Washington, DC CDAO Executive Summit

June 12, 2024 | Convene at 1201 Wilson Blvd

June 12, 2024
Convene at 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:

Advancing Business Growth and Modernization Through Data Governance

Leading Ethical AI for Transformative Impact

Establishing Confidence and Dependability in Data

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

Adrianna Steele

Department of Homeland Security - FEMA
Deputy CDO

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 11, 2024

June 12, 2024

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Networking

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

You Speak, They Swarm — The Power of Story in Reaching Your Audience

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Arthur Zards

Thought Leader, TED/TEDx Speaker, Coach & Producer

Speakers want action, not just applause. But busy executives don’t have time to learn complex communication models or esoteric storytelling processes — they need a simple, effective speaking framework that can help them not only connect with any audience, but also elicit real change. Enter the "Swarm Effect."

Join this session with Arthur Zards — a thought leader, TEDster and provocateur — to:

  • Hone your skills in executive influence
  • Adopt a more authentic and engaging approach to speaking
  • Take your next presentation from “understandable” to “compelling"

9:15am - 9:35am  Networking

Rising Together — Empowered Women, Empower Women

Grab a coffee then head over to an intimate, informal space for women in leadership roles and their allies to freely discuss best practices, key challenges, and mission-critical priorities. Come prepared to share ideas and forge new connections that can help empower each other to make an impact in your organizations and the wider DC area community.

This session is aimed at, but not limited to, women who are head of function at their organizations (CDAO or equivalent) and those reporting directly to the CDAO/equivalent. Priority access will be reserved to these groups.

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Mastering AI & ML — Nurturing Talent for Future Success

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Arvind Thinagarajan

VP, Head of Enterprise Data Science & Analytics


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Samantha Howland

Chief People Officer


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Justin Magruder

Chief Data Officer


With the increased adoption of GenAI and machine learning, demand for advanced AI competencies is rising. Considering the scarcity of these skills, data leaders will strive to upskill their current teams to effectively scale their efforts — collaborating with their HR leaders to design comprehensive strategy.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Curating an effective AI organization
  • Optimizing existing processes and fueling innovation
  • Leveraging AI/ML to automate processes and increase efficiency

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Launching Data Strategy — A Roadmap for Success

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Jennifer Bruder

Senior Manager Data and Analytics


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Cara Dailey


T Rowe Price Group Inc

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Srinivasa Chetlur

Director of Data Integration and Analytics

Westinghouse Electric Co

For all modern organizations within the digital age, the goal is to build a data strategy that aligns with the goals of the business and creates value. To execute on this, data and analytics leaders should gain buy-in from key stakeholders and showcase measurable impacts of D&A initiatives on the bottom line.

In this session, join your peers to discuss:

  • Identifying the key focus areas for your D&A strategy
  • Showcasing digestible data use cases for leadership buy-in
  • Scaling digital business and generating new revenue streams

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Adapting to the New Risk Landscape

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Brian Foster

MVP, Research & Advisory


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Geoffrey Nieboer

Chief Data Officer

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp

Accelerated by the emergence of new technologies, D&A leaders face a rapidly evolving risk landscape that impacts digital business success. This discussion will focus on how to improve your D&A strategy to adapt to the new risk landscape, including new key collaborations, enhancements to your governance program, and more.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Current approaches to D&A risk management and governance
  • Major challenges you encounter in D&A risk mitigation – data quality management, compliance measures, keeping abreast of legal/regulatory changes, etc.
  • Brainstorming how to enhance your D&A operating model for a better risk posture

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 will 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

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Mark Johnson

VP, Defense and Intelligence Technology


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  Executive Boardroom

Navigating Data Trust to Success

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Andrea Gibbons

Chief Data Officer


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Jay Como

Head of Enterprise Data Governance & Operations

T Rowe Price Group Inc.

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Peter Maynard

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Guardian Life Insurance

In the digital economy, CDAOs face the critical task of ensuring data's trust and reliability, essential for informed decision-making and strategic advantage. CDAOs are challenged with implementing rigorous governance, adopting advanced technology for data quality, and cultivating a data-literate culture. Aligning data strategies with business objectives not only ensures compliance, but also positions data as a pivotal force for competitive differentiation.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Establishing robust governance for data trust-building
  • Adopting technology to ensure data quality
  • Fostering organizational culture for data literacy

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Leading the Charge Against Silos

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Ankit Goel

Chief Data & Analytics Officer


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Bojan Duric

Chief Data Officer

City of Virginia Beach

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Delester Brown PhD

Chief Data Officer

National Guard

Recognizing the critical role of data sharing in driving insights, data leaders encounter significant challenges with data silos. Prioritizing comprehensive data governance and investing in interoperable technologies, they aim to overcome these hurdles. These strategic efforts empower data leaders to enhance collaboration, maximize the value of shared data assets and achieve organizational goals more effectively.

Join this session to discuss: 

  • Forge ahead with robust data governance, driving integration
  • Implement interoperable tech for agile data sharing solutions
  • Inspire teams, nurture collaboration and catalyze transformative insights

11:50am - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Responsible AI — Navigating the Risks and Opportunities of AI for the Enterprise

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Igor Jablokov



 As AI becomes more ubiquitous, enterprise leaders face a challenging dilemma. On the one hand, they need to leverage the power of AI to increase productivity and drive innovation. On the other hand, they must protect their organizations against the risks of open generative AI solutions.

Join this session to learn about:

  •  Advancements and risks of generative AI in the workplace, including critical issues like data leakage, hallucination, and legal consequences.
  •  Insights into how enterprises can safely harness AI by adopting thoughtful approaches
  • The importance of approaching innovation responsibly

1:10pm - 1:35pm  Break

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

Split Decision – Where Do You Stand on Controversial Topics?

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Jyoti Chawla

CTO and Head of Architecture, CDO

Deutsche Bank

CDAO’s have a lot of thoughts on a wide range of topics. Have you ever wondered where your peers stand of the “buzzy” issues of the day? In this collaborative session, you’ll give a thumbs up or thumbs down to various topics and then discuss your peer’s choices.

Join this interactive session to:

  • Share your stance on a variety of controversial topics
  • Hear what your peers think about today’s debated issues
  • Enjoy friendly debate with your peer leaders

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

CDAO Evolution — Branding, Trends, and Adaptability

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Aravind Jagannathan

VP, Single-Family Chief Data Officer

Freddie Mac

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Kevin Bates

Chief Data Officer

Fannie Mae

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Michelle Zebrowski

Chief Data Officer

Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection

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 CDAO's 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

Enabling a Data-Driven Mindset — Fostering Excellence

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Pragyansmita Nayak

Chief Data Scientist

Hitachi Vantara Federal

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Gautam Puranik

Chief Data Officer, Head of Strategy & Analytics

CarMax Inc

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Frederick Smith

Chief Data Officer

U.S. Army

To overcome data context and self-serve technology challenges, D&A leaders must ensure the workforce has the skills and knowledge needed to thrive. While some are establishing data academies, others are weaving data literacy initiatives into their overall D&A strategy.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Assessing and evaluating the current skills within the workforce
  • Creating buy-in to drive data fluency across the enterprise
  • Inspiring a data-driven mindset from the top down

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 will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Breakout Session

Building an AI Governance Strategy from the Ground Up

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Joe Siryani

Head of Data Science & AI

Wellstar Health

Recent advancements in data and artificial intelligence technologies have opened new avenues for CDAOs to foster an innovative culture. Establishing a robust enablement strategy is paramount. As AI becomes increasingly integrated into healthcare workflows, ensuring ethical, regulatory-compliant, and secure practices is essential for patient safety and trust.

This presentation will explore how leading enterprises can navigate responsible AI practices in this time of rapid innovation:

  • Deploying AI Solutions that enhance competitiveness and efficiency
  • Streamlining operations and processes while fostering a culture of innovation
  • Calculating GenAI business value and cost drivers for decision making

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Achieving MDM Maturity — Identifying Drivers of Success

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Juan Gorricho

Head of Business Intelligence & Data Transformation

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank

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Kyle Benning

Head of Data & Analytics (CDO)

Perdue Farms

Master data management is necessary not only for organizational success but also for agility in times of uncertainty and ambiguity. A successful MDM program hinges on data quality, the organization viewing data as an asset and leaders ensuring the workforce has the skills needed to maintain and build on core competencies of the program.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Assessing your MDM program's current level of maturity
  • Identifying the skills needed to maintain MDM
  • Creating metrics to track quality and success of your program

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Outpacing the Competition with Advanced Analytics

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Jana Hranaiova

Managing Director, Chief Innovation Officer


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Hari Kalahasti

Head of Data & Analytics

Clark Construction Group

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Pramod Singh

Adjunct Professor

Duke University

The data flowing into an organization isn’t only increasing, it’s coming even more sources and ecosystems. The expanded use of advanced analytics gives leaders the ability to analyze data across disparate sources, enabling them to produce more accurate forecasts for strategic decision making.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Breaking organizational silos to deliver advanced analytics
  • Using predictive and prescriptive models to stay ahead of competitor and consumer trends
  • Communicating the ROI of advanced analytics

3:45pm - 4:10pm  Break

4:10pm - 4:45pm  Keynote

Navigating Uncharted Waters — Thriving as a CDO in IT-Centric Seas

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Jonathan Beris

Chief Data Officer - Naval Personnel

US Navy

Seasoned Chief Data Officer Jonathan Beris will delve into the turbulent journey of transforming an organization's data management landscape from an IT-centered approach to a business-centric paradigm. At the heart of this transformation was a profound shift in mindset — moving from viewing data as a mere technological asset to recognizing it as a strategic cornerstone essential for achieving the organization's mission.

This keynote will explore:

  • Fostering buy-in at all organizational levels with innovative approaches
  • Demonstrating the tangible benefits of aligning data strategies with business objectives
  • Overcoming resistance, driving cultural change, and leveraging data as a strategic asset

4:45pm - 5:00pm  Closing Comments and Prize Drawing

June 11, 2024

June 12, 2024

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