Play Video
Asha Saxena
Founder, WLDA

Message from the Founder

WLDA was created because of my passion for data and AI, and my desire to see more women in the field. I believe that mentorship and peer-to-peer feedback is the best way for women to learn from and uplift each other for the betterment of all.

Since its creation, WLDA has blossomed into a place to build authentic connections and lifelong relationships that bring members success, learning, and a direction in which to pay it forward—and we’re just getting started. These women are talented, innovative leaders in their fields, and we recognize their hard work.

Welcome to our WLDA family! 

Asha Saxena

Founder, WLDA

Message from the Founder


WLDA was created because of my passion for data and AI, and my desire to see more women in the field. I believe that mentorship and peer-to-peer feedback is the best way for women to learn from and uplift each other for the betterment of all.


Since its creation, WLDA has blossomed into a place to build authentic connections and lifelong relationships that  bring members success, learning, and a direction in which to pay it forward—and we’re just getting started. These women are talented, innovative leaders in their fields, and we recognize their hard work.


Welcome to our WLDA family! 

WLDA's Mission

Bringing Women Leaders in Data and AI Together to
Create an Impactful Future.

WLDA Members Come from Organizations Such as:

Founding Members

Besa Bauta
Besa-Bauta-Chief-Data-Officer-Mercy-First

Chief Data Officer
Mercy First

Dara Meath

Divisional CIO
Conair

Ellen Nielsen
Ellen-Nielsen-Chief-Data-Officer-Chevron

Chief Data Officer
Chevron

Julia Bardmesser
Julia-Bardmesser-SVP-Head-of-Data-Voya-Financials

SVP, Head of Data & Architecture
Voya Financials

Sol Rashidi

Chief Analytics Officer Estée Lauder Companies

Maria Voreh

Director, FED CIO Advisory
Former, Chief Data Officer
FBI

Paulette Dworzanski

SVP Data Governance
Brown Brothers Harriman

Sherry Marcus

Director, Data Science, Global Head of Analytics and Insights
Amazon

Jalaine Ulsh
Jalaine-Ulsh-SVP-Head-of-Risk-and-Regulatory-Data-Warehouse

SVP Head of Risk and Regulatory Data Warehouse
TD Bank

Susannah Greenberg

Senior VP Digital IT & DATA
L' Oreal

Adita Karkera

Former Deputy State Chief Data Officer, Arkansas Department of Information Systems

Tammy Roust
Tammy-Roust-Chief-Data-Officer-State-Illinois

Chief Data Officer
State of Illinois

Yazhene Krishnaraj
Yazhene-Krishnaraj-Director-Data-Analytics-Digitization-Citizens-Bank-WLDA-founding-member

Director Data Analytics
& Digitization
Citizens Bank

Pinkrose Hamilton
Pinkrose-Hamilton-VP-Business-Intelligence-Hackensack-Meridian-Health

VP Business Intelligence
Hackensack Meridian Health

Madhuri Panwar
Madhhuri-Panwar-Chief-Data-Officer-Grainger

VP of Business Transformation
Grainger Inc

Sunitha Dayaram
Sunitha-Dayaram-Head-of-Enterprise-Data-and-Analytics-Success-Academy-Charter-Schools

Head of Enterprise Data and Analytics Success Academy Charter Schools

Yuqing Sun 

Head of Data Science and Analytics,
Johnson & Johnson

Tracy Ring Cryder

Managing Director,
Deloitte

Melissa Drew

Re-imagine Transformation Cognitive Technologies,
IBM

Karen S. Evans

Former Chief Information Officer,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Cindi Howson

Chief Data Strategy Officer,
Thoughtspot

Brenda Fiala

Global VP Strategy, Insights & Analytics
Bacardi

Kitu Kumar

Associate Director Ecommerce Insights & Analytics
Colgate Palmolive

Kamaljeet Ghotra
Kamaljeet-Ghotra-Data-and-Analytics-Leader-Deloitte-UCSF

Data and Analytics Leader
Deloitte

Linda Newman

Head of Technology Strategy
S&P Global Ratings

Peggy Tsai
Peggy-Tsai-VP-of-Data-Solutions-BIGID

Vice President Data Solutions
Big ID

Andrea Markstorm

Chief Information Officer,
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Maria C. Villar

Head of Enterprise Data Strategy Transformation
SAP