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WiDS Ambassadors and Speakers from IBM at WiDS Regional Events in 2021

By Susan Malaika posted Mon March 01, 2021 03:36 AM


The Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative from Stanford University aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field. In addition to the  Women in Data Science (WiDS) annual conference at Stanford on 8 March 2021, we are thrilled that there are many WiDS ambassadors (hosting and leading activities) and  speakers from IBM in 2021 at the WiDS  regional events globally.  We have also been encouraging IBM teams to participate in the WiDS Datathon and we know of more than 100 IBMers participating in the contest to predict diabetes in ICU patients. We've published information about IBMers in the WiDS 2021 datathon  and you can see some feedback from the IBM teams in 2020. In WiDS datathons the ratio switches from the usual 80% male participants in data science contests to 80% female.

Please scroll down to see a list of just some of the WiDS Ambassadors, speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders from IBM that we are aware of. We'll add the links to their activities as they emerge. Please do consider joining us at these events, or any of the WiDS events worldwide.



Do not miss the 24 hour WiDS conference on International Women's Day on 8 March 2021. We are excited that Andrea Martin (IBM Distinguished Engineer) is a panelist in the EMEA segment
IBM co-hosted regional events will often livestream here: You will find some prior recordings there too

WiDS 2021 Ambassadors @ IBM
WiDS 2021 Ambassadors @ IBM

The IBM Communities Love WiDS

Some fun facts (apologies for errors or omissions - the lists will be updated as activities emerge):

Great appreciation and good luck to all the WiDS leaders, ambassadors, speakers, panelists, organizers, supporters etc.
Please keep scrolling to see the events you can support or engage in!

Andrea Martin - WiDS 2021 Worldwide
Andrea Martin - WiDS 2021 Worldwide

A Timeline for Some Regional Events in 2021 involving WiDS Ambassadors or speakers from IBM

WiDS regional events are made up of talks, panels, hands-on workshops - or a combination. They can be 2 hours long, or run over a few days or weeks. Sometimes they are more like a conference than a single workshop. The numbers of attendees at each regional event range from 10 to 1000.  And the views of the livestreams typically reach 1000s.

A WiDS regional event that is organized by WiDS Ambassadors as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are invited to attend all WiDS Worldwide conference events.

Some blogs related to WiDS 2021 written by IBMers - so far

Sample Agendas

WiDS NYC January 2021
  • Claudia Perlich - SVP of Strategic Data Science at Two Sigma
  • Yu Yu - Director of Data Science at BNY Mellon
  • Rati Sharma - Head of Data Analytics at Morgan Stanley
  • Aishwarya Srinivasan - #WiDS2021 ambassador and Data Scientist at IBM
  • Marlene Guraieb - Data Scientist at Instagram
  • Julia Mehlman - Data & Privacy Counsel at Pandora

WiDS NYC Feb 2021

WiDS Feb2021 New-York
WiDS Feb2021 New-York


WiDS UAE 2021 - 8 March 2021
WiDS UAE 2021 - 8 March 2021

There is a companion WiDS activity - a Datathon and WiDS Excellence in Research Award which many IBMers are participating in

WiDS Hyderabad Datathon Workshops February 2021 Appreciation
From LinkedIn

WiDS Datathon Workshops Feb 2021 Appreciation
WiDS Datathon Workshops Feb 2021 Appreciation

Thank you IBM Sponsors

With many thanks to the IBM sponsors for the IBM WiDS activities including:

--- Todd Moore, VP Open Technology & Developer Advocacy

---  Dinesh Nirmal, General Manager, IBM Cloud Integration

--- Jeff Welser, VP IBM Research Global Exploratory Science and University Partnerships / Lab Director, Almaden and Japan Labs 

---- All the managers supporting their employees’ activities