“Life as a Data Scientist” Panel, Hosted by Women in Big Data

Women in Big Data (WiBD) brings to you a panel of local women leaders in the field of Data Science. Join us to learn what it takes to grow from an individual contributor to leading and managing multiple data science teams. Each of our leaders have carved their own journeys through this shifting landscape as the field of Data Science has matured in the last few years.

In this session we will cover topics around what they look for when staffing their team with stellar data scientists, career as an individual contributor, things to know before growing into leaders of teams, etc. We aim to have an interactive discussion peppered with anecdotes from their own journeys in this field.








Sunanda Parthasarathy                      

Assoc Dir. Algorithms, Wayfair Inc.

Sunanda recently moved to Wayfair Inc. to lead the data science team under Pricing & Profitability Algorithms. Previously she was the data science manager for the Innovation & Advanced Analytics Team at DataXu, an adTech startup. There, she led analytics projects with senior stakeholders and managed a team that was responsible for informing the next product roadmap based on quantitative predictive modeling. Previously, she was a physicist at Princeton and Purdue universities (where she received a PhD in physics researching next-gen materials that would replace silicon in a computer chip), and worked as a data science consultant for New York start-ups. Sunanda is an active member in the local Boston data science community and at meetups.








Charlene Liang

Dir. Adv. Analytics LogMeIn

Consultant Analytics Services

Charlene has ~15 years experience in the field of Data Science, long before the field got its name. She has led multiple teams in development of data science products that span multiple verticals including Finance and IoT. Most recently she was leading the Advanced Analytics team at LogMeIn that specialized in projects that helped drive revenue and improved customer experience. She is now leading her own analytics consulting company. Previously Charlene got her PhD in computational biology from Northwestern and followed it with a postdoc at Harvard University.







Anna Litvak-Hinenzon

Senior Analytics Partnership Lead


Anna’s career has straddled the worlds of deep quantitative research and business impact. Her success in establishing innovative software products for emerging technology companies comes from a strong foundation in academia research and alogirithms experience in computer vision. She currently leads the Analytics Strategy for Tessella, an international analytics and data science consulting services company. Anna got her PhD in Applied Mathematics from Weizman Institute of Science where she studied non-linear dynamical systems.







Qiuyan Xu

Chief Data Scientist 

Cignifi Inc

Qiyuan oversees the big data and BI team at Cignifi, a startup based in Boston, the first to develop credit risk and marketing scores using mobile phone data. She started her career in the insurance industry as a data scientist/statistician, building her domain knowledge in the fields of risk management in Insurance, Lending and Telecommunication industries. Qiyuan has a PhD from the University of California Davis, in Statistics.



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