Chalcy Raja, currently volunteering as CIO for Women in Big Data non profit organization, has been a trailblazer in the area of big data, having worked as a data engineer, big data & analytics platform architect, data architect and strategist in various organizations since 2010. With her 20+ years in IT, she is known for creating high-performing teams using Agile/Lean development, automation and operational excellence, targeting faster deliverables, without compromising quality. She enjoys navigating uncharted territories.She coaches technology teams at various companies and recently launched the Equifax Women in Big Data Forum to help women connect and grow. She has a Master’s degree in Engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University, India and came to Louisiana Tech for a Doctoral program. She enjoys volunteering with non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Yearup etc., and is passionate about empowering women in data and technology. As a senior female leader in a male-dominated industry, she is dedicated to breaking through barriers for women.