New York CDAO Virtual Executive Summit

May 11, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EDT

May 11, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EDT

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the New York CDAO Virtual Executive Summit.

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

Data Leadership and the CDO Role

Mastering the Intricacies of Data Management

Data governance, stewardship and quality as drivers of insight and action


Julia Bardmesser

Voya Financial
SVP, Head of Data, Architecture & Analytics

Olga Lagunova

Pitney Bowes
Chief Data Officer

Glenn Peipert

Chief Data Officer

What to Expect

Connect with your CDAO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CDAO practitioners and thought leaders on how they’re approaching and solving critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


8:00am - 8:45am  EDT Keynote

Agility and Efficiency Post-COVID

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Josh Poduska

Chief Data Scientist


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Joe Ray

Head of Applied Data Science and Engineering

Dell Technologies

The COVID-19 crisis and subsequent social and economic impacts have created even greater conditions of uncertainty. It is more critical than ever for organizations to increase agility and make smarter business decisions.

In this session you will discuss:

  • Tactics for creating agile data and analytics strategies to deliver a competitive advantage
  • Maximizing the ROI from data science and MLOps investments
  • Improving model velocity -- or the end-to-end pace by which models are developed, deployed and managed

8:45am - 9:00am  EDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am  EDT Executive Boardroom

Responsible AI & Ethical Data Practices

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Triveni Gandhi

Data Scientist


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Cecilia Dones

Global Director, Data & Analytics

Reckitt Benckiser

With the growing spotlight on data usage, data protection and responsible AI are now business imperatives. Hear how data leaders can implement responsible AI policies while balancing the needs of the business with ethical data use practices.

This boardroom discussion will explore:

  • Addressing ethical challenges in AI for earning stakeholder trust
  • Developing an organizational plan to address shifting regulations
  • Managing the legal, practical and ethical consequences of responsible AI

9:00am - 10:00am  EDT Executive Boardroom

Automation for Improved Data Intelligence

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Peggy Tsai

Vice President of Data Solutions


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Julia Bardmesser

SVP, Head of Data, Architecture & Analytics

Voya Financial

Data leaders have immense quantities of data at their fingertips; but the volume, variety and speed of which data sources continue to grow make it impossible to manage manually, leading to necessary automation for effective data management. Enriching traditional data catalogs with automation and machine learning capabilities enable CDOs to champion successful data management strategies.

In this session, you will discuss:

  • Empowering collaboration and trust in data through strategic data stewardship
  • Best practices for cleaning the data environment to reduce risk and the cost of storing data
  • Methods for utilizing ML & AI to create a comprehensive data environment for data intelligence

10:00am - 10:45am  EDT Keynote

Is your Data Ready for the Next Wave of Digital Transformation?

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Susan Wilson

VP Data Governance Segment Leader


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BJ Fesq

SVP, Chief Data Officer, Wholesale Bank

Wells Fargo

You’ve pursued cloud modernization for your infrastructure, applications, and analytics to capitalize on growth opportunities as pent up demand gets unleashed. Today’s data leaders are challenged to re-envision business models, optimize operations with finite budgets, and convert innovations into scalable capabilities. Now more than ever, companies are facing increased competition and seeking innovative ways to remain at the top of their industries. In a cloud-first world the only thing you own to drive competitive differentiation is your data. How you manage and use it determines whether you become an industry disruptor, or get left behind.

Join this session to:

  • Brainstorm business strategies for diverse data management and governance demands in tight financial environments
  • Debate organizational approaches to flexible and agile data operations to keep pace with evolving business needs
  • Discuss methods for operationalizing cost reduction processes at scale for maximum ROI

10:45am - 11:00am  EDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am  EDT Executive Boardroom

Data Strategies for Accelerated Insights

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Craig Stewart

Chief Technology Officer

SnapLogic Inc

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Vimal Tejwani

Vice President - Chief Architect Data and Analytics

National Football League

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Tembi Sibanda

Director, Enterprise Data


To achieve the desired quality of insights, data and analytics leaders need to focus on smart, non-exhaustive data management strategies and scalable systems. Data warehouse automation is a valuable way to rapidly ingest and utilize data to achieve better outcomes and higher ROI – but this requires a methodology that supports business requirements and accelerates productivity, decision-making, and business intelligence projects.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Strategies for identifying quick value-add opportunities stemming from enterprise-wide data integration
  • Methods for automating common workflows and core business processes to gain faster insights within an integrated cloud data warehouse
  • Best practices for driving confident decision-making based on access to trusted data

11:00am - 12:00pm  EDT Executive Boardroom

Data and Analytics Governance — From Compliance and Control to Data Sharing and Value

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Susan Wilson

VP Data Governance Segment Leader


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Connie Zhang

U.S. Data & Analytics Officer

Agricultural Bank of China

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Mark Kindy

Managing Director

Alvarez & Marsal

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John Baker

Executive Director, Manufacturing Data and Analytics

Merck & Co.

As companies accelerate digital transformation governance of data and analytics needs to shift from being compliance centric to business value centric. CDOs are the key persona to help organizations evaluate the balance between risk mitigation and data democratization.

Join in this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • Adapting the operating and governance models to balance data sharing and value with compliance and control
  • How to leverage new curation techniques to increase understanding and trust
  • How to leverage new consumption techniques to accelerate transformation and innovation

11:00am - 12:00pm  EDT Executive Boardroom

Gaining Certainty in an Uncertain Time — CDO's Blaze the Path Forward

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Andy Jaquith

Chief Information Security Officer & GM, Cyber


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Jim Young

Chief Data Officer - General Insurance


In an era of digitization,  risk exposure has increased rapidly due to the nature of transitive risks and dependencies driven by both connectivity and interdependence. In today’s world, it is clear that harm is no longer just the externally visible fire and flood; it underscores non-damage business interruption. CDOs have the opportunity to play a key role in combating these uncertainties with data-driven insights and strategies which will serve to increase transparency and protect their organizations.

Join us for this in-depth session as data and analytics leaders discuss:

  • How to navigate disparate data sources to find applicable insights
  • Building a shared understanding of dynamic risks across the organization
  • The pivotal role of CDOs in transforming risks into operational advantages

12:00pm - 12:45pm  EDT Keynote

Strategically Scaling Data Access and Data Sharing For Measurable Results

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Richard Geering

VP/GM - Financial Services & Insurance


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Srinath Reddy B

Head of Data & Innovation

Aon Corporation

It’s only a matter of time until organizations are entirely cloud-based. However, with more than half of organizations planning to adopt more than one cloud data platform in the next two years, DataOps and automated data access governance will be critical for breaking down data silos and ensuring analytics data does what it’s supposed to: drive business results.

Join Immuta and Aon for a session where you’ll learn:

  • The three biggest challenges for DataOps teams managing cloud data platforms and how to avoid them
  • Why traditional approaches to data access governance will become obsolete as real-time data analytics become necessary to compete
  • How Aon provides self-service data access and automated security across cloud data platforms, enabling collaborative data use and innovation at scale

11:00am - 12:00pm  EDT Executive Boardroom

AI with ROI: Delivering Results with Value and Urgency

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Em Radkowski

VP Global GTM Operations & Strategy


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Kurt Kendall

Chief Insights & Analytics Officer

Publishers Clearing House

As companies implement AI strategies at scale, they are faced with a number of challenges from piecemeal application of AI systems to mistrust and inherent bias. How then should CDOs approach distinguishing the markers of predictive intelligence within the organization, solving foundational challenges and transforming business opportunities into business value with maximum ROI?

This session will discuss strategies for:

  • Improving data collection, organization and analysis to modernize your data and take advantage of AI capabilities
  • Developing strategies for disseminating quality data throughout the enterprise for better business processes and faster insights
  • Identifying quick-value opportunities for strategic AI initiatives throughout the enterprise

12:45pm - 1:15pm  EDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CDO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the New York community. 

1:15pm - 1:30pm  EDT Break

1:30pm - 3:00pm  EDT Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

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Joseph Nattress

Senior Program Manager – Territory Specialist