Chicago CDAO Inner Circle

March 21, 2024 | Prime & Provisions

March 21, 2024
Prime & Provisions

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:

Resetting your D&A governance framework for AI

Supporting a data-centric culture by inspiring fluency

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

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
Health Care Management Technology Delivery Leader

Vijay Rajandram

Northern Trust Asset Management
Chief Data Officer


March 21, 2024

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

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Succeeding in a World Fueled by Generative AI

Andy Ashta headshot

Andy Ashta

Global Head of Data Management and Platform Strategy


John Hassman headshot

John Hassman

Analytics Leader


Gokula Mishra headshot

Gokula Mishra

VP, Data Science & AI/ML

Direct Supply

Eric Petrucci headshot

Eric Petrucci

SVP, Data Office

Guaranteed Rate

Wei Manfredi headshot

Wei Manfredi

VP of Global Architecture, Data and Generative AI


Amy Horowitz headshot

Amy Horowitz

VP, Data Governance and Privacy Domain


With the debut of generative AI, the world of work has changed forever. This new cutting-edge capability transforms operations for data and analytics leaders, but also disrupts all organizational functions around the globe. According to Gartner, by 2027, the productivity value of AI will be recognized as a primary economic indicator of national power. And by 2026, Gartner predicts the chief data and analytics officers' ability to deliver data and AI literacy, culture and a skilled workforce will be a top-three determining factor in supporting business strategy. How can the CDAO reset D&A governance and influence culture to execute successful D&A strategy? 

In this interactive discussion, CDAOs will explore strategies and best practices in building a robust foundation to drive business and innovation with AI.

Topic 1: Resetting your D&A governance framework for AI

  • Do you currently have a strategy for governing AI? 
  • Are there any changes happening to your data and analytics governance framework? 
  • Do you have the proper people, processes and technology in place to evolve with next generation governance? 

 Topic 2: Supporting a data-centric culture by inspiring fluency

  • Are you able to effectively communicate the value of your D&A program? 
  • How are you developing the core competencies of the workforce to support D&A? 
  • How are you influencing a data-first mindset? 

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

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

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

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