Since 2016 SAP has been a trusted collaborator and sponsor for Stanford University’s Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative, aiming “to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field.” At SAP, we recognize the value of empowering and celebrating women in the workforce, especially women in technology, where historically, women face underrepresentation. One of the fields where this is particularly prominent is data science. Only 16.4% of data scientists are females. As a technology company that employs data scientists worldwide, we want to address why few women are embarking on careers in data science and why few women are advancing into data science leadership roles.
Women in Data Science 2021
The WiDS Worldwide Conference kicks off on International Women’s Day, March 8 (UTC). The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, #ChoosetoChallenge, encourages people everywhere to challenge gender bias, take action for a more equal world, and recognize women’s achievements.
The event will follow the sun, spotlighting female data scientists working on innovative technology across business, academia, government and nonprofits.
On the sideline of the global event, SAP will host an independent regional (virtual) event in NYC on March 8. It will kick off a “WiDS @ SAP” regional series that will run March through October 2021. Hear about the latest data science related research and applications in a broad set of domains.