Women employed in the technology industry, specifically Software and IT services, make up 7% of the AI talent pool. (World Economic Forum)
There is an urgent need to ensure that AI systems do not discriminate inappropriately against any individual or group. If only certain groups of people build the technology then it is highly likely that discrimination will happen, even if the discrimination is not intentional. Hence, we need more women in this field, so the systems are not built just for half of our globe's population.
Making sure female data scientists are much more visible is one of the first things we can do to start to fix this. Role models are vitally important in showing girls and women that they too can work in data science and that this career choice is an option for them. This is part of the wider work we need to do in getting young girls excited about coding and technology at an early age and encouraging them to study STEM subjects from a young age.
Join us to discuss the impacts of diversity of all kinds - gender, race, socioeconomic and educational - can have on the field, ranging to AI ethics to the perception of a "data scientist."
This event will be hosted online. Registered participants will be notified in advance of this program with information on how to log in to the event.
This event is taken completely online via Zoom.
You will need access to a laptop or computer with a working webcam and microphone as well as a strong internet connection.
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Miriah Peterson graduated from Brigham Young University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics. She attended one semester of graduate school at the University of Oklahoma in 2017, but dropped out to start a career as a software engineer. She is currently a Data Engineer at Weave in Lehi, Utah where she specializes in creating data pipelines for HIPPA protected data.
Additionally she works in the community as an organizer of the Machine Learning Utah group and Women Who Go Utah group. She speaks at local colleges and bootcamps to encourage community participation and inspire women to pursue careers in technology.
I am a curious and dynamic data analytics scientist dedicated to leading individuals and organizations to recognize the previously unrealized value of data, especially as it relates to overall business strategy, operational efficiency, problem-solving, data management, automation, and business intelligence. I split my time between consulting and teaching this necessary and under-realized skill set because I am committed to being part of a creative and comprehensive solution to the current data literacy skills gap. Data literacy is a skill set I believe everyone should be given the opportunity to explore and understand for the overall societal, as well as business benefits. Additionally, I am committed to community impact, lifelong learning, and authentic analytical leadership that empowers people to work smart.
As a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Consultant, Podcaster, and Speaker, Aries Webb-Williams is the Founder and Principal DEI Consultant of The Service Boutique, LLC. She is known for curating transformative conversations, events, and programs designed to encourage collaboration among women and organizations for the advancement of DEI initiatives in corporate spaces.
Fueled by her own experiences of exclusion in the workplace, along with her deep desire to create a space where power is shared and every underrepresented voice is heard, Aries has planned, hosted, and moderated countless panels, workshops, and forums alongside other powerhouse women leaders in the DEI and technology space. The Service Boutique, LLC is now a sought-after platform and consulting firm offering DEI expertise, strategy, and resources aimed to close the inclusion gap both locally and nationally.
Aries is also the co-host of the BOLD Black Girls podcast, an engaging podcast dedicated to amplifying Black women’s voices, and empowering them to live a fulfilled life personally, professionally, and spiritually. Furthermore, Aries is the Board Vice President of the DFW Alliance of Technology and Women where she has spent several years executing inclusive programming and keynote speeches for top women leaders in technology.
In addition to her work in DEI consulting and speaking, Aries has over a decade of leadership experience in the tech industry where she honed her skills in aligning teams and resources around a common goal. In her current role as a Software Portfolio Advisor with SoftwareONE, Aries advises senior leaders on strategies to leverage cloud technology to solve critical business challenges. On the DEI front, Aries has pioneered SoftwareONE’s DEI efforts and helped launch their first official DEI board committee and employee resource group (ERG).
Aries holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a Business Administration minor from California State University, East Bay. She also earned an Executive MBA from the Jindal School of Business, at the University of Texas, Dallas. The role that she is most proud of, is being a mom to two amazing sons, LJ and Marvin.
Veena Somareddy is a virtual and augmented reality software developer creating games and experiences for medical training and simulation. She has a BS in Computer Science and a Masters in Game Design and Development from UTDallas. She has many years of industry experience working for large and small start ups creating VR experiences. While leading the creation of therapy tools at Neuro Rehab VR full time, she is also pursuing her PhD with her research work concentrated in applications of VR in the medical domain.
Amber is a Senior Marketing Web Analyst who is driven to develop solutions to complex questions that drive high impact. She utilizes tools like Adobe Analytics, Python, and Machine Learning Models to help companies understand their market, forecast future sales, optimize advertising impact and improve customer experience.
Currently working in higher ed at Western Governors University Amber is a strong believer in using tech for social good. She believes that as tech professionals we have the power to change the world.
Amber grew up in Seattle with a great love of the outdoors. She now calls Utah her home and when she is not coding you can find her biking, hiking or camping in the mountains with her family.
DFW*ATW is a vital non-profit organization committed to increasing the number of women in leadership and strengthening the pipeline of girls entering technology fields.
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