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

Person Role
Frances O'Brien
Annunziata Esposito
Ruth Kaufman Committee Member
Kathy Kotiadis Committee Member
Antuela Anthi Tako
Committee Member

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Survive and Thrive: WORAN July Event Slides Frances O'Brien 16/07/2020 1.00  
OR Lockdown and You - Post Event Report Ruth Kaufman 01/06/2020 1.00  

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Come to our next event

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'Survive and Thrive': Our next online event

Our next event will consist of small-group discussions (maximum of 6 participants) addressing personal challenges and opportunities. Bring your questions and issues to the table, for shared reflection and support.

Date: 15 July 2020

Time: 16:00 - 17:20

Join us on Wednesday 15 July, 4pm-5.20pm, for the next event in our summer ‘WORAN on-line’ series.

WORAN online meetings aim to make women visible as role models and contributors to OR, to explore issues affecting women, to help build and consolidate professional interaction and networking, to make sure that women’s voices are heard, and to be an enjoyable opportunity to ‘get out and about’. These goals are relevant to the whole community, not just to women, so the meetings are open to everybody.



4pm      Introduction and welcome

4.10      Breakout into discussion groups

4.50      Return to plenary, thanks + feedback, end for those who need to leave

4.55      Random networking – informal small group chats over your choice of refreshments (bring your own refreshments)

5.10      Return to plenary, conclusions and close.

Topics include:

  • “Working and single parenthood” led by Frances O’Brien, Warwick Business School
  • “Living with imposter syndrome” led by Ruth Kaufman OBE, FORS, FIMA, CSci, former President of the OR Society and serial imposter
  • “Getting professional accreditation” led by Gavin Blackett, General Manager, The OR Society
  • “Flexible working: keeping the good bits, losing the bad from the last three months” led by Susanne Harrison, Director of CORDA, BAe Systems
  • “What sort of mentoring scheme for WORAN?” led by Nadia Papamichael, University of Manchester

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