As a physician who majored in bioengineering, Jennifer has worked in her share of male-dominant fields. She feels fortunate to be a part of NetHope, where she says the leadership welcomes both men and women equally.
Still, she sees the need for more women in leadership roles, especially in the data sector. To that end, she urges women to delegate and coach whenever possible.
“That means really identifying those moments within the data space when people might just need skilled support, and determining when is the right time to delegate, and how to delegate it,” she says. “It’s not necessarily a playlist or a checklist; it’s a way of working. And that allows the data space to expand, cross disciplines, and bring more people in.”
As you delegate, you’ll gain space to think about direction—for your own career and life, for your team, and for your field. And once you’re on your way, don’t forget to pause and give others a chance to speak up and step in, says Jennifer.
“I’ve had great colleagues both at NetHope and among our online volunteer collaborators who really made the work what it is by saying, ‘We need to take a pause and make sure everybody feels comfortable, and has the instructions to move forward,”’ she says.
Nurturing that agile and collaborative spirit can help not only women but also their entire teams propel forward, says Jennifer.
“Try to be open-minded, constantly listening and acting at the same time, and bringing people in along the way,” she says.
Coming to this year’s Tableau Conference in Las Vegas? Meet our Data + Women panelists and join the conversation at our meetup on Monday, October 19. You can also share your thoughts on our Data + Women Community Forum.