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Leveraging Data Science for Equitable Entrepreneurship

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David Mongeau
The University of Texas at San Antonio, Founding Director, School of Data Science and Professor of Practice, University College

David Mongeau joined the SASW and UTSA community in July 2021.  He is accountable for leading the School of Data Science to the forefront of data science research, education, and value creation for government, industry, and community partners.  

David was previously Executive Director, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, University of California, Berkley; co-led the data analytics institute at The Ohio State University; and championed the concept and original proposal for a new company launched with $42M from seven corporations to meet their advanced analytics and cybersecurity needs.  The company is now Covail.  A decade ago, David completed a 25+ year career in communications, data, IT, and networking research at Bell Labs (Nokia, Alcatel, Lucent, AT&T).  He finished while launching a global consulting practice for digital transformation and began by working on the first C++ language compiler.  

David often speaks about data science workforce development strategies.  He is engaged in child advocacy (guardian ad litem) and suicide prevention (Samaritans, Inc.).  He holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.   

Washington Navarro, Founder/Business Developer

Founder and Business Developer for The Entrepreneurial World. 

I Excel at helping students find their value propositions and a strategy to achieve their goals to reach the different market segments they are approaching through experiential learning programs and tools to support skills development. 

A results-driven professional passionate about success, I have more than ten years of experience in team management and development.

In conjunction, my passion and knowledge about Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Software development, Project Management, Global Mindset, and Networking help me lead design, development, coordination, execution to achieve the best results.

Gallup Top 5 CliftonStrengths: Futuristic, Restorative, Learner, Includer, Individualization.

Vanessa Sansone
The University of Texas at San Antonio, Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Vanessa A. Sansone is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Her research interest focuses on the influence of college affordability, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and power structures & governance on the trajectories, experiences, and opportunities of historically underrepresented students. She was named as one of the 35 most outstanding women in higher education in 2020 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. And recognized by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) as a top Latina scholar for her service and scholarly contributions to the Latinx community. She hails from a historically underserved area of San Antonio and is a first-generation, low-income college student. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from UTSA, a Master of Education degree in Higher Education and Administration from UTSA, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio.

Join the Founding Director of UTSA's School of Data Science, David Mongeau, as he leads a distinguished panel of speakers in a conversation on the power of data science and how it will be reshaping the entrepreneurial landscape and talent funnel for decades to come.  

Joining him onstage will be Vanessa Sansone, assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UTSA, and Washington Navarro, Founder of The Entrepreneurial World.

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