Positive impact for our digital future

We caught up with CEO of The Data Lab, Gillian Docherty about her talk2037 Who’s leading? Who’s following’ and learned how her focus on shaping our digital future has continued to spread across the world.

TEDxGlasgow is the day I put in the diary and I refuse to do anything else, I am always there, so to be a speaker with my daughter joining me was one of the most fantastic experiences. Charlie is famous too, she blew everyone away when she joined me on stage, stole the show, and is now proudly on YouTube. During recent travels, several senior executives from large companies in the US tell me how my daughter is great and ask “does she know she’s famous in america?” It’s a great surprise for both of us.

I was nervous but the experience was unbelievable, and opportunities since have just continued to flow. I’m speaking an awful lot more, at a UK level, which includes contributing towards content around a future for Scotland, talking at Parliament about the level of influence and impact needed for digital and technology from my perspective and experience.

“the best ideas come from sharing as no one person has a monopoly on great ideas and those I’ve seen succeed, I have often watched being created in front of my eyes”

Most recently I have been awarded an OBE for services to information technology and business which is such an honour.  The data science and AI landscape in Scotland, the UK, and across the world is incredibly exciting and inspiring, so to be at the very heart of something so important is extremely rewarding.

Events like TEDxGlasgow are important, especially as the audience is different to most, they incite you to do well and ready to act.  For me, the best ideas come from sharing as no one person has a monopoly on great ideas and those I’ve seen succeed, I have often watched being created in front of my eyes. When people collaborate, you test each others thinking, push each others boundaries, to be bolder and braver than you maybe would have otherwise been.

I enjoy looking back at my journey since being a speaker, as such amazing opportunities have come my way and continue to open doors that support a positive future for data science in Scotland and the UK. Personally, a unique experience as I was so proud of what my daughter did that day, especially seeing her getting loads of high fives from the audience saying what a great job she did.   Summing up what TEDxGlasgow is for me, it’s the galaxy we should all be orbiting in.

We’re delighted by the positive impact Gillian is continuing to make and congratulate her OBE achievement. You can watch the full talk and see Charlie here

Have you been inspired by our TEDxGlasgow speakers? Let us know what you’ve been doing at [email protected]

  • Written by Zeb Ahmed
  • Posted on September, 22 2019

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