2018 ProjectCSGIRLS National Gala

The 2018 ProjectCSGIRLS National Gala will be held June 16th - 17th, 2018 in the DC metro area and will feature leading guest speakers, hands-on workshops, tech talks, and a formal awards ceremony. The awards ceremony will be held on June 17th at the Marriott Fairview Park. The workshops, tech talks, and panels will be held on June 16th at George Mason University.

Gala Schedule

Friday, June 15th - iStrategyLabs DC Office
6pm – 7:30pm: iStrategyLabs Tour and Dinner

Saturday, June 16th - George Mason University Innovation Hall
9am – 9:30am: Breakfast and Registration
9:30am – 10:30am: She Rocks the World Workshop
10:30am - 12pm: Women in Tech Panel Featuring Female Engineers from the DC Metro Area
12pm – 12:30pm: Lunch
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Mapbox Workshop
1:30pm – 2pm: Break
2pm – 3pm: HTML/CSS Workshop
3pm – 3:30pm: Break
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Data Science Workshop
4:30pm – 5pm: Ice Cream Truck Social
5pm – 5:30pm: Break featuring frisbees and light snacks
5:30pm – 6pm: Dinner

Sunday, June 17th - Marriott Fairview Park Ballroom, Awards Event and Luncheon
10am – 11am: Check-in Time (please be on time!)
11am – 12pm: Luncheon
12pm – 5pm: Keynote Presentations, Student Pitch Presentations, and Awards Presentation

Gala Hotel

The gala hotel is the Marriott Fairview Park. 

Address: 3111 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042
Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasfp-falls-church-marriott-fairview-park/
Closest Airport: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)


Keynote Speakers


Chantilly Jaggernauth

Founder and CEO of Millennials and Data, Senior Data Analyst at Comcast

Chantilly Jaggernauth's mission is to empower organizations and individuals through the use of data visualizations and data analytics. As the Founder and CEO of Millennials and Data (#MAD), she believes “the greatest gift one can share with the world is knowledge". Through #MAD, Chantilly works to bridge the data literacy and analytical skills gap by training, mentoring, and preparing millennials to enter a data-driven global environment. Her goal is to build a community of millennials who have the analytical skills needed to become data-driven leaders within any industry.

Chantilly has showcased her exemplary unique skill set at two Fortune 50 companies for over seven years. Currently, she is a Senior Data Analyst at Comcast, a telecommunications conglomerate based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In her current role at Comcast, Chantilly manages data analytics and data visualization for the Talent Intelligence department. She uses Tableau and Alteryx to analyze data and to create impactful visualizations and data solutions for leadership and key stakeholders.

During her free time, Chantilly is a data analytics and visualization consultant and trainer. She has received recognition and awards for several of her corporate and personal work and talent. She is passionate about analyzing data, publishing interactive storytelling visualizations, training, mentoring, speaking, educating herself on data analytics and visualizations, and being an active member in the data community.

Sarah LaRocca

Senior Data Scientist at The Messina Group

Sarah LaRocca is a Senior Data Scientist at The Messina Group, a consulting firm in Washington, DC operating in the political and corporate spheres. There, she builds models for understanding and predicting brand and political sentiment, using natural language processing, network analysis, and machine learning to help clients quantify public opinion using survey and social media data. Previously, Sarah was a data scientist on the analytics team for the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, where she was responsible for building favorability and turnout models and analyzing internal tracking poll results.

Sarah is passionate about using data for social good by informing decision-making in the public sector. Her Ph.D. dissertation research centered on modeling risk and reliability of critical infrastructure systems, with particular focus on electric power transmission systems. Before attending graduate school, Sarah worked at RTI International where she supported numerous environmental and human health risk assessment projects for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sarah holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Her first computer was an Apple IIGS.


Trish O'Connor

Engineer at iStrategyLabs

Trish O'Connor is an Engineer at ISL (iStrategyLabs), an award-winning digital agency founded on innovation based in Washington, D.C. She builds interactive digital and physical experiences using exciting technologies like AR, VR, and Amazon's Alexa for some of the world's biggest brands, including Dell EMC, Monumental Sports, and National Geographic. She is passionate about using the magic of emerging technologies to delight and inspire.

In 2018, Trish was a recipient of the DCFemTech Awards, which honor Power Women in Code, Design, and Data in the DC Metro area. She is also a Contributing Writer at IoT For All.

Trish studied electrical engineering at Tufts University and went on to earn her Master's in Innovation and Management at Tufts' Gordon Institute. When she's not coding or soldering, you can find her knitting, watching a Disney movie, or rooting for the Red Sox.



Valerie Woolard Srinivasan

Engineering Lead at Panoply

Bio: Valerie Woolard Srinivasan is an engineering team lead at Panoply in Washington, DC, where she builds tools for podcasters in Ruby on Rails. She has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Chicago, and bachelor's degrees in French and cognitive science from the University of California, Berkeley. She leads the Women Who Code DC algorithms meetup. In addition to programming, she will gladly speak at length about running, American musical theatre, vegan cooking, and podcast recommendations. She lives in DC with her husband, who is also her best editor and advocate.


Jacque Schrag

Web Developer and Data Visualizer at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Jacque is a web developer and data visualizer at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she works with foreign policy experts to build websites and interactive visuals that communicate policy recommendations on national security issues. She is passionate about the intersection of peace-building, data, and technology. A self-taught developer, she holds a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and a Bachelor of Arts in History. She participates in the Women Who Code DC community and was recently honored as a DCFemTech award winner. She is a lover of board games, trivia, and good books.


Liz Calka

Lead User Experience Designer at National Geographic

Liz Calka is a Lead User Experience Designer at National Geographic where she leverages her dual expertise in UX and visual design to create design systems, community products, and storytelling interfaces for the brand’s digital properties. She looks to apply design thinking in all aspects of her work, and enjoys making complex problems simpler. '

Prior to National Geographic, Liz was a Senior User Experience Designer at Bloomberg designing data-driven products for government affairs professionals. Liz has also worked at Interface Media Group and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and has created experiences for websites, applications, award-winning video games, and museum exhibitions.

Outside of her day job, Liz is an active member of the DC creative community and works with a number of organizations to mentor and connect creative women. She is also a freelance photographer, and a House Tour Contributor for Apartment Therapy where she finds, photographs, and writes about beautiful homes.

Workshop Leaders


Patsy Mangas

Founder of She Rocks the World

Patsy has always believed in the strength of women. While working in television, she produced a documentary on the history of women’s right to vote. The resilience and courage of the women, who had to convince men to give women the right to vote, made a strong impact. Inspired by these strong, resilient women, Patsy set out to counter the message that television and social media sends to girls – that they are not smart enough, not thin enough and not pretty enough. She began by holding focus groups among teenage girls to find out what was really going on in their lives. Determined to empower girls and introduce them to strong, resilient women, Patsy created The Virginia Girls’ Summit. The Virginia Girls’ Summit quickly sold out two years in a row and their teenage ambassadors, who create each summit, asked for more than just a one day event. She now leads She Rocks The World (SRTW), an online platform for teenage girls to share their voices throughout the U.S. and the world.


Shannon Turner

Founder of Hear Me Code, Full-Stack Developer

Shannon Turner is the founder of Hear Me Code, an organization offering free, beginner-friendly coding classes for 3000 women in DC. Hear Me Code focuses on leadership development, peer mentoring, and turning students into teachers. In 2015, Shannon was named one of Washington’s Tech Titans by the Washingtonian. She currently serves on DC’s Open Government Advisory Board and hopes to empower DC residents to participate in local government.


Rebecca Rice

API Engineer at Mapbox

Rebecca is an API Engineer at Mapbox. She helps ensure all of Mapbox's maps and services are running smoothly. Lately she's been working on making all of Mapbox's cloud infrastructure deployable in offline environments. Rebecca first pursued her interest in maps at George Mason University, where she obtained her bachelors degree in Geography and masters in Cartography.


Vanessa Cancino

Sales Development at Mapbox

Vanessa focuses on sales development to connect developers and companies with Mapbox. Before joining Mapbox, Vanessa helped public sector clients across federal, state and local government understand and implement digital technology to drive citizen engagement. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Music from the George Washington University.


Dana Sulit

Product Designer and Developer at Mapbox

As a product designer and developer on the Studio team, Dana builds thoughtful, user-focused solutions for Mapbox’s map design application. Dana supports the team at all stages of product development, all the while balancing implementation practicality with creativity and optimism. Before Mapbox, Dana studied graphic design at Syracuse University.


Judy Yang

Economist at the World Bank, Leader of DataKind DC

Judy is an economist in the international development field and a leader of DataKind DC. She currently works on poverty related issues, from data collection and measurement to understanding it's determinants. She also has professional experience in topics including migration, the business environment, household welfare, and access to finance. Outside of work, she enjoys running, traveling, art, and being a part of the DC data community!