Agenda 2020

MARCH 24th, 2020, THE RITZ-CARLTON Charlotte              

8:00-8:30 AM



8:30-8:40 AM


WiDS Introduction

Stanford University's Global WiDS Video
8:40-8:50 AM


Welcome Remarks

Madlen Ivanova, Senior Data Scientist, Lowe's Inc., WiDS Ambassador
8:50- 9:00 AM


Lowe's Inc.Video

9:00- 9:30 AM


Keynote: Seemantini Godbole, Executive Vice President, and CIO, Lowe's Inc.

9:30-10:00 AM


10:00-11:00 AM


Panel Discussion: The Professional Workforce - Challenges, Opportunities, and Advice From Those Who've Succeeded

Moderator: Cara Walters, Director of Brand Acceleration, Search Solution Group
Panelists:  Zoya Ashirov, Senior Manager, Sia Partners; Katrina Teague, Managing Director, Head of Office, CIOO Americas, MUFG; and Bhavana Bartholf, Transformation Executive, Leading Digital Transformation, Microsoft.
11:00-11:05 AM

Break & Transition

11:05-11:40 AM

Prefunction room

Networking and Recruitment Session

11:45-12:10 PM

Lunch in the Main Ballroom

12:15-1:15 PM


Keynote: Lucia Tian, Chief Analytics Officer, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

1:15-1:35 PM

Break & Transition

1:35-2:35 PM

Salon I, Salon II, Salon III, The Den

Breakout Session I: Four Sessions

Session I / Location: Salon I

Session I / Location: Salon II

Session I / Location: Salon III

Act Before the Adversary: Using Data Analytics to Predict Fraud

Speaker: Lori Cole, Security Operations Manager, Hanesbrands

Session I / Location: The Den

Building Your Personal Brand

Speaker: Shilpa Banerjee, SVP, Business Exec - Technology Collections / Recovery and Treasury / Finance Consumer, Small Business and Wealth Management, Bank of America

2:40-3:40 PM

Salon I, Salon II, Salon III, The Den

Breakout Session II: Four Sessions

Session II / Location: Salon I

Session II / Location: Salon II

Case Study: Does Data Science Fit into the Agile Framework

Speaker: Anna Clark, Sr. Product & Services Specialist, Duke Energy

Session II / Location: Salon III

How to Build a Search Engine Using NLP Pre-trained Model on AWS Cloud

Speaker: Flora Tran, Data Scientist, Red Ventures

Session II / Location: The Den

Developing Your Personal Brand and Leading with Empathy

Speaker: Dee Ray, Chief Brand Officer, FiltersFast

3:40-3:55 PM


4:00-4:55 PM


Panel Discussion: Developing New Pathways in Data Science

Panelists: Provost Joan Lorden, UNC Charlotte; Dean Nancy Gutierrez, College of Liberal Arts and Architecture, UNC Charlotte; Dean Fatma Mili, College of Computing and Informatics, UNC Charlotte; and Dean Jennifer Troyer, Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte.
4:55-5:05 PM


Closing Remarks

Madlen Ivanova, Senior Data Scientist, Lowe's Inc., WiDS Ambassador
5:05-6:15 PM

Prefunction room

Networking and Cocktail Reception