Why a Women in Analytics Conference?
Ohio’s Women in Analytics Conference brings together professionals, entrepreneurs, and academia to discuss the latest technologies, frameworks, strategies, and methodologies proven to be successful while showcasing as speakers the women who have helped develop and execute them.
Our goal is to provide visibility to the women making an incredible impact in this space and we invite anyone that can benefit by learning from their experiences to join us.
The mission of Women in Analytics is to provide visibility to the women making an impact in the analytics space and provide a platform for them to lead the conversations around the advancements of analytical research, development, and application.
The speaker line-up is the only aspect of our conference that is dedicated exclusively to women. Our definition of women includes all cisgender and transgender women in addition to those who identify as genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and non-binary. All other aspects of the conference, from attendance to competitions and scholarships, are open to everyone regardless of gender identity or expression.
WIA was founded in 2016 with the goal of supporting women in the analytics space and has grown into a global community focused on bringing visibility to women in the field while delivering top-notch analytics content.
The inaugural conference was held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with an audience of 150. Topics ranged from the skills necessary to successfully contribute and lead to the necessity of technical experience, the power of multiple perspectives, and the significance of research and discovery to conversations around understanding where women currently thrive, where they are underrepresented and how we can support an increase in diversity while generating awareness and support.
The sold-out 2018 conference gathered over 400 industry professionals, entrepreneurs, and researchers to learn from over twenty women at the frontline of analytics, data science, machine learning, and AI. WIA 2018 saw the beginning of the well-known Data Viz Competition as well as the addition of the Fly-In and Student Scholarships.
In 2019, the conference again saw an increase in speakers, sponsors, attendees, and scholarship recipients. The event was extended to a full day-and-a-half with the addition of the AI Showcase, providing companies with the opportunity to connect with attendees and demo their innovative products.
WIA currently has a growing community of over 5000 individuals, who participate via the conference, online community, and other events including workshops, partnerships, and small events. In addition to sharing our mission with a larger audience, we have provided 53 women with opportunities to share their analytics knowledge, and 60 sponsored students and fly-ins to attend the conference free of charge. We are enthusiastic about our continued growth, both as a conference and as a community.