We can see you, Samantha Batchelor!

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I’m a big believer in the phrase “you can’t be what you can’t see” – in fact, I think I’m going to have some t-shirts made…. but that’s not the point of this post!

Growing up, I never stopped for a moment to think how fortunate I was to have a mum who smashed gender stereotypes, worked in fields where women were few and far between, introduced me to the awesomeness of computers, processes and logic and generally gave me the encouragement, and the tools I needed, to be whatever I wanted to be.  I was, and still am, extremely lucky to have been blessed with a strong, intelligent, technical and influential woman standing right in front of me every day.  I can be anything, because I saw my mum be anything.

So in the spirit of celebrating women in my field, and doing my bit to make sure these women are ‘seen’ by the up and coming girls in tech, I’m proud to present my “We can see you” series – starting with the incredible Samantha Batchelor, an effervescent Tableau evangelist based in Auckland, New Zealand, who I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with at a number of Tableau conferences over the years!

We see you, Samantha Batchelor!

We can see you, Samantha Batchelor!

Samantha Batchelor
Data Analytics Manager, Global Dairy Intelligence at Fonterra

Why do you do what you do?
My role as Data Analytics Manager for the Global Data & Intelligence team at Fonterra is very varied which keeps things interesting. It’s a great mix of getting deep into data, producing insights, and working with people in the business to help them increase their level of self-service.

How and where do you find inspiration?
From a Data Visualisation perspective, I like Stephen Few’s ideas on best practice, and get ideas on Tableau from the many blogs and user groups. Looking a little wider in life I applaud the ideas of women such as Susan Cain, Brene Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert and Marie Kondo (anyone who has to deal with structuring data would appreciate the parallel with bringing structure to the items in their home).

What advice would you give to other women looking to succeed in this field?
Be aware of and celebrate your own strengths. Know that your interpersonal skills and ability to relate and understand are key to being able to deliver real business outcomes. Technical skills are abundant but the ability to be flexible, think critically and creatively, and enable collaborative relationships will always support your career.

Thank you so much, Sam, for helping me launch this series – you’re a trailblazer and I’m honoured to know you.

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