We can see you, Vaishali Vijay!

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You can’t be what you can’t see – and I’m on a mission to make sure as many people as possible get the opportunity to ‘see’ some of the most brilliant and passionate women I know!  Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to an incredible woman who is championing diversity and inclusion in everything she does, someone who is actively involved in initiatives supporting women and young girls in analytics, technology, STEM and data science and blazing a path for all women to lead – not just participate – in the wonderful world of data and analytics.  Please let me introduce you to Vaishali Vijay.

Vaishali Vijay
Director, Insights & Data, Capgemini AU & NZ

Why do you do what you do?

I am very passionate about analytics and diversity! Data has always been my best friend and allows me to be both analytical and creative to find hidden insights and patterns to derive real value. I am a distinction holder in Electronics & Communication Engineering and pursued a Master’s degree in International Business from University of Sydney and have always been interested in integrating technology and business skills to solve problems and bring real benefits. I am very excited to be Stanford Women in Data Science ambassador and thrilled to bring the annual global conference in Australia next year for the first time with the intention of getting more women interested in data science and related fields like machine learning, AI, cyber security, data visualization and to support and celebrate the rock star women already working hard in the field!

How and where do you find inspiration?

I believe one should have not one but many mentors!

My mother has been my inspiration throughout my life encouraging me to always be ambitious and confident of my performance while consistently increasing my potential. Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ had a big influence in my life too which helped me overcome a lot of challenges in life. Within analytics, my ex-boss from Tableau TC Gan and the highly respected veteran Alan Eldridge have been my guru who constantly inspire and encourage me with their positive words to help me excel in my career.

What advice would you give to other women looking to succeed in this field?

  1. High heels and high tech can work together! Be ambitious, firmly believe in yourself, be curious, insatiable for knowledge and follow your dreams.
  2. Creativity and analytics go hand in hand- be creative in thoughts, designs, find those hidden insights and patterns but most importantly be passionate about your work.
  3. Community is great – interact, communicate, share ideas with others and always stay abreast of latest technologies, network and remember you own your career – be unstoppable!

Vaishali, thank you so much for being part of this series and thank you for inspiring us to challenge ourselves, to push the boundaries and to reach for the (data) stars!  Your humility, warmth and passion make you the astounding and inspirational woman that I’m honoured to know.  I hope this tiny spotlight I’ve put on you today encourages more girls and women to join our world and be excited by the opportunities it offers.

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