt - Saying yes to a side hustle and flexible working

The summer break came and went and as promised, we are back with some great content and giveaways. This week, Karen is joined by Sarah Hunt. After almost 30 years of experience in data analytics, Sarah was made redundant during the lockdown. Thankfully, she had a side hustle and chose to transform her unfortunate situation into an opportunity to focus on her yoga teaching business. If you have been thinking about having something on the side, or would like to change your working pattern, this episode might just be what you need. Tune in to hear about the importance and benefits of having a side hustle, as well as Sarah's tips to approach the topic of flexible working hours with your manager. Throughout September, Sarah also offers the WiD community access to her online yoga classes. Head to www.yogawithsarahhunt.com where the first 30 will get a free class with the voucher WID100% and 30 will get 50% off with WID50%.

Ep 14
Lucile Ripa

29/07/2020
Career choices and Analytics in consultancy

29/07/2020: Career choices and Analytics in consultancy - Lucile Ripa

This week, Karen is joined by Lucile Ripa, Analytics & Data Science Partner at Wunderman Thompson. A deep dive into data roles and projects in agencies, this episode is full of insights. It is also full tips to help you ace your career; from using transferable skills to bring new ways of thinking to moving from analyst to manager or taking ownership of your work and presenting it in meetings. Whether you want to understand the type of projects data teams work on in agencies and what skills are needed there, or you are at a crossroads trying to decide what will be the next step in your career, tune in for lessons learnt over years of experience in the field.

Ep 13
Becoming a marketing engineer without a STEM background

22/07/2020
Jessica Chapplow

22/07/2020: Jessica Chapplow - Becoming a marketing engineer without a STEM background

This week, Karen is joined by Jessica Chapplow, Head of Digital Transformation at KR MediaCom. With an initial passion for Journalism and Marketing Jessica never imagined she would be destined for a career in data and technology. Yet, in 2019, she was selected as a finalist for Women in Tech’s Young Leader of The Year Award. In this episode, you will hear about Jessica's journey to mould herself to become a Marketing Engineer, including the challenges she faced while studying for a Masters in Data Science and Machine Learning. Get ready for tips on how to navigate the world of Data Science without a-STEM background.

Ep 12
Images are numbers! From medical imaging to sports analytics

15/07/2021
Kanwal Bhatia

15/07/2021: Kanwal Bhatia - Images are numbers! From medical imaging to sports analytics

Ep 11
The role of data in the financial industry

8/07/2020
Bhavya Jha

8/07/2020: Bhavya Jha - The role of data in the financial industry

This week, Karen is joined by Bhavya Jha, Manager of Advanced Analytics at M&G plc. Specialised in building machine learning models and data strategy, Bhavya also uses her skills and enthusiasm to participate in various hackathons and teaches data analytics and python coding. In this episode, you will hear about how data is used in the pension and retirement industry, what benefits you would get from taking part in hackathons and Bhavya’s passion to bring more women in the industry.

Ep 10
Reflections on a career journey!

1/7/2021
Catriona Lindsay

1/7/2021: Catriona Lindsay - Reflections on a career journey!

This week, Karen is joined by Catriona Lindsay, Global Head of People Analytics at Avon. From a default career to finding her ideal role, Catriona shares the story of her journey to find her purpose and owning her career. Get ready for a fun and insightful episode, where both Karen and Catriona share their highs and lows along with their key learnings.

Ep 9
Transitioning into data science

24/06/2020
Elektra Papazoglou

24/06/2020: Elektra Papazoglou - Transitioning into data science

This week, Karen is joined by Elektra Papazoglou, Senior Data Scientist at Kalido. Having a background in biology, Elektra shares her journey to data science. Get ready for a deep dive into the applications of NLP and other machine learning algorithms at Kalido, tips to land a data science job as well as tips to overcome the impostor syndrome.

Ep 8
Keeping the talent in your team!

17/06/2020
Jane Christian and Emma Whitehouse

17/06/2020: Jane Christian and Emma Whitehouse - Keeping the talent in your team!

This week, Jane and Emma, Head of systems intelligence and Deputy Head of Business Science for UK clients at MediaCom share their tips on retaining talents in a team and on how to progress within the same organisation.

Ep 7
Working in data with a charity and tips to overcome career challenges

10/7/2020
Victoria Pike

10/7/2020: Victoria Pike - Working in data with a charity and tips to overcome career challenges

This week, Karen is joined by Victoria Pike, Head of Data at Mencap to discuss what it means to work in data with a charity. Having previously worked as an Enterprise Architect at Sainsbury's, Victoria offers a unique view on the difference between the two industries.

Ep 6
Working in data at the ONS and leadership tips

3/06/2020
Francesca Kay

3/06/2020: Francesca Kay - Working in data at the ONS and leadership tips

This week, Karen is joined by Francesca Kay, Interim Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Data Capability at the ONS. They will talk about the ONS’ data science campus and projects they work on, as well as using data for good. Frankie will also share her views on leadership, career challenges and success.

Ep 5
Marketing Science at Facebook and tips to stay performant at work

27/05/2020
Verity Gill

27/05/2020: Verity Gill - Marketing Science at Facebook and tips to stay performant at work

This week, Karen is joined by Verity Gill, Marketing Science Director EMEA at Facebook. They will talk about what is marketing science, as well as the certification Facebook launched in partnership with Women in Data. Certification means learning new skills, and Verity will give you tips on how to make time for learning, and channel your energy to consolidate your knowledge and stay highly performant without burning out.

Ep 4
hints and tips on how to overcome the challenges of being furloughed

20/05/2021
Janine Woodcock

20/05/2021: Janine Woodcock - hints and tips on how to overcome the challenges of being furloughed

In this week’s episode, Janine Woodcock is back with hints and tips on how to overcome the challenges of being furloughed. Her tips are tailored to the results of the survey she lead on the fears brought by furloughing. Tune in to find out how to manage the anxiety related to the fear of future redundancy, of loss of connection with your company or team mates, to the loss of purpose and much more!   

Ep 3
Get a good brain workout for you and your family!

13/05/2021
Malcolm Pein

13/05/2021: Malcolm Pein - Get a good brain workout for you and your family!

Malcolm Pein is a chess professional who formed a charity to reintroduce chess in state schools in 2009. Malcolm is passionate about encouraging more girls to join this community and for parents to understand the benefits chess can bring to their family. Listen to how we can encourage children, adults and families to learn new skills, whilst having fun together and providing a brain workout!  On your marks, get set…..GO!

Ep 2
Learning in challenging times and beyond

06/05/2021
Dimple Khagram

06/05/2021: Dimple Khagram - Learning in challenging times and beyond

This 20 minute session introduces Dimple Khagram, Founder of Purple Beard a training and development start-up in the data and technology space. A thirst for continuous learning and development has seen Dimple found successful companies for the last two decades.

Ep 1
Furlough fear How to adapt survive and strive

23/04/2020
Janine Woodcock

23/04/2020: Janine Woodcock - Furlough fear How to adapt survive and strive

With our lives having changed drastically in the last few weeks, the Women in Data Podcast shifted from the original plan. In this first episode, Karen is joined by executive coach, published author and speaker Janine Woodcock. With UK businesses having furloughed a fifth of their workforce (on average), you will hear how companies view the furlough vs how it is lived by some of their employees.