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Minneapolis CDAO Executive Summit

May 9, 2024 | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

May 9, 2024
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Minneapolis'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:

Navigating the Future - Data Strategies for Transformative Leadership

Harnessing AI and Machine Learning for Competitive Advantage

Building Resilient Data Infrastructures for the Future

Minneapolis 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

Sridher Arumugham

Digikey
Chief Data Analytics Officer

Ylan Kazi

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
Chief Data Officer

Jeremy Lembeck

Land O'Lakes
Head of Data and Analytics

Stephanie Lenzner

Mayo Clinic
Chair, Data & Analytics

Thomas Moore

Xcel Energy
Senior Director, Data and Analytics

Keith Narr

Cargill
Cargill Data Lead

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 Minneapolis 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.

Agenda


May 9, 2024

7:45am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

Generative AI — Moving Beyond Hype and Hysteria

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Bill Franks

Analytics and AI Expert, Author

Guest Speaker

Generative AI rapidly emerged from obscurity in late 2022, captivating not only the AI and data science communities but also the wider public. Amidst sensationalism and misinformation, this presentation aims to offer a balanced perspective on generative AI, clarifying its true nature, strengths and challenges. Attendees will gain a clearer understanding of its potential impact on our world and practical applications for both personal and professional endeavors.

Join Bill Franks as he explores how to:

  • Discern real potential amid generative AI buzz
  • Plan the strategic role of AI within your organization
  • Apply generative AI for tangible benefit

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Data Mesh, Data Fabric, Data Warehouse… Who Cares?

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Tonio Lora

Principal Cloud Data Architect

Microsoft Corporation

We all agree that we cannot agree on what “perfect” data architecture is. The perfect solution is the one that works best for your company and it is often a hybrid of multiple data management systems and types of architectures. What are some successful hybrid approaches and how can you find the approach that is perfect for you?

Join this session to learn:

  • Crafting a hybrid strategy tailored to your organization’s unique needs
  • Designing architectures that meet business challenges
  • Assessing the impact of your architecture on business outcomes and processes

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Accelerating Analytic Insights for Strategic Transformation

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Mike Frasca

Field Chief Technology Officer

Reltio

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Erik Erickson

Chief Data Officer

Hennepin County

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Jeremy Lembeck

Head of Data and Analytics

Land O'Lakes

As AI continues to advance, the drive for more sophisticated and insightful analytics is becoming a cornerstone for strategic transformation in organizations. Yet, the journey is often obstructed by outdated systems, fragmented data landscapes, and complex regulatory hurdles. The need for streamlined data management and unification has never been more critical, promising significant advancements in operational efficiency and strategic insights.

Join this roundtable discussion as CDAOs discuss:

  • Strategies for integrating and leveraging real-time data across the organization
  • Utilizing AI to enhance the productivity of data teams and the precision of analytics
  • Transitioning from outdated systems to a cohesive data unification framework

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDAOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: christopher.cresci@evanta.com

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

AI Readiness — Going from Big Data to Better Data

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Patrick Wolf

Strategy and Value Engineering

Qlik

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Yan Ding

SVP, Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Acadia Healthcare

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Charles Woosley IV

VP Data Analytics

Sedgwick

There is so much potential with AI, but also so many new risks. Setting the correct foundation by designing with purpose and value will lead to trusted, better data. But how do you get to this point?

Join this interaction roundtable as CDAOs discuss:

  • Building a robust, trusted foundation for AI
  • Responsibly exposing data to AI
  • Pinpointing the source of troubles within the tech stack

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDAOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: christopher.cresci@evanta.com

10:25am - 11:05am  Networking Break

10:30am - 10:55am  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'll be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

Ensuring Governance Amid Digital Innovation

In today’s dynamic landscape, organizations often push to operationalize new technologies given the promising and innovative use cases. However, data and analytics leaders must spearhead a governed approach to eliminate risks and generate value. Effective strategies are needed to confidently implement AI with governance as a dependable safety net.

Join this session to explore:

  • Operationalizing AI governance and model monitoring
  • Managing enterprise risk and reputation
  • Ensuring compliance through a changing regulatory landscape

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

Law & Order — Unveiling AI's Legal Boundaries

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Eran Kahana

AI, Cybersecurity, and Intellectual Property Attorney

Maslon LLP

While AI technologies evolve at a breakneck pace, the law and ethical standards governing their development get lost in the process. In response, legislators, regulators, standard setting organizations and other stakeholders are working to ensure AI development and use aligns with principles like “trustworthy,” “safe,” and “ethical” — but this is a slow process that has so far fallen short.

Join this session with AI, cybersecurity and IP law expert Eran Kahan as he offers actionable insights on:

  • AI Core Principles
  • Implementing effective AI Policies and Procedures
  • Fostering Cross-Divisional Collaboration

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Evolving Data Strategies in the Age of AI

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Catalina Herrera

Field CDO

Dataiku

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Kapil Narang

Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Ameriprise Bank

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QingHui Yuan

Senior Director - Data Science, Modeling, and Sensing

Donaldson

As organizations move into the era of data-driven decision-making, AI and machine learning carry huge potential benefits. As seen with other data capabilities, organizations still face challenges around data quality, scalability and accessibility. D&A leaders must adapt data strategies to leverage AI and machine learning, enhancing innovation and governance standards.

Join this roundtable discussion to learn how to:

  • Integrate AI capabilities within your data strategy
  • Implement trustworthy standards in AI and analytics
  • Foster organizational agility through scalable and accessible data products

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDAOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: christopher.cresci@evanta.com

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Data as a Strategic Asset

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Andrew Miller

Head of Data and Business Analytics

Danfoss

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Andrea Wehrung

Director, Data Strategy & Governance

Apogee

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Tim Deutsch

Chief Data Officer

Sentara Healthcare

Data as a product transforms data management, posing challenges for CDAOs in data quality, compliance and culture. Adopting robust governance, user-centric design and collaboration, CDAOs can overcome these hurdles, unlocking innovation opportunities and guiding organizations towards value-driven data utilization.

Join this round table discussion as peers discuss:

  • Transforming organizational data management
  • Addressing data quality and compliance challenges
  • Unlocking innovation through strategic responses

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDAOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: christopher.cresci@evanta.com

11:50am - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

1:10pm - 1:35pm  Break

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

Executive Presenting by OneTrust

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1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

CDAO Evolution — Branding, Trends, and Adaptability

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Sridher Arumugham

Chief Data Analytics Officer

Digikey

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Karla Hillier

Director, Decision Science & Advanced Analytics

Trane Technologies

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Brandt Vettel

Chief Data Officer

Metropolitan Council

A Gartner study reveals the average CDAO tenure is 2.4 years, highlighting the critical evolutionary journey of seasoned CDAOs as they navigate executive inclusion, adapt to rapid technological advancements, assert thought leadership, master essential skills and envision the role's trajectory. This highlights the need for CDAOs to quickly adapt and shape the future of data leadership, emphasizing their growing strategic importance.

Join this session as tenured CDAOs discuss:

  • Branding as enterprise data and analytics leaders
  • Anticipating strategic CDAO positioning with future trends
  • Emphasizing adaptability and continuous learning

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Data Democratization — Shattering Barriers, Driving Innovation

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Derek Boerner

Senior Vice President, Data Analytics Director

U.S. Bank

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Eric Gonzalez

VP, Business Intelligence Architecture

Eastern Bank

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Matt Wells

Head of Business Intelligence & Analytics

Minnesota Wild

Data democratization empowers individuals in organizations to access, analyze and utilize data for decision-making and innovation. Yet, challenges persist in ensuring data reliability, security and fostering a culture of utilization. CDAOs lead this transformation, navigating governance complexities and championing transparency and collaboration.

Join this roundtable discussion as CDAOs discuss how to:

  • Strategically navigation of governance and privacy regulations
  • Effectively techniques for championing transparency and collaboration
  • Innovative approaches to overcome data utilization challenges

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDAOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: christopher.cresci@evanta.com

2:20pm - 3:00pm  Networking Break

2:25pm - 2:50pm  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'll be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Breakout Session

Everyday Risk Management in the Digital Age

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Matt Vogt

VP, Global Solutions Architecture

Immuta


Everyday tasks, no matter how mundane or difficult, come with risks. In the digital space – and data management in particular – the swift pace of evolution amplifies these risks. For data and analytics leaders, mastering adaptable policies and responsible data stewardship is the key to turning these challenges into opportunities for innovation and security.

Join this session to learn how to:

  • Identify the omnipresent risks in digital data management
  • Navigate risk management complexities in continuously evolving digital ecosystems
  • Leverage a data security platforms for strategic policy enforcement and enhanced data security


3:00pm - 3:45pm  Breakout Session

Laying The Ground Work — An Interactive Session

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Anandh Asokan

VP, Head of Enterprise Integration Engineering and Services

Thrivent

To prepare their enterprises for the successful adoption of AI, CDAOs are initiating a fundamental shift towards strengthening core aspects like data literacy, governance and ethical AI practices. They confront obstacles including varying levels of data understanding among employees, the intricacies of setting up effective governance protocols and the ethical dilemmas posed by AI technologies. By advocating for a holistic approach that includes educational workshops, strategic planning and cross-departmental collaboration, CDAOs are laying the groundwork for overcoming these challenges and ensuring a smooth, ethical AI integration across the enterprise.

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Unlocking competitive edge through ethical AI practices
  • Data literacy - The keystone of AI innovation
  • Collaborative strategies for seamless AI integration

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Crafting Conversations on Value

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Brad LeBlanc

Interim Chief Information Officer and Enterprise Architect

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

Data and analytics leaders are pivotal in melding the complex world of data with strategic business objectives, turning data-driven insights into actionable decisions and measurable success. Yet, accurately aligning KPIs with ever-evolving organizational goals amidst the flux of data sources and technological growth poses a significant challenge. As CDAOs chart a course through these challenges, the question arises: How will they reshape the landscape of decision-making and drive organizational growth into the future?

Join this roundtable discussion as CDAOs unravel strategies to:

  • Synchronize data initiatives and business aspirations, crafting a unified vision
  • Master the evolving data-technology landscape, turning challenges into opportunities
  • Foster an ethos where data drives transformation

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDAOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: christopher.cresci@evanta.com

3:45pm - 4:10pm  Break

4:10pm - 4:45pm  Keynote

Elevating Data and Analytics to a Business Discipline

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Ylan Kazi

Chief Data Officer

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

Integrating data as a core business discipline is essential for informed strategic decisions and fostering innovation. Organizations face challenges in data integration, ensuring quality and building a data-centric culture. By prioritizing analytics and promoting collaboration across teams, organizations can unlock valuable insights, improve operational efficiencies and gain competitive advantages, highlighting the critical role of data in shaping the future of business strategy and innovation.

Join this presentation to learn how to:

  • Promote CDAO leadership in aligning enterprise-wide data strategies with business priorities
  • Maximize impact through focused business analytics efforts
  • Developing an organizational data culture that has traction

4:45pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

5:00pm - 7:30pm  Private Reception

Governing Body Reception

Governing Body members host this reception for attendees to celebrate the close of the summit with an evening of peer networking.

May 9, 2024

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Venue & Accommodation

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

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Key Partner
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Community Program Manager


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

Christopher Cresci

Community Program Manager

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christopher.cresci@evanta.com