ELEVATING WOMEN IN DATA

THURSDAY, July 30 @ 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

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DATA SCIENCE SALON ELEVATE IS A UNIQUE FEMALE FOCUSED VIRTUAL CONFERENCE WHICH BRINGS TOGETHER SPECIALISTS TO EDUCATE EACH OTHER, ILLUMINATE BEST PRACTICES AND INNOVATE NEW SOLUTIONS. LEARN AS OTHER FEMALE THOUGHT LEADERS SHARE THEIR WISDOM AND EXPERIENCE IN THEIR CHOSEN FIELD.

Speakers

Anjali Samani

Anjali Samani

Director, Data Science at Salesforce

Nancy Ceseña

Nancy Ceseña

Data Scientist at Great Place to Work US

Noemi Derzsy

Noemi Derzsy

Senior Inventive Scientist at AT&T Labs

Manasi Vartak

Manasi Vartak

Co-founder and CEO at Verta.AI

Rochelle March

Rochelle March

Data Science Manager at S&P Global

sample of topics covered:

Machine learning best practices
Data strategy and governance
Data ethics and bias
Recommendation engines
Designing ML pipelines efficiently
Career paths
Hiring and Recruitment
Seeking mentorship with purpose
The importance of female-first spaces
Navigating male-dominated teams
Overcoming imposter syndrome
Data science teams: managing, building, collaboration
Integrating open source tools into your workflows
Data and AI for emerging platforms
Data governance

About DSSe

DSSe is an initiative to elevate and connect the voices of women in data science and encourage companies to set a better habit to generally consider women for data-intense roles.

DSSe is important because the field of Data Science is still young — for it to fulfill its true potential, we need voices that reflect the full experience of the world we live in to contextualize our data-derived insights.

By elevating women and other underrepresented groups, we have the opportunity to build a truly incredible and thriving field that influences decision-making at every level in a meaningful way.

Schedule

(All times are US Eastern Time)

12:30pm - 12:40pm

Introduction

12:40pm - 1:10pm

The three R’s of Data Science and why they are critical for business

Anjali Samani – Director, Data Science at Salesforce

Reproducibility, replicability and repeatability – the 3 R’s – impact almost all areas of science, and now by extension, data science. AI and data science influence every aspect of our daily lives and drive business decisions worth billions of dollars. Data scientists developing the models and analyses behind these decisions are often evaluated on their ability to deliver value quickly and continually, which leaves little time for ensuring analyses and experiments can be reliably repeated and modelling outcomes reproduced and replicated.

In this talk I will discuss why it makes sense for business leaders, product managers AND data scientists to pay attention to the 3 R’s. Additionally, I will share some guiding principles that can inform decisions about when and how much to invest in making analyses and models reproducible, replicable and repeatable.

1:15pm - 1:45pm

Addressing the Equity Gap in Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Nancy Ceseña – Data Scientist at Great Place to Work US

Over the last decade, D&I has become one of the hottest trends in the workplace. Many organizations have taken to hiring Chief Diversity Officers, holding annual unconscious bias trainings, and even putting out public statements to address the systemic inequities historically marginalized groups experience every day. But do these actions make a difference? According to our data, these actions do not guarantee a workplace is diverse, inclusive, nor do they create an environment where all employees can bring their full selves to work every day. When leaders create an environment of inclusivity, fairness and integrity FOR ALL, employees experience a higher overall trust in leadership and a stronger sense of belonging, which in turn reflects exceptional business performance.

In this talk, attendees will:

• Gain insights drawn from nearly 5 million employees about their workplace experience

• Learn why and how your experience in the workplace is critical for your organization’s success

• Walk away with action steps to increase the equity of Diversity and Inclusion efforts in your workplace

1:50pm - 2:20pm

A Journey in Data Science: Lessons Learned

Noemi Derzsy – Senior Inventive Scientist at AT&T Labs

Looking back at our career trajectories, we all wish we had known certain information earlier, or had someone to give us valuable advice and guidance. This talk will comprise a combination of such technical and non-technical lessons, learned throughout my journey of becoming a data scientist. These tips will serve useful in navigating new or ongoing career paths in data science.

2:35pm - 3:05pm

MLOps: What is it and why should you invest in it?

Manasi Vartak – Co-founder and CEO at Verta.AI

3:10pm - 3:40pm

Aligning Financial Portfolios with Global Sustainability Goals

Rochelle March – Data Science Manager at S&P Global

In 2015, the United Nations developed a blueprint for achieving peace and prosperity for people and the planet by 2030 in the form of 17 global goals and 169 targets for sustainable development. Bridging the estimated $2-3 trillion SDG‑financing gap requires private sector assistance. In order for financial portfolio managers to understand how they currently and can increase capital allocation towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Trucost created the SDG Analytics product. This product quantitatively measures the SDG alignment of company’s products and services, allows investors to benchmark companies against each other in terms of their SDG performance, and offers portfolio-level metrics to measure both SDG-related risk exposure and positive alignment. The product covers 3,500 companies, 464 different revenue types, and 189 countries and required advanced analytics in Python programming to build the underlying datasets and analysis. This talk will describe the process from conceptualizing an innovative financial product to using analysis tools to build it, and present several new findings from analysis of the inaugural SDG dataset.

3:40pm - 4:00pm

Wrap up

Coffee chat @ 12:15pm ET the next day

Join us for a cup of coffee or tea and a chat the morning after the DSS Elevate Virtual Conference.

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DSS Elevate is a non-profit event. Your ticket covers our production fees so we can continue to elevate women and other underrepresented groups.

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