DataConnect Conference 2024 Agenda

Join Women in Analytics for the DataConnect Conference in  Columbus, Ohio on July 11-12, 2024.

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2024 Agenda coming soon! Check out our 2023 Agenda below!

8:00 am

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12:00 pm

8:00 am

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12:00 pm

Real-Time Machine Learning

Chip Huyen

Founder & CEO
Claypot AI

The Claypot AI Team

Denison Edge

Pre-Conference Workshop

Session Details

1:00 pm

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5:00 pm

1:00 pm

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5:00 pm

Moving into Management: Essential Skills you need as a Data, Analytics or Data Science Manager

Jaya Zenchenko

Denison Edge

Pre-Conference Workshop

Session Details

7:30 am

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4:00 pm

7:30 am

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4:00 pm

Registration

Join us in the Expo Hall, near the Union Foyer, to grab your badge and kick off the day!

7:30 am

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9:00 am

7:30 am

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9:00 am

Breakfast

An assortment of self-serve beverages and breakfast items will be available outside the Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom) area when you arrive.

Regency Foyer

Session Details

8:45 am

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8:50 am

8:45 am

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8:50 am

Day 1 Opening

Mimi Shalash

Emcee

Kelsey Dingelstedt

CEO
Women in Analytics

Lauren Burke

Director of Operations
Women in Analytics

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details

8:50 am

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9:20 am

8:50 am

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9:20 am

Opening Keynote | Three Problems with Data Product Leadership

Cassie Kozyrkov

Chief Decision Scientist
Google

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Keynote

Session Details

9:20 am

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9:25 am

9:20 am

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9:25 am

Break

Take a break, grab some coffee, network, and freshen up for the next session. Use this time to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Get ready to return to the event recharged and prepared for the next session.

9:25 am

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10:50 am

9:25 am

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10:50 am

Tutorial | Salary Negotiation & Self Advocacy

Palmer Karsh

Director of Market Operations
Burtch Works

Stephanie Orze

Recruiting Manager
Burtch Works

Fairfield

Tutorial

Intro

Session Details

9:25 am

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10:05 am

9:25 am

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10:05 am

Whose AI Bill of Rights Will Govern Our Models, Platforms and Careers?

Natalie Meyers

Professor of the Practice
Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society, University of Notre Dame

Union

Governance & Risk

Advanced

Session Details

9:25 am

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10:05 am

9:25 am

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10:05 am

Apache Spark Core Concepts: Introduction to Distributed Data Processing

Kate Sanders

USG Pipeline Monitoring Team Lead
Palantir Technologies

Delaware

Data Engineering & Management

Intro

Session Details

9:25 am

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10:05 am

9:25 am

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10:05 am

Amplified Economic Success -- Driven by Leadership, Data Strategy and Analytics!

Payal Thakur

CAO/Director, Enterprise Analytics
JobsOhio

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Leadership & Strategy

Intro

Session Details

10:05 am

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11:35 am

10:05 am

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11:35 am

Sponsor Expo

Visit sponsoring companies and event partners located in the Expo Hall, the Nationwide Room Foyer and in the Delaware Foyer. Attendees will have time to connect with these organizations and discover what makes them industry and community leaders.

Expo Hall & Delaware Foyer

Session Details

10:05 am

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10:10 am

10:05 am

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10:10 am

Break

Take a break, grab some coffee, network, and freshen up for the next session. Use this time to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Get ready to return to the event recharged and prepared for the next session.

10:10 am

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10:50 am

10:10 am

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10:50 am

Networking Session

While every second of the conference is an opportunity to network, these sessions are specifically tailored to optimize your experience of connecting with fellow attendees and meeting new contacts.

Regency Foyer

Session Details

10:10 am

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10:50 am

10:10 am

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10:50 am

Industry Session | Data to Dollars: Using Data to Power the Revenue Engine

Eliza Bray

Director of Merchant Success
Bread Financial

Mindy Billingham

Sr. Product Consultant, Advanced Analytics
Bread Financial

Asia Corbett

Sr. Revenue Operations Manager
Bread Financial

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Industry Session

Session Details

10:10 am

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10:50 am

10:10 am

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10:50 am

Why Is Enterprise AI So Hard? A Guide To Accelerating The Journey And Increasing Adoption

Celia Wanderley

CTO
AltaML

Delaware

AI & ML

Intermediate

Session Details

10:10 am

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10:50 am

10:10 am

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10:50 am

Conjoint Analyses: The Value and Application for Understanding Customer Decisions

Sara Greaves

Manager - Analytic Science
Nationwide

Tiffany Shader

Specialist, Analytic Scientist
Nationwide

Union

Driving Value & Communicating Insights

Advanced

Session Details

10:50 am

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10:55 am

10:50 am

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10:55 am

Break

Take a break, grab some coffee, network, and freshen up for the next session. Use this time to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Get ready to return to the event recharged and prepared for the next session.

10:55 am

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11:35 am

10:55 am

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11:35 am

Rise of Full Stack Data Scientist: Powered by Python

Vinodhini Duraisamy

Developer Advocate
Snowflake

Delaware

Data Engineering & Management

Advanced

Session Details

10:55 am

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11:35 am

10:55 am

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11:35 am

Putting Analysts First: A New Approach to Data Governance

Dania Ahmed

Senior Consultant
CoverMyMeds

Jake Barry

Manager, Analytics Center of Excellence
CoverMyMeds

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Governance & Risk

Intro

Session Details

10:55 am

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11:35 am

10:55 am

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11:35 am

Leading a Data-Driven Organization Requires More Than Technology and Processes

Aline Kasliner

SVP, Group Director, Analytics
SOLVE(D) | An IPG Company

Union

Leadership & Strategy

Intermediate

Session Details

10:55 am

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11:35 am

10:55 am

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11:35 am

EdTech Information Session

Join us for an EdTech Info Session featuring leading organizations in the field: COSI, The AI Education Project and TECH CORPS. This session will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in educational technology and how these organizations are working to build sustainable solutions to better integrate technology into educational programming. During the session, representatives from each organization will share their unique perspectives on EdTech, discuss their programs, and share success stories. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussions with the presenters.

Charlotte Dungan

COO
The AI Education Project (aiEDU)

Liz Marchio

Research and Evaluation Associate
COSI

Carla Easley

Director of Operations
TECH CORPS

10:55 am

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11:35 am

10:55 am

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11:35 am

Ask an Expert

Need advice on a particular problem or project? Sign up for a session with one of our featured experts. Sessions are limited! View our "Experts" and sign up here: https://bit.ly/AskAnExpert2023

Regency Foyer

Session Details

11:35 am

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1:00 pm

11:35 am

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1:00 pm

1:00 pm

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1:05 pm

1:00 pm

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1:05 pm

Welcome Back

Mimi Shalash

Emcee

Nan Li

VP, AI/ML & Statistical Practice
Nationwide

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details

1:05 pm

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2:00 pm

1:05 pm

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2:00 pm

Main Panel | Data as a Product: An Empathetic Approach to Delivering Value

Wendy Batchelder

SVP of Global Data Governance, Chief Data Officer
Salesforce

Jen Tedrow

Executive Director
Pathfinder Product

Polly Allen

CEO & Founder (Ex-Alexa AI)
AI Career Boost

Rehgan Avon

Co-founder & CEO
AlignAI

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details

2:00 pm

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2:05 pm

2:00 pm

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2:05 pm

Break

Take a break, grab some coffee, network, and freshen up for the next session. Use this time to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Get ready to return to the event recharged and prepared for the next session.

2:05 pm

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2:45 pm

2:05 pm

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2:45 pm

Data Products: Bridging the Gap from Concept to Execution with Data Virtualization

Terry Dorsey

Sr. Data Architect and Evangelist for North America
Denodo

Pooja Dusane

Data Engineer
Denodo

Delaware

Demo

Session Details

2:05 pm

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2:45 pm

2:05 pm

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2:45 pm

Develop Effective Business Specific Metrics: Measure True Performance

Kshitija Kulkarni

Data Scientist
Google

Union

Driving Value & Communicating Insights

Intermediate

Session Details

2:05 pm

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2:45 pm

2:05 pm

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2:45 pm

Live Podcast Recording | Building and Growing a Personal Brand in Data

Kate Strachnyi

Founder
DATAcated

Lauren Burke

Host
WIA After Hours Podcast

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details

2:05 pm

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2:45 pm

2:05 pm

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2:45 pm

Lighting Talks

Join us for a Lightning Talk session, where you'll hear from multiple speakers on a range of topics. Each presenter will have just a few minutes to share their ideas and insights on a specific subject, making this event perfect for those who want to learn about various topics in a short amount of time. Get ready to gain new knowledge, network with like-minded professionals, and be inspired by fresh ideas. Want to give your own lightning talk? Check out the sign-up sheet outside of the Fairfield room, near the Data Viz Gallery!

2:45 pm

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2:50 pm

2:45 pm

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2:50 pm

Break

Take a break, grab some coffee, network, and freshen up for the next session. Use this time to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Get ready to return to the event recharged and prepared for the next session.

2:50 pm

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3:30 pm

2:50 pm

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3:30 pm

Value of Data

Morgan Templar

CEO
Get Governed LLC

Union

Governance & Risk

Advanced

Session Details

2:50 pm

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3:30 pm

2:50 pm

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3:30 pm

Startup Showcase

Sadie St. Lawrence (Host)

Founder & CEO
Women in Data

Shuchi Rana (VC)

Global Head of Whitespace Intelligence
ServiceNow

Monique Brown

Co-Founder & Managing Director
The Growth Factory

Ashley Keating

Partner
CincyTech

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details

2:50 pm

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3:30 pm

2:50 pm

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3:30 pm

Ask an Expert

Need advice on a particular problem or project? Sign up for a session with one of our featured experts. Sessions are limited! View our "Experts" and sign up here: https://bit.ly/AskAnExpert2023

Regency Foyer

Session Details

2:50 pm

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3:30 pm

2:50 pm

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3:30 pm

No One Left Behind: How Machine Learning Can Transform the Public Sector to Help the Most Vulnerable

Maiki Paul

Product Manager
Deloitte

Godsee Joy

AI & Data Engineering Consultant
Deloitte

Delaware

AI & ML

Advanced

Session Details

2:50 pm

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3:30 pm

2:50 pm

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3:30 pm

Pre-Registration Recruiting Session

**This session is reserved for those who have pre-registered** Join us for an exciting opportunity to meet and network with top organizations in the data industry at our recruitment session. This event provides a unique, networking-style platform for job seekers and employers to connect, exchange ideas and explore potential opportunities. Whether you are looking to make a career move or simply want to expand your professional network, this event is the perfect place to start. With a relaxed and informal atmosphere, you'll have the chance to learn more about the companies and job openings that interest you, and to showcase your skills and experience to recruiters. Don't miss out on this chance to connect with potential employers and take your career to the next level!

3:30 pm

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4:15 pm

3:30 pm

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4:15 pm

Recruiting Session

Join us for an exciting opportunity to meet and network with top organizations in the data industry at our recruitment session. This event provides a unique, networking-style platform for job seekers and employers to connect, exchange ideas and explore potential opportunities. Whether you are looking to make a career move or simply want to expand your professional network, this event is the perfect place to start. With a relaxed and informal atmosphere, you'll have the chance to learn more about the companies and job openings that interest you, and to showcase your skills and experience to recruiters. Don't miss out on this chance to connect with potential employers and take your career to the next level!

3:30 pm

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3:35 pm

3:30 pm

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3:35 pm

Break

Take a break, grab some coffee, network, and freshen up for the next session. Use this time to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Get ready to return to the event recharged and prepared for the next session.

3:35 pm

-

4:15 pm

3:35 pm

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4:15 pm

Networking Session

While every second of the conference is an opportunity to network, these sessions are specifically tailored to optimize your experience of connecting with fellow attendees and meeting new contacts.

Regency Foyer

Session Details

3:35 pm

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4:15 pm

3:35 pm

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4:15 pm

Group Think and Tech Disasters: Predictable and Avoidable

Jen Cohen

CEO
Lights On Advantage

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Leadership & Strategy

Advanced

Session Details

3:35 pm

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4:15 pm

3:35 pm

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4:15 pm

Geospatial Analytics and Visualization for Large-Scale Location Data

Shan He

Senior Director of Engineering
Foursquare

Union

Data Engineering & Management

Intermediate

Session Details

3:35 pm

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4:15 pm

3:35 pm

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4:15 pm

Democratizing Data for Self Service Analytics

Selma Dogic

Manager, Analytics COE
Carter's

Delaware

Governance & Risk

Intermediate

Session Details

4:15 pm

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4:20 pm

4:15 pm

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4:20 pm

Break

Take a break, grab some coffee, network, and freshen up for the next session. Use this time to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Get ready to return to the event recharged and prepared for the next session.

4:20 pm

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4:50 pm

4:20 pm

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4:50 pm

Afternoon Keynote | MLOps in the Wild

Chip Huyen

Co-Founder & CEO
Claypot AI

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details

4:50 pm

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5:00 pm

4:50 pm

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5:00 pm

Data Viz Presentations / Closing

Join us for our day-one closing, where we'll not only recap the day, but also showcase our top 5 data visualizations from this year's DataConnect Conference Data Visualization Competition. Check out this year's stunning examples of data visualizations and listen to the powerful stories and insights, directly from our finalists!

Rehgan Avon

Founder
Women in Analytics

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details

5:00 pm

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7:00 pm

5:00 pm

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7:00 pm

After Party & Book Signing

Stick around after Day 1 talks conclude for our one-of-a-kind After Party! Reconnect with old friends and meet new connections while enjoying food, drinks, music, and great conversation. Plus, join us for a book signing with Chip Huyen & Kate Strachnyi!

Chip Huyen

Author
Designing Machine Learning Systems

Kate Strachnyi

Author
ColorWise: A Data Storyteller's Guide to the Intentional Use of Color

Regency Foyer

Session Details

10:50 am

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11:30 pm

10:50 am

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11:30 pm

Ask an Expert

Need advice on a particular problem or project? Sign up for a session with one of our featured experts. Sessions are limited! View our "Experts" and sign up here: https://bit.ly/AskAnExpert2023

Regency Foyer

Session Details

7:30 am

-

4:00 pm

7:30 am

-

4:00 pm

Registration

Join us in the Expo Hall, near the Union Foyer, to grab your badge and kick off the day!

7:30 am

-

9:00 am

7:30 am

-

9:00 am

Breakfast

An assortment of self-serve beverages and breakfast items will be available outside the Regency Ballroom area when you arrive.

Regency Foyer

Session Details

7:40 am

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8:20 am

7:40 am

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8:20 am

Member Mixer

Start your day off right with our Women in Analytics Member Mixer, featuring coffee and networking exclusively for Women in Analytics Members! Grab some breakfast in the Regency Foyer and head down to the Member Mixer to connect with other WIA Members over a cup of coffee, share your experiences, and gain insights from fellow members. This is a great opportunity to expand your professional network and learn from other successful folks in the industry. We hope to see you there!

Regency Foyer

Session Details

8:30 am

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8:40 am

8:30 am

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8:40 am

Day 2 Opening

Mimi Shalash

Emcee

Rehgan Avon

Founder
Women in Analytics

Kelsey Dingelstedt

CEO
Women in Analytics

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details

8:40 am

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9:15 am

8:40 am

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9:15 am

Opening Keynote | Data Security and its Impact on AI

Stephanie Domas

Chief Security Technology Strategist
Intel Corporation

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details

9:15 am

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9:20 am

9:15 am

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9:20 am

Break

Take a break, grab some coffee, network, and freshen up for the next session. Use this time to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Get ready to return to the event recharged and prepared for the next session.

9:20 am

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10:45 am

9:20 am

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10:45 am

Tutorial | The Workshop on Assessing and Operationalizing Responsible AI

Carole Piovesan

Managing Partner & Co-Founder
INQ Law

Rehgan Avon

Co-founder & CEO
Align AI

Fairfield

Tutorial

Intermediate

Session Details

9:20 am

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10:00 am

9:20 am

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10:00 am

Set Attribution Room to Our Class: Integrating Teaching Methodologies to Improve BI Impact

Sarah Roman

Assistant Director - Reporting & Analytics
Moody's Analytics

Delaware

Driving Value & Communicating Insights

Intro

Session Details

9:20 am

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10:00 am

9:20 am

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10:00 am

Unlocking the Power of Data: Supporting and Growing Open-Source Community

Yuhan Luo

Engineering Manager, Developer Experience
Elementl

Union

Data Engineering & Management

Intermediate

Session Details

9:20 am

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10:00 am

9:20 am

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10:00 am

Leveraging Machine Learning for Data Science for Good Initiatives

Beverly Wright

Head of Data Science
Burtch Works

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

AI & ML

Intro

Session Details

10:00 am

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10:05 am

10:00 am

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10:05 am

Break

Take a break, grab some coffee, network, and freshen up for the next session. Use this time to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Get ready to return to the event recharged and prepared for the next session.

10:05 am

-

10:45 am

10:05 am

-

10:45 am

Networking Session

While every second of the conference is an opportunity to network, these sessions are specifically tailored to optimize your experience of connecting with fellow attendees and meeting new contacts.

Regency Foyer

Session Details

10:05 am

-

10:45 am

10:05 am

-

10:45 am

Apache Airflow for MLOps

Paola Peraza Calderon

Co-Founder, Head of Developer Education
Astronomer

Union

AI & ML

Advanced

Session Details

10:05 am

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10:45 am

10:05 am

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10:45 am

Leveraging the Power of AI: How Coginiti’s Generative AI Empowers All Stakeholders in your Data Pipeline

Stephanie Walton

Account Manager
Coginiti

Delaware

Demo

Session Details

10:05 am

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10:45 am

10:05 am

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10:45 am

Planning and Leading High-Tech Teams in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape

Tina Sebert (Moderator)

Chief Analytics Officer
Apexon

Jasmine de Gaia

Head of Customer Data Strategy
Wells Fargo

Heather McElroy

Senior Executive Director of Software Engineering
JP Morgan Chase

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Leadership & Strategy

Advanced

Session Details

10:45 am

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10:50 am

10:45 am

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10:50 am

Break

Take a break, grab some coffee, network, and freshen up for the next session. Use this time to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Get ready to return to the event recharged and prepared for the next session.

10:50 am

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11:30 am

10:50 am

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11:30 am

Data Loss in the Digital Ecosystem Creates Loyalty Towards Usage of 1PD

Nidhi Patel

US Head of Audience & Data Enablement
Mediacom

Delaware

Driving Value & Communicating Insights

Intermediate

Session Details

10:50 am

-

11:30 am

10:50 am

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11:30 am

Lightning Talks

Join us for a Lightning Talk session, where you'll hear from multiple speakers on a range of topics. Each presenter will have just a few minutes to share their ideas and insights on a specific subject, making this event perfect for those who want to learn about various topics in a short amount of time. Get ready to gain new knowledge, network with like-minded professionals, and be inspired by fresh ideas. Want to give your own lightning talk? Check out the sign-up sheet outside of the Fairfield room, near the Data Viz Gallery!

10:50 am

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11:30 am

10:50 am

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11:30 am

To Be Fair, You Can Improve Your AI/ML Modeling

Devyani Biswal

Methodology Architect
Privacy Analytics (an IQVIA company)

Union

Governance & Risk

Intermediate

Session Details

10:50 am

-

11:30 am

10:50 am

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11:30 am

Value Playbooks to Meet the Moment

Jen Seale

VP of Analytics
Olive AI

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Driving Value & Communicating Insights

Advanced

Session Details

11:30 am

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12:55 pm

11:30 am

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12:55 pm

12:55 pm

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1:00 pm

12:55 pm

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1:00 pm

Welcome Back

Mimi Shalash

Emcee

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details

1:00 pm

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1:45 pm

1:00 pm

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1:45 pm

Fireside Chat | Data Science as a Product

Heather Harris

Field Chief Data & Analytics Officer
Alteryx

Lauren Burke

Data Scientist
CoverMyMeds

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details

1:45 pm

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2:05 pm

1:45 pm

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2:05 pm

Data Viz Awards

Join us for the highly anticipated Data Viz Awards session, where we will announce our top 3 winners - determined by YOU!

Tina Sebert

Chief Analytics Officer
Apexon

Kelsey Dingelstedt

CEO
Women in Analytics

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details

2:05 pm

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3:35 pm

2:05 pm

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3:35 pm

Sponsor Expo

Visit sponsoring companies and event partners located in the Expo Hall, the Nationwide Room Foyer and in the Delaware Foyer. Attendees will have time to connect with these organizations and discover what makes them industry and community leaders.

Expo Hall & Delaware Foyer

Session Details

2:05 pm

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2:10 pm

2:05 pm

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2:10 pm

2:10 pm

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3:35 pm

2:10 pm

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3:35 pm

Tutorial | A 101 in Time Series Analytics with Apache Arrow, Pandas and Parquet

Zoe Steinkamp

Developer Advocate
InfluxData

Fairfield

Tutorial

Advanced

Session Details

2:10 pm

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2:50 pm

2:10 pm

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2:50 pm

Building a Modern Data Strategy

Kathy Koontz

Principal, Data Strategy
Amazon Web Services

Union

Leadership & Strategy

Intermediate

Session Details

2:10 pm

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2:50 pm

2:10 pm

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2:50 pm

Modern Tools for Tiny Teams; How to Engineer Models and Insights to Lift the Voices of Veterans

Adrienne Michelson

Director of Data & Analytics
Vet Voice Foundation

Delaware

Data Engineering & Management

Advanced

Session Details

2:10 pm

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2:50 pm

2:10 pm

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2:50 pm

Building Effective Data Products in the AI Era

Shinji Kim

Founder & CEO
Select Star

Solmaz Shahalizadeh

Founding Partner
Backbone Angels

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Industry Session

Session Details

2:50 pm

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2:55 pm

2:50 pm

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2:55 pm

Break

Take a break, grab some coffee, network, and freshen up for the next session. Use this time to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Get ready to return to the event recharged and prepared for the next session.

2:55 pm

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3:35 pm

2:55 pm

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3:35 pm

Leveraging Generative AI: Insights from Industry Leaders

Nosheen Faruqui

Solution Architect
Redis

Carolyne Pelletier

Senior NLP Engineer
Mantium

Noelle Silver

Global AI Solutions Lead
Accenture

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

AI & ML

Intermediate

Session Details

3:35 pm

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3:40 pm

3:35 pm

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3:40 pm

Break

Take a break, grab some coffee, network, and freshen up for the next session. Use this time to connect with colleagues and make new contacts. Get ready to return to the Regency Ballroom for the Conference Closing and final takeaways!

3:40 pm

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3:50 pm

3:40 pm

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3:50 pm

Conference Closing

Mimi Shalash

Emcee

Rehgan Avon

Founder
Women in Analytics

Nationwide Room (Regency Ballroom)

Session Details