March 15 - 16, 2024


March 15-16, 2024

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2024 - Cohon University Center: McKenna, Peter, and Wright Rooms

2:00 - 4:00pm - Mingle & Munch Networking Event
As excitement builds for the WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU Technical Conference, we extend a special invitation to both our valued students and esteemed industry partners. This tailored afternoon is designed to provide unique opportunities for students to connect with industry professionals and for partners to have unparalleled access to the brightest minds in data science.

Be sure to connect with the following partners:

Dexcom Foot Locker Highmark Health Siemens Energy The DataJam Thermo Fisher Scientific LivaNova Parsons Corporation The City of Pittsburgh PNC Bank Robinson Fans UPMC


SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2024 - Posner Hall: Posner Auditorium A35

8:30am - Registration Opens/Breakfast

9:30am - Opening Remarks

9:40 - 10:15am - OPENING FIRESIDE CHAT
Audrey Kurth Cronin
Founding Director, Trustees Professor of Security and Technology
Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy and Technology (CMIST)

Rebecca Nugent
Stephen E. & Joyce Fienberg Professor in Statistics & Data Science
Head, Department of Statistics & Data Science | Carnegie Mellon University

10:15am - Coffee Break

Destenie Nock
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Engineering & Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University

Lindsey Chimel
IT Director, Data Intel & AI | Parsons

Manasvini Singh
Assistant Professor, Social and Decision Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University

12:00 - 1:00pm - Lunch/Networking

1:00 - 1:15pm - PARTNER IN DATA SPOTLIGHT - The DataJam
Beth Bauer
The DataJam Board of Directors; Founder and CEO of PosiROI
Judy Cameron
The DataJam Executive Director; Professor of Neuroscience at University of Pittsburgh

1:15 - 2:15pm - ALUMNI PANEL

PhD Student in Statistics at Carnegie Mellon Unuiversity
Fatma Uyar Morency
Senior Data Scientist, Highmark Health
Alison Peebles Madigan
Senior Manager of Government Product Analytics, UPMC
Cheyenne Ehman
Data Scientist at LivaNova

2:15 - 2:30pm - Coffee Break

2:30 - 3:00pm - CLOSING KEYNOTE
Cynthia Wood
Head of Retail Product Development, PNC Bank

More way to celebrate Women in Data:

MSCF Women's Panel
This event aims to celebrate and empower women in finance while fostering meaningful discussions on industry insights, challenges, and opportunities. The panel will take place at the New York location and be broadcast live to TCS 250.

  • Amal Moussa, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Yumi Oh, Business Management Lead, Global Quantitative Strategies, Citadel
  • Kelly Wang, Managing Director, Bank of America

  • Anushka Poddar, Vice President, BNP Paribas

Date & Time:
March 13, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Carnegie Mellon University
TCS Hall
Room 250
4665 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

This panel discussion promises to be a captivating exchange of insights and experiences from trailblazing women in finance. We believe your presence would enrich the dialogue and contribute to the overall success of the event.

Please RSVP by March 11, 2024, to confirm your attendance. Should you have any inquiries or require further information, feel free to contact us at


Audrey Kurth Cronin

Audrey Kurth Cronin Founding Director, Trustees Professor of Security and Technology
Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy and Technology (CMIST)

Audrey Kurth Cronin is a leading authority in security and technology acclaimed for her groundbreaking work in understanding and analyzing terrorism. Renowned author of 'How Terrorism Ends' and 'Power to the People,' Cronin explores the intersection of emerging technologies and global security. With a rich academic background, she founded the Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology in DC and directed the International Security program at George Mason University. Cronin, a former Distinguished Professor at American University, has advised at senior levels, served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and chaired the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Terrorism. Join us for a unique perspective on security and technology from one of today's foremost experts.

Rebecca Nugent

Rebecca NugentStephen E. & Joyce Fienberg Professor in Statistics & Data Science
Head, Department of Statistics & Data Science

Rebecca Nugent, the Stephen E. and Joyce Fienberg Professor of Statistics & Data Science at Carnegie Mellon, leads the Statistics & Data Science Department and is affiliated with the Block Center for Technology and Society. With a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Rebecca has earned acclaim for her teaching, including the American Statistical Association Waller Award. A co-editor of the Springer Texts in Statistics, she actively contributes to national studies on Data Science Discipline. As the Founding Director of the Statistics & Data Science Corporate Capstone program, Rebecca fosters experiential learning by connecting faculty and students with real-world data challenges in industry, non-profits, and government organizations. Her expertise lies in clustering and classification methodology, focusing on high-dimensional, big data problems and record linkage applications. Currently, she is dedicated to developing low-barrier data analysis platforms for adaptive instruction and advancing the study of data science as a science.

Cynthia Wood

Cynthia Wood Head of Retail Product Development
PNC Bank

Cynthia Wood serves as the Head of Retail Product Development at PNC Bank, bringing with her nearly two decades of expertise in the financial services sector. Recognized for her client-focused leadership, Cynthia has earned a reputation for translating challenging goals into tangible accomplishments. Her commitment to driving cultural shifts, solving intricate problems, and overseeing end-to-end solutions is complemented by her strategic use of data to inform decision-making. Over the course of her career, Cynthia has consistently led teams with a primary objective of delivering impactful business outcomes, relying on data-driven insights to guide their efforts. In her role as an Executive Leader of Key Initiatives at PNC, she has played a pivotal role in transformative projects within consumer banking. This includes spearheading the modernization of technology and introducing innovative solutions that underline the organization's dedication to client satisfaction.

Destenie Mock

Destenie Nock Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Engineering & Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Destenie Nock, Assistant Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP), is a leading expert in energy justice and systems modeling. Utilizing multi-criteria decision analysis and optimization, she aids policymakers in understanding energy planning options. Her research focuses on developing novel metrics for identifying energy poverty and insecurity, alongside optimization models for equitable power systems. Dr. Nock's team explores electricity and transportation optimization models, investigating the impact of decarbonization on marginalized communities. Employing regression and decision analysis, she assesses trade-offs in future electricity scenarios, examining sustainability and community impact. Her work extends globally, including Sub-Saharan Africa, where she designed an electricity planning tool considering stakeholder preferences for equality.

Lindsey Chimel

Lindsey Chimel IT Director, Data Intel & AI

With roots in an internship nearly a decade ago, Lindsey Chimel has fostered a positive and genuinely exciting journey at Parsons, transforming an initial passion for math and data into a leadership role as the IT Director of Data Intel & AI on a Business Intelligence and Analytics team. She leads projects and oversees the development of reports, dashboards, models, and tools to contribute to insightful decision-making. Lindsey's career highlights include guiding a diverse team as the lead of the Metrics Subcommittee on Parsons Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council, leading the development of enterprise-wide reports for Cash Collection, HR and Recruiting, Procurement, Contracts, and PC Analytics, and functioning as a subject matter expert and data architect for data systems across the enterprise. She operates, supports, and manages two ETL tools and a Data Lake with over 2,000 users, maintaining an impressive above 99.9% availability. In her leadership role, Lindsey is excited to continue empowering and growing data-focused analysts while promoting the positive use of data science and analytics.

Fatma Uyar Morency

Fatma Uyar Morency Senior Data Scientist
Highmark Health

Fatma Uyar Morency is a dedicated Data Scientist at Highmark Health, leveraging her technical background, academic research experience, and a profound understanding of business and clinical fundamentals to drive improved healthcare outcomes. In her role as a Senior Data Scientist at Highmark Health, Fatma is actively contributing to the development of enhanced healthcare experiences. Beyond her professional endeavors, Fatma is deeply committed to community and mentorship. As the founder of the Pittsburgh chapter of Women in Data, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in data careers, she champions the mission of closing the gender gap in this field. Her goal is to promote inclusivity and diversity in data careers through community engagement and mentorship initiatives.

Manasvini (Vini) Singh

Manasvini (Vini) Singh Assistant Professor
Department of Social and Decision Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University

Vini Singh, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, is a distinguished health and behavioral economist. Dr. Singh earned her PhD in Health Economics and Policy from Emory University and received comprehensive training at prestigious institutions including Johns Hopkins and Rice University. Her research is centered at the intersection of decision theory and health policy, with a specific focus on understanding the decision-making processes of physicians. Driven by a keen interest in the effects of organizational and policy environments on these decisions, she seeks to unravel the implications for patient welfare. Through her work, Vini aims to contribute valuable insights that enhance our understanding of the intricate interplay between decision theory and health policy, ultimately shaping more informed and effective healthcare strategies.

Judy Cameron

Judy Cameron The DataJam Executive Director
Professor of Neuroscience at University of Pittsburgh

Judy Cameron is the Director of Pittsburgh The DataJam, an educational nonprofit that developed and has run the DataJam since 2013. She is also a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cameron has a long history of translating science to the public. She served as Director of Pitt Science Outreach from 2009-2019, which provided science education to more than 20,000 school age children and members of the public each year. She made a series of short films for PBS about the myths about mental illness, which first aired in 1995 and are still being aired today. She also teaches a college course entitled “Using Big Data for Community Good” that trains college students how to be effective mentors for the DataJam.