Dallas CDAO Inner Circle

September 19, 2023 | The Constellation Club

September 19, 2023
The Constellation Club

Collaborate with your peers

Join Dallas'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:

Developing data strategies to support adoption of generative AI

Expanding self-service capabilities with generative AI

Dallas 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

Aamer Charania

Best Buy
Head of Applied Machine Learning

Jayadev Gopinath

SVP, Global Data Engineering

Sanjeev Kumar

Vice President, Data Analytics & AI

Mano Mannoochahr

The Travelers Companies Inc
SVP, Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Suzi Myers

Head of Enterprise Business Intelligence

Mark Nance

American Fidelity Corporation
Chief Data Officer

Phanii Pydimarri

Health Care Service Corporation
Head of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships

Latheef Syed

Head of Data Products, Data Engineering & Architecture


September 19, 2023

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

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Enabling Self-Service for Success in the Age of Generative AI

Amy Horowitz headshot

Amy Horowitz

VP of Data Governance - North America


Aamer Charania headshot

Aamer Charania

Head of Applied Machine Learning

Best Buy

Marcelo Casas headshot

Marcelo Casas

Chief Data Science Officer

GM Financial

Vino Kingston headshot

Vino Kingston

Head of Data Platforms & Technologies, Sr. Manager

Lockheed Martin

Amarnath Lingam headshot

Amarnath Lingam

Head of Enterprise Advanced Analytics & Data Science/AI


Atul Jain headshot

Atul Jain

Head of AI/ML and Data Platform Engineering and Ops


Mark Nance headshot

Mark Nance

Chief Data Officer

American Fidelity Corporation

In a world being transformed by generative AI, data leaders must enable their teams to adapt and thrive in the midst of rapid change. Self-service models are becoming more popular and are being enhanced with the power of AI, expanding model capabilities. But if augmented self-service tools are deployed and scaled without appropriate guardrails, they will fail. In order to be successful, data and analytics leaders must ensure they can quickly take advantage of expanding self-service capabilities, while modernizing data governance to balance data democratization and the ethical use of data for decision-making.  

In this interactive discussion, CDAOs will explore strategies to prepare for the adoption of generative AI and best practices to leverage AI-powered self-service models.

Topic 1: Developing data strategies to support adoption of generative AI

  • Are your data teams able to effectively feed data pipelines for AI?
  • How do you expect this to change to support new generative AI-powered applications?
  • How are you ensuring data privacy and protection of sensitive data? How will this be impacted by generative AI? 

Topic 2: Expanding self-service capabilities with generative AI

  • Are you planning to expand self-service capabilities leveraging generative AI?
  • How are you training teams across your organization to take advantage of these new capabilities?
  • How are you building context into data and monitoring quality and privacy requirements 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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Valet parking will be validated and is located behind the Central Tower

Dress Code

The Constellation Club is business casual. Although dress jeans are allowed, NO shorts, ball caps, flip flops, etc. are permissible

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