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WLDA ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 2023 WLDA AWARDS GALA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Date: October 9, 2023 

Women Leaders in Data and AI (WLDA) Announces Finalists for 2023 WLDA Awards Gala 

Honoring Women, Men, and Companies Making Strides in Data, AI, Inclusion, and  Innovation.  

Colonia, NJ, USA – Women Leaders in Data and AI (WLDA), an organization supporting women leaders in data and AI for an impactful future, has announced the individual finalists for the 3rd WLDA Awards. The WLDA awards celebrate inspiring individuals and companies who are creating, leading, and demonstrating innovation and inclusion in the fields of data and AI. 

WLDA was created to help shine a spotlight on women in the data and AI industry. A recent study by Deloitte demonstrated that women leave the AI field at high rates due to a stalled career and lack of support. WLDA highlights people and companies focused on making a difference across these fields. 

“I launched WLDA to create a platform where women leaders in data and AI can prosper and find the support that they need to build an inclusive, scalable world for women and to create space for other women to join them,” said Asha Saxena, Founder & CEO of WLDA.  

“Now it’s possible more than ever to lift women and to recognize them, along with their allies, for their work and support,” she added. Along with these incredible women, these awards allow us to celebrate men and corporations who empower and encourage their women colleagues. 

The winners will be announced on November 9th in New York City during the WLDA Awards Gala, where we will be celebrating leaders and influencers in technology, data, and AI roles, across industries.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the WLDA Awards Gala, please visit 2023-GALA

Awards Categories and Finalists:

BEST MOTIVATOR

Frances O’Rafferty – Data Management Manager | Data Modelling Lead, Accenture

Laura Ellis – Vice President, Data Engineering and Platform Analytics, Rapid7

Amanda Obidike – Founder, STEMi Makers of Africa 

Rachel Shaffer – Program Manager, Chevron

Kristen Kehrer – Founder, Data Moves Me, LLC

RISING STAR

Kelly Richards – Data Scientist IIl, Lonza Biologics

Mary Sailors –  SubChapter Head – Data Science, Chevron

Clare Bolin – Operations Research Analyst PAQ, Department of the Air Force

Natasha Mittal – Software Engineer, DoorDash Inc.

Molly Ruby – Senior Data Scientist, Mars, Incorporated

CHANGEMAKER IN THE FIELD OF AI

Gwyn Russel – Executive Director Data Strategy and Governance, KPMG US

Sherry Comes – Conversational AI & Emerging Tech Leader, PwC US

Ronisha Carter – Artificial Intelligence R&D, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

Rania Chow – Senior Manager, Enterprise Information Governance, Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG)

CHANGEMAKER IN THE FIELD OF DATA

Rhonika Kaplan – Regional Data Science and Reservoir Characterization Advisor, Chevron

Rashmi Gupta – Partner, Data and Technology Transformation, IBM

AI LEADER OF THE YEAR

Ilana Golbin Blumenfeld – Director, PwC US

Rogayeh Tabrizi – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Theory+Practice

Fallon Farmer – Principal Data Scientist, FiscalNote

DATA LEADER OF THE YEAR

Rashmi Gupta – Partner, Data and Technology Transformation, IBM

Priya Reddy – Vice President, Enterprise Data Management, Skopos Financial DBA Reprise Financial

Diane Schmidt – Managing Director and Chief Data Officer, US GAO

Barr Moses – Co-Founder & CEO, Monte Carlo

Ghada Richani – Managing Director, Data & Technology Strategy & Project Management Office, Bank of America

Danielle Beringer – Principal, Advisory, KPMG LLP

EXECUTIVE CHAMPION AWARD

Carl Gerber – Audit CDO, KPMG

Sonali Mathur – Global Director, Marketing, Data, Privacy, Operations, General Motors

Sandy Carter – COO, Unstoppable Domains

Maria Nazareth – Partner, Data Analytics, AI and Gen AI Leader for Financial Services, PwC US

WOMAN LEADER OF THE YEAR

Jane Rheem – CDAO, Zurich North America

Dara Meath – SVP, Chief Technology Officer,  Build a Bear

ABOUT WLDA 

Women Leaders in Data and AI, is a woman-run membership and mastermind circle organization for women leaders in data and AI. Our mission is to bring women together to lead at the forefront of innovation of data and AI to create an impactful future. 

The organization supports women leaders and provides one-of-a-kind opportunities to learn from their F1000 industry peers, find tech solutions, and solve tough data challenges while helping them develop personally and professionally.  

Our events are designed to provide intimate and confidential, facilitated conversations in platforms where women leaders find support from one another, helping provide the inspiration they may not find elsewhere. 

Apply for your exclusive membership now and learn more about us at  wlda.tech.  

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Naz Rasuli 

Email: naz.rasuli@wlda.tech

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