Boston CDO Virtual Executive Summit

December 16, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST

December 16, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST


Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Adopting D&A strategies and operating models that deliver business value in volatile environments

Generating measurable economic benefits to the business from data assets and advanced analytics

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


Mano Mannoochahr

The Travelers Companies Inc
SVP, Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Michael McHugh

Head of Data Engineering & Analytics

Sears Merritt

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co
Head of Data, Strategy & Architecture

John Pyhtila, Ph.D

Partners Healthcare System Inc
Chief Data & Analytics Officer


December 16, 2020

8:00am - 8:45am EST Virtual Summit Keynote

Evolving Governance in an AI and Data Ops World

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Joe DosSantos

Chief Data Officer


Traditional data governance is aimed at protecting the integrity of key business data, focusing on data quality and lineage. But in the age of modern analytics, there is a renewed emphasis around increasingly raw data, creating the overwhelming task of managing and protecting hundreds if not thousands of data sources. Join Joe DosSantos, CDO of Qlik, as he outlines how modern data discovery and catalog techniques can advance data governance and how these techniques can accelerate the production of high value predictive models at speed in a Data Ops methodology.

8:45am - 9:00am EST Break

9:00am - 10:00am EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Frameworks for an Effective Data Enablement Strategy

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Genevy Dimitrion

Vice President


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Stephen Gatchell

Head of Governance

Bose Corp

Over the last decade, organizations have worked to provide the right data to the right people by building out a strong data governance framework that encompasses people, process and technology. That same framework can be seen as a hindrance to innovation and collaboration with strict rules and procedures. CDOS must enable the organization to transform data governance into a data enablement strategy.

This session will explore:

  • Relationships between data governance, enablement, and monetization
  • Strategies for communicating the value of data to leadership
  • Use cases of leveraging established data stewards, business users and technologies to change the data governance approach

9:00am - 10:00am EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Prioritizing Privacy & Ethics While Driving Innovation

Organizations have access to more customer data than ever before. But with this access comes a growing spotlight on data ethics and designing data governance models to build trust is now a business imperative. How then should organizations balance business needs with ethical data use practices? Hear how data leaders can automate aspects of their data management programs and meet privacy regulations while continuing to drive innovation.

This boardroom discussion will explore:

  • Leveraging technology to address top challenges around data in motion, data sharing agreements, and machine learning projects
  • Exploring automation opportunities to enable continuous defensibility and meet compliance requirements
  • Addressing ethical challenges in data analytics and key takeaways for earning stakeholder trust

10:00am - 10:45am EST Virtual Summit Keynote

Driving Digital Transformation Faster with X Analytics

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Justin Borgman


Starburst Data

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Ivan Black

Director - Big Data Platforms


Leaders need faster access to new data to better understand their evolving business and accelerate digital transformation. The COVID-19 pandemic has made historical data obsolete, and many organizations are experiencing a data deficit where their models were trained to recognize behavior patterns that no longer exist. The path forward lies in giving analytics teams fast access to all data, no matter the source, to find new patterns and retrain models. Gartner calls this X Analytics, the ability to improve decision-making with faster access to newer data sources, thus uncovering new behavioral patterns. This will address the loss of the great data science work that's been done, and help get machine learning models focused on the right data.

This keynote will explore: 

  • Pain points associated with delays in digital transformation projects

  • How X Analytics addresses these, with examples across industries

  • Strategies for building an X Analytics architecture that fills data, technical and organizational gaps

10:45am - 11:00am EST Break

11:00am - 12:00pm EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Taking Model Governance to the Next Level

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David Dietrich

VP, Advanced Analytics & Governance

Fidelity Investments

As organizations continue developing models and advancing their AI/ML program, some organizations have encountered the next set of challenges related to developing efficient ways to deploy, manage and monitor production models at scale. Depending on how long organizations have been developing AI/ML models, organizations may be at different stages in this maturity curve as they begin to design their program and capabilities for governing models.

Join this session to explore:

  • Connection of data governance with model governance, including taking steps to address model drift or data drift
  • Deploying models and determining ways to productionize and monitor models on premise or in the cloud
  • How peers at other organizations have approached Model Governance for their AI/ML models

11:00am - 12:00pm EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Predict What’s Next With Advanced Analytics

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Brahma Tangella

Head of Analytics & Insights - US Patient Services


The importance of predictive analytics has been illuminated for all corners of society in recent months. This session explores approaches to data quality as data ecosystems become more complex and strategies to scale AI and ML technologies when models based on historical data are no longer valid.

12:00pm - 12:45pm EST Virtual Summit Keynote

Changing the Rules on MDM—Data Mastering at Scale

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Michael Stonebraker

Co-Founder of Tamr and Adjunct Professor


Today’s data leaders are facing unique challenges that require innovative solutions and the implementation of emerging technologies; Master Data Management in particular requires machine learning. Join this keynote for a thought-provoking presentation by A.M. Turing award winner Michael Stonebraker on the next generation of MDM and why human-guided machine learning is critical for advancing big data, unlocking data’s full potential, and driving analytical insights.

12:45pm - 1:15pm EST Networking

Community Networking and Discussion

Join this informal and interactive networking session to connect with your Boston CDO peers. In this session, the Boston community will have the chance to share their takeaways from the program in small groups and walk away with at least one new connection.


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

Alison Topliff