A HAMPSHIRE CEO spoke to Winchester University students on International Women's Day at its #EmpowerHer event. 

Sam Gaskell, founded data management consultancy DataFit Ltd, and was on a panel of three female business leaders and entrepreneurs. 

Sam said: “International Women’s Day has always been close to my heart and when I was given the opportunity to go and talk to the next generation of female founders I absolutely jumped at the chance. 

“As a woman in data I have always been the minority in what’s a male dominated sector and throughout my ten-plus year career I have worked incredibly hard to climb the ladder. Every step of the way I have prided myself on delivering not only the highest standard of work possible, but also immersing myself in the team and cultivating a culture that enables and empowers those around me. 

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“From day one as a data quality clerk, I threw myself into the role and was determined to make a difference. This ethos has guided me throughout my working life and remains at the core of my personal and professional endeavours.” 

Josh Wood, enterprise officer at University of Winchester, said: “We were absolutely delighted to invite Sam on to the panel and found her story both awakening and inspiring. She is a visionary in her field, determined to do things differently for data as a whole but also for women and for mothers. 

“It was fantastic to hear first-hand the challenges she has faced and overcome and we couldn’t think of a better day than International Women’s Day to have her here sharing her amazing story. On behalf of myself and all of the #EmpowerHer attendees we want to thank Sam for being a panellist, it was a joy to host her here.” 

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