Chicago CDAO Inner Circle

March 23, 2023 | The Gage

March 23, 2023
The Gage

Collaborate with your peers

Join Chicago's top CDAOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Instituting the proper operating model, governance and processes for self-service

Building a data-literate workforce to interpret data sets

Chicago CDAO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

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
Senior Director, Business Analytics


March 23, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Enabling Self-Service Data to Drive Organizational Success

Richard Cramer headshot

Richard Cramer

Chief Strategist, Healthcare and Life Sciences


Don Fleschut headshot

Don Fleschut

Chief Data Officer


Vishal Chawla headshot

Vishal Chawla

Enterprise Data Leader

Kemper Corporation

Matthew Kelly headshot

Matthew Kelly

SVP, Digital & Automation

Northern Trust Asset Management

Socrates Krishnamurthy headshot

Socrates Krishnamurthy

Principal Data Scientist

The Kraft Heinz Company

Prashant Mehrotra headshot

Prashant Mehrotra

Head of AI Center of Excellence


Prasannal Nithyanandam headshot

Prasannal Nithyanandam

Head of Data and Advanced Analytics

Volkswagen Group of America

As businesses work to become more data-driven, it's crucial to promote the sourcing and consumption of data outside the IT organization. Self-service data models are becoming more popular, bringing flexibility, speed and agility to decision makers. However, if deployed without the proper protocols and technologies in place, self-service models will fail. In order to be successful, data and analytics leaders must ensure they take inventory of D&A assets, promote collaboration across teams, improve data literacy, enhance and standardize technologies as well as implement adaptive governance for analytics. 

In this interactive discussion, CDAOs will explore strategies to enable self-service data models.

Topic 1:  Instituting the proper operating model, governance and processes for self-service

  • What does self-service mean to you?
  • Is your operating model currently set up to enable self-service models and analytics?
  • How do you balance self-service with governance?

Topic 2: Building a data-literate workforce to interpret data sets

  • How important are the cultural aspects of enabling self-service? 
  • How are you training teams across your organization to discern and incorporate data into decision making?
  • How are you building context into data and monitoring quality to maintain trust?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

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

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The Gage


Parking Information

Grant Park North Garage

25 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60602

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