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In this #DataTalk, we’re talked with Edwina Dunn, Payal Jain, and Rachel Keane about women in data science.
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Her desire to drive change and create impact has been the defining characteristic of her career. Starting out as a graduate at CACI, she became the company’s youngest ever vice-president, in charge of marketing. Now as CEO of Starcount and Purple Seven, Edwina is an expert in bringing data into the boardroom to drive strategic benefit and consumer centricity.
Edwina is a Trustee of the Science Museum Foundation and received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Derby in 2012. She is also a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.
Edwina is Chair of Your Life – a campaign to ensure young adults in the UK have the maths and science skills needed to succeed in the current competitive global economy. She also founded The Female Lead – a non-profit project that celebrates women’s endeavor, achievement and diversity.
Payal started her career at Barclays in 2000. Her career at Barclays spanned 16 years, where she performed in a number of Commercial P&L, Credit Risk and analytical roles in the UK and Internationally. In her last role at Barclays, Payal became the Managing Director of Strategic Analytics, responsible for all the analytics its in UK and European Credit Card division. Payal completed a degree in mathematics and teaching at the University of Oxford, after which she went on to gain a Masters in management science and operational research at Warwick Business School.
Payal is passionate about encouraging more Women to progress their careers in data and analytics. She was the keynote speaker at the ‘Women in Data 2015’ conference, and now sits as Chair for the campaign.
In 2016, Payal was recognised as the most influential data professional in the DataIQ Top 100 leaders. For the past year, Payal has been an independent consultant and is now a Director at Vanquis Bank.
Rachel Keane is a Co-Founder of Women in Data UK and has been a specialist recruiter in the Data and Analytics sector for the last decade. Rachel has been part of the Data sector transformation in recent years, which has seen Data develop from being a backroom function to the business-critical core of any organisation. Rachel is an advocate for the vast range of roles in Data that present opportunities for every temperament in every conceivable business, from gaming to advertising, publishing and finance.
Closest to Rachel’s heart is encouraging women to pursue careers in Data. “The stats for women following careers in STEM remain low. Yet there is plenty of evidence to demonstrate the superior performance of companies with a gender balance in their senior teams. I am proud of the programme we run with The Female Lead to promote Twenty in Data and Technology. We have seen a 15% rise in female recruitment in Data in the past two years, and making role models more visible is key to giving women the confidence to develop and to lead.”
Rachel and WiD UK colleague Roisin McCarthy were invited to Downing Street on International Women’s Day this year to acknowledge and celebrate their work in encouraging women in Data and Technology, and both were recently listed as one of the Top 10 women in the UK to be actively changing the Data landscape.