Atlanta CDO Executive Summit

December 8, 2021 | JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

December 8, 2021
JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Atlanta's top CDOs 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 CDOs today:

Embedding D&A in business strategy and results

Reengineering decision-making across the business

Scaling a data-first culture

Atlanta CDO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CDOs, for CDOs.


James Bolles

Southern Company
Director, Enterprise Solutions COEs

Snorwlor “Sno” Bropleh

Habitat for Humanity
Global Director for Operations - Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

Steve Einbender

The Home Depot
Senior Data Scientist, CyberSecurity Advanced Analytics

Dr. Vijay Gandapodi

Reynolds American
Global IT Head – Marketing Analytics and Data science.

Diwakar Goel

General Electric
VP – Global Chief Data Officer

Rajeev Kapur

Chief Data Officer

Sesha Madapoosi

Exec Director, Data & Analytics Products

Karthikeyan Ramasamy

Georgia- Pacific
Advanced Analytics and Strategy Leader

Kenneth Viciana

Director Information Risk Management

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CDO 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 Atlanta CDO 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.


Keynote Sessions

Driving Insights-Informed Decision-Making

A healthy focus on data is necessary for organizations hoping to re-engineer decision making to operate efficiently, while maximizing effectiveness. For Chick-fil-A, efficiency isn’t a new idea, but its focus on data and analytics is rapidly evolving as the company works to build and scale analytic capabilities that enable enterprise business strategies.

Join this session as Chick-fil-A’s Enterprise Analytics team shares how they’re:

  • Re-shaping data culture by leveling-up data literacy
  • Iterating and enhancing analytics to deliver more value to internal and external customers
  • Promoting data strategy to build advocacy from stakeholders

Laying the Foundation for an Agile Operating Model

Not only are organizations working to modernize data strategy, in some cases the organizational operating model needs an upgrade as well. Data and analytics leaders must shape a business strategy and structure that allows for innovation and propels the enterprise forward.

Join this session as Carrier’s Global Data & Analytics Leader, Binu Varghese, shares ways to:

  • Align your operating model with the Business Operating Model
  • Leverage proximity with business to understand needs and challenges and shape strategy
  • Encourage progress over perfection & rapid value delivery

Breakout Session

From Boundaries to Benefits — A Guide to Governance

Data and analytics leaders are forever under pressure to deliver increasing value from the data assets under their care. However, an increasing number of regulations limit their options to leverage data. Governance is necessary. Leaders who deftly weave compliance into their data management practices can change the perception of governance from rigid practice to strategic business enabler.

Join this session as BigID Field CTO, Christopher Glover, shares strategies to:

  • Enable a culture of data innovation while meeting compliance requirements
  • Extend the use of 1st-party data to enhance the customer experience
  • Create internal data marketplaces that expand the use of data in the organization

Executive Boardroom Sessions

Leading by Example – Fostering a Data-Driven Culture

In the same way a nail is useless without a hammer, data resources cannot be optimized without a team that is eager to integrate those practices into their workflow. Leading the charge toward data literacy doesn’t have to be intimidating – you just need a plan.

Join your fellow CDOs to discuss:

  • What has (or hasn’t) worked to promote employee buy-in

  • How the organization of your D&A team can impact literacy adoption

  • How to enhance business outcomes with cultural adoption and trust

Executive Boardroom hosted by Collibra

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Monica Podolsky /

Optimizing Advanced Analytics to Clear Business Hurdles

It is rare you reach the finish line on a great business initiative without clearing a few hurdles along the way. Winning organizations see the obstacles coming and are ready to react, through smart deployment of predictive and prescriptive analytics. This peer-driven session explores improving business outcomes and getting your employees onboard with advanced analytics tools.

In this session you will discuss:

  • Using predictive and prescriptive analytics to make data-driven decisions and achieve a better bottom line
  • Choosing strategies that equip employees and build confidence in their skills
  • Streamlining practices across the company to serve customers effectively

Keeping Your Data Secure and Compliant

With increased availability, accessibility and usability of data comes greater corporate responsibility to ensure that data is protected. It is up to data leaders to develop and implement a data strategy that ensures security and compliance.

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • Strategies to align security initiatives with enterprise programs and business objectives
  • Pain points of backups and the availability of data
  • Improving security, compliance and governance in different data environments

Leveraging Technology for Business Evolution

To keep pace with expanding digital business capabilities, data and analytics leaders should be using new technologies to propel the business forward. Increasingly, D&A leaders are using AI to reengineer decision making which, in turn, will lead to a new dynamic between workers and machines.

Join this session as CDOs discuss ways to:

  • Capitalize on AI, creating real, tangible business value
  • Expand the skills of the workforce to sufficiently deploy and scale AI
  • Innovate and develop AI while keeping it properly governed

Upskilling for Innovation

As the data and analytics field grows and skills become more varied, the need for talent is skyrocketing. To acquire and retain a larger percentage of top prospects, D&A leaders must create opportunities for employees to innovate and thrive.

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • Developing talent and upskilling your workforce
  • Creating a culture around data that achieves key business objectives
  • Organizing your D&A team to fail upward, fostering innovation


Returning to in-person conferences

We are excited to welcome you back, in person, to Evanta gatherings.

As previously shared, Evanta will hold in-person programs only in locations that meet our stringent health and safety criteria to help ensure the well-being of our participants, partners, and our associates. These criteria include adhering to government, venue, and health agency guidelines in addition to taking all practical steps on-site.

Please note that our onsite planning will continue to evolve, and all measures will be subject to change to ensure the best and safest possible experience. Please see below (under ‘more information’) for our current approach and planned onsite safety measures.


Venue & Accommodation

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

A block of rooms has been reserved at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-866-343-5747 . Please mention Atlanta CDO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $214 USD (plus tax) is November 15, 2021.

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Atlanta CDO Program Manager

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

Monica Podolsky

Program Manager