Meet the nominees of the VentureBeat Women in AI Awards 2022!


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Since 2019, VentureBeat has been honoring the women leaders, mentors, researchers and entrepreneurs who are transforming the AI industry — making it magnitudes more equitable, ethical and groundbreaking for all. VentureBeat Women in AI Awards was established to highlight the importance of these women’s voices, work, and experiences to AI as a field, and to spotlight some of these leaders.

This year, over 200 women were nominated over five categories, and we’re delighted to introduce our potential winners. Each winner was chosen for their contributions to the field, their efforts to increase inclusivity and their positive impact on the community. The winners will be announced, and their praises will be further sung during Transform 2022

And don’t forget to register for the Fourth Annual Women in AI BreakfastCapital One. Panelists will delve into AI’s unconscious bias, and how the gender gap in data and AI-centric fields can make or break how applications are developed, during the live panel discussion, “How Women in Data & AI Fields Lead to Greater Diversity in Workforces and Applications.”

You’ll see industry leading experts of every gender tackle topics ranging from ethics to equality in their research, as well as in-depth knowledge and actionable insights from VP of Engineering and Head of Data at LinkedIn, Ya Xu; Chief Data Officer at Mastercard, JoAnn Stonier; and Molly Parr, VP, Product, Digital Customer Experiences, Enterprise Products & Platforms at Capital One. Register for the live Breakfast now

Meet our 2022 Women in AI Nominees

AI’s ethics and responsibility

This award is given to a woman who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and a commitment towards advancing responsibility and ethics within the field.

  • Beena Ammanath, Executive Director, Global Deloitte AI Institute, Deloitte
  • Diya Wynn, Senior Practice Manager, Responsible AI, Emerging Technologies & Intelligent Platforms, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Kathy BaxterPrincipal Architect for Ethical AI Practice Salesforce
  • Minerva TantocoChief AI Officer NYU MCSilver
  • Mirka Snyder Caron, Senior Counsel, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Data Fraud, TD Bank
  • Muthumari S.Brillio Head of Data Science
  • Nikki PopeNVIDIA Senior Director for AI and Legal Ethics
  • Saiph SavageAssistant Professor, Northeastern University
  • Susan GonzalesCEO, AIandYou (
  • Triveni Gandhi, Responsible AI Lead, Dataiku

AI Entrepreneur

This award recognizes a woman who has founded an AI company with great potential. The factors that were taken into account included business traction, technology solutions and the impact on the AI space.

  • Aleksandra KazantsevaBizzClick Head of Business Development
  • Anu Shukla, Co-founder, Executive Chairman,
  • Aparna Dhinakaran, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Arize AI
  • Denise Leaser, President, MyInnerGenius
  • Devaki RajCrowdAI CEO and Co-Founder,
  • Dr Michelle PeruginiPresagen’s CEO and Cofounder, Jeremy
  • Dr. Somdutta Singh, Founder & CEO, Assiduus
  • Gila Hayat, Co-founder & CTO, ReBlonde
  • Maya Said, Founder, CEO, Outcomes4Me
  • Dr. Rachita NvaraSafeBeat Rx, CEO and co-founder
  • Rama ChakakiaiXplain COO
  • Vaysh KewadaSalience Labs CEO and Co-founder

AI Research

This award recognizes a woman who has had a significant impact on AI research. She may have helped accelerate progress within her organization or made an impact on AI innovation.

  • Cristina Gorrostieta, Principal Data Scientist, Cogito Corp
  • Dr. Ranit Aharonov, Chief Technology Officer, Pangea Biomed
  • Mounia Lalmas-RoellekeHead of Technology Research for Personalization at Spotify
  • Nicole JiangDirector of Product and Designs, Abnormal Security

AI Mentorship

This award recognizes a woman leader in AI who has mentored others women by encouraging more women to get into the field.

  • Angie WestbrockStandard AI COO
  • Anita WeemaesNVIDIA, Solution Architect
  • Belén Sanchez HidalgoDataRobot Team Leader, Senior Data Scientist 
  • Danika HannonQuantinuum’s Midmarket Sales Executive
  • Nancy Li, Vice President, AI & Platform, BrightAI
  • Penny LiSambaNova Systems, Senior Vice President for Very Large Scale Integration
  • Rebekah Leslie-HurdDirector, Compiler Software Engineering, Cerebras Systems
  • Sadie St. LawrenceFounder and CEO of Women in Data
  • Dr. Tanya Mishra, CEO & Founder, SureStart
  • Tina NguyenTruist Bank, SVP, Director, Analytics
  • Zoe HillenmeyerPeak Chief Commercial Officer

Rising Star

This award is given to a woman at the beginning of her AI career who already exhibits outstanding leadership traits.

  • Alice FridbergSkai Data Scientist and Team Leader
  • Catherine HansenSway AI Director of Marketing
  • Daria Soboleva, Machine Learning Engineer, Cerebras Systems
  • Dhanya Jayachandra, Chief Technology Officer, Unitek
  • Emma Stapleton, Actium Health, Senior Data Scientist
  • Gina Romero, CEO & Co-Founder, Connected Women
  • Katie Robbert, President & Co-Founder, Trust Insights
  • Lipika RamaswamyGretel Senior Applied Scientist 
  • Luminita BusuricuQuickLegal CEO:
  • Manisha Gupta, Global Head, Product Management, HCM & Cross Functional Analytics, Oracle
  • Meghan MerguiBigID Data Scientist
  • Monika Shrivastav, AI Operations & Strategy Lead – Applied AI Group, Walmart
  • Nare Tarlamazyan, Lead Product Manager, AI, Picsart
  • Prerna DograNVIDIA Product Manager.
  • Rebecca CEO and Co-founder
  • Shrimai PrabhumoyeNVidia Research Scientist
  • Supriya GuptaGeneral Manager, Credit Karma Recommendations
  • Susan Sly, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, RadiusAI
  • Yardenne AssaUnboxable CEO and co-founder.
  • Jigyasa Grover, Senior Computer Learning Engineer, Twitter, Inc.

And don’t forget to register for Transform, the leading event on applied AI for enterprise business and technology decision-makers of every stripe. Transform is a two-week event that will be live and virtual. Register Now 

July LIVE at The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA19: The Data & AI Executive Summit | LIVE at The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA 

Meet over 500 data and AI executives face-to-face to network with your peers and hear success stories about applied data strategies and AI from top thought leaders.

July 20-22 The VirtualData Week  | Virtual 

July 26-28, 2008 The VirtualAI & Edge Week | Virtual 

These two weeks will cover the most important topics in Data & Al. You can pick and choose which topic you want to focus on, and then learn from wherever you are during those two weeks.

The complete agenda is available here.


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