White Feather

Friday, March 11, 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

For the sixth year in a row, Harvard, MIT, and Microsoft Research New England 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 lineup 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.

WiDS Cambridge is an independent event that is organized by Harvard, MIT, and Microsoft Research New England 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.


Keynote Speaker
Catherine Lilian Nakalembe

Associate Research Professor at the University of Maryland

Africa Program Director under NASA Harvest

Agriculture and Food Security Thematic Lead,  NASA SERVIR Applied Sciences Team


Morning panel - Women of Color in Data Science

Alana Anderson


Assistant Dean

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Sarah Brown

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Director of the ML4STS Lab, University of Rhode Island

Kris Dorsey
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences, Northeastern University

Ashia Wilson

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Afternoon panel - Data Science and Climate Change

Rachel Nethery


Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Ruth DeFries

Professor of Ecology and Sustainable Development at Columbia University

Sasha Luccioni

MILA -Quebec and co-founder Climate Change AI

WiDS 2020 Conference 
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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

For more information, visit here. 

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