(Interview) Women in master data: Janna Allee, Cooper Lighting Solutions

January 10 2020

Stibo Systems honors Women in Master Data Management and the great work by many in the industry to achieve gender balance and equity. This blog series brings you several interviews with some of the remarkable women in our industry. We hope the stories of these women will inspire you to chase your passion for master data and its related fields.

Janna Allee is a Data Analyst on the Master Data Management Team at Cooper Lighting Solutions - a leading provider of professional lighting, lighting controls and connected lighting, headquartered in Peachtree City, Georgia. Janna comes from a background in Graphic Design and holds a Visual Communications degree. She began her career working on everything print-related, such as ads, articles and catalogs. At Cooper Lighting Solutions, Janna started creating product specification sheets. When the company decided to implement Stibo Systems’ Product Master Data Management solution in 2006, Janna became a super user. Today, Janna’s day-to-day-work consists of streamlining processes, pulling insights used for decision-making, creating new functionality in the system and training new users.

Janna Allee - one of the #WomenInMasterData


Why did you pick a career in master data?
I fell into this role and found that I really enjoy working with product master data. The opportunity was given to me to learn and has been a great fit from the beginning.

What do you like most about your job?
There are so many aspects to my job that I find rewarding. I mostly enjoy the problem-solving part of the role, especially when the solutions we design help to deliver timely and accurate data to our internal teams or customers. Having a single source of truth is very impactful to the business.

What do you see as the biggest barriers for more women in the master data field?
The perception of an IT or technology-based field may not be as appealing to women. I’ve found though that there is a definite creative side to working in this field where thinking out of the box is a requirement and keeps the job exciting.

What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in master data?
Go for it! There are many opportunities working in master data management. The position I’m in allows me to work cross-functionally with many different departments internally as well as with third party vendors and online retailers. How data is used is continually evolving, especially when it comes to how it can be the basis to form a user experience. This field continues to grow and needs creative minds to advance.

Does your organization work to promote gender equity? If so, how?
Yes definitely. The company values inclusion and diversity and does a good job of keeping this at the forefront of employees’ minds through training and their overall communication.  While I’ve been at the company, I’ve noticed a more equal distribution of gender in higher position roles.

Share a fun fact about yourself
Outside of work I’m the mom of five boys. I’m slightly outnumbered but love every minute of it!

Sherry Grote is VP of Marketing at Stibo Systems with over 20 years of experience from high tech and healthcare companies, seeing herself as a catalyst for growth. As a marketing professional through and through, writing the story of her life knowing that it only ends once, so anything that happens before that is simply called progress.

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