White Feather

Thursday, March 11, 2021

10:00am - 3:00pm EST, virtual

Keynote Speaker

Anette (Peko) Hosoi

MIT Associate Dean of Engineering

Neil and Jane Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering

For the fifth year in a row, Harvard, MIT, Microsoft Research New England, and now the Broad Institute are proud to collaborate with Stanford University to bring the Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

​This virtual, one-day technical conference will feature an all-female line up of speakers from academia and industry to talk about the latest data science-related research in a number of domains, to learn how leading-edge companies are leveraging data science for success, and to connect with potential mentors, collaborators, and others in the field.



Panel 1 - Machine Learning for Health Care 

Hilary Finucane

Medical & Population Genetics

Broad Institute

Massachusetts General Hospital

Marzyeh Ghassemi

Assistant Professor

Machine Learning for Health

University of Toronto

Beth Zeranski

Principal Experimentation Engineer

Azure Fast Track


Panel 2 - Bias and Equity within Data Science  

Kristian Lum


Assistant Research Professor

Department of Computer and Information Science

School of Engineering and Applied Science, UPenn

Himabindu Lakkaraju

Assistant Professor

Technology and Operations Management Group

Harvard Business School

WiDS 2020 Conference 
by: Cobrandit Video

About WiDS

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field. WiDS started as a one-day technical conference at Stanford in November 2015. Five years later, WiDS is a global movement that includes a number of worldwide initiatives:

  • A conference with 150+ regional events worldwide in more than 60 countries, reaching 100,000 participants annually online and in person
  • A datathon, encouraging participants to hone their skills using a social impact challenge

  • A podcast series, featuring data science leaders from around the world talking about their work, their journeys, and lessons learned along the way

  • An education outreach program to encourage secondary school students to consider careers in data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and related fields


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