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19 Inspiring Women Blazing a Trail in the Data Science World


This women’s day, we at Analytics Vidhya are celebrating the power of women in data science.

Women around the world are blazing a trail in the data science world and what better day to honor and appreciate them than today? There are a lot of women data scientists (but still not enough) and leaders out there who are inspiring both women AND men.

Women excel at communication, nurturing a positive atmosphere in the team, problem solving, asking the right questions (among a whole host of other things!). These are all primary leadership qualities and we hope to see a lot more women in data science leadership roles in 2018.

Let’s take a look at the women who are doing it all and inspiring us to be a better version of ourselves every single day. I encourage you to follow them on social media and read more about their accomplishments.

And to all the women, Happy Women’s Day!


Monica Rogati

Monica is an independent data science and AI advisor. She helps companies make the most of their data – both technically and strategically. She has previously worked as the VP of Data at Jawbone, a Senior Data Scientist at LinkedIn and is also currently a guest lecturer at Stanford University.


Yael Garten

Yael is the Director of Siri Analytics, Evaluation and Data Engineering at Apple where her mission is to improve Siri by using Data as the voice of their customers. Previously, she has worked as a Director of Data Science at LinkedIn. She also works as an advisor at various startups and is a leading voice at various conferences.


Sarah Nooravi

Sarah is currently working as the Senior Data Scientist at Operam. She is one of the most popular and helpful personalities on LinkedIn. Sarah regularly posts content aimed at helping aspiring data scientists break into the field and is always available for helpful and insightful advice.


Radhika Kulkarni

Radhika is a VP of Advanced Analytics R&D at the SAS Institute. She oversees software development in many analytical areas including Statistics, Operations Research, Econometrics, Forecasting and Data Mining. Radhika is a Member of the Board of Directors for IDeaS, a SAS Company.


Vivian Zhang

Vivian is the CTO and Chief Data Scientists at the popular NYC Data Science Academy. She has almost a decade’s worth of experience in the field of research and data science. She was featured in the list of “9 Women Leading the Pack in Data Analytics” by Forbes in August 2016.


Rachel Thomas

The founder of fast.ai, Rachel was selected as one of the “20 Incredible Women in AI” by Forbes. Fast.ai has created courses taken by over 100,000 students from around the world. She’s also a very popular writer and keynote speaker and her articles have been translated into various other languages.


Elena Grewal

Elena is the head of Data Science at Airbnb. She is leading a team of 100+ data scientists. She did her graduation in economics and political science from Yale and spent a year in India working on a project to bring clean water to children who had acute diarrhoea.


Jana Eggers

Jana is the CEO of Nara Logics, an AI company focused on turning big data into smart actions. She has over 25 years experience in the business industry and is an active speaker, and contributor at various AI startups.


Caitlin Smallwood

Caitlin is the Vice President of Science and Analytics at Netflix. Her team develops new models and algorithms that directly improve the Netflix service.

At Netflix, she was previously leading a team of mathematicians, statisticians and data scientists who worked on algorithms research, development, predictive modeling to bring to you a seamless experience while using Netflix. She is one of the leading figures in the data science community.


Daphne Koller


Daphne is co-founder of the ultra popular online learning platform Coursera. She has also part of the Stanford University faculty for almost 19 years. Her research areas include AI and it’s applications in biomedical sciences. She has been felicitated with various awards & accolades which include ACM Infosys Awards, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and many more.


Emily Glassberg Sands

In her role as the Head of Data Science at Coursera, her mission is to build a better learning platform through data-drive decisions and products. She is a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. She has an impressive list of awards and honors she won while at Harvard.


Carla Gentry

Carla is currently working as the Digital Marketing Manager at Samtec Inc. She has over 20 years worth of experience working for companies like Johnson & Johnson, Hershey, Kraft, among others. She is a very popular and active social media user and her posts are always worth reading for their invaluable knowledge.


Women in the AV Community

In this section, we celebrate some of the women who are regular contributors to our AV community.

Pavleen Kaur

Pavleen is a data visualization wizard. Her Tableau series, from beginners to advanced, has been incredibly well received in the community. She is a final year undergrad and a major data science enthusiast. The future of data science is very bright with her!


Prathrna Bhat

Prarthana Bhat is a Data Scientist at Flutura Desicion Science and Analytics. Prarthana is skilled in SQL, R and Business Intelligence. She is an active contributor on Analytics Vidhya and was the first female data scientist to secure a rank in top 3 on Analytics Vidhya. She has over 5 years of experience in the data industry.


Anchal Gupta

Anchal is a Data Scientist at Paisabazaar.com. She is a regular participant in the Analytics Vidhya hackathons and can often be found contributing to AV’s Slack channel.


Preeti Agarwal

Preeti is the Assistant Vice President at JP Morgan Chase & Co.. She is also a Analytics Vidhya Data Science Volunteer in Mumbai. She has 11+ years of experience in Telecom & Banking domain. She loves data science and wants to spread her knowledge to the world. Preeti is a graduate from Nagpur University.


Tanvi Purohit

Tanvi Purohit is working as a Consultant with Deloitte. She is skilled in RDBMS and passionate about the field of data science. She has a working experience of over 5 years, out of which 4 have been spent working with data. She has worked in data warehousing and data analytics, and is a trained strategist. Tanvi is also a AV Volunteer in Mumbai.


Dishashree Gupta

Dishashree, a data scientist at Analytics Vidhya, is a machine learning enthusiast and is passionate about statistics. She has over 3 years of experience in market research using advanced Excel, R and Azure ML. She previously worked as an analyst at LatentView, where she led a team responsible for identifying the best data sources using various statistical techniques. She is a B. Tech graduate from the Vellore Institute of Technology, specializing in electronics and instrumentation.

Deepika Singhal

Deepika is the Marketing and Community manager at Analytics Vidhya. She has a wealth of experience (over 5 years) in the field of social media marketing. She has a keen interest in digital marketing and is passionate about growing the AV community globally through her marketing efforts. She is an alumnus of IIT Roorkee.

And finally, please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list. There are so many wonderful women leading the way in data science and if you know of them, please post their names and links in the comments below.


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