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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

    Data and Women LogoConference Overview

    The 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 teaching the hard and soft skills needed to succeed in STEAM and encouraging women to join the field, while 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 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.

    Meet the Conference Organizers

    Amanda Forrester PhotoAmanda J. Forrester, M.F.A. is a special projects manager/analyst for the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo University and co-founder of Data + Women of Tampa Bay. She joined the Saint Leo University staff in 2012 after ten years in public education. Amanda earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Tampa, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Azahares, Spanish Language Literary Magazine, Pink Panther Magazine, Trailer Park Quarterly, and other anthologies and journals. Using her data analytics background and creative skills, she assists faculty and administration with data reporting and analytics to build and strengthen programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and bring STEAM awareness and events to students, staff, and faculty.
    Twitter: @ajforrester75 | email: amanda.forrester@saintleo.edu


    Heather Johnson PhotoHeather Johnson, M.B.A. co-founded Data + Women of Tampa Bay and is the assistant director of program approval in the College of Education and Social Services 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 and visualizations. 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. She is also passionate about inspiring girls and young women to pursue STEM professions.
    Twitter: @dataheather | email: heather.johnson03@saintleo.edu



    “This conference was so much more than a conference! I would pay for a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th day so I could get all of the information possible!” – 2019 attendee

    “There are two indicators of a great multi-track conference: you would pay (more) for the conference, you have a hard time deciding on which sessions to attend because they all seem soooo good. WiD+S at Saint Leo hit both of those points.” Emily Kund, Analytics to Inform

    “The Women in Data + Science Conference was an amazing opportunity for women from a myriad of disciplines to gather in the camaraderie of our shared experiences.” – Sarah Mobley, 2019 Keynote Speaker

    “The Women in Data + Science Conference provided an opportunity for both presenters and attendees to listen, interact and learn from women that are faculty in higher education and engaged in research pertaining to issues that women face, particularly in STEM fields. Women of Color were well represented, as both presenters and attendees, and the conversations were invigorating and thoughtful.” – Jorge Gavillan, Pasco-Hernando State College

    “The Women in Data + Science Conference at Saint Leo was a valuable local conference that established important networking connections among academics and industry. This conference provided opportunities to learn about research effecting the success of women all over the world, and it provided opportunities to further talented women close to home.” – Dr. Susan LeFrancois, Florida Polytechnic University

    About Data + Women of Tampa Bay

    Data + Women of Tampa Bay is a community for women (and their allies) who currently work or aspire to work in data-infused fields. Our aim is to promote and celebrate the achievements of women working in the industry and give them a platform to share their knowledge and experiences. Through skill-building workshops, networking events, and mentorship, Data + Women of Tampa Bay additionally seeks to create leadership opportunities for women in data.

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    We are committed to providing quality content for all our conference goers. We also understand that representation matters. If you have an idea for a conference theme, track, workshop, or presenter, share it with us! All suggestions can be submitted to Heather Johnson at heather.johnson03@saintleo.edu.

    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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