Washington, DC CDAO Executive Summit

June 21, 2023 | Convene, 1201 Wilson Blvd

June 21, 2023
Convene, 1201 Wilson Blvd

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Washington, DC'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:

Promoting Business Growth and Modernization Through Data Governance

Building Data Architecture in the Cloud vs. On-Prem

Inspiring the Workforce to Adopt a Data-Centric Culture

Washington, DC 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

Aravind Jagannathan

Freddie Mac
VP, Single-Family Chief Data Officer

Peter Maynard

Guardian Life Insurance
Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Jodi Morton

Global and U.S. Chief Data Officer

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 Washington, DC 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.


June 20, 2023

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

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

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

Building Data Culture by Leveraging Information Governance

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Kelli Law

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Northrop Grumman

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Vijay Yadav

Director, Data Science, AI/ML


Siloed organizations and a lack of employee adoption minimize the value of data and analytics investments. With the right information governance framework in place and creative programs to establish a data-first mindset, your organization can maximize resources. In this keynote session, learn how Northrop Grumman and Merck are enhancing data culture through transparency and maximizing use of data and analytics enabled by information governance.

 Join this session to learn how they are:

  •  Putting data at the center of cross-team collaboration
  •  Building organizational trust through data quality
  •  Upskilling the workforce to keep pace with an evolving digital business

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Augmenting Intelligence To Accelerate

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Jyoti Chawla

CTO and Head of Architecture, CDO

Deutsche Bank

 To be successful in any industry, organizations must be able to transform their data into actionable insights. But you can't jump on the new, exciting AI rollercoaster without your governance safety harness.

Join this keynote to learn how senior data and analytics executives can:

  • Gain buy-in and demonstrate the need for advanced tools by showcasing digestible data use cases for leadership
  • Optimize existing processes and fueling innovation
  • Be prepared with right compute capabilities and governance strategies

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Leading With a Data-First Mindset

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Peter Maynard

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Guardian Life Insurance

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Andrea Gibbons

Chief Data Officer


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Adrianna Steele

Deputy CDO

Department of Homeland Security - FEMA

In an era of abundant data, chief data and analytics officers appreciate the move towards democratization and self-service. But in order for the workforce to take advantage and derive value from these resources, they must first be able to speak and use data properly.

Join this session as your peers discuss:

  • Gaining buy-in from internal stakeholders on your data strategy
  • Establishing a foundation of data literacy and a program for upskilling
  • Proving and measuring business impact of D&A initiatives

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Quality Despite Quantity — Managing Purposeful Data

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Kanthi Kiran Narayanasetty

Data Engineering Leader - Social Impact Products


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Srinivasa Chetlur

Director of Data Integration and Analytics

Westinghouse Electric Co

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Bojan Duric

Chief Data Officer

City of Virginia Beach

As organizations collect more data, it’s crucial to maintain data quality and reliability. Outdated, duplicated and dirty data can lead to errors and miscalculated reports. With the right data quality management framework, departments across the enterprise can ensure healthy data.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Defining enterprise data quality   
  • Designing and implementing a framework to clean and maintain data
  • Identifying metrics to track data quality standards

10:25am - 11:00am  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 will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Data Governance Strategy — Shifting from Defense to Offense

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Kyle Benning

Director of Information Management (CDO)

Perdue Farms

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Wendy Zhang

Sr. Director, Head of Data and Analytics Delivery

CSL Behring

At the onset of big data, most companies started with a defensive governance approach, focusing on meeting regulatory requirements. But through many iterations and lessons learned, data and analytics leaders have shifted to a self-initiated, offensive strategy to add value to the business.

 Join this session as CDAOs discuss:

  • Understanding different governance frameworks based on regulation
  • Identifying challenges and best practices for offensive and defensive governance
  • Outlining a path to ensure framework scalability

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Implementing Responsible and Explainable AI

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Brenda Harvey

General Manager, Public Sector and Federal Market


AI adoption is increasingly used to beat the competition, release innovative products and services, better meet customer expectations, and drive revenue growth. However, AI is not straightforward. With disruptors like generative AI, novel use cases to serve customers, and emerging regulations, effective governance is a challenge needing to be solved. Stakeholders, customers, and government entities are demanding responsible and explainable AI.

Join this session to learn how to:

  • Operationalize AI with confidence in your organization
  • Better manage AI risk to avoid brand degradation
  • Scale while complying with the growing AI regulations

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Establishing and Enhancing Trust in Data

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Jay Como

Strategic Advisor

Curate Insights

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Jaime Lees

Chief Data Officer

Arlington County, VA

As organizations rely more on data and analytics to drive the business forward, the enterprise must trust data and the insights derived from it. D&A leaders should address trust and demonstrate reliability, not only through data security, but also with leadership buy-in, purpose-driven AI and data sharing.

Join this session to discuss: 

  • Elevating organizational trust in data
  • Certifying trust in data sharing and security
  • Instituting trust within data-driven decision making

11:45am - 12:30pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:05pm  Keynote

Evolving Your Operating Model for Generative AI

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Nirmal Ranganathan

Chief Architect, Data & AI

Rackspace Technology

Generative AI has fundamentally changed the way we think about data management and the responsible use of AI. Now more than ever, CDAOs are attempting to define a strong data strategy to maintain and grow their competitive edge. A data strategy needs to encompass innovation, governance and technology, striking a balance between data privacy, protection and copyright management.

Join this keynote to learn how to:

  • Improve data literacy with a well-defined operating model
  • Accelerate innovation and create value with stakeholders
  • Manage responsible use of data and AI

1:05pm - 1:30pm  Break

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Breakout Session

Responsible Data — The TikTok Strategy

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Will Farrell

Interim Security Officer, TikTok U.S. Data Security


 With the expansion and modernization of data collection, use and storage, platforms hold great responsibility for users, regulators and governing bodies. For TikTok, data privacy and security practices have been under a microscope as the organization works to bolster confidence from regulators in the U.S.

Join this session to learn how TikTok is working to:

  • Improve strategies and defenses against the ever-evolving threat landscape
  • Block foreign influence over content and prevent unauthorized access to user data
  • Partner with industry leaders to thwart security breaches and improprieties

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

Reducing the Cost of AI — 3 Ways to Make it Happen

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Doug Bryan

Field Chief Data Officer


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Jennifer Bruder

Senior Manager Data and Analytics


The real cost of implementing AI is often an ugly truth. The good news is that there are three key, concrete ways to reduce the costs associated with AI. But how?

Join this interactive roundtable as CDOs discuss:

  • How to gain C-Suite buy-in to implement AI tools in your organization
  • Ways to lay the groundwork to reduce AI costs
  • Creating a data literate workforce to lower the odds of technical debt in the future

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: 

Tony Stach at

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

Building and Retaining a High-Performing Team

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Diane Schmidt

Corporate Chief Data Officer

London Stock Exchange

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Amit Arya

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

McKinsey & Company

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Katherine Tom

Chief Data Officer

Federal Reserve Board

It's an understatement that great leadership is challenging and rare. Recruiting and retaining the talent your organization needs to thrive can be a major hurdle. How do you attract the right balance of skill and agility?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Planning strategically for your current and future talent needs
  • Understanding the skill needs of each function within the data organization
  • Building teams with diversity and a plan for growth 

2:15pm - 2:50pm  Networking Break

2:20pm - 2:45pm  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 will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Breakout Session

Honing Your Executive Pitch — An Interactive Exercise

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Kevin Bates

Chief Data Officer

Fannie Mae

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Michelle Zebrowski


Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection

Whether you’re pitching a transformative idea or conveying the impact of your data and analytics initiatives — presenting to a board, subcommittee or leadership team requires persuasive skills that must be mastered. CDAOs are tasked with communicating business value and synthesizing complex information in a way that makes sense. Join this interactive session to improve your executive pitch for the next time you’re in the hot seat.

In this interactive session, you will work to:

  • Craft and deliver a pitch, showcasing the value of D&A investment
  • Receive real-time feedback on your pitch
  • Learn strategies in effective leadership communication

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Designing Data Architecture — Cloud, On-Prem or Hybrid?

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Aravind Jagannathan

VP, Single-Family Chief Data Officer

Freddie Mac

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Justin Magruder

Chief Data Officer


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Prathibha Prabakaran

VP - Enterprise Data Architecture and Strategy

Voya Financial

The pace of digital continues to accelerate and the demand for data availability is increasing. Many organizations raced to the cloud, but for others, it did not live up to the hype. How can data and analytics leaders work with key stakeholders across the business to determine the proper data architecture; whether in the cloud, on-prem or hybrid?

 Join your peers to discuss:

  • Balancing a business-driven architecture strategy with the need for data democratization

  • Optimizing digital capabilities and data flow 

  • Measuring the risks and cost benefits of the cloud vs. on-prem

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Executive Boardroom

AI & ML for Accelerated Discovery

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Jeff Goldthorp

Associate Bureau Chief and Chief Data Officer

Federal Communications Commission

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Pramod Singh

Chief Analytics Officer, Vice-President Data Sciences and Analytics


To be successful in any industry, organizations must be able to transform their data into actionable insights. The use of artificial intelligence and machine learning can provide an advantage via automation and augmented decision making. For data and analytics leaders, incorporating AI and ML into strategic planning, increases the possibility for greater efficiency and speed-to-insight.

Join this session to discuss: 

  • Gaining buy-in and demonstrating the need for advanced tools

  • Leveraging AI/ML to automate processes and increase efficiency

  • Optimizing existing processes and fueling innovation

3:35pm - 4:00pm  Break

4:00pm - 4:35pm  Keynote

Executive Presence for Lasting Leadership

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Chris Ulrich

Body Language Expert & Political Consultant

Guest Speaker

Any given gesture -a nod, a point of the finger - unconsciously communicates powerful ideas and feelings that have tangible consequences. Top executives are generally proficient in their ability to interact with others, but the stakes are raised during high-level negotiations, reporting to the board, inspiring and empowering senior managers or dealing with tricky internal matters.

Join body language expert Chris Ulrich as he shares:

  • Why every movement and action is magnified in high-level situations
  • Tools and techniques to build rapport quickly
  • How executives can communicate more effectively

4:35pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

June 20, 2023

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Convene, 1201 Wilson Blvd

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