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DataIQ Awards 2023 winner – Data champion: Susan Walsh

Susan Walsh, founder and managing director, The Classification Guru, is an industry thought leader, author, TEDx speaker and creator of different data courses.
DataIQ Awards 2023 winner - Data champion: Susan Walsh

Susan Walsh, founder and managing director, The Classification Guru 

Susan Walsh, founder and managing director, The Classification Guru, is an industry thought leader, author, TEDx speaker and creator of different data courses. Her methods and education of data bring clarity and accuracy to data and procurement; helps teams work more effectively and efficiently; and simplifies the issues of dirty data and its consequences. Susan is regularly asked to provide keynote speeches and insightful presentations at data-centric events because she is trusted by peers and regarded as highly knowledgeable by those in the industry.  

“Making data and a career in data accessible and fun, while demonstrating the value of data.” – Judges’ comment 

As a data leader, Susan has access to a well-engaged audience across multiple platforms. With a combined following of over 34,000 people across all her social media platforms, and a further combined total of 16,000 subscribers to her monthly newsletters, Susan guides and influences data conversations.  

Furthermore, she hopes to inspire other women and young girls to consider a career in data by challenging the stereotype of being a data professional by bringing something different, fun and creative to the industry. Susan has become viral – and a cult favourite – within the community for her energetic videos with sparkly pink backdrops, lip-syncs and data parody songs. In March 2023, The Classification Guru team held a dirty data workshop at the flagship event for Women In Data. 

Since its launch, The Classification Guru has expanded to include multiple freelance classification specialists, a business manager, a data manager under the Government’s pandemic Kickstarter scheme and a marketing manager – all of which have continued to drive Susan’s ultimate goal of making data relatable and easy to understand for everyone, not just data professionals.  

Susan is founder and managing director of The Classification Guru Ltd. She is an industry thought leader, TEDx speaker, author of ‘Between the Spreadsheets: Classifying and Fixing Dirty Data’ and creator of course Fixing Dirty Data – The Basics of Data Cleaning., and the COAT philosophy. 

DataIQ Awards 2023
Year: 2023
Category: Data Champion

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