Boston CDAO Virtual Executive Summit

June 2, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm EDT

June 2, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm EDT

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Boston CDAO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CDAOs today:

Foster a Strong Data and Analytics Function Through Leadership and Influence

Restructuring Data Strategy and Governance to Responsibly Deploy Generative AI

Enhance Data Literacy Across the Organization to Drive Business Value

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Mano Mannoochahr

The Travelers Companies Inc
SVP, Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Michael McHugh

Head of Data Engineering & Analytics

Sears Merritt

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co
Head of Data, Strategy & Architecture

John Pyhtila, Ph.D

Mass General Brigham
Chief Data & Analytics Officer

What to Expect

Connect with your CDAO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CDAO practitioners and thought leaders on how they’re approaching and solving critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


June 2, 2021

8:00am - 8:45am  EDT Keynote

Strategy First: The Key to AI Success

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Jonathan Wray



Matthew McCarville headshot

Matthew McCarville

Former Chief Data Officer

State of Florida

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Alex Aronov

Sr. Director and Head of Data Science

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Matt Griffiths

Vice President, Data-Driven Transformation

Stanley Black & Decker

Studies show that a mere 10% of direct organizations achieve financial benefits with AI. The reason: businesses often unwittingly deploy a set of tactics with their AI that’s in conflict with their overall strategic objectives. That can result in AI that actually destroys value. The solution: Strategy-first AI. To ensure payback, AI must take into account your strategic intent upfront. Deploy a portfolio of AI models that deliver recommendations that align to your overarching strategy, while optimizing your actions and reactions based on market shifts, cost-benefit tradeoffs, and capacity constraints. That way, the AI is always trained on your strategic intent, adjusts to changes, and continuously delivers value.

Join Aible to learn:

  • Why 90% of AI projects fail to deliver value and how you can reverse that equation
  • How the tactics of an AI can directly contradict the strategy that your organization is trying to pursue and how to prevent that
  • How both large and small organizations have successfully gotten to multi-million-dollar benefits in the first month of using strategy-first AI technology

8:45am - 9:00am  EDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am  EDT Executive Boardroom

Agility & Efficiency for Smarter Decision Making

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Doug Bryan

AI Strategist


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Michelle Hoiseth

Chief Data Officer, Corporate VP


In the wake of a worldwide disruption, there is a sense of uncertainty for many organizations. Data is moving faster than ever and it is critical for organizations to increase agility and make smarter business decisions to maintain their competitive advantage.

In this session you will discuss:

  • Exploiting new business opportunities while focusing on the most valuable investment priorities
  • Methods for managing disruptive forces and changing market conditions to better serve customers and collaborate more effectively with strategic partners
  • Tactics for moving beyond center-out strategies to create agile data and analytics strategies to deliver a competitive advantage

9:00am - 10:00am  EDT Executive Boardroom

Automation for Improved Data Intelligence

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Peggy Tsai

Vice President of Data Solutions


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Michal Cenkl

Director of Innovation and Technology


Data leaders have immense quantities of data at their fingertips; but the volume, variety and speed of which data sources continue to grow make it impossible to manage manually, leading to necessary automation for effective data management. Enriching traditional data catalogs with automation and machine learning capabilities enable CDOs to champion successful data management strategies.

In this session, you will discuss:

  • Empowering collaboration and trust in data through strategic data stewardship
  • Best practices for cleaning the data environment to reduce risk and the cost of storing data
  • Methods for utilizing ML & AI to create a comprehensive data environment for data intelligence

10:00am - 10:45am  EDT Keynote

Striving Toward Comprehensive Data Management

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Ed Macko

VP, Industry CTO, IBM Cloud & Cognitive


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Stephen Gatchell

Head of Governance

Bose Corp

Every successful enterprise understands the urgency of digital transformation. 2020 shifted focus to and highlighted the need for improved data management. The influx of new and large volumes of data requires synchronizing legacy systems with emerging technologies for improved data management and increased revenue.

This keynote will delve into:

  • Communicating data management and governance demands and strategies
  • Leveraging data lakes or warehouses to support the business at scale
  • Creating a culture of self-service to develop workflows that generate high performance models

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10:45am - 11:00am  EDT Break

11:00am - 12:00pm  EDT Executive Boardroom

Overcoming AI Mistrust and Bias to Bring Value and Opportunity

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Andrew Jacobus

VP, Insights and Data Science

Virgin Pulse

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Sally Embrey

VP, Public Health and Health Technologies


AI is increasingly used to drive innovation and efficiency; however, concerns remain, largely, how do we trust AI when it comes to decisions that directly impact customers and consumer outcomes? For AI and ML to be successfully deployed, it needs to overcome mistrust and bias.

This session will broadly discuss:

  • How usage of AI has advanced and transformed industries
  • Ideas and strategies for increasing trust and minimizing bias
  • Use cases for strategic AI initiatives throughout the enterprise

12:00pm - 1:30pm  EDT Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

June 2, 2021

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