Atlanta CDO Executive Summit

December 8, 2021 | JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

December 8, 2021
JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

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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.

Co-Chairs

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

Kimberly-Clark
Chief Data Officer

Sesha Madapoosi

NCR
Exec Director, Data & Analytics Products

Karthikeyan Ramasamy

Georgia- Pacific
Vice President - AI Product Development & Strategy

Kenneth Viciana

Fiserv
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.

Agenda


December 7, 2021

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

GB Welcome Reception

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

December 8, 2021 - morning

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 9:00am  Keynote

Driving Insights-Informed Decision-Making

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Marc Hunt

Director of Data Services, Enterprise Analytics

Chick-fil-A

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Brent Bradley

Sr. Principal Program Lead, Data Literacy

Chick-fil-A

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

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Data Strategy to Enable Digital Transformation — A Pragmatic Approach at Essilor

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Farukh Lakhani

Sr. Director Sales Analytics and Operations

Essilor of America

Over the last couple of years, the role of data has changed. To enterprise leaders, data is no longer just supportive, it’s an asset. To propel the business forward and remove digital business roadblocks, data and analytics leaders should set a robust data strategy to enable digital acceleration.

Join this session as Essilor of America's D&A leader, Farukh Lakhani, shares how they've:

  • Created a data-centric vision for the enterprise that’s sustainable and scalable
  • Built and executed a data strategy that was achievable to enable digital transformation
  • Navigated through challenges with People, Process, and Technology

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

From Boundaries to Benefits — A Guide to Governance

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Christopher Glover

Field CTO

BigID

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James Bolles

Director, Enterprise Solutions COEs

Southern Company

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's 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

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Leading by Example – Fostering a Data-Driven Culture

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Brent Lever

Regional VP, East

Dataiku

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Jeff Afonso

SVP, Global Data Management

Elavon

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Santosh Kudva

Chief Data Officer & CIO-Finance/HR

GE Gas Power

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 and maturity must incorporate a top-down approach that fosters teamwork and alignment.

Join your fellow CDOs to discuss:

  • What has, or hasn't, worked to promote employee buy-in around advanced analytics 
  • How the organization of your D&A team can impact data maturity
  • How to institutionalize best practices for analytics

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 / monica.podolsky@evanta.com

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Curbing the Talent Competition — Putting People First

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Mark Jackson

Director of Business Intelligence

Piedmont Healthcare

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Karthikeyan Ramasamy

Vice President - AI Product Development & Strategy

Georgia- Pacific

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Karen Brandenburg Viera

Senior Vice President, Global Chief People Officer

Church's Chicken

Not only did the way of working change as a result of the pandemic; the talent landscape has never been more competitive. Data has quickly become a core competent in organizational decision-making for the future. To attract and retain quality candidates, organizations must create a culture that puts people first.

Join this panel discussion, as heads of Data and HR share ways to:

  • Instill a culture of flexibility and stability while remaining agile
  • Reimagine and redesign data roles to adapt to a quickly shifting marketplace
  • Build loyalty and increase retention by allowing employees to play key roles in growth and innovation

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Adapting Governance to Empower Collaboration

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Scott Schumacher

Architect Fellow

Collibra

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Sylvester Morgan

Executive Director, Enterprise Data Management

Cummins

Governing data and analytics isn't a new practice, but the way leaders are thinking about it is changing. To enable a more agile organization centered around data, D&A leaders must adopt an adaptive governance strategy.

Join this roundtable discussion as CDOs discuss:

  • Implementing a governance approach that can evolve with the needs of the organization
  • Creating a common data language and strategy to unite teams across the business
  • Embedding the proper safeguards within your governance strategy to protect data

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 / monica.podolsky@evanta.com

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Optimizing Advanced Analytics to Clear Business Hurdles

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Gregory Brown

Vice President of the Global Advanced Technology Group

UPS

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Sameer Vittal

Chief Engineer - Data Science/Analytics and Reliability

GE Power

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

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 / monica.podolsky@evanta.com

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

December 8, 2021 - mid-afternoon

11:25am - 12:40pm  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.

11:45am - 1:30pm  Lunch Service

12:40pm - 1:00pm  Break

1:00pm - 1:35pm  Keynote

Data and Analytics Trends to Watch in 2022

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Bill Franks

Director, Center For Statistics And Analytical Research

Kennesaw State University

The world of data and analytics continues to evolve rapidly. New capabilities are becoming available all the time and organizations are fully embracing the need for analytics everywhere as never before. However, it still takes a lot of hard work and smart planning. 

Join us to hear about some of the biggest trends as 2021 turns to 2022. Topics will include: 

  • Examples of innovative analytics approaches that companies are using today 
  • Discussion of some common mistakes that companies are making
  • Overviews of approaches to data governance and data literacy that have proven successful

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

December 8, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Benchmarking Your Data and Analytics Maturity Journey

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Colin Coleman

SVP Data and Analytics

Equifax

Data drives everything we do and is increasingly critical for enterprises to strategically use as they compete in their industry. Gartner research shows that 78% of boards of directors believe analytics is emerging as a game-changer, influenced by the pandemic. Now is the time for D&A leaders to not only focus on data, technology and skills but the culture around data and analytics and how leadership is embracing that effort.

Join this interactive session as CDOs:

  • Evaluate their data and analytics strategies
  • Uncover gaps and areas of opportunity for growth and development
  • Identify innovative capabilities to maximize on the customer experience while maintaining internal efficiency

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

CDO Office Hours — A Follow-up Discussion with Bill Franks

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Bill Franks

Director, Center For Statistics And Analytical Research

Kennesaw State University

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Ethiraj Purushothaman

Head Advanced Analytics & Data Science

Best Buy

Following up on the keynote from earlier in the afternoon, attendees are invited to come and share their opinions and experiences as it relates to the topics discussed during the keynote. Attendees will take part in a moderated discussion to dig deeper into the topics of most interest to them. 

Please come and join us to:

  • Share your thoughts on how to address today’s latest trends
  • Learn from others as they share their opinions and reactions
  • Collaborate as a group to identify actions that all attendees can take away

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 / monica.podolsky@evanta.com

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:40pm  Keynote

Laying the Foundation for an Agile Operating Model

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Binu Varghese

Global Data & Analytics Leader

Carrier

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

3:40pm - 4:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

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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 safety precautions onsite.

Please note that our onsite planning will continue to evolve, and all measures are subject to change to ensure the best and safest possible experience. Please refer to our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for up-to-date local guidelines.

Location


Venue & Accommodation

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
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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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For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Monica Podolsky

Program Manager

monica.podolsky@evanta.com