September 21, 2016 - Susan Rojo | Women in Tech

Beyond Talent Monoculture: Women in Big Data at Strata

Going to Strata+Hadoop later this month? Arcadia Data will be there and we couldn’t be more excited about all that we have planned. It’s the place “where Big Data’s most influential business decision makers, strategists, architects, developers, and analysts gather to shape the future of their businesses and technologies.” There’s more. 

arcadia-marie-r7You’ve heard it from us before and you’ll hear it again and again. Big Data won’t go big until we stop relying on talent from only half the pool. At Arcadia Data, we know the power of inclusion; 30% of our technical staff are women. Sure, not yet half, but better than the national average of only 13%. And when all the people accessing and analyzing data are the same, that’s monoculture. (Skills shortage? Please refer to the previous data point.) 

It starts with lowering barriers to talent. That’s why we raised $35,000 at our sketch comedy benefit, Night of Living Data, at the Hadoop Summit in support of Girls Who Code earlier this year. And that’s why we’re happy to be hosting the Women in Big Data Forum at Strata+Hadoop World in New York City.

In fact, conferences can amplify both the downsides (as illustrated in our video series from the comedy benefit) and the upsides of tackling monoculture — even more so than workplaces. This amplification can create opportunities for women to thrive in their careers and ameliorate the natural isolation of being a minority in the workplace. Strata is a great example of progress: the speaker roster features at least fifty women out of the 250 presenters. 

Want to join us? Doing More to End Monoculture – Wed. Sept. 28th from 12:00-1:15. You will:

  • Gather with a community of women and men focused on eliminating barriers to talent
  • Hear a keynote presentation from Jill Dyche, vice president of SAS best practices
  • Network with people like you who likely share your career trajectory and compare notes

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to save your seat. Learn more about Women in Big Data on LinkedIn.

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