WiDS Raleigh @ Insight


WiDS Raleigh @ Insight is an independent event organized by Women In Tech Allies to coincide with the annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work.

The Global WiDS Conference aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field. This one-day technical conference provides an opportunity to hear about the latest data science related research and applications in a number of domains, and connect with others in the field.

We will be holding a livestream of the conference interspersed with local presentations and discussions. This is a great chance to meet and network with your local peers in data science, explore current topics and issues in the industry and celebrate the contributions of women to this field.

We are so glad to be able to partner with our sponsor Insight for this event. They have be a constant supporter for WITA and women in tech.

Insight will have lunch at the event. There will also be wifi if you need to stay connected for work stuff.

Event Schedule:
11:00 - Lunch will be available

11:15 - 11:30 am - Event Intro / Welcome (Susan Wands - WITA Welcome & Holly Leyda - Insight)

11:30 - 11:35 am - Global WiDS opening video

11:35 - 12:30 pm - Data Science Career Panel Discussion (Panel discussion on local careers in Data Science. Moderated by Liz Barrett, Principle Data Science Practice for Insight Raleigh)

​12:30 - 1:00 am - WiDS Keynote Address - "Machine Learning: A New Approach to Drug Discovery" Daphne Koller, CEO and Founder @insitro

1:00 - 1:40 am - WiDS Ethics Panel - (Moderated by Margot Gerritsen, WiDS Co-Director, Stanford University Panelists: ​​Aslihan Demirkaya, Research Scientist, Vianai Systems, Inc; Lucy Bernholz, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Center on Philanthropy + Civil Society Lynn Kirabo"

1:40 - 2:00 pm Break

​2:00 - 2:20 pm - ​​TBA - Ya Xu, Head of Data Science, LinkedIn

2:20 - 2:40 pm - "Don’t look. See! Are We Blinded by Data (Visualization)?" Fanny Chevalier, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

2:40 - 2:45 pm - WiDS Announcements

2:45 - 2:50 pm - WiDS Datathon, Winners Announced Meredith Lee, Executive Director, West Big Data Hub

​2:50 - 3:10 pm - "Polyglot AI: The Role of NLP in Building Multilingual AI Systems" ​Rama Akkiraju​, IBM Fellow and Director of AI Operations, IBM
3:10 - 3:30 pm - "​Know Thyself: Introspective Personal Data Mining" Talithia Williams, Associate Dean, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd

3:30 - 4:00 pm Break

4:00 - 5:00 pm - Data Science Project Highlights (At Insight Raleigh, all the Data Science team members are women. They will discuss some of the interesting work they are excited about doing. We are planning for 2 -3 women to showcase their projects, skills and/or industry perspectives.)