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Women in Big Data Founders

US NGO Leadership

Board of Directors

Shala Arshi

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Shala is a high-tech industry veteran with extensive technical, management, marketing, and business development experience. Shala has worked at Intel Corporation for over 30 years in variety of roles including product development, managing organizations, leading industry standards,  building partnerships and ecosystems, as well as marketing and promotion of several products and technologies where she was consistently recognized for execution and driving concepts to clear business results.  Shala has also worked at Intel Capital (the VC arm of Intel) for several years as strategic investment manager where she gained business acumen, equity investment, portfolio management, and M&A experience. In addition, Shala is the co-founder and president of Women in Big Data, Inc. a non-profit organization championing the success of women in technical careers.  She has an MS degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University.

Tina Tang

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Named one of Datanami’s People to Watch in 2020, Tina is a co-founder of Women in Big Data. She has over 20 years experience in the high technology industry and holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Tina is a marketing executive, a board member at MinasList.org, and advises startups on marketing strategy. She and her husband have three grown sons. The couple lives in Palo Alto with a cat, 100,000 bees, a multi-generational jackrabbit family, and 2 donkeys.

Radhika Rangarajan

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Radhika is a co-founder of Women in Big Data. A recognized community leader, Radhika’s passion is in strengthening Diversity and Inclusion in Tech.  Radhika serves on the Executive committee and Board for the WiBD organization and works closely with several Silicon Valley Tech companies to raise awareness and move conversations to commitment for increasing Diversity in Tech.  

Radhika currently serves as the Director of Cloud Foundations Solutions Engineering at VMware. Prior to VMware, Radhika was with Intel where she held multiple leadership roles. With 20+ years of technology background and industry experience, Radhika has led global, diverse teams to launch several open source Data Analytics projects, driven product adoption and delivered customer success on AI/ML, forged Cloud and Enterprise partnerships for platform enabling, solution engineering, integration and large scale deployments. Radhika holds a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science and a Certificate of Business Excellence from U.C Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Shuchi Rana

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Shuchi brings 19 years of Silicon Valley and Cross-border experience in various sectors, with a focus on Technology and Impact. She is the Co-Director for the Silicon Valley chapter of Women in Big Data. Shuchi serves as the GM VentureBeat Transform 2021 and chair of the diversity committee. Until recently she led GTM efforts for HeadSpin and HeadSpin University. Shuchi previously served as the Head of SAP.iO Foundry SF at SAP, a strategic program that invests in and accelerates Enterprise Software Startups. In her role she helped enterprise startups go to market with SAP and also some of SAP’s largest customers with their digital transformation. In her previous roles she has led operations, funding diligence & M&A for startups. Over the course of her career she has worked with great entrepreneurs and mentored and advised Startups out of Startup Weekend, Women 2.0, Founder Labs, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center and others. She is a big advocate of anti-recidivism, inclusion and has worked with the likes UCLA, Anti-Recidivism Coalition and the Tech/Startup ecosystems to create opportunities for at-risk and underserved communities. She was named a Digital Leader by the United Nations Foundation.

Theresa Kushner

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Theresa Kushner is a self-styled data-vangelist who possesses two passions — deriving value from data and advancing women in business. Having held positions in F100 companies for most of her career, she now consults businesses on how to use data, analytics, and AI at scale to transform business models. She applies to these businesses the skills she learned as the Senior Vice President at Performance reporting, analytics, and customer master data. She couples this knowledge with lessons learned while the Vice President of the Information Innovation Center at VMware in Palo, Alto. There she was responsible for data governance, data management, business intelligence and advanced analytics. At VMware, she also helped to establish a women’s group aimed at hiring, promoting, and engaging women throughout the organization. The analytics teams that she has managed over the years have garnered awards for their excellence from various data institutions such as TDWI and received 2 patents with another 5 in consideration.

In 2008, Ms. Kushner co-authored “Managing Your Business Data from Chaos to Confidence” with Maria Villar. Ms. Villar and Ms. Kushner joined forces at IBM when both were engaged in developing a data warehouse for marketing. Ms. Kushner wrote her second book with co-author, Ruth P Stevens. The book entitled “B2B Data-Driven Marketing: Sources, Uses, Results” was published in June 2015.

Ms. Kushner is a graduate of the University of North Texas (UNT) where she received a Master of Arts in Journalism. She also presently serves on the Board of Advisors of Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT, on the advisory board of data.world, and as a member of the advisory board of TY-Education in San Jose, California, an organization dedicated to educating women returning to the workforce.

 

Advisory Board

Anne Marie Weber

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Anne Marie Weber joined CUNA Mutual in 2019 and leads a team of senior analysts and a data science team. In this role she has built a pipeline for modeling and analytics projects from idea through implementation, and she’s working with business and analytics leaders to develop new use cases for advanced analytics. She is passionate about finding unique solutions leveraging analytics to drive business value.

Previously she worked in American Family Insurance’s Strategic Data & Analytics division and their Digital Transformation Office. She’s also led analytics work for other industries including education policy, medical devices, transportation, and machine tools. She is passionate about analytics and explaining complex topics in an approachable manner.

Her educational background includes a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. Anne Marie lives in Middleton, WI with her husband, two children, and two Boston Terriers.

Chalcy Raja

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Chalcy Raja has been a trailblazer in the area of big data, having worked as a data engineer, big data architect, big data analyst and platform architect for analytics in various organizations since 2010. With her 20+ years in IT, she is known for creating high-performing teams using Agile/Lean development, automation and operational excellence, targeting faster deliverables, without compromising quality. She enjoys navigating uncharted territories.She coaches technology teams at various companies and recently launched the Equifax Women in Big Data Forum to help women connect and grow.  She has a Master’s degree in Engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University, India and came to Louisiana Tech for a Doctoral program. She enjoys volunteering with non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Yearup etc., and is passionate about empowering women in technology.  As a senior female leader in a male-dominated industry, she is dedicated to breaking through barriers for women

Deborah Sgro

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As a pioneer from the financial technology profession, Deborah worked on Wall Street for four decades at American Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange and BNY Mellon. She led numerous multi-team development efforts on key strategic, security and infrastructure programs.  She also led numerous initiatives to comply with Federal Reserve and Security Exchange Commission regulatory mandates. During her career, Deborah participated in and frequently led corporate sponsored mentoring and sponsorship programs designed to enhance the career of women technologists.

Deborah is solidly grounded in computational science, and technology management having received two Master of Science degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology.  She is certified from the Project Management Institute as a Project Manager, and an Agile Career Professional.

Deborah is also a certified as a Career Service Provider from the National Career Development Association with a private coaching practice, Beyond The Glass Ceiling. Through this practice, she sees clients privately specializing on career advancement for women in technology.  She has appeared as a guest speaker for numerous women Employee Resource Groups.

Deborah Wiltshire

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Deborah is a communications executive with over 20 years of technology experience leading functions such as public relations, analyst relations, customer advocacy, internal communications and social media. She has most recently led and managed teams and held senior positions at Elastic, Cloudera, Informatica, and Cisco. She helped prepare and take Elastic and Cloudera through their public offerings in recent years. Deborah is a co-founder of Women in Big Data and a board member of GiveTeens 20, a nonprofit helping to provide encouragement and tools to teens to get clear on their potential and future plans. Deborah is also passionate and a strong advocate of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and charitable giving programs. She co-founded Cloudera Cares and was a founding member of Cloudera’s D&I and ERG programs.

Karl von Beckmann

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Karl is an expert on digital growth strategies. In his career in the enterprise software industry, Karl has led teams across the marketing functions; from business development, to field marketing, to product marketing, to direct-to-user performance marketing. With responsibility for delivering marketing generated revenue to his sales stakeholders in strategic product areas such as business intelligence and predictive analytics, he was an early adopter applying B2C digital marketing techniques to enterprise B2B marketing scenarios. Currently at SAP, Karl leads a team of digital marketers responsible for delivering integrated, global marketing programs in support of the entire company’s portfolio. Karl and his family split their time between the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sierra Nevada Forest.

Regina Karson

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Regina has held senior roles in marketing, business development, sales and engineering for market maker technology companies. She currently focuses on go-to-market strategies and business development for cutting edge technologies such as AI for Fortune 500 companies.  Regina holds business and science degrees from Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Northridge. Regina is the current San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Director serving over 3,000 members and is a long time STEM advocate.

Sora Chung

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Sora is a development executive with nearly 18 years of leadership, management and strategic planning experience across the nonprofit and private sectors. Most recently, she was Interim VP of Philanthropy at Gladstone Institutes where she served as a member of Gladstone’s leadership team and was responsible for raising $18M of the $81M annual revenue for the organization. Sora has a broad and deep knowledge of the philanthropic field, with experience in securing annual revenues at the multimillion-dollar level and extensive experience—in both staff and volunteer roles—in developing long and short-term development plans, as well as preparing and managing budget plans.

Tanya Henderson

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Tanya has over 25-years of experience in gender equality and women rights. She is an international human rights and gender lawyer specializing in women in politics, gender and conflict, and economic development.  In 2014, Tanya founded Mina’s List, an international NGO with the mission to realize women’s equal and substantive political representation globally. Prior to starting Mina’s List, Tanya was the Policy Director for Women’s Action for New Direction, (WAND), the U.S. National Director for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), and has worked as a legal consultant, researcher and trainer on multiple projects in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Nigeria and Ethiopia. Her work has been published in academic journals as well as print and social media outlets. She received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of Massachusetts Boston, her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Suffolk University Law School and pursued her Master’s of Law (LL.M) in international law from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is also certified in mediation and conflict negotiation.

Telle Whitney

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Telle is a senior executive leader, recognized expert on diversity and women in technology, Computer Scientist, and entrepreneur. She served as CEO of the non-profit organization, the Anita Borg Institute from 2002 to September 2017, building it from a struggling and very new non-profit to a world-recognized leader reaching over 750,000 people globally. Telle led the strategic vision, grew the revenue to $28 million, and created a formidable Board of Directors.

Telle now serves on the board of AI4All, and the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities (CMD-IT), and chairs the board of Power and Systems. Her expertise is to advise on how to scale the organization and develop board governance. She also serves on several academic boards including the Caltech IST advisory board and the evaluation committee for the National Medal of Technology (NMTI).

Telle works with many corporations, focused on diversity and women. She serves on the advisory board of Italent Digital and regularly speak at companies. Telle has won numerous awards and was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology.”