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Women in Tech: Breaking Into Data Science

  • Industrious 345 California St Suite 600 San Francisco, CA 94104 United States (map)

Women in Tech: Breaking Into Data Science

What's the day-to-day like for a data scientist in 2019? What's it like to be a woman in the field? What skills are needed to land a data science role? Springboard, an online school that teaches job-ready skills through 1:1 industry mentorship, and the GUILD, an AI-driven networking platform for women, are partnering to bring you a panel of experienced women in data science to answer these questions, and more.

Join four badass female data scientists from Airbnb, Uber, Shift Technologies, and Niantic, who will share inspiring stories about their career paths. Come learn from these industry experts about the current state of data science, the skills needed to become a data scientist, and how you can join their ranks. Bring the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. Connect, mix, mingle and learn.


  • 6:00 - 6:30 PM: Arrival, mingling, and refreshments

  • 6:30 PM: Welcome from Parul Gupta, co-founder of Springboard

  • 6:40 PM: Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 7:30 PM: Closing remarks

  • 7:40 - 8:30 PM: Networking

Meet the panelists:

Emily Bailey, Data Scientist, Strategic Finance at Uber

Emily Bailey has spent 3.5 years at Uber, where she leads a data science group focused on financial optimization. She also co-leads the Women in Data employee resource group. Emily's interest in data science began at Duke University, where she leveraged econometrics techniques in her joint economics and environmental science thesis. She is currently working part-time on a master's degree in machine learning at Columbia University.

Kathy Yang, Data Scientist on Airbnb's Strategy & Insights Team

Kathy hails from Michigan and went to MIT, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and mechanical engineering. Her winding path toward data science took her through a management consulting job and think tank research to data science.

Lily Shen, Product Manager for Data Science & Machine Learning at Niantic, Inc.

Lily joined Niantic, the AR gaming company behind Pokemon Go, as the first data scientist and built the company's data science foundation from scratch. Before Niantic, she worked in highly quantitative roles at the Fed and a management consulting firm. She deeply cares about translating data insights into real impact and product features.

Jana Dodson, Sr. Data Scientist at Shift Technologies.

Jana has been working in data science for almost 5 years in a variety of industries including healthcare, telecom, and automotive. She recently left a hundred year old, multinational corporation to join a peer-to-peer used car marketplace startup where she is currently working on pricing models and data science team building.

Meet the moderator:

Anne Cocquyt, Executive Director, Women In Product | Founder of the GUILD

Anne is a results-driven serial entrepreneur and co-founder/executive director of various successful for-profit and non-profit ventures. After a career in the corporate world in IT and digital health, and selling a consumer product startup, Anne founded the first AI-driven women’s networking platform to help women built stronger networks. She now serves as the executive director for Women In Product, a rapidly growing 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing women with equal access and representation at all career levels.

Meet the speaker:

Parul Gupta, Co-Founder of Springboard

Parul studied engineering at IIT Bombay and UCLA, and spent a decade working on several cool technologies before starting Springboard. Parul is a recipient of the MIT Technology Review India's Top Innovators Under 35 award and the first woman recipient of the IIT Bombay Distinguished Service Award.

About Springboard:

Springboard is an online school with a mission to bridge the world’s skills gap by delivering high-quality, affordable education for new-economy roles in fields like data science, AI/Machine learning, and UX design (all with job guarantees). Springboard students receive one-on-one mentorship, individualized career counseling, and a uniquely human learning experience.

About Industrious:

With two convenient San Francisco locations featuring private offices and premium coworking for teams of up to 100, Industrious provides world-class workspace for companies large and small.

By participating in this event, you agree to abide by the GUILD's Terms & Conditions.

Earlier Event: March 21
Women in FinTech
Later Event: March 22