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.
In addition to sharing our mission with a larger audience, we have successfully provided over fifty women with opportunities to share their analytics knowledge, sponsored sixty students and fly-ins to attend one of our conferences free of charge, and donated our conference proceeds to a number of incredible organizations.
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. In addition to sharing our mission with a larger audience, we have successfully provided over fifty women with the opportunity to share their analytics knowledge, sponsored sixty students and fly-ins to attend one of our conferences free of charge, and donated our conference proceeds to a number of incredible organizations.
The inaugural 2016 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 WIA 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 Artificial Intelligence Product Showcase, providing companies with the opportunity to connect with attendees and demo their innovative products.
WIA has a growing community of over 6000 individuals, who participate via the conference, our online community, and a number of other events including workshops, partnerships, and local events. We are enthusiastic about our continued growth, both as a conference and as a community.