Rehgan graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering specializing in Data Analytics. She has taught Introduction to Data Science courses to MBA students across the US. During her time at is the Product Manager at Open Data Group. At OSU, she launched the Big Data and Analytics Association and hosted the inaugural Women in Analytics Conference in order to showcase women doing amazing things in the analytics space. Outside of work, Rehgan enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and hiking.
Lauren Burke is a Data Scientist at Abercrombie & Fitch who loves finding creative solutions to complicated problems. She graduated in 2017 from The College of Wooster with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics. At Wooster, Lauren completed a Senior Thesis investigating machine learning heuristics as solution techniques to a large-scale Traveling Salesman Problem. Lauren is passionate about initiatives that promote women and girls in STEM, currently serves on the COSI YP Board and as an advisor for #BUILTBYGIRLS, and enjoys reading, hiking, rock climbing in her free time.
Katie Sasso-Schafer, Ph.D. is a Data Scientist at the Columbus Collaboratory. Katie received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with a focus on Experimental and Quantitative (minor) Psychology. During her Ph.D. program she worked as a graduate research associate at the Nationwide Insurance Center for Advanced Customer Insights, using experimental methods and statistical analyses to optimize customer outreach and develop novel risk assessment strategies. At the Columbus Collaboratory, Katie works on a variety of data science projects across several industries. She also enjoys leading Use Case Discovery Workshops and managing project progress across the team. Outside of work, Katie is an avid R user and co-organizer of R-Ladies Columbus meet up. She has been a member of the WIA team member since 2017 with a focus on content and speaker curation.
Jen Heider is part of the Data & Analytics team at Huntington National Bank. After graduating as the pilot student for the OSU BS Industrial and Systems Engineering Data and Analytics track, she began her career as a data science consultant at IBM, where she built her data science skills on projects across multiple industries. She then went on to work as a Data Scientist at Express. Jen is currently pursuing her MS in the ISE Data and Analytics track at OSU part-time while working for Huntington. In her free time, Jen loves reading, running, and outdoor activities of all kinds.
Elizabeth Gilbert is a Data Analytics major at The Ohio State University and Vice President of the Big Data & Analytics Association. Elizabeth is passionate about using data science to understand the world and improve products, and loves building opportunities for communities around analytics. Last summer, Elizabeth joined the data science team at Caterpillar doing engine analytics. Prior to that she worked on the analytics intern team at CAS doing NLP, and conducted biostatistics research modeling the stress hormone cortisol in hair. Outside of school, Elizabeth enjoys playing cello at her church and runs a photography business
Jake is a senior insights analyst at Express focused on omni channel operations, store initiative testing, and consumer research and insights. Prior to Express, he developed insights and analytics experience across multiple industries, including fashion retail, CPG, government, nonprofit, and SaaS). Jake is passionate about data visualization and enjoys teaching various analysis and visualization platforms and methodologies (including data storytelling, visualization, Tableau, advanced Excel/Power Query/VBA, SQL, and Microstrategy Dossier). Outside of work, Jake spends his time raising two curious kids, volunteering for political campaigns and organizations, and producing short films with his best friends.
Mai Alowaish is a Lead Analytics Consultant at InfoTrust LLC based in Blue Ash, Ohio. Mai is an advocate of supporting and empowering the women in analytics and tech overall. Mai is a mentor at the Digital Analytics Association, and a previous speaker at the WIA2019. Mai is also a volunteer in the Tech Corps Analytics Program and OSU's Women in Data Science Summer Camp, as she's passionate about helping the youth get into STEM and learn about data.
Sahanna Bhatt is a clinical informatics analyst on the Population Health Analytics team at OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio. As a population health data analyst, she is passionate about improving healthcare delivery and outcomes through technology. At OhioHealth, Sahanna delivers analytic solutions for business and healthcare clients across the enterprise. Prior to joining OhioHealth, Sahanna consulted for Booz Allen Hamilton, in Norfolk, Virginia, where she supported the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center as a clinical epidemiologist. Her educational background includes a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from Columbia University (with a graduate certificate in infectious disease epidemiology) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Public Health from The Ohio State University. She is currently working towards a Masters of Science (MS) in Data Science (with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence) from Northwestern University's School of Professional Studies.
Sara is excited to be coming back for her second year on the committee for the 2020 Women in Analytics Conference. She is currently an Analyst in Finance Operations at Cardinal Health and has many years of experience in insurance claims and fraud analytics, where she began her journey with data. In her personal time, Sara enjoys running, dancing and reading and will take advantage of any opportunity that will put her near the ocean.
Deneisha is an ambitious, young professional who is passionate about executing solutions aimed towards incorporating change. She is dedicated to spending her time on activities that positively impact those around her. Deneisha is a Business Intelligence Analyst at The Wendy’s Company and serves on the leadership team for two Wendy’s Employee Networks. Prior to joining Wendy’s, she helped over 40 technologists further their careers as an IT recruiter. Deneisha is an Ohio University Alum and enjoys integrating her Sociological background with the tech industry, which fuels her passion for driving the importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Corporate America. Deneisha is also a founding member of the local, Columbus organization, #BlackTech614. Outside of working, she enjoys dancing, writing, and booking spontaneous trips on Skyscanner.
Meredith earned a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from The Ohio State University. As a postdoc for Rutgers University, she worked on nuclear physics experiments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. In determining how to salvage data from a malfunctioning detector during a nuclear experiment, she researched and successfully applied neural networks to solve the problem. This was her first encounter with machine learning, a field she has been interested in ever since. Meredith moonlights as an armchair therapist to physicists to help them transition from academia into industry positions in data science and machine learning. Most of her efforts have been through talks on the use of machine learning in physics research, and on incremental changes physicists can make to become generally more marketable in data analytics. Meredith currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her two children and husband, one of the physicist-turned-ML-engineers. She is currently working on her own conversion to the private sector.
During the workday, I am a Data Analytics Manager for a retail company, Title Nine, which sells women's athletic wear. And on the side, I volunteer as the Executive Director at a non-profit, Parangal Dance Company, a Filipino folk dance company. In both companies, I get to use my skills in data and management while enjoying my love for outdoor activities and dance. I am looking forward to volunteering for the WIA Conference and being a bigger part of this great community. I am based out of the San Francisco Bay Area and I hope to make many new friends and contacts while making myself a useful resource for others.
Abby Hammond is an Epidemiologist in the Data Analytics and Research team at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). At DODD, Abby focuses on ongoing reporting and projects. Some of her work includes helping with the Making Lives Better Project, QuickStats, "Opoiod Overdoses Among Individuals Served By DODD", "Septicemia Among Individuals Served By DODD", "Serving Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in Rural Ohio", and more. Abby received her BSPH with a concentration in Sociology and her MPH in Epidemiology from The Ohio State University. Outside of work, Abby enjoys spending time with her labradoodle Duke, and managing "Meal Prep School", and Instagram and Facebook page dedicated meal planning and kitchen hacks.
Jill graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She is passionate about building technology solutions to revolutionize and transform. Currently in the defense industry at JJR Solutions, she builds cyber analytic tools to connect disparate data sources and drive superior decision making. Prior to JJR, she worked at LEXIS-NEXIS leading software development across the U.S., Asia, Europe, and Australia to develop online legal research tools. Jill is passionate about supporting technology as a career path for women as her engineering training has enabled economic benefit, flexibility to raise a family, and travel to work with colleagues around the globe. In her free time, Jill enjoys traveling, photography, and running. She is extremely excited to join the WIA team. After attending the 2019 conference, she left energized and determined to get more involved with this incredible organization.
Mimi Shalash is an experienced data software & product sales account executive currently working at Quest Software. Her current role encompasses data protection, disaster recovery, and performance monitoring against the threat of Zombie VMs! Mimi also serves on the leadership team for WITI (Women in Tech International) and DAMA (the Central Ohio Chapter of the Data Management Association). Among her many community engagements, you can find her championing on behalf of underrepresented groups in STEM while also presenting businesses with impact data on the importance of driving social change.
I'm a rising Junior studying Data Analytics in the Honors program at Ohio State, with a minor in Critical & Cultural Theory. I have experience with analytics in the non-profit and startup consulting space, with a passion for approaching problems with empathy and a humanities mindset regardless of scale. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing and volunteering for causes advocating for diversity and inclusion. I'm also proud to be on the e-board of the Big Data and Analytics Association on campus. I'm excited to be one small part of this empowering community and learn from everyone who makes the WIA conference such a memorable experience.
Meng Li (Chloe) is a Marketing Data Analyst at DSW. She is a young professional who is passionate about improving marketing efforts and understanding customer behavior through analytic solutions. She founded TechLytics at DSW, and is eager to build a collaborative, cross-functional space for innovation in data, analytics, and technology. Chloe received her Master’s degree from University of Colorado, Boulder in Business Analytics. During her Master’s program, she worked as predictive analyst at HGST and built statistical models to predict hard driver failure rate. Outside of work, Chloe enjoys hiking and boxing. Her favorite hike is Angels Landing in Zion National Park.
Jenna graduated from The Ohio State University in 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering specializing in Data Analytics. Through OSU's Honors Integrated Business and Engineering Program, she completed a project with CERN's Knowledge Transfer Program in Geneva, Switzerland. Jenna currently works at LBrands as a developer for the Data Services team. In her free time, Jenna enjoys reading, traveling, and backpacking.
Resourceful, high energy analytics professional with 11 years of experience leading a team through challenge and change by implementing strategic planning, establishing direction and executing initiatives in support of business objectives and corporate goals. Strategic problem-solver with proven ability managing benefits initiatives aimed at bottom-line results.
Ashly is a Multi-Hyphenate-Multi-Talent-Social-Creative. After earning a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design, she focused her creativity on lingerie, spending over a decade living and working in New York City. She has designed for global and boutique brands like Victoria's Secret, La Senza, and Darkest Star. She is involved in several philanthropic ventures, lending her talents and connections in the design world to create fundraising events for different charities. Deemed “The Field Trip Leader” by her friends, Ashly is a consummate planner and a walking party, all rolled into one. With ten-plus years in event design, planning and coordinating, she has produced top fundraising rock concerts for educational-based charities, and acted as press liaison for millennial-oriented galas and unconventional events. Ashly thrives on the high-energy environment of things that take place in real-time – events, concerts, and one-night-only experiences. Making magic, Insta-memories, and having a ridiculously good time while getting things done is her M.O.