Kendra Vant, Deloitte
Finding the insight buried in the data stores of large corporates is a challenging task for all involved, requiring semi-Herculean efforts in cat herding across departmental lines, struggles with largely orthogonal KPIs and conflicting time frames for synthesis and delivery. However driving business value from the insight is often further complicated by senior stakeholders who are less than comfortable with the more abstract aspects of scientific reasoning and quantitative analysis.
The ability to find, nurture and grow senior stakeholder champions for analytics and quantitative thinking within an organisation needs to be a core competency for everyone who believes in the power of data to drive business decisions and wants to see Australian businesses flourish in the coming decade. This talk will illustrate the often stark contrast between what 'we' meant to communicate and what 'they' heard and discuss ways to raise confidence levels and statistical literacy within companies.
Kendra Vant is a Director with the Insight Solutions practice at Deloitte, designing and implementing analytic capabilities for corporate and government clients across Australia. Previous experience includes leading teams in marketing analytics and BI strategy, building bespoke enterprise software systems, trapping ions in microchips to create two-bit quantum computers and firing lasers at very cold hydrogen atoms. Kendra has worked in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and the US, holds a PhD in Physics from MIT and was a post doctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Please note that the talk itself is at 6:15pm in the Russell Love Theatre but is preceded by the national SSAI AGM at 5:30pm in the Staff Tea Room, including refreshments. Dinner from 7:30pm at Cafe Italia.