Agenda 2022

8:00 – 8:45am

Pre-function space

Registration & Networking
8:45 – 9:00am

Crown Room

Welcome Remarks & WiDS Video
Madlen Ivanova, Senior Manager, Data Science at Lowe’s; WiDS Ambassador
9:05 – 10:05am

Crown Room

SEEMANTINI GODBOLE, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Lowe’s
Title: “Opportunities in Data Science – Creating New Possibilities for the Future of Commerce, Connectivity and Our Own Careers”
10:05 – 10:30am


Networking and Recruitment Fair
10:30 – 11:35am

Crown Room

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Everything You Need to Know as a New Woman in Data Science”
Moderator: Jessica Dunn, Senior Vice President, Senior Data Scientist at Bank of America
Panelists: Lilyanne Zhang, Data Scientist at Bank of America; Ria Mahajan, Software Engineer II at Bank of America; Maggie Hakas, Data Scientist at The Hartford; Elizabeth Johnson, Senior Data Scientist at Lowe’s

Crown Room

Provost & Vice Chancellor’s Welcome to WiDS
Provost & Vice Chancellor Joan L. Lorden, UNC Charlotte
12:00 – 1:10pm

Crown Room & Foyer

Lunch & Networking

Recruitment Fair

1:15 – 2:00pm

Crown Room, Toby Creek, Sugar Creek, & Reedy Creek

Breakout Sessions

Women at Microsoft Charlotte: A Case Study”
Moderator: Chemere Davis, Analytical Strategist & Community Builder at Microsoft
Panelists: Natalie Turner, Chief Digital Officer, Chief of Staff at Microsoft,
Prathima Reddi, Senior Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft,
Funmi Omoliki, Cloud Strategist at Microsoft, and
Ruth Magyar, Principal Product Manager at Microsoft

“From Academia to the Corporate World” Melissa G. Ngamini, Senior Data Scientist at ADP

Severe Weather Response” Tia Wei, Senior Manager at Lowe’s and Haiman Tian, Senior Data Scientist at Lowe’s

“Challenges in Analytics in Industries – How to Overcome” Kabita Paul, Lead Data Analyst at Genpact  

“#BreakTheBias in Human & Artificial Intelligence through Mindful ProcessingBooshra Ahmed, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Digital Marketing at Bank of America

“Automating and Scaling Processes Using NLP” Martha Sheridan, Data Scientist at Red Ventures; Phoebe Klett, Data Scientist at Red Ventures; Katherine Heighington, Sr. Data Scientist at Red Ventures
2:05 – 2:50pm

Crown Room, Toby Creek, Sugar Creek, & Reedy Creek

Breakout Sessions

Mentorship: Putting Yourself in The Driver’s SeatRiddhi Gupta, Head of Digital Transformation and Delivery at Syntelli Solutions, Inc.

Explainable AI for Natural Language ProcessingJean-Leigh Njoroge, Director, Conversational AI at Lowe’s

Understanding Leaders’ Most Pressing Challenges: Using Natural Language Processing to Develop a Leadership Challenge LadderRamya Balakrishnan, Data Scientist at Center for Creative Leadership

“Reimagining the Elevator Pitch” Anna Clark, Senior Joint Ventures Analyst at Duke Energy

“AI and Machine Learning in the Cloud”Rittika Mitra, Senior Data Engineer at Synapsis Inc. and Afsana Akther Asha, Program Analyst at Wells Fargo

“Data Literacy for Leaders: Translating Data into Decision-Making and People Analytics
” Sia Partners: Marci Marra, Partner; Zoya Ashirov, Associate Partner; Lipsa Jha, Managing Director; Liz Sykes, Senior Manager; Kavya Mohan, Senior Consultant; Amanda Ambrosio, Senior Manager

2:50 – 3:05pm


Break: Networking and Recruitment Fair
3:05 – 4:00pm

Crown Room

“Demystifying the Mystery Behind Running Successful ML Projects, and What the Future of Data Science Looks Like”
Moderator: Madlen Ivanova, Senior Manager, Data Science at Lowe’s; WiDS Ambassador
Panelists: Ilieva Ageenko, Managing Director of Innovation and Analytics, Truist Audit Services; Ethel Anderson, Head of Data Analytics for Strategic Retail Digital Transformation Initiatives at Google; Anita Sarkar, Director, Conversational AI & ML Engineering at Ally Financial
4:05 – 4:50pm

Crown Room

SHIKHA KASHYAP, Chief Executive Officer at Syntelli Solutions, Inc
Title: My Journey as a Data Science Entrepreneur and Lessons Learned
4:50-5:00 PM

Crown Room

Closing Remarks: Dean Fatma Mili
5:00-6:15 PM

Prefunction room

Networking Reception & Recruitment Fair