Gartner associate honored at the world’s largest technology diversity event
On March 22, the world’s largest technology diversity event, Women in IT Awards, was held for the first time in the United States. Organized by Information Age and held in New York City, this black-tie event brought together more than 550 industry leaders focusing on the achievements and innovation of women in technology. Gartner’s very own Valerie Logan, Research Director in the IT Leaders Data and Analytics (ITL) group, walked away with high commendation as a data leader, runner up to Jacquelin Speck of the US Navy. When asked about her finish Valerie noted, “[Jacquelin] is a leading data scientist for the US Navy. It is truly great to be a finalist, but to be in the company of a woman who is protecting our nation with data for the US Navy is incredible!”
“While I don’t like to be the center of attention, this is a great opportunity to represent my colleagues- the accomplished women in our data and analytics team, and the women of Gartner. [This award represents] the intersection of diversity and data. I believe that data is changing our lives; not just our work lives but our lives as citizens, parents, etc. We were coming together on the two things that I believe are changing the world. To be included in that was amazing.”
Prior to her nomination, Valerie was not aware of this prestigious event. In fact, she was contacted by an editor from Information Age who was familiar with her work on Chief Data Officers (CDOs), women CDOs and data literacy and thought she would be a very strong candidate for the new award category of Data Leader of the Year. After submitting her nomination material, she was later notified of her selection as a finalist.
“When I learned I was a finalist and looked at the LinkedIn profiles of the other women that were selected as finalists, to be part of the caliber of work that they do was such an honor.”
Valerie Logan is one of a group of 50+ analysts, led by Regina Casonato, GVP, who cover data management, analytics, AI, governance and related strategies. Valerie is part of the team that covers strategy, leadership, change and the emerging world of CDOs.
A self-described classic introvert, she notes that growing up she was the shy quiet girl who studied math but found her voice with data. “To me, we all have a story; data and math have been powerful in helping me show up in the world.” In her personal time, Valerie enjoys mentoring young women who cross her path—whether through family connections or friends of friends. She hopes that this honor will continue to help inspire other young women striving to be leaders in data and technology. She credits much of her continued success to the love and support of her husband Brian, family and friends.
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