National Women’s History Month: Trailblazers in Data and Analytics

Terri White
March 16, 2020

In March, we celebrate National Women’s Month, the perfect opportunity for us to draw attention to the remarkable and brilliant women who have set and held the stage as thought leaders, influencers, and industry experts in the data and analytics market. While there are many women who have made their mark and too many to list here, join us in celebrating these outstanding individuals (and make sure you follow them on social media!).

Chandana Gopal

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Chananda Gopal

 

Research Director, Business Analytics
IDC

Chandana has had an enormous impact on the business intelligence (BI) industry, with her research providing important insight into the demand and supply trends of the market. Her detailed technical evaluations provide the industry with a thorough look into software applications, artificial intelligence (AI), and technology design.

Larissa Baier

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Larissa Baier

 

Senior Analyst
Business Application Research Center (BARC)

Larissa Baier has not only contributed to the BI industry through her various market analysis and studies, but is also a valuable lecturer and consultant in the industry. Her focus on BI front ends and work-around decision support systems is invaluable.

Melody Chien

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Melody Chien

 

Senior Director Analyst
Gartner

Melody Chien is an established industry leader with more than 24 years' experience in data management and analytics. Her research into best practices for building effective data quality programs as well as data and analytics strategies provides the industry with essential insights.

Laura Craft

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Laura Craft

 

Vice President, Analyst
Gartner’s Healthcare Industry’s Research Group

Laura Craft is a critical figure in the healthcare data, analytics, and AI field, with more than 30 years of experience. Her work in developing, planning, and executing strategies to address business needs and improve information delivery is unparalleled.

Kimberly Harris-Ferrante

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Kimberly Harris-Ferrante

 

Vice President and Distinguished Analyst
Gartner

Kimberley Harris-Ferrante is a trusted resource for trends within the global P&C and life insurance industries. Her expertise regarding business strategies and technologies to support digital insurance, customer experience management, and advanced analytics is exceptional.

Michele Goetz

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Michele Goetz

 

Principal Analyst
Forrester

Michele Goetz has contributed greatly to the data management, business intelligence, and analytics industry over the past 20 years. Before her role at Forrester, she led Trillium Software as the VP of marketing, enabling data governance and quality solutions across different industries. Throughout her professional career, Michele has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., and more.

Ellen Carney

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Ellen Carney

 

Principal Analyst
Forrester

Ellen Carney covers all things digital in the insurance industry. Ellen brings more than 30 years of client service experience across several different industries. She joined Forrester 13 years ago, and since has been cited in Forbes, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist, among other national business publications.

Rita Sallam

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Rita Sallam

 

Distinguished VP analyst and Fellow
Gartner

Rita Sallam has contributed greatly to the BI industry. Her current work focuses on understanding how AI-enabled augmented analytics has disrupted data management and analytics.

Carlie Iodine

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Carol Iodine

 

Research Director for Business Analytics and Data Science
Gartner

Carlie Iodine has contributed to the business analytics and data science field for more than 25 years. Throughout the years, Carlie has led efforts to integrate new technologies with effective business solutions. Prior to joining Gartner, Carlie served as a BI consultant.

Claudia Imhoff

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Claudia Imhoff

 

President and Founder
Boulder BI Brain Trust (BBT) and Intelligent Solutions, Inc.

Claudia Imhoff has greatly impacted the BI, big data, analytics, and AI industry with her thought leadership around customer-focused strategies. Claudia is an author of several books on these topics and writes monthly columns in business publications, and is a champion of Women in Tech.

Donna Burbank

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Donna Burbank

 

Managing Director
Global Data Strategy

Donna Burbank is a leader in organizational transformation and optimization via use of data and technology. Author of several books on data management, her global experience in product marketing and management, enterprise architecture, and unique strategic insight is well recognized across the industry and beyond.

Karen Lopez

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Karen Lopez

 

Senior Project Manager and Architect
InfoAdvisors

Karen Lopez's skill for building customized solutions to maintain security, reliability, and efficiency have found success across the retail, energy, health, and government sectors. With fluency in data management and architecture, and a Microsoft SQL MVP, she is a highly trusted and sought-after speaker, blogger, and panelist. Karen is cited as one of the top three technology influencers by IBM and an advisor to the DAMA, International Board. She is also a strong presence on social media.

Martha Bennett

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Martha Bennett

 

Vice President, Principal Analyst
Forrester

Focusing on tier 1 CIOs and C-Suites, Martha Bennett is an esteemed partner in strategy development for the digital age. Her proven history and experience leveraging blockchain technology speaks to her deftness at helping startups and existing organizations incorporate emerging technology to continually innovate and advance.

Cinny Little

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Cinny Little

 

Principal Analyst
Forrester

Serving the customer insight (CI) community, digital CI expert Cinny Little has focused her work on the unique intersection of project execution and strategy development from an insights-based approach. She is a trusted adviser for organizations navigating complex and detailed data structures to derive actionable insights for success.

Natasha Lomas

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Natasha Lomas

 

Senior Reporter
TechCrunch

Natasha Lomas has established herself as a high-level commentator on societal and algorithmic impacts of data protection and privacy. Her extensive experience in the UK-based tech and data scenes give her distinctive global insights that fuel her analytic journalistic pursuits.

Jessica Davis

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Jessica Davis
 
Senior Editor
InformationWeek

Jessica Davis has dedicated her career to making the world more knowledgeable about predictive analytics, business intelligence and big data. Whether writing, speaking or working to program the analytics track at Interop, her work highlighting how executives use data and analytics to compete in the new generation of business is second to none.

Angelica Mari

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Angelica Mari

 

Technology Journalist

Angelica Mari's byline has appeared in Forbes, Quartz, ZDNet, and Computer Weekly, among many other publications. While she covers a broad range of topics, her reporting on data is always timely and impactful.

Nancy Williams

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Nancy WIlliams

 

TDWI Contributor and VP of Business Intelligence and Principal Consultant
DecisionPath Consulting

Nancy Williams is a well-respected and highly esteemed industry expert and author. Her impact on the industry includes co-authoring the BI Pathway methodology for developing BI capabilities that deliver business value, and she is a regular industry speaker.

Judith Lamont

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Research Analyst, Zentek Corp.
Senior Writer, KM World

Judith Lamont, Ph.D., is known for her insightful, illustrative views of the world of data and her influence in shaping that ecosystem.

These women have all made a real impact in the world of data and analytics. Their contributions have helped to make this field more exciting and open for women in this generation and those to come.

Please consider following these influencers on social media and adding them to your reading queue to stay up to date on what’s happening on the front lines of the data world: they’re some of the best in the industry!