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October 17, 2023 (Tuesday), 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM SGT
Join our SheLeads mentors and mentees, our partners and the She Loves Data Singapore community as we toast to the success of the program’s global virtual launch, and, our 7th Anniversary!
A lively panel discussion is expected from Ken Wong , Caroline “Sunday” Domingo , and Dr. Tanvi Gautam as they deep-dive into the challenges and benefits of adopting an enterprise- wide culture of mentoring.
Anyone who is keen to explore mentoring or wants to network with our partners and community members is invited to attend this free event, and can partake of light refreshments and celebratory cake after the panel.
Register by 15 October 2023 to reserve a gate pass.
RICHA TIBAREWAL, Global Head of Signature Programs and Singapore Chapter Lead, She Loves Data
Richa Tibarewal is a Customer Success Manager at Meiro. She has expertise in driving change & providing value to customers. Passionate about volunteering, mentoring and women empowerment, Richa also heads the Global Certification program based Signature programs & Operations of She Loves Data. Richa loves to learn new skills and network with people from different cultures and industries.
Richa is currently an expat in Singapore though a digital nomad at heart. She has travelled to 23 countries and lived in 12. She’s excited about new opportunities, people, and experiences.
Jana Marle-Zizkova, Co-founder & CEO, Meiro & SheLovesData
Avid data and diversity advocate, Jana headed teams and country operations at Estee Lauder, Sybase, SAS and Socialbakers.
In 2015 she left the corporate career to start a data consultancy, soon followed by a Singapore based Customer Data Platform (CDP) tech start-up Meiro where she is the CEO. At the same time, Jana co-founded the non-profit global movement She Loves Data.
Since 2016 over 16,000 women have attended 200+ free data & tech workshops, certification programs, and webinars. She Loves Data has chapters in 16 countries on 5 continents. She Loves Data received the 2019 “Diversity Initiative Award in Asia” by Women in IT.
In 2009 & 2010 Jana was named one of the “Top 25 business women” in the Czech Republic and she is featured on the inaugural 2020 “Singapore 100 Women in Tech” list.
Jana is a volunteering mentor of a non-commercial projects for future female leaders MyOdyssey & Women in Business (National University of Singapore) and she collaborates with the European Women on Boards on the C-level program. As someone with passion for uncharted territories Jana circumnavigated the world on a 38ft sailboat between 2003-2005.
GOKI MUTHUSAMY, Head of People, Asia Pacific, Visa
Goki Muthusamy is the current Head of People for Visa in Asia Pacific and is responsible for driving all aspects of human resources and talent strategy across the region. Based in Singapore, she is a member of the Asia Pacific Leadership Team.
Prior to this role, Goki was the Vice President of Talent Management and was responsible for putting in place strategies to modernise Visa’s approach to talent reviews, performance management and employee engagement.
She joined Visa in 2015, as director, Diversity & Inclusion. In that role, she was responsible for establishing the annual D&I goals, improving the representation and advancement of women and diverse talent in the company.
Before joining Visa, Goki held several leadership positions in HR at Bank of America for eight years in Singapore, Hong Kong and San Francisco. Prior to joining financial services, Goki worked in a non-profit organization focusing on youth and development where she successfully completed projects in Africa and Asia. Goki was a fellow at CCIVS, UNESCO, Paris and specifically trained on Diversity and Cultures. Goki is a member of Asia Society and was selected as a fellow of Asia 21 in 2012.
Goki has a B.A. in Psychology from the National University of Singapore as well as a Mastering Management certification from the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth.
PATRICIA MULLES, Director and Global Head of Partnerships, She Loves Data
Pat is an independent consultant frequently sought for her expertise in
marketing strategies and data governance, as well as her views on the
future of work. Her 23 years of experience includes pioneering
information systems for the Asian Development Bank, digital
transformation projects for Samsung and Pearson, and co-founding a
music and art bar.
She also serves as Director and Global Partnerships Head for She Loves Data, a 25,000-member non profit that focuses on data literacy and helping more women co-drive an AI-driven future.
She’s been featured in Forbes Asia and Business World, and recognised
as one of Asia’s Women Leaders (CMO Awards, 2019).
KEN WONG, Head of Data Science, Asia Pacific, Visa
Ken Wong leads the Asia Pacific Data Science team within the Visa Consulting and Analytics organization. In this role, he is responsible for all data science engagements with Visa’s clients and internal stakeholders across the region. He has a team of 80 data scientists and engineers in key Asia markets like India, Australia, China, Singapore, Japan, etc. To support our clients across the region, he is also leading the Data Science Hub team of specialized data science experts based in Singapore and Bangalore.
Ken has more than 20 years’ experience in data science. Prior to joining Visa, Ken spent 10 years with OCBC, building up the Group’s big data platform and centralization of data science capabilities. He founded OCBC’s AI Lab, which is the first dedicated AI lab in SEA banks, to develop AI solutions for OCBC Group in areas including personalization, anti-money laundering, fraud, conversational AI and algorithmic investment. Prior to OCBC, Ken spent over 10 years leading regional consulting teams with SAS Asia Pacific and IBM Business Consulting Services.
Ken has a MSc (Computer Science) from National University of Singapore.
CAROLINE “SUNDAY” DOMINGO, Head, Digital Platforms & Products, Commercial, Corporate & Institutional Bank, Standard Chartered Bank
Sunday is globally responsible for a portfolio of digital channel products that connect small businesses, medium and large companies, multinational corporates and financial institutions to Standard Chartered Bank’s suite of banking services.
Designed for client’s business transactional needs, Straight2Bank is an award-winning digital banking platform that provides clients access to cash management, trade finance, securities services, FX and Financial Markets.
Sunday has over 20 years of experience in Corporate Banking, primarily in product management roles. Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, Sunday led digital products for Transaction Banking in Deutsche Bank, where she developed market leading digital banking solutions.
She believes successful products are borne out of collaborative team environments and believes diverse teams are high-performing teams. She takes an active lead in driving diversity & inclusion in the workplace.
DR. TANVI GAUTAM, Co-founder, Leadershift Inc.
Dr. Tanvi is a multi-award-winning keynote speaker, executive coach, author, senior faculty and program director at Singapore Management University (Executive Development). She uses a combination of head and heart-based tools for upgrading leaders and culture transformation. A certified Storytelling coach, a certified Conversational Intelligence coach, and, certified Culture Talk Tools coach. She takes a 360 intervention approach with clients such as Accenture, Mastercard, Dyson, Coca Cola, Gap Inc, Microsoft, Merck, Electrolux, and many others.
Dr. Tanvi is known for combining the best of corporate execution focus with the depth of academic frameworks to create the shifts needed to lead in the world of disruption. She is the first Asia-based leader to be listed on the Game Changer list by Workforce Magazine (USA). Her ideas have been published and quoted in Forbes.com, Harvard Business Review, Business Times, Economic Times, BBC World, and other global publications. She is the author of two books and listed as the top 200 global influencers on leadership by People Hum in 2022 and 2023. Dr. Tanvi is also the only Asia-based HR influencer to be on the SAP global influencer HXM list. As President of the Asia Speakers’ Association Singapore (2021) she was also the first woman of colour in that role. She considers learning to accept herself as an imperfect mom as a noteworthy achievement.
Find out more at www.leadersupgraded.com
Q. Is it free to join?
A. Yes! Participation is free, but slots are very limited. Also, we will be prioritizing verified partners and active community members, so please register early! Please note that gate passes will only be issued to verified registrants. This is a business networking event.
Q. I’m based outside of Singapore. Can I still join?
A. As this is a closed door in-person networking event, we can only accommodate Singapore based business contacts – verified partners and community members – at this time.
Q. Is it only for women?
A. Just like our regular She Loves Data #MeetUp events, this networking event is open to all professional men and women. #HeLovesData too!
Q. I want to be a mentee / mentor. Can I register?
A. Enrollment for this cohort has ended, but if you’re interested in joining the next cohort, scheduled for April or May 2024, please let us know: [email protected]
Q. I want to know more about the mentorship program. Who do I reach out to?
A. You may reach out to [email protected]
Q. Is the panel an interactive discussion?
A. Definitely interactive! Your thoughts, feedback and questions are most welcome and will be entertained during the live Q&A portions at the end of the panel discussion.
Q. What if something comes up and I need to retract my registration?
A. Please be considerate and let us know if you won’t be able to attend the meetup a day in advance, so we can offer your place to somebody else. Contact us and we’ll help you. The email you need is [email protected].
By registering you understand that the details you provide during the registration process will be collected and used by She Loves Data. Photographs and/or videos may be taken at the event. By taking part in this event you grant the event organizers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for publicity and/or marketing purposes. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity materials, social media, and press releases.
Dec 4, 2021 (Saturday), 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Jakarta Time (WIB)
This session will unveil the first steps to have a career in data in the Indonesian landscape.
We will explore skills we need to learn, how to network and also discuss how women can challenge stereotypes prevalent in the tech world (crazy hours, being reclusive, anti-social etc)
The goal of our session is to be engaging and informative so we hope you will join us!
Q. Is it free to join?
A. Yes! Participation is free, but slots are limited, so please register early!
Q. I’m based outside of Indonesia. Can I still join?
A. Absolutely! This is an APAC-wide online event. However, we will be exploring the Indonesian Technology and data landscape and will be primarily talking in Bahasa Indonesia.
Q. Is it only for women?
A. Just like our regular She Loves Data #MeetUp events, this online webinar is open to professionals of all genders. #HeLovesData #Zelovesdata too! We will be discussing challenges faced by women so we hope the males can support this discussion.
Q. Is this an interactive discussion or just a ‘listen-in’ webinar?
A. Definitely interactive! Your thoughts, feedback and questions are most welcome and will be entertained during the polling and live Q&A portions at the end of the discussion.
Q. What if something comes up and I need to retract my registration?
A. Please be considerate and let us know if you won’t be able to attend the online meetup a day in advance, so we can offer your place to somebody else.
Contact us and we’ll help you.
The email you need is [email protected].
By registering you understand that the details you provide during the registration process will be collected and used by She Loves Data. Photographs and/or video may be taken at the event. By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for publicity and/or marketing purposes. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity materials, social media, and press releases.
Article by: Emma Foster | 02:00pm August 16 2021
Meggy Chung, Westpac’s general manager of data platforms, has a multi-pronged approach to addressing the data skills shortage. (Supplied)
If you’re already proficient when it comes to working with data, you’ll know your skills are in hot demand.
But even if you’re not, doors to data-related jobs are swinging wide open.
It’s a phenomenon spurred by companies the world over attempting to keep pace with the digitisation of everyday interactions, propelled into warp speed since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.
“It’s a super exciting time, but it’s become a huge issue to find the right skill set,” says Jana Marlé-Zizková, chief executive and co-founder of the global data training community, She Loves Data.
“COVID has sped up in an extreme way not only how people consume, but how they communicate, search, interact – where digitalisation is playing an enormous role. Organisations are needing to adapt, not just their hiring processes but to support the constant upskilling of their people in working with data.”
It’s a challenge Meggy Chung knows well.
Since joining Westpac as general manager of the bank’s data platforms in February last year just as the pandemic began, Chung saw competition for talent heat up even more as skilled migration to Australia ground to a halt.
“Even when borders open, Australia will still have a skills shortage, more so than other parts of the world,” says Chung, who joined the bank from Singapore where she spent six years with Citibank, most recently leading its data services team.
In fact, research by Deloitte Access Economics and RMIT has found Australia needs 156,000 new technology workers in the five years to 2025 to ensure economic growth is not harmed. Globally, Korn Ferry has estimated the shortage of tech workers will represent $8.5 trillion in lost annual revenue in the decade to 2030.
Chung, who previously also worked in the UK at Barclays and Accenture, is taking a multi-pronged approach to tackle the challenge of augmenting her team to deliver on the bank’s growing pipeline of data-led projects, which she estimates will require up to 200 people over the next two years.
Besides throwing her hiring net wider to include talent in non-banking industries, she says her priorities are to rebalance her team so the majority of roles are held by permanent staff rather than vendors, build internal capability so those staff step into the more advanced data roles, and promote the idea that working in data doesn’t always mean you need a data degree.
“I have yet to speak to someone who can’t find a way into data,” she says.
“You can have an operational background, a risk background, work in reporting, analytics, marketing technology, or project delivery – they are all skills you can leverage. If people want to get into data, then chances are I will have a role somewhere.”
To help this mindset shift, Chung has spearheaded a set of initiatives, some aligned closely with her fervent commitment to getting more women into the male-dominated domain.
She’s set up “Data Gals”, an employee-led “tribe” to inspire more women across the bank to make a career shift; and partnered with global organisations with a similar mission, such as She Loves Data, a group Chung first partnered with in 2018 when at Citibank in Singapore.
New data education programs are also being rolled out for bank staff, including “tech talks” for general managers and a four-part series for interested members of the bank’s employee “clubs”, such as the 3000-plus members of under 35s professional development group The Youth Network, covering everything from how to use tools like Tableau to what the future holds for machine learning.
And to increase the bottom-up pipeline of highly sought advanced analytics skills, Chung is dialing up the bank’s focus on university graduates, adding a new data-specific stream to the bank’s existing graduate program, complementing other initiatives such as Westpac’s Young Technologist scholarship program.
“We want these graduates, not just because they come out with data skills, but because the younger generation sees data differently,” Chung says. “They intuitively know more about how and why data can be used by people and what the possibilities are.”
But, Microsoft digital advisor, Ashton Bridge, says it’s tough to interest younger people into data-centric careers – and convince them they can do the job.
“It’s all about painting a picture for what careers really look like, even if you haven’t obtained those hard technical skills, like coding,” says Bridge, who will be part of a data panel later this week for Westpac staff.
Bridge’s path to Microsoft is a case in point.
Having started her career as a laboratory assistant, working on autopsies in a hospital morgue, with aspirations to become a coroner, she says she shifted to tech after a project to overhaul the lab’s pathology IT system, and never looked back.
“I’m not a deep technical expert; I rely on people with that expertise,” Bridge says.
“My job is to bridge the gap between them and the business I’m advising to help solve their business problems. I found out I could apply my knowledge and experience into the tech world, and learn on the job, without following the traditional university path.”
Marlé-Zizková says organisations like She Loves Data play an important role in building potential candidates’ “competence, confidence and leadership” – across both soft skills (like project management) and hard skills (like coding and statistical modeling) – through a series of education workshops and webinars. Since founding the not-for-profit in Singapore in 2016, she says more than 14,000 women have taken part in training in 17 countries, including Australia.
The group also connects job-ready candidates with opportunities through “recruitment fairs”, virtual events where hiring managers showcase roles while candidates showcase their skills – a mechanism Chung says Westpac soon plans to adopt as part of its partnership with She Loves Data.
Chung says these initiatives go much deeper than simply recruiting talent for her data platforms area.
“We are on a mission to transform Westpac into a data driven organisation,” she says.
“And to do so, the whole of Westpac needs to become more data literate, so that people, for example, those in operational roles, can imagine and use data differently to improve their everyday work.”
Emma Foster is deputy editor of Westpac Wire. Prior to joining Westpac in 2013, she was a freelance writer, after spending almost 20 years in corporate affairs and investor relations, primarily in large financial services and consultancy firms, in Australia, UK, and Europe. She is also an aspiring photographer.