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Women in Data + Science Conference

    Women in Data + Science Conference 

    Your story. Your work. Your Strategies for Success.

    Presented in partnership by Data + Women of Tampa Bay and Saint Leo University College of Education & Social Services and Student Activities

    Friday, March 1, 2019
    8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
    Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida
    Student Community Center Boardrooms A-B-C

    Conference Overview

    The inaugural Women in Data + Science Conference aims to broaden the impact and exposure of women in data-infused fields by creating a community that educates, empowers, and inspires. This interdisciplinary STEAM conference focuses on encouraging women to join the field and celebrating female trailblazers. Given the increased visibility of the struggles women face in the workplace, the conference seeks to honor women’s accomplishments in the sciences and to offer networking opportunities. It is important for women to share the hurdles they encounter and their strategies for overcoming them to bolster the next generation of women in historically male-dominated industries.

    Why Attend?

    The Women in Data + Science Conference is a forum for academics, industry professionals, and students to openly discuss and offer solutions to issues affecting women in data-infused fields: from gender bias to advocating for your work. Conference goers will have the chance to attend various panel presentations as well as workshops, organized by theme so you don’t miss what is most important to you! And, whether it’s during lunch, over a coffee break, or during the evening social event, there will be plenty of opportunities to network with attendees, industry executives, and the keynote speaker.

    The conference also provides a wonderful opportunity for students from all majors to learn about the ever-expanding field of data science along with discovering what it takes to succeed in graduate school and the workplace. Presenters will speak on a wide range of topics, including how to find your voice in a boardroom/classroom and self-empowerment. Attendees will learn that data is EVERYWHERE, and you don’t have to be a math or science wiz to excel in a data science career.

    What to Expect?

    Registration for the Women in Data + Science Conference is FREE and grants you access to a full day of panel presentations and workshops hosted by field experts on a wide-range of topics. You will also have admission to two additional events: HERstory and an evening networking social. HERstory is an all-day celebration of female trailblazers in STEAM, complete with beautiful displays and fun activities. If you want to add lunch to your conference registration, there is a $15 fee.

    Meet the Keynote Speaker

    Meet Keynote Speaker

    Meet the Conference Organizers

    Amanda Forrester

    Amanda J. Forrester received her MFA from the University of Tampa.  She is a special projects manager/analyst at Saint Leo University and serves on the executive board of YellowJacket Press.  Providing data analysis, she serves faculty and administration in the College of Arts and Sciences to support and grow academic programs.


    Heather JohnsonHeather Johnson is an assistant director of program approval at Saint Leo University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University. She has served in multiple capacities from student services to assessment, discovering a true passion for data analytics. Her research interests lie at the intersection of equity and accountability in higher education. Using her data analytics skills and social science background, she assists faculty in creating a more inclusive and engaging educational environment.

    Questions About the Conference?

    For more information or individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations, please contact Heather Johnson at 352-588-7283 or heather.johnson03@saintleo.edu in advance.

    Event Location

    Saint Leo University
    Student Community Boardrooms
    33701 State Road 52
    Saint Leo, FL 33574


    Email: heather.johnson03@saintleo.edu

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