On Monday, September 11, 2017, the Women in Big Data Midwest chapter hosted a launch event.
The event was held in Madison, WI, at the American Family Insurance headquarters and was sponsored by Northwestern Mutual and American Family Insurance. The goal of the event was to bring awareness of the organization to the women in big data and their supporters.
The event kicked off with Kari Grasee, American Family’s Information & Data Management Vice President. Kari shared her experience as a woman in the insurance and data management industry. She spoke to her years of experience in the finance division as a consumer of data and her transition to leading teams in the development of Business Intelligence and Advanced Analytic solutions, along with Governance and Data Management practices. Her team supports the organization, serving as the central data hub for business lines and operations. American Family has gone through years of transformation and continues to mature in the data and information management space, including big data and data science.
Leaders of the WiBD Midwest chapter also engaged two professors from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Po-Ling Loh is an Assistant Professor and shared her insights on the following topics:
Rebecca Willet is an Assistant Professor and spoke on :
Lastly, Kavitha Lokesh, AVP of Analytics and Information Management System at Cognizant Solutions, spoke on Big Data Trends, focusing on:
The event was well attended, with over 90 participants from a number of organizations across the Midwest. Thank you to the sponsors, organizers, presenters and attendees for making the launch a great event!