Welcome to
R-Ladies Chicago!


R-Ladies Chicago!

R-Ladies Chicago was founded in July 2017 with the goal of supporting women and gender minorities who use R. Anyone with an interest in R is welcome - our group includes data scientists, career transitioners, academic researchers, industry experts, students, interested individuals, and others. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, we encourage you to attend a monthly Meetup!

Past R-Ladies events have included R workshops, career panels, networking events, and talks from package developers. If you’re interested in sharing your work at a R-Ladies event, we encourage you to reach out to chicago@rladies.org.

To see our upcoming meetings, check out our Meetup Page.

R-Ladies is a global community! Check out R-Ladies Global.

R-Ladies is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. We follow the R-Ladies International Code of Conduct.

This website was made via blogdown using the Academic theme. If you find a typo, please feel free to submit an issue / PR to this repo.


See our Meetup Page for the most up-to-date info about our upcoming events!

More Talks

Hacktoberfest: Hack or Treat!
Oct 29, 2019 6:00 PM
September Double Header: Connecting R/RMarkdown & Microsoft Word using StatTag
Sep 26, 2019 4:30 PM
September Double Header: Make a Personal Website with Blogdown in R
Sep 24, 2019 5:45 PM


Learn more about how to get involved in R-Ladies.

Join Us!

Join the R-Ladies Chicago Community!

Support Us!

R-Ladies relies on community support to host inclusive and informative events.

Study Groups

Study groups meet separately from our monthly meetups to talk about specific topics in R.

Last Wednesday, June 26, 2019, the R-Ladies Chicago got together for a Summer Social Meetup over wine and coding. It was a great opportunity to meet people, socialize and, of course, have some drinks! We were supposed to taste some beverages (wine tasting was optional, there were non-alcoholic drinks too) and rate them for a collaborative activity afterwards. So, what are the R-Ladies wine preferences? In this post I’ll present the data we produced in a simple tutorial.


Last Saturday, February 23, 2019, took place the R Forwards Women’s Package Workshop in Chicago at Center for Spatial Data Science, where Angela Li (CivicAngela) and Stephanie Kirmer (data_stephanie) conducted the workshop. 40 R-Ladies attended from different parts of the Chicago area to increase their abilities with R. Image Caption: Women’s Package Development Workshop Attendees What do we learn? We learned about packages, which are the fundamental units of reproducible R code.


Leadership Team

Meet the Chicago Executive Board!

Angela Li

Angela Li is the R Spatial Advocate for the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago, where she teaches R to the UChicago community! She is the founder of R-Ladies Chicago, having founded our chapter in July 2017. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from UChicago in June 2018. Angela loves using R to make maps!

Anne Corinne Carroll

Anne Corinne Carroll currently works at Rush Medical Center on the Assessment & Evaluation Team while pursuing a PhD in Occupational Health Psychology at East Carolina University. Previously she worked as a Content Analyst at Hanover Research where she focused on using surveys for program evaluation and school climate assessment. Anne uses R and her background in psychometrics and structural equation modeling to analyze a variety of survey data. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, kayaking, and exploring Chicago.

Zaynaib Giwa

Zaynaib (Ola) Giwa is a Clinical Data Analyst at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Zaynaib Giwa is a self-taught programmer who uses her talents as a consultant of small businesses and startups. Zaynaib has redesigned and maintains a website for the City of Champaign- Urbana Regional Planning Commission, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, and Performers Music. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Sciences. You can read about her latest projects on her blog, zenagiwa.wordpress.com.

Sushmita Gopalan

Sushmita Gopalan is a data scientist at the Northwestern Neighbourhood and Network Initiative at Northwestern University. She uses network and spatial analysis to understand the ways in which social ties, space and their intersection influence behaviour. She has a B.A./M.A. in Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and an M.A. in Computational Social Science from the University of Chicago. Sushmita uses R to wrangle data and make pretty maps and graphs.

Katherine Simeon

Katherine Simeon is a PhD Candidate in Communication Sciences & Disorders at Northwestern University. Her research looks at how experience with sound (or lack thereof) impacts language processing in children and individuals with hearing loss, specifically cochlear implant users. Katherine uses R for data cleaning, statistical analyses, & data visualization. In her free time, she enjoys knitting (both literally and with knitr) and running.

Caroline K. Williams

Caroline K. Williams is an aspiring data scientist. She was introduced to R at Blue1647 in May 2017. Before she moved to the US, she worked for an Indonesian non-profit organization in the field of Physics outreach. She recruited volunteers to organized the first Asian Physics Olympiad. She was also appointed as the head organizer of the first Indonesian Physics Amusement Park festival that attracted hundreds of participants. As a result, she was awarded a full scholarship from her work to finish her Master’s degree in Physics. While in colleges, she was elected as president of Society of Physics Students, attended the London International Youth Science Festival, and co-authored several Theoretical Physics papers published on Physical Review Journals. She also published articles in student newspaper and hiked mountains. She is passionate about science, environmental issues, and journalism. She enjoys volunteering, travelling, and outdoor activities.

Scarlett Winters

Scarlett Winters is a Data Integration Analyst at Strata Decision Technology and a Master’s student in Information Systems Management at Loyola Quinlan School of Business. She is interested in how to use R to explore inequalities toward the LGBTQ community, healthcare issues, as well as broader social-political topics. Scarlett has previous experience conducting analyses and visualizations within the telemedicine sector and academia. Presently, Scarlett is working with her Loyola colleagues to build an application based on emergency response data for Puerto Rican communities to use before, during, and after natural disasters. In her spare time, Scarlett enjoys running, traveling, cooking, and butch fashion.

Amy Yang

Amy Yang is a Sr. Data Scientist at Uptake where she conducts industrial analytics and build prediction models to major industries and help them increase productivity, security, safety and reliability.She began using R for simulation and statistical analysis during her study at the University of Pennsylvania where she received her MS degree in Biostatistics. She also teaches R programming and statistical courses for graduate students. During her free time, Amy enjoys playing board games with friends, skiing, and WERQ dance.

Board Alumni

We are grateful to former R-Ladies Chicago Board Members:

Abhinaya Konduru (2018-2019)
Amanda Dobbyn (2017-2018)
Kaelen Medeiros (2017-2018)



Interested in sponsoring R-Ladies Chicago? Please email us at chicago@rladies.org.

We are grateful to the following sponsors for supporting R-Ladies Chicago:

We are grateful to our sponsors for their essential contributions to R-Ladies Chicago