“The aim is to continue to expose exceptional female talent within data and technology to encourage both the increase in women taking STEM subjects at GCSE, A-level and BSc and to build the confidence of candidates currently in these sectors to grow, to seek mentors and to support one another,” says Rachel Keane, managing consultant with DataTech, founders of WiD.
Last year’s list included candidates ranging from chief data officers Lauren Sager-Weinstein (TfL) and Gillian Tomlinson (RSA) to data scientists like Yasmeen Ahmad (Think Big Analytics) and Berenice Pila-Diez (Experian Data Labs).
Keane says there is a particular interest in receiving nominations for data engineers, data architects and developers. “We want to include and reach out to the wider net of female talent as, without their support, we would not have been able to succeed in this space. We are also keen to continue to grow this community, so we are using a wealth of channels to attract new WiDs,” she said.
With over 20,000 female members of the WiD community, the Twenty in Data project is intended to provide inspirational role models at every level with the goal of showing women in the industry that they can succeed and “to believe that their career objectives are possible.” The final list will be photographed by Viktorija Grigorjevaite from Sane Seven and interviews will be used to promote the list across the media. The twenty will be formally unveiled at this year's Women in Data event.
Nominations are now open and can be made before midnight on Friday 18th May here.