Women in Data 2015
Women in Data was unlike other events in the industry. Our guests left feeling inspired as the forum was designed to:
- Go beyond just discussing trends, and focus on the personal accounts of successful women in the industry so you can learn from their experiences.
- Facilitate networking by seating guests around small, intimate tables, allowing you the opportunity to foster new relationships, learn from your peers and discover how to take the next step in your career.
- Educate with useful insights on data science from our partner UCL.
- Bring important stakeholders in the industry together, from students to directors of companies in diverse industries. Our agenda includes valuable content and lessons learnt for people at every stage in their career.
5 reasons women are reluctant to choose a career in data
1) Balancing family life: a survey by the Guardian and Netmums has found that 60% of mothers put their careers on hold to care for their children.
2) No career path: traditionally data analytics has been shoehorned into existing departments, such as marketing, finance and IT, with no clear career progression.
3) No female leaders: without someone aspirational to look up to, many women are unable to picture themselves working in high-powered positions, so stay in mid-level jobs.
4) Lack of awareness: students may love science and maths but simply don’t know a career in data analytics is available to them, instead choosing to stick to traditional careers in finance.
5) Low confidence: male colleagues tend to have a stronger sense of self-belief. A recent OECD study found that even in school, girls lacked confidence in science and maths, even when their results were as good, or better, than boys’.
However, the landscape is shifting. Women in data are no longer seen as anomalies in what was a male dominated environment. Now they’re seen as an opportunity for companies moving towards big data analytics.
3 reasons women are suited to data analytics
1) A 360 degree view: with an inherent sense of creativity, women are equipped
to balance the maths and science elements of data analytics to produce a
comprehensive and more innovative outcome.
2) Better team dynamics: women are inclusive and have a gentle and warm
approach that generally brings balance to a work environment, which can lead to
a better standard of work being produced.
3) Stronger relationships: with data analytics becoming a more integral part of
business, women typically build relationships with others that open up access to
information and its flow throughout an organisation.
Women in Data 2015 helped us to:
- See how women can carve a long and successful career in data analytics.
- Learn from the past to help shape the future.
- Find support that is available to aid women in their career choice.
Managing Director, Strategic Analytics, Barclaycard
Payal Jain is currently Managing Director for Strategic Analytics at Barclaycard,
responsible for the analytical teams support European businesses, managing a
team of 130 people in eight different countries. Payal joined Barclaycard in 2000 as
part of the Barclays Graduate programme. Payal is passionate about the multi-cultural
agenda and co-chairs Embrace the multiculturalism group across Barclays, and is also
dedicated to championing citizenship across Barclaycard.
Director of Database Marketing, Domestic & General
Stacie is a data analytics professional with a track record of delivering and leading
actionable insight spanning organisations. Her technical skills and communication
style allow her to share complex analysis effectively with technical and non-technical
audiences. Stacie says the customer is consistently at the heart of everything she
does; recognising behaviour patterns within data and applying measurable analytical
techniques is her secret to inspiring teams and engaging businesses.
Head of Customer Analytics, RBS
Claire leads a team of data scientists who deliver benefits through the use of big data
and decisioning for both the Commercial and Private Bank. With more than 15 years’
experience within Financial Services, she has a wealth of decision sciences experience
at a strategic level. Prior to joining RBS, Claire worked at Barclays as the Strategy & Planning Director. She is a qualified advanced scuba diver who has been fortunate
enough to dive with Whale Sharks in Mexico, the largest fish on the planet!
Global Analytics Academy Director, AIMIA
Jackie has more than 10 years’ experience in retail analytics and combines a
background in statistics with a passion for developing others. Following 5 years working
in supply chain and marketing analytics for Safeway UK, Jackie joined Nectar, the UK’s
leading coalition loyalty programme. In 2011, in response to business success and
the increasing demand for high quality analysts, Jackie launched AIMIA’s Analytics
Academy in the UK, and now leads AIMIA’s Global Analytics Academy.
Loyalty/Insight/CRM Director, National Trust
Laura began her career in data-driven marketing at Wunderman in the 1980s and
moved to dunnhumby to develop in analytics. In 2001 dunnhumby was a small analytic
organisation in Ealing. 5 years later it was the expert in customer data analysis. Laura’s
most recent assignment was at the National Trust, where she implemented an entire
data-driven customer marketing platform to help them achieve their strategy of
building relevant relationships between their supporters and their places.
Business Intelligence Strategy and Times & Sunday Times Director, News UK
Charlotte works at News UK and heads up the team responsible for ensuring that
research, analytics and campaigning are used to drive better, more customer-focused
decisions for all areas of The Times & Sunday Times. Prior to News UK, Charlotte built a
data capability for Penguin Books from scratch. Charlotte didn’t plan her career in data,
as she studied Ancient History … but following a fateful meeting with a pivot tablet, fell
in love with the world of insight, analytics and data, and hasn’t looked back since!
Codina Cotar – UCL
Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University College London
Dr. Codina Cotar is a lecturer in the Statistical Science Department at UCL, where she
teaches the Financial Mathematics course. She has research interests in probability,
statistics and analysis applied to real-life problems in physics and reinforced learning.
Prior to coming to UCL, she held visiting research positions at University of British
Columbia, Technical University Berlin, Technical University of Munich and The Fields
Institute, University of Toronto. Codina loves wearing hats and has 32 hand-made hats
in her collection.
Gabrielle de Wardener
Culture & CSR Director, EMEA at AIMIA
After an early career in the arts , Gabrielle took up an interest in organisational
development. She ran HR functions in businesses across a range of sectors before
joining AIMIA as HR Director. Gabrielle’s focus at AIMIA is on building a distinctive and
award-winning culture. She is particularly responsible for introducing measures that
are increasing the proportion of women in senior positions within the organisation.
Payal Jain, Managing Director, Strategic Analytics, Barclaycard
Topic: A woman’s career in data
Payal Jain’s session that explored a woman’s career in data. She considered
her own journey from a degree in mathematics to becoming Managing Director of Strategic
Analytics at Barclaycard. The interactive session included a look at her own promotion
process and interview strategy as well as what Payal looks for when recruiting in her own
team. Whether you are new to data or looking to enhance your career in this field, this was an informative session.
Stacie Maxey, Director of Database Marketing, Domestic & General
Topic: Are women better than men in data?
In order to answer this question, Stacie covered off the data landscape in business, the skills
required for analytics teams, the character strengths of men and women. She discussed her
experiences through her career and her transition to a more senior management role.
Claire Thompson, Head of Customer Analytics, RBS
Topic: "Oh, you’re a mum?!"
People are often surprised to learn I’m a full-time working mum with two children and a
senior role. When they find out they then often ask, "What’s it like and how do you juggle
it all?" My honest answer is that it’s hard at times, but possible. My children are now ten
and eight and it’s getting easier, but when they were very young there were times when
I questioned why I made the decision to do both. In her session, Claire talked about the
challenges she’s faced in her career being a working mum and how she found a work/life
balance that suits her.
Gabrielle de Wardener, Culture & CSR Director, EMEA at AIMIA& Jackie Clayton, Global Analytics Academy Director, AIMIA
Topic: Women in leadership
AIMIA is passionate about supporting pathways for Women into leadership. Playing to
individual talents, AIMIA has embraced a culture that allows individual personalities and
strengths to shine. Gabrielle and Jackie joined the business that was to become AIMIA around the same time, from very different backgrounds. Two women led two fledgling ideas to become two outstanding examples of transformational change. Gabrielle and Jackie shared how AIMIA stands out today for its innovative work in Corporate Social Responsibility and the unique support provided to the analytical community through the Global Analytics Academy.
Laura Scarlett, Loyalty/Insight/CRM Director
Topic: Change and constancy: data-driven marketing.
The National Trust is (by its very nature) a deeply conservative organisation, yet over the
last 2 years they have implemented cutting-edge analytics and data-driven marketing
capabilities at an urgent pace. How has this been possible? Laura explained how customer
engagement and commercial results combine to provide an invincible case for analytics, data
management, data visualisation and campaign engine integration. Leading on from this, Laura explored the future of data in marketing and tried to guess what the young people entering the industry today might be working on in 20 years’ time!
Charlotte Richards, Business Intelligence Strategy and Times & Sunday Times Director, News UK
Topic: Making data headline news
One of the greatest challenges when applying data, analytics and insight to the world of
traditional media and publishing is the long-held and revered role of editorial instinct and
gut feel. Often businesses have been doing perfectly fine without data for decades or, in
some cases, centuries, and they are wary of becoming ‘followers’ rather than innovators. The
biggest challenge isn’t about how you structure or analyse your data, it’s the huge cultural
and process change an organisation has to go through to become receptive to making
decisions using it.
Codina Cotar, Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University College London
Topic: Data scientists, one of the most sought career paths
In October 2012, The Harvard Business Review named the job of data scientist "the sexiest
job of the 21st century." Nowadays, the position of data scientist is at the forefront of
many industries ranging from marketing to financial services to telecommunications. Many
of the top-paying job listings at Facebook and LinkedIn are for data scientists - not for
software engineers. As such, this is currently one of the most sought career paths with many
interesting and cutting-edge career opportunities available for young people.
University College London
Codina Cotar, Lecturer (Assistant Professor), UCL
Codina Cotar from UCL is one of our Keynote speakers. She is joined by her colleagues
who have a deep interest in our subjects today and are here to promote UCL’s work in
Analytics and new courses.
Tom Fearn, Professor of Applied Statistics and Head of the
Department of Statistical Science at UCL
Before joining UCL, Tom worked for 11 years at the Flour Milling and Baking Research
Association, where he designed experiments and developed an interest in the analysis
of high-dimensional spectroscopic data. Tom’s research interests have in common
a need to interpret and analyse high-dimensional data, generally arising from some
type of spectroscopy. Tom is possibly the only Professor of Statistics to have donned a
hairnet to take part in experiments on industrial-scale bread and puff-pastry ovens.
Statistical skills have always been in demand across a wide spectrum of industry and
commerce, often in support of research activities such as clinical trials carried out by
pharmaceutical companies, product testing by manufacturers, or surveys of various
kinds. More recently, many statisticians have become involved in quantitative finance,
and the content of many undergraduate and postgraduate degrees has evolved to
reflect this. The problem is not finding relationships – if the data are rich enough there
will be plenty – the problem is knowing when to believe them.
Ricardo Silva, Lecturer at the Department of Statistical Science and
Adjunct Faculty of the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit
Ricardo is a Lecturer at the Department of Statistical Science. His interests are
computational statistics and machine learning. Ricardo develops methods for
understanding interactions in complex systems and cause-effect relationships. As a PhD
student he furthered science by filling up the departmental coke machine to guarantee
a steady supply of caffeine for all.
Technological advances have made an unprecedented amount of data amenable to
statistical analysis, in fields as varied as customer analytics, healthcare, risk assessment
or finance. With that, new ways of doing statistics have also emerged. The new MSc
in Data Science at the Department of Statistical Science, UCL, offers data analysts
a programme covering modern computationally intense approaches for statistical
modelling combined with careful reasoning and statistically sound interpretation.
Roisin McCarthy and Rachel Keane
Roisin and Rachel have more than 23 years of recruitment experience in the
They have seen the discipline of analytics evolve to become a cornerstone of many
businesses and organisations from being a subset of many department in the past.
Roisin and Rachel have been fortunate to work with many of the data sectors
trailblazers and their insight is unrivalled.
Having been trained as executive search consultants, recruitment is their mother
tongue, however data practitioners and their environments are the areas of
specialism that run throughout their careers. Over the last 15 years Roisin and
Rachel have facilitated some of the most influential careers in the data world and
assisted in building some of the most cutting edge teams in industry.
Datatech and its recruiters have always seen the data space as a barometer; when
companies are expanding or contracting teams, it’s a clear indication of movement
in the wider market. They also get to monitor developments in technology and
techniques and are ahead of the curve in industry trends.
Roisin and Rachel had a clear objective at the beginning of 2015, for both Datatech
and the wider data community, to highlight the achievements of, and opportunities
for women. This is not a cause or a mission for the ladies; it makes great business
sense. By balancing teams and facilitating more female careers it broadens our
Video topics, the speakers and an overview – enjoy!
The talk given by Payal Jain, Managing Director, Strategic Analytics, Barclaycard, will be an invaluable watch for those new to data or looking to enhance a career in this field.
Stacie Maxey, Director of Database Marketing, Domestic & General, considered the skills required for analytics teams, and the relative strengths of men and women.
"Oh, you’re a mum?!" was Claire Thompson’s topic. As Head of Customer Analytics, RBS, she advised us on how to achieve work-life balance.
Gabrielle de Wardener, Culture & CSR Director, EMEA at AIMIA & Jackie Clayton, Global Analytics Academy Director, AIMIA gave us an inspiring view of how AIMIA embraces a culture that allows individual personalities and strengths to shine.
Laura Scarlett, Loyalty/Insight/CRM Director, explored the future of data in marketing and tried to guess what the young people entering the industry today might be working on in 20 years’ time!
Charlotte Richards, Business Intelligence Strategy and Times & Sunday Times Director, News UK, discussed the cultural changes required for organisations to be receptive to decision making using data.
Opportunities for Data scientists, one of the most sought career paths, was presented by Codina Cotar, Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University College London.
3 minute Women in Data 2015 event overview. The venue, the hosts, the delegates and great networking.