Jana Marlé-Zizková, who was also a finalist under the Data Leader category: “Winning the Diversity Initiative Award of the year in Asia means a lot to us. Not only to me, my co-founder and my closest volunteering supporters but to everyone that ever helped us out. Upskilling women is so important in Tech and in Data. We help them to find a meaningful way to make themselves relevant for the future. We thank Women in IT and the jury that supported us because I know there were other amazing initiatives that were shortlisted. I salute them. We will continue doing what we do with even more energy and more passion after this!” Jana is also co-founder, CEO and Head of Professional Services at Meiro, a Customer Data Platform company. She has over twenty years of experience in managing country operations, teams and projects in digital and social intelligence, data warehousing and data mining. Jana is also equally experienced in customer relationship management, digital and social marketing and risk and fraud management. Since its launch in 2015 the Women in IT Awards have showcased the achievements of women in Technology in London, New York, Dublin and San Francisco. It identifies new role models and aims to readdress gender imbalance within the sector. The She Loves Data Team at the inaugural Women in IT Awards Asia, held at the Shangri-La Hotel last May 29 in Singapore. Founded and headquartered in Singapore in 2016, She Loves Data has a growing global presence including the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Indonesia. To date, the initiative has trained more than 3700 women from all walks of life and backgrounds, including non-tech individuals and mid-career changers. Echoing Singapore’s high quality workshops, conferences and events, its enthusiastic overseas chapters continue to grow alongside an impressive online reach of over 13,500 members worldwide and counting. As a community-based initiative which validates aspirations, changes mindsets and makes that shift happen, She Loves Data is also about networking and mentoring. It stands for lifelong learning, upskilling and future-proofing jobs. It is about holistically enhancing the professional journeys of women interested in joining an increasingly data-mediated world. She Loves Data is about saying Yes! to possibilities by practising and celebrating inclusion and diversity, embracing all in terms of culture, ethnicity and age. Collaborating often with like-minded and exceptional companies, it pushes limits by jointly exploring and creating exciting opportunities for talent discovery and career advancement for women in the burgeoning world of Digital Technology.