Chicago CDAO Executive Summit

October 2024 | Location Coming Soon

October 2024
Location Coming Soon

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:

Revising D&A strategy with a focus on generative AI

Enabling a culture of data fluency through psychological safety

Modernizing data governance with evolving business objectives

Chicago CDAO Governing Body

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


Kristina Chambers

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Shamsa Jafri

Wells Fargo
Analytics Executive, Head of Channel Marketing Science

Scott Kaufman

Baker Tilly
Chief Analytics and Data Officer

Madhav Madaboosi

Head of Digital Transformation, Future Midstream & Strategy

Prasannal Nithyanandam

Volkswagen Group of America
Head of Data and Advanced Analytics

Nalini Polavarapu

Bayer Corporation
Vice President - Enterprise Analytics and Data Science

Sid Raina

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Divisional VP, Data and Analytics

Kevin Salzmann

NXT Capital, LLC
Senior Director, Business Analytics

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.


Coming Soon

The CDAO Executive Summit agendas are driven by the mission-critical priorities identified among the community. Each agenda is uniquely crafted ‘by CDAOs, for CDAOs,’ and will be available closer to the gathering. All topics and sessions will be inspired by the following themes.

Implementing Adaptive Data Governance to Encompass Generative AI

In a world that values data as an asset, governance is paramount to harness the full potential of organizational insights. With generative AI emerging as a major advancement, data and analytics leaders must consider the risks, benefits and ethics to implement a governance program to address it.

Enabling a Data-Literate Workforce to Enhance Decision-Making

To sharpen decision-making, data and analytics leaders must upskill the workforce to embrace a culture that puts data first. To achieve this, leadership must foster an environment of continuous learning, educating the enterprise about the context of data and the analytics tools available.

Re-aligning Data Strategy to Meet an Evolving Digital Landscape

Augmenting workflows and improving the customer experience through artificial intelligence and machine learning are top of mind for CDAOs. Many are treating data as a product, evangelizing the value of analytics and optimizing operating budgets to do more with less.

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

Evanta cares about the health and safety of our community. Please review the following recommendations prior to attending the gathering.


Coming Soon

Venue information will be available shortly.

Community Program Manager

For inquiries related to this community, please reach out to your dedicated contact.

Andreina Pelaez

Community Program Manager