Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Stephanie Evergreen, author and data visualization expert

Wednesday, May 30 @ 8:00 AM

Dr. Stephanie Evergreen is best known for using a research-based approach to help researchers better present their data to stakeholders through more effective graphs, slides, and reports. A Fulbright scholar, her dissertation illustrated the extent of graphic design use in written research reporting. Her book, Effective Data Visualization, reached #1 on Amazon's bestsellers list, and she authors a popular blog on data presentation at

Closing Keynote

Cathy O’Neil, data scientist and NYT bestselling author

Friday, June 1 @ 10:00 AM

Cathy O’Neil is the author of the New York Times bestselling Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, which was also a semifinalist for the National Book Award. She earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoctoral fellow in the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quantitative analyst for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people’s purchases and clicks.

Cathy wrote Doing Data Science in 2013 and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014. She is a columnist for Bloomberg View.