Here's a photo from the Data + Women meetup at TC15. From left: Moderator Anushka Anand poses with panelists Christine Birtel, Jennifer Chan, and Tara Kats.
Go to a tech conference, and you need only to look at the restroom lines to know that it’s a man’s game. Men often have a long wait while women can march right in.
Things fare a bit better in the data industry. Go to the Tableau Conference, for example, and women, too, have to wait in line. Women in the data industry share anecdotes of a slightly better-balanced field (though, ironically, there’s no data to support this).
And that, in short, is why you might consider hosting a Data + Women meetup. The event can help foster discussions of sensitive issues that may be difficult to broach in other settings. The community can also empower women in the data industry and rally around tangible initiatives like education, training, and partnerships.
We hosted our own #datapluswomen meetup at the annual Tableau Conference in October, and we’ve already seen the momentum building within our community. In fact, your requests for tips on how to host a Data + Women meetup is what prompted us to put this guide together!
So, without further ado, here are the five steps to hosting your own meetup.