February 9-10, 2022

Virtual Event
Live Broadcast Noon – 3:00 p.m. ET daily

The University of Pennsylvania is proud to host the third annual Women in Data Science (WiDS) @ Penn Conference on February 9-10, 2022. WiDS Philadelphia @ Penn is an independent event that is organized by The Wharton School as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 200+ locations worldwide, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are invited to attend all WiDS Worldwide conference events.

This year’s theme – This is What a Data Scientist Looks Like – emphasizes the diversity of data science, both in subject matter and personnel. A celebrated interdisciplinary event, WiDS @ Penn will welcome academic, student, and industry speakers from across the data science landscape.

Conference Sponsors


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Rachel Dutcher at rdirksen@wharton.upenn.edu.

Hosted By


The WiDS @ Penn Committee is dedicated to creating equitable opportunities to educate the next generation of female data scientists and analytics leaders. As a part of this commitment, we are thrilled to announce that all 2022 registration fees will be donated to the Wharton Data Science Academy scholarship fund to support need-based scholarships for female high school students.

These scholarships will enable students, regardless of their background, to participate in summer courses at The Wharton School to expose young talent to the field of data science and analytics.



Current University of Pennsylvania Students, Faculty, Staff and High School Students



Industry Professionals, Academics, and University of Pennsylvania Alumni

WiDS aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field. Use your voice and tell your social network why you are attending WiDS 2022 by using the hashtag #WhyWiDS.


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Michelle Peluso, W’93

Keynote Speaker

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EVP & CCO, CVS Health, and Co-President of Retail

Michelle Peluso is Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at CVS Health, responsible for transforming CVS Health’s consumer experience, accelerating the company’s digital transformation, and leading the company’s marketing and brand teams.

Michelle has an extensive 25-year career building world-class consumer experiences. She most recently served as Senior Vice President, Digital Sales and Chief Marketing Officer for IBM, where she oversaw all global marketing and brand experiences, digital sales and the commercial business. Prior to joining IBM, Michelle served as CEO of Gilt from 2013 to 2016, Chief Consumer Marketing and Internet Officer for Citigroup from 2009 to 2013, and CEO of Travelocity from 2002 to 2009.

In addition to her duties at CVS Health, Michelle serves on the Board of Directors for NIKE, Inc.,nonprofit TechnoServe, and Association of National Advisors (ANA).Michelle holds a graduate degree from Pembroke College at Oxford University, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

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Gayatri Narayan

SVP, Digital Products and Services - PepsiCo

Gayatri Narayan is the Senior Vice President of Digital Products and Solutions at PepsiCo, where she leads Global Digital Transformation across PepsiCo’s value chain, driving profitable growth and operational efficiencies through digitalization of PepsiCo’s supply chain, logistics, revenue, and sales strategy.

Gayatri’s professional experience covers Enterprise Software as a Service, eCommerce, Supply Chain Logistics, Media and Entertainment, Engineering, AI, Marketing, and Business Development. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Gayatri was a General Manager at Microsoft across Office and Business Application Groups. Gayatri has held General Manager positions at Amazon, Publicis Groupe, Sears Holdings, and Thomson Reuters.

Originally from India, Gayatri has a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, traveling, the outdoors, and supporting community efforts focused on education and sustainability.

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Jenny Wolski

VP, Retail Strategy and Experience - Petco

Jenny Wolski is the Senior Vice President of Omnichannel Experience at Petco.  Jenny is a transformational and innovative executive focused on deeply understanding and correlating employee and customer experience to drive business performance. In her role, she is responsible for delivering on the vision to become pet parents’ most trusted partner in caring for the overall health and wellness of their pets.  Relentlessly focused on turning insights into action, Jenny leads enterprise wide programs to evolve retail strategy and operations, strengthen omnichannel services, and enhance employee and customer experience and loyalty.   Jenny has served in several senior leadership roles at Petco, including those in operations, pet services, and marketing.

Jenny is passionate about creating a workplace that prioritizes diversity, inclusion, and belonging.  She is a key member of Petco’s Diversity & Inclusion Council and is also the founder and Executive Sponsor of the Petco PRIDE employee resource group.

Prior to joining Petco, Jenny oversaw corporate partnerships at the City of San Diego and held roles in special events and fundraising at Scripps Health. Jenny holds a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Florida.


Victoria Lewis-Bogatyrenko, WG’94

SVP - UnitedHealthCare Networks

A 21-year veteran of UnitedHealthcare, Victoria Bogatyrenko, WG’94, serves as Senior Vice President within UnitedHealthcare Networks, steering national ancillary network development strategies and physician reimbursement operations. UnitedHealthcare Networks proudly manages relationships with 1.5 million physicians and health care professionals, with a commitment to ensuring high quality, affordable care. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. 

Victoria has served in a number of UnitedHealthcare leadership positions, including Chief Operating Officer of UnitedHealthcare Pharmacy, Chief Consumer Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community and State, Vice President of Product, Innovation & Marketing, and Chief Operating Officer of UnitedHealthcare of New York and New Jersey. 

Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Victoria served as Regional Director of Network Management for Oxford Health Plans, and as a Healthcare Consultant for Deloitte Consulting. Victoria received a BA in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and an MBA in Healthcare and Operations Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the event taking place?

The WiDS Philadelphia @ Penn Conference will take place on Wednesday, February 9 and Thursday, February 10. On both days from Noon–3:00 p.m. ET, the conference will feature live speaker sessions. More information about each day’s events can be found in the Agenda tab of the website.

Where is this event taking place?

This year, the WiDS Philadelphia @ Penn event will be hosted virtually. More information regarding the event platform and day-of event access will be shared with you post-registration.

Who can attend WiDS Philadelphia @ Penn?

Anyone can attend this event, regardless of gender or affiliation with The University of Pennsylvania.

Are people who don't identify as women allowed to participate in WiDS?

Yes. We recognize that gender expression is a spectrum, and we do not limit attendance or participation in this event based on gender identity. WiDS @ Stanford, the flagship WiDS event, has chosen the title Women in Data Science because each event features outstanding women doing outstanding work.

Do I need to register?

Yes. You will need to register to gain access to the virtual event platform. You can find the link to register at the top of this page.

Is there a cost to attend WiDS Philadelphia @ Penn?

If you are a member of the Penn community (student, staff, or faculty), there is no cost to attend this event. For all other prospective attendees, the cost is $25 to register. All registration fees are donated to the Wharton Data Science Academy scholarship fund.

Will video sessions be available, post-event?

Yes. Each of the WiDS Philadelphia @ Penn sessions will be recorded and made available on-demand after the event. Ongoing access to these assets will depend on the details of your registration.

Will I be able to interact with other attendees in the virtual environment?

Yes. WiDS Philadelphia @ Penn will have themed networking sessions on Wednesday, February 9 and Thursday, February 10. More information about each session can be found in the Agenda tab of this website. Capacity is limited, so be sure to select the session you are interested in attending during registration!

Is there a theme for the conference?

Yes, the theme for this year’s conference is This is What a Data Scientist Looks Like.

Have a question that isn’t listed above? Please reach out to Wharton Customer Analytics.

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