Last month, Louise travelled to London to attend an evening of talks and networking at Sainsbury’s headquarters. The event, jointly hosted by Women in Data UK and Sainsbury’s Group, gave attendees the opportunity to discuss the similar and different ways that they use data in their work in the retail sector. Women were particularly encouraged to attend and the event was also an opportunity to reflect upon the state of gender inequality in the data sector.
Louise said, “It was great to see so many people at the event. Data science is a rapidly growing industry, which offers exciting opportunities and challenges in retail analytics. Lots of the discussion centred on the topic of collaboration, both with fellow data scientists and with non-technical staff.
Women are well represented at Select, so it was interesting to hear first-hand that this is not always the case in the data sector. Given the relative youth of the industry, I believe that data science can be an exception to the rule of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and see women well-represented at all levels of the profession.”