Women in Data Science @ Penn Conference

This is What a Data Scientist Looks Like


Christine Cox, WG’01

VP of Data and Analytics for IKEA Digital
IKEA Group

Didi Huang, WG’01

Director of Data Science (Business Opportunities)

Barkha Saxena, WG’11

Chief Data Officer

On February 10, 2021, WiDS @ Penn Co-Chair Mary Purk welcomed attendees to Day 3, which took a break from sharing emerging research and focused on career advice for women in the field.

Three esteemed data and analytics leaders provided a window into their data science journeys. Christine Cox, WG’01, Vice President of Data and Analytics for IKEA Digital, Didi Huang, WG’01, Director of Data Science (Business Opportunities) at Facebook, and Barkha Saxena, WG’11, Chief Data Officer of Poshmark, shared advice on how to navigate a successful career in data science, analytics, and digital transformation.

Following their talks, the industry panel answered questions from attendees, which was moderated by Mary Purk who is also the Executive Director of Wharton Customer Analytics and AI for Business. The discussion was sponsored by Wharton Women in Business (WWIB), a community that represents over 650 female students and partners in the Wharton MBA program.

About WiDS @ Penn Conference

Women in Data Science (WiDS) @ Penn is an independent virtual event presented by the University of Pennsylvania to coincide with the annual Global WiDS Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ organizations worldwide. All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work. This year’s theme for WiDS Philadelphia @ Penn was: This is What a Data Scientist Looks Like.

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