April 23, 2021 8:45am - 6:15pm EST


Women in Data Science (WiDS) Bethlehem is an independent event that is organized by Kallie Ziltz, Rebecca Wang, and Arielle Carr of Lehigh University 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.

A message from WiDS Bethlehem co-ambassadors:

In an effort to acknowledge all women’s experiences, we are making a concerted effort to lift up the voices of those who are especially underrepresented.  We aim to make our conference inclusive of their lived experiences and provide opportunities to those who are represented to help them be better allies to women in general, but especially to those persons who fall into two or more social categories that may further minimize their impact in data science. 


A program is available here(This willl be updated shortly with recordings.)

Schedule: (All times listed are EST)

We will continue to update the programming events with more information, so please check back often!


8:45-9:00am: Welcome Remarks 


9:00-10:00am: Keynote Speaker 

Mooi Choo Chuah, CSE, Lehigh University

Healthcare Data Mining: Challenges and Potential Solutions


10:00-11:00am: Industry Panel 

The panelists will first introduce themselves and their daily work. They will then talk about the types of skill sets they look for during their companies’ hiring process. They will also advise students, especially women and minorities, on what they should do currently as they are still in college to prepare for a career that involves data and technologies. Finally, the panel will conclude with open Q&As.

Gail Bash (Quantitative Analyst, MFS Investment Management)

Harriet Brown (Product Manager, Google Travel)

Dianne Denison (Founder/CEO, Denison Technologies)

Rachel Pierce (Director, Global Programmatics and Data Analytics, InterContinential Hotels Group)

Kelly Duggar Wiggins (Principal Engineer, Amazon)


11:00am-12:00pm: Invited Speakers

Aparna Bharati, Computer Science and Engineering, Lehigh University

Detecting Disinformation on the Internet with AI

Lifang HeComputer Science and Engineering, Lehigh University

A Dose of AI for Disease Prevention and Treatment


12:00-12:30pm: Lunch Break


12:30-1:30pm: Keynote Speaker

Valerie Jones Taylor, Psychology and Africana Studies, Lehigh University

How VR can improve interracial interactions: Collecting and analyzing data for behavioral tracing in virtual reality


1:30-2:30pm: Workshop I

I am NOT a minority! hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

This workshop will confront the labels and terminology that have been assigned to BIPOC people and explore how they can reinforce white supremacy and systemic oppression and control.  During this workshop we encourage BIPOC individuals and communities to utilize their agency and subjectivity by naming themselves.


2:30-3:30pm: Workshop II

Identity Exploration hosted by Lehigh University's Pride Center

In this hands-on workshop, participants will look inward to explore their own identities, how these identities intersect within the context of data science, and how to promote allyship in the field.


3:30-4:30pm: Workshop III

What Can Men Do? hosted by Lehigh University's Center for Gender Equity

This workshop provides participants the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of intersectionality, as defined by Kimberlé Crenshaw and Patricia Hill Collins.  Using that theoretical framework, participants will consider how gender inequity does or may show up in different environments, determine ways to mitigate the inequities, consider men's roles in removing gender inequities, and consider how women and others may call men into being part of the solution.


4:30-5:00pm: Invited Speaker

Ashlee Humphreys, Northwestern University

Digital Satisfaction Before and After Crises


5:00-6:00pm: Student Panel

Lehigh undergraduate and graduate students share their experiences working in research and industry in the data science field.  This panel will also include Q&A.

Melissa Callahan (Senior, Accounting)

Rebecca Gjini (Senior, Mathematics)

Emily Grandon (Sophomore, Computer Science and Business)

Sofia Ramirez (Graduate Student, Industrial and Systems Engineering)

Anna Thomas (Senior, Mathematics)

Blake Wei (Junior, Computer Science and Engineering)


6:00-6:15pm: Closing Remarks




Contact Information:

Arielle Carr, CSE, Lehigh University

Rebecca Wang, Marketing, Lehigh University

Kallie Ziltz, CSE, Lehigh University


Attention Admitted Students: You can also contact Danielle Schlough from the Office of Admissions (click here for email).


Lehigh University Student Volunteers:

Kyra Dimaranan (Senior, Computer Engineering)

Rebecca Gjini (Senior, Mathematics)

Emily Grandon (Sophomore, Computer Science and Engineering)

Yanzhe Ma (Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering)

Gabriella Nuzzolese (Sophomore, Computer Science and Business)