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Keynote Speakers

Talithia Williams smiling and standing at an angle to the camera with her arms crossed

Russell Allgor

Chief Scientist, Amazon
Talithia Williams smiling and standing at an angle to the camera with her arms crossed
INFORMS Roundtable Sponsored Speaker

Dr. Talithia Williams

Big Data Expert, Professor of Mathematics & Host of NOVA Wonders

A host of the PBS series, NOVA Wonders, Dr. Talithia Williams is a groundbreaking professor, popular TED speaker, inspiring author and passionate STEM/STEAM advocate. She has made it her life’s work to get people of all ages and backgrounds excited about the bold possibilities of a STEM education and to “STEMpower” women and minorities to enter these professions. Her latest book, Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics reflects Williams’ passion to re-brand the field of mathematics as anything but dry, technical or male-dominated. Renowned for her popular TED Talk, “Own Your Body’s Data,” she advocates for all of us to deploy data as a way of taking charge of our own health. A vibrant, engaging and energizing speaker, Dr. Williams demystifies data, statistics, probabilities and the mathematical process in amusing and insightful ways. She also passionately champions the contributions of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians and their vital role in transforming our future.

Invited Speakers

Ezgi Eren

Lead Scientist
PROS, Inc.

Kris Ferreira

Assistant Professor, Technology and Operations Management Unit
Harvard Business School

Randolph Hall

University of Southern California

Heather Johnston

Manager, Data Science and AI
IBM Marketing

Shayne Kavanagh

Senior Manager of Research
Government Finance Officers Association

Anthony Meyers

Managing Director
Aon Reinsurance Analytics

Pratik Mital

Research Science Manager

Paul Nicholas

Chief Scientist
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Brian Putt


Natalia Summerville

Senior Manager
SAS Institute

Tamás Terlaky

Lehigh University