- Future of Work
- People Analytics
- Data Science & Society
Assistant teaching professor Heather Whiteman is a people data enthusiast. Heather brings an academic background focused on studying the art, the science, and the impact of measuring people at work. Her master’s degree work in industrial organizational psychology centered on the use of data and statistics to identify and mitigate the harm caused by discrimination in the workplace. Heather’s Ph.D. in the field of Human Capital Management focused on human performance and capability with an emphasis on identifying measurement techniques less susceptible to societal biases. Heather is an experienced educator, having taught statistics, data analysis, and management previously at universities based in the US, UK, and Guatemala. In addition to her role as assistant teaching professor at the University of Washington Information School, Heather will continue to offer a specialized course on People Analytics as an adjunct at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Heather comes with years of applied, strategic leadership in preparing organizations for the future of work, digital talent transformation, and enabling a new future driven by fair data and people analytics insights. Her practitioner experience has spanned roles such as researcher, consultant, manager and executive and has stretched across areas such as equal employment opportunity, talent management, and strategic organizational planning; all with a focus on applying the power of data and analysis to drive outcomes for businesses as well as for individuals.
Heather serves as a Future Workplace Executive Fellow, a board and tech advisor to organizations focused on people data for good and has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Guatemala for 2022-2023. She also serves as a U.S. representative for the International Organization for Standards (ISO) Technical Advisory Group TC 260 focused on the creation of global standards for human capital measurement, reporting and public disclosure. Most recently having served as a registered expert in the creation of ISO 30415:2021 Diversity and inclusion, which provides the fundamentals for organizations wishing to create an inclusive workplace through actions, principles, measures, and the associated accountabilities and responsibilities.
- Ph D, Human Capital Management, Bellevue University, 2016
- MA, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, California State University - Sacramento, 2011
- BA, Dual Major in Psychology and Communications, University of California, Davis, 2006
- Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award - Guatemala, 2022-2023
Consulting and Other Projects
- Future Workplace, Executive Fellow, 2019
Publications and Contributions
Magazine/Trade Publication7 Steps to Fairer Data-Informed Decisions (2020)Harvard Business Review
Magazine/Trade Publication7 Ways HR Can Build a Fairer, Data-Informed Culture (2020)Harvard Business Review Digital
Journal Article, Academic JournalDimensions of Response to Novelty are Associated with Aggression and Social Engagement in Adult Male Rhesus Macaques (2008)Journal of Comparative Psychology, 122(2), pp. 195-203
Journal Article, Academic JournalDimensions of Response to Novelty are Associated with Aggression and Social Engagement in Adult Male Rhesus Macaques (2005)American Journal of Primatology, 66(Unknown Issue), pp. 73-74
Build a Fairer, Data-Informed Culture
Harvard Business Review - Virtual
Lessons in Solving Business Problems Using People Analytics
Future Workplace - Virtual
Using Analytics to Tell a Story and Build a Business Case
People Analytics World - Virtual