Data Science Roundtables

The South Big Data Hub Roundtable Series provides an open discussion forum focusing on emerging research challenges in data science and analytics, applications in verticals such as health, smart and connected cities, environment, natural hazards, energy, materials and advanced manufacturing, and cross-cutting areas such as cyberinfrastructure, privacy, and security. 

The roundtables will typically feature a moderator and 1-4 panelists who will provide short presentations, followed by audience questions and roundtable discussion. To view previous roundtables, visit our YouTube channel or go here for an archival listing of roundtables.

If you need to call in only for the event, please call +1 877 853 5257 or +1 855 880 1246 and use the Webinar ID 126 447 917.

Our next event in the series will be held on
Thursday, May 24 from Noon – 1:15 P.M. Eastern Time

How to hire data scientists when it seems like there are none to hire

To participate live:
Join the day of the event

About the Event:
Most companies and organizations recognize data as a critical asset. Yet extracting actionable information from big data requires a highly specialized skill set. IBM predicts the demand for data scientists will rise 28% by 2020. This year alone, 4-5 million jobs will require data analysis skills.

How can organizations recruit and retain top talent in data science? And, even though demand for data scientists may exceed supply, how might we build and sustain a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization? Many organizations and leaders don’t try out of fear of failurWIDS_logo_stacked_@Stanford_preferrede and a lack of clarity on where to begin. What do we tackle first?

This event is a Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference regional event in affiliation with Stanford University’s Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference. Learn more by visiting

About the Panelists:

Sackeena Gordon-Jones
 is the Chief Coaching Officer of Transformation Edge, where she specializes in helping organizations and leaders transform the way they think, lead, and live. She is also the director of the Business Coaching Certificate Program offered through NC State University.  Previously, Sackeena was Director of Global Learning and Development for SAS, a multi-national software company, and she has trained hundreds of professional coaches and leaders who wanted to develop and use coaching skills to enhance their leadership style.

Gracie Johnson-Lopez is President of Diversity & HR Solutions, a strategic diversity solutions firm that specializes in HR strategy development, talent management, organization transformation, diversity and inclusion, and implicit bias. Gracie has over 30 years of business and human resources experience and has held various senior and executive leadership roles in operations, human resources, academia, government, and financial services. Her last role before launching DHRS was as the Senior Vice President of HR, Diversity & Inclusion, and Administration in the insurance industry.

Amy E. Roussel, PhD, Senior Vice President of the Social Policy, Health, and Economic Research Unit at RTI International, is an organizational sociologist specializing in public health services research who has approximately 20 years of professional experience. Before joining RTI in 1998, Dr. Roussel was at the University of Washington, where she conducted research on managed care in a local market setting. She has experience with both qualitative and quantitative research in the areas of public health improvement, health services research, health policy and management, substance abuse treatment, and program evaluation. She has led and contributed to multidisciplinary teams in a variety of research studies, encompassing tasks such as primary data collection, case study analysis, analysis of secondary data, and policy analysis.


About the Moderator: 

Kristina Brunelle is a Talent Development Consultant, Executive Coach and Master Facilitator with over 20 years of global experience in diversity & inclusion, executive coaching, and organizational development.  Kristina’s consulting, coaching, leadership and diversity & inclusion experiences include working with global companies such as Red Hat, Vistaprint, the Forum Corporation, Ameriprise, Irving Oil, Archstone, Novell, and Cambridge Technology Partners.  Kristina holds a Master’s from Harvard University and a BA from Tufts University as well as a Masters Coaching Certification from William James College (formerly The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology); New England’s only accredited graduate school program in executive coaching.