Women in OR & Analytics Network

The Women in OR & Analytics Network is a newly-established network for female OR practitioners and academics.

The gender imbalance in OR and STEM in general still presents many challenges both for academics and practitioners.

Whilst there is a lot of literature about the low proportions of women in STEM careers, no work had specifically been undertaken on the UK OR profession until 2018 when The OR Society sponsored three MSc research projects on the theme of women in OR.

Key findings from the three projects concluded that The OR Society should establish a network for women at work in OR and analytics to build strong, encouraging connections.

We need you

We need your voice, your knowledge and your experience in this group. Help us to build a strong, self-supporting network and to set better conditions for the next cohort of young women launching into their careers in OR and analytics.

Committee details

Network Committee

Person Role

Katherine Kent

Maria Sofia Alul Secretary

Events Subcommittee

Person Role
Ruth Kaufman Chair
Beth Tinsley Member
Jana Ries Member
Sheema Noorain Member
Stephen Maher Member
Sumitra Sri Bhashyam Member

PR & Media Subcommittee

Person Role
Hugo Herrera Chair
Annunziata Esposito Amideo Member
Maria Sofia Alul Member
Seda Sucu Member

Mentoring Subcommittee

Nadia Papamichail Chair
Antuela Tako Member
Büsra Atamer Balkan Member
Kathy Kotiadis Member
Sonya Crowe Member

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WISDOM YoungWomen4OR Announcement WISDOM 14/11/2022 1.00  
WISDOM YoungWomen4OR Announcement WISDOM 04/11/2022 1.20  
Joint WORAN and People Analytics SIG event on gender pay gap Sheema Noorain 08/06/2022 1.10  

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The challenges of becoming and being a leader

23 February 2023, 14.30 - 15.30

There are fewer women than men in leadership positions. Since our leaders act as role models for more junior staff, this can negatively impact the retention of women and our ability to achieve gender equality. Given the many benefits to the workplace from women taking leadership roles, it is important to nurture and support women in career development.

But what are the challenges that we experience on the way to becoming a leader and while holding leadership positions? In this WORAN event, we are joined by Professor Christine Currie from the University of Southampton and Emma Hickman from the Office of National Statistics who hold leadership positions in their workplace. Christine and Emma will talk about their experiences, and some of the personal and professional joys and challenges they have encountered as a leader. They'll go on to lead discussion on their advice for women aspiring to take on leadership roles, and for supporting those already in leadership roles.

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Book discussion: The Sex Factor: How Women Made The West Rich, Victoria Bateman led by Katherine Kent

16 March 2023, 13.30 - 14.30

Victoria Bateman’s aim is to punch feminism into the centre of economics, and this controversial book is a thought-provoking contribution. If you get a chance to read it, then it is thoroughly recommended, but if not, you will be able anyway to join in the discussions it gives rise to.

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