Agenda 2020


8:00-8:30 AMCheck-in/Registration
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 AMBreak
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 AMBreak & Transition
11:05-11:40 AM
Prefunction room
Networking and Recruitment Session
11:45-12:10 PMLunch in the Main Ballroom
12:15-1:15 PM
Lucia Tian, Chief Analytics Officer, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
1:15-1:35 PMBreak & 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, Hanes brands
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 VenturesSession II / Location: The Den
Developing Your Personal Brand and Leading with Empathy
Speaker: Dee Ray, Chief Brand Officer, FiltersFast
3:40-3:55 PMBreak
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