Chicago CDAO Executive Summit

November 2, 2021 | Marriott Marquis Chicago

November 2, 2021
Marriott Marquis Chicago

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Chicago's top CDAOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Embedding D&A in business strategy and results

Reengineering decision-making across the business

Scaling a data-first culture

Chicago CDAO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CDAOs, for CDAOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Kristina Chambers

Chief Data Officer

Bill Clarkin

VP, Head of Data & Analytics

Mike Jennings

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Senior Director, Customer Data Platform (CDP) for Marketing Technologies

Scott Kaufman

Baker Tilly
Chief Analytics and Data officer

Madhav Madaboosi

BP United States
Head of Digital Transformation, Future Midstream & Strategy

Andrea Marks

Vice President, Clinical Performance

Nalini Polavarapu

Bayer Corporation
Vice President - Enterprise Analytics and Data Science

Salema Rice

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Tammy Roust

Chief Data Officer

Kevin Salzmann

BMO Harris
US Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Gagan Singh

Chief Data Officer

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CDAO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Chicago CDAO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


November 1, 2021

November 2, 2021

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

11:25am - 12:40pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

11:45am - 1:15pm  Lunch Service

12:40pm - 1:00pm  Break

1:00pm - 1:05pm  Lunch Comments

1:05pm - 1:35pm  Keynote

The CDO as a Change Agent — How to Drive Transformational Change in Data & Analytics

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Kevin Fleet

VP, Advisory Services


In today’s era of digital transformation, successful Chief Data Officers must be able to drive change while bridging the gap between business and technology teams. Overcoming the challenges of gaining alignment across the organization, balancing short and long term objectives, and connecting data capabilities to business outcomes is critical. This session will share best practices and a strategic framework for addressing these challenges through a comprehensive data strategy to transform your organization’s data and analytics capabilities.

Join your peers for a session focused on:

  • Aligning data strategies with desired business outcomes
  • Defining clear metrics to help measure the impact of your D&A program
  • Overcoming enterprise complexities to gain greater insights and drive value

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

Breaking Ground - How to Approach Data Strategy

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Kristina Chambers

Chief Data Officer


By creating a vision, building a strategy, and illustrating the journey for business leaders, Kristina Chambers makes data a key differentiator at TTX. As the CDO, Kristina is taking a systematic and collaborative approach to implementing a data strategy that will propel TTX into a data-driven enterprise.

Join this session as Kristina describes her approach to data strategy:

  • Assessing the hidden obstacles — Collaborating with key stakeholders for better outcomes
  • Simplifying modernization — Navigating through a complex landscape of technologies
  • Leading a cultural evolution — Data moves front and center
  • The balancing act — Realizing continuous value for stakeholders while making progress towards long-term goals

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

The Multi-Dimensional Data Strategy in Action

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Peter Jackson

Chief Data and Analytics Officer


Data and analytics leaders must be the conduit of value to the entire enterprise, but there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to data strategy. D&A executives must communicate what is possible across the C-suite, enact strategies that generate insights now while building capability for the future and drive key changes to operating and business models. 

Join this session as Exasol's Peter Jackson shares how to:

  • Communicate and articulate data value and strategy to key stakeholders across the business
  • Build the proper D&A foundations to create immediate impact and long-term viability
  • Visualize the role of the CDO as change agent for business and operating models

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Data Literacy – Empowering Collaborative Business Intelligence

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Jorge Balestra

Global Head of ML Operations and Platforms

Kraft Heinz

Data is the primary asset to organizations to drive their business innovations efforts. Turning data into insights is a team effort that must be practiced among all employees to advance a company’s overall objectives. Join Jorge Balestra, Global Head Machine Learning Operations and Platforms of Kraft Heinz, to learn how to generate and source compelling innovation ideas, rapidly evaluate those ideas, and partner effectively with external organizations.

Join this session as he shows ways to:

  • Empower stakeholders with tools to make innovative fact-based decisions
  • Use self-service BI to develop collaborative business intelligence
  • Increase awareness of organizational data literacy

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Gaining Value from Your Data

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Patrick Hennessey

VP of Data and Analytics


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Pula Reddy

Head of Global Data and Analytics

CNH Industrial America

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Chad Konchak

Assistant Vice President, Clinical Analytics

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Data teams spend countless hours building interpretable predictive models in an effort to optimize customer interactions and drive the business forward. But many of these same teams are also experiencing pitfalls that are preventing them from achieving their desired results.

Join, Andela’s VP of Data and Analytics, Patrick Hennessey and your peers to discuss:

  • Preventing the pitfalls from traditional data warehouse models
  • Identifying why the phrase “data-driven culture” can be misleading
  • Overcoming the aversion to challenging problems and experimentation

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

From Raw Data to Measurable Business Impact

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Tammy Roust

Chief Data Officer

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Michael Nixon

Vice President of Product Marketing


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Dessa Gypalo

Chief Data Officer

Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology

Data democratization is increasingly important to the digital enterprise. For data-powered organizations that seek to deliver advanced analytics at scale, instilling a culture of data dexterity throughout the enterprise ensures the execution of high impact projects and business outcomes.

This session will cover:

  • Generating enterprise intelligence through data access, repeatable data projects and transparent data transformation
  • Methods for creating business value by leveraging data literacy and decision management
  • Strategies for aligning data and analytics strategy to enterprise goals for demonstrable ROI

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

How to Create and Maintain Business Value With AI

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Conor Jensen

VP, Data Science


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Rajeeve Kaul

Corp Vice President- Global Pricing Officer


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Prashant Mehrotra

Head of AI Center of Excellence


Harvard Business Review estimates that AI will add $13 trillion to the global economy over the next decade. Despite this, organizations struggle to actually generate tangible business value with AI, meaning their efforts have fallen short when it comes to making key processes and functions better, faster, or more cost-effective.

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Tracking value creation as early and as often as possible
  • Operationalizing AI projects in parallel to infrastructure transformation projects
  • Balancing auditability and permission management to avoid stagnating the organization’s efforts

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Building a Modern Data Strategy

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Kathy Koontz

Principal, AWS Analytic Platform Strategy

Amazon Web Services

Applying old organizational models and methodologies to modern cloud technology won’t allow companies to achieve the kind of results and agility they expect. Companies need an operating model, organizational model, and data literacy approach that enables data-driven decision making throughout an organization.

In this session, we will explore:

  • The people, process and technology considerations in building a modern data strategy
  • Methods for driving agility across the business
  • Getting your teams into a data-first mindset

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

The Gravity of Data - “If You Build It, They Will Come”

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Mohan Putcha

Global Vice President – Digital Transformation, Architecture & Product Strategy

Aon Corporation

Over the last four years, Aon has been on a journey to create a cloud-based analytics platform for a global enterprise. As the Global VP – Architecture & Service Strategy at Aon Corporation. Mohan will discuss how the team built a business case and gained stakeholder buy-in through a persona based approach, recreated a funding approach to help scale the platform, and changed the minds of leaders across the enterprise.

Join Mohan as he illustrates his journey:

  • Starting small, scaling fast — using a persona-based approach and charging model
  • Enabling better results — removing friction in the value chain
  • Bringing security along in the journey — building trust and resilience
  • Enabling business outcomes — delivering value to clients and colleagues

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Future-proofing Your Architecture Through Successful Data Strategies

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Jason Hughes

Product Director


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Amit Patil

Global Leader, Data Strategy & Innovation

SRS Distribution

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Dave Sawdey

Principal, Global Leader of Portfolio Analytics and Business Intelligence

Avison Young

Organizations are looking beyond traditional strategies to adopt modern, future-proof data architectures to accelerate analytics. And they want to make it happen while keeping costs under control — a strategy Gartner research says is crucial for modern data management programs.

Join this interactive boardroom session to discuss:

  • Limitations of legacy and traditional architectures
  • Top trends for a successful data and analytics strategy
  • Benefits of modern open data architectures

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Combatting a Culture of Apathy – Driving Data Ownership Across the Business

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Kevin Fleet

VP, Advisory Services


Bill Clarkin headshot

Bill Clarkin

VP, Head of Data & Analytics


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Ranjana Young

Global Head of Enterprise Data & Analytics

Cardinal Health

As CDOs continue to develop programs aimed at achieving the goals and objectives set by the business, leaders outside of your data organization must take responsibility for contributing to the success of the programs set before them. Processes that are linked to creating clean data are often out of your control, so having a plan to address those leaders and their teams is an important part of your success.

In this session, we'll discuss:

  • Educating key stakeholders around why they should take responsibility for best data practices

  • Understanding archetypes for change acceptance within your organization 

  • Using storytelling to influence departments to embrace quality data processes

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Breakout Session

Enabling the Digital Business through Improved Use of Data

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Madhav Madaboosi

Head of Digital Transformation, Future Midstream & Strategy

BP United States

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Mike Jennings

Senior Director, Customer Data Platform (CDP) for Marketing Technologies

Walgreens Boots Alliance

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Sid Raina

Divisional VP Data and Analytics

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Leveraging, integrating and utilizing data across different parties and channels is critical to gaining meaningful insights about your customers and/or users. In this panel discussion, Mike Jennings with Walgreens, Sid Raina with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Madhav Madaboosi with BP US discuss the data strategies they’re implementing to build a more personalized experience for the consumer.

Join this panel discussion to learn how your peers are:

  • Identifying the customer/user — leveraging digital channels for the best outcomes
  • Utilizing automation — personalizing the business lifecycle
  • Driving value and insights — enhancing the user experience

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Mobilizing your Data Strategy to Become a Data-Driven Enterprise

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Patrick Leonard

Global Lead of Analytics Advisory


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Farouk Ferchichi

Chief Data & Analytics Officer


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Kathy Koontz

Principal, AWS Analytic Platform Strategy

Amazon Web Services

Gaps in the use of data and analytics grow wider as organizations continue to struggle with data literacy. The cultural acceptance of D&A is essential to delivering better business outcomes, yet CDOs face the challenge of business leaders not leveraging the true value of information assets.

In this session, CDOs will explore strategies for:

  • Creating a data literacy initiative for the entire enterprise
  • Expanding data and analytics core competencies to increase self-service capabilities
  • Gaining leadership buy-in to effect real culture change

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Looking Critically at Governance – Getting More from Your Approach

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Gagan Singh

Chief Data Officer


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Kevin Salzmann

US Chief Data & Analytics Officer

BMO Harris

Data leaders understand that strong governance tethers D&A strategy to business value. But rather than facilitate better data usage across the enterprise, many governance approaches falter because they are overly restrictive or lack proper business context and clarity. In this conversation, data officers share tools and techniques for better, value-first data governance.

Come prepared to discuss:

  • Key attributes of better governance models for the agile, digital enterprise

  • Tools for communicating the ROI of governance in value terms to engage the business

  • A standardized approach to governance across the organization

3:50pm - 4:05pm  Break

4:05pm - 4:10pm  Closing Comments

4:10pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

Reimagining What’s Possible to Reinvent the Future

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Tim Suther

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Data Solutions

Change Healthcare

We have reached a point in history where so much beyond our imagination is possible. Today’s technology, tools and data allows us to tackle some of the largest healthcare and economic challenges the globe as ever seen – and enables us to solve them. Join this interactive keynote with Tim Suther, SVP & GM, Data Solutions at Change Healthcare to learn how his organization’s insights and technology have both fueled and inspired the healthcare system during a global pandemic. 

In this session, Tim will tell his story and answer questions about:

  • Changing the paradigm – an outcome-based approach to healthcare, health disparities and economics 
  • Building cross-industry trust and collaboration – data governance, risk transparency and usage principles to systematically remove contention
  • Shaping the possible – Asking ‘how can we?’, and ‘why would we?’

4:40pm - 5:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

November 1, 2021

November 2, 2021

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Venue & Accommodation

Marriott Marquis Chicago

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Marquis Chicago at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-877-303-0104. Please mention Evanta Chicago Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $274 USD (plus tax) is October 22, 2021.

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