Chicago CDO Virtual Executive Summit

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

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


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Chicago 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


Jorge Balestra

Kraft Heinz
Director, Advanced Analytics Center of Excellence

Tony Cyriac

Charles Schwab
Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Mike Jennings

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Sr. Director, Global Data Architecture

Madhav Madaboosi

BP United States
Head of Data Analytics & Data Science, Alternative Energy, Shipping & Group Function

Andrea Marks

Chief Analytics Officer

Nalini Polavarapu

Bayer Corporation
Head of Data science - Customer Centricity

Tammy Roust

State of Illinois
Chief Data Officer

Ameet Shetty

Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Kevin Salzmann

BMO Harris
US Chief Data & Analytics Officer


December 15, 2020

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

Leadership in the New Era - Evolution of the Chief Data Officer

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Christopher Boone

Vice President, Global Head Health Economics and Outcomes Research


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Kevin Salzmann

US Chief Data & Analytics Officer

BMO Harris

The role of the CDO is repeatedly reimagined due to adapting business models, operations, and organizational challenges. Despite these rapid changes, foundational elements need to be in place to add business value and ensure the future success of the CDO. Join this session to hear how the trajectories of Christopher Boone from Abbvie and Kevin Salzmann of BMO Harris have been shaped by their backgrounds and where they see the CDO role going next in the face of faster and smarter transformations and data ecosystems. 

8:45am - 9:00am CST Break

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

Driving Innovation with MLOps

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Jorge Balestra

Director, Advanced Analytics Center of Excellence

Kraft Heinz

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Rajiv Shah

Data Scientist


Machine learning models can turn from asset to liability when faced with conditions not encountered in training data sets. Currently, most companies do not understand the need for operationalizing ML, or are struggling to deliver, observe and improve production of ML solutions. As ML matures from research to applied solutions, MLOps can be introduced to trace the data pipeline for improved overall model quality while accommodating for changing conditions and robust governance frameworks.

In this session you’ll explore:

  • Challenges to deploying machine learning models and how to overcome them
  • Mastering an adaptive governance framework to minimize risk and accommodate evolving regulatory compliance
  • Capturing and quantifying value realized by implementing MLOps solutions

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

Converging Responsible AI and Ethical Data Practices

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Triveni Gandhi

Data Scientist


With the growing spotlight on data usage, data protection and responsible AI are now business imperatives. Hear how data leaders can implement responsible AI policies while balancing the needs of the business with ethical data use practices.

This boardroom discussion will explore:

  • Addressing ethical challenges in AI for earning stakeholder trust
  • Developing an organizational plan to address shifting regulations
  • Managing the legal, practical and ethical consequences of responsible AI

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

Navigating the Complexities of Digital Transformation

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Susan Wilson

VP Data Governance Segment Leader


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Della Shea

Vice President, Data Governance & Chief Privacy Officer


Today’s leaders are challenged to re-envision business models, embrace new ways of engaging customers, empower employees, optimize operations and transform products and services. Hear how your peers are employing new technologies that fuel data driven solutions to these challenges within their organizations.

In this session, explore strategies for:

  • Building a confident employee community that uses data to fuel innovation and critical decision making
  • Balancing broad access and use of data with governance, compliance and ethical use
  • Utilizing best in class technologies to improve scalability and productivity of data management activities

10:45am - 11:00am CST Break

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

Prioritizing Privacy and Ethics While Driving Innovation

With the growing spotlight on data privacy, designing data governance models to build trust in privacy and data ethics is now a business imperative. 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 data privacy challenges around data in motion, data lakes, 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

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

Self Service Analytics Demand Data Literacy

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Dante Tellez Guevara

Chief Data & Analytics Officer


Data literacy is essential for employing self-service analytics, yet many organizations continue to suffer from a lack of strategic prioritization.  Learn approaches on how to successfully improve data literacy and self-service analytics throughout your organization.

In this session you will explore strategies for: 

  • Optimizing business data literacy to achieve an empowered analytics-driven culture

  • Expanding data and analytics core competencies to increase self-service capabilities

  • Providing quality data in an agile manner that accelerates value delivery

12:45pm - 1:15pm CST Networking

Community Networking and Discussion

Join this informal and interactive networking session to connect with your Chicago CDO peers. In this session, the Chicago 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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Chicago CDO Program Manager

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

Joseph Nattress