Chicago CDO Executive Summit

November 2, 2021 | Marriott Marquis Chicago

November 2, 2021
Marriott Marquis Chicago


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Chicago'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

Chicago CDO Governing Body

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


Kristina Chambers

Chief Data Officer

Bill Clarkin

VP, Head of Data & Analytics

Mike Jennings

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Sr. Director, Global Data Architecture

Scott Kaufman

CME Group
Chief Data Officer

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

Commodity Future Trading Commission
Chief Data Officer

Kevin Salzmann

BMO Harris
US Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Gagan Singh

Chief Data Officer

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 Chicago 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.


Coming Soon

Evanta is excited to offer in-person CDO Executive Summits in the second half of 2021. Evanta communities are uniquely positioned to return to in-person gatherings through our regional program model, which requires limited to no travel, and our invitation-only gatherings are smaller by design – intentionally limited to CDOs and heads of functions to facilitate true peer discussion, sharing and networking.

This year’s CDO Executive Summit agendas are driven by the priorities identified among the community. Each agenda is uniquely crafted ‘by CDOs, for CDOs,’ and will be available closer to the gathering. All topics and sessions will be inspired by the following themes.

Embedding D&A in business strategy and results

Data and analytics is at the core of digital business, and as CDOs gain more influence in the C-suite, they are ensuring alignment between both the D&A and enterprise strategy. As this partnership becomes more clear, so do the results and value demonstrated by the D&A function.

Reengineering decision-making across the business

From democratizing data to building agile governance, CDOs are focused on getting the right data to the right people at the right time. As the organization’s digital dexterity grows, CDOs are building foundational ecosystems and data acumen among their workforce to drive decision-making capabilities.

Scaling a data-first culture

Data literacy is a critical component of a data-first culture, and CDOs are laying the foundations now as they look to scale for the future. Data availability, acumen, and action are the key capabilities the CDOs will build upon as they cultivate a culture of insight.


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

Marriott Marquis Chicago

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Marquis Chicago at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-877-303-0104. Please mention Evanta Chicago Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $274 USD (plus tax) is October 11, 2021.

Your Community Partners

CDO Thought Leader
Program Partners

Chicago CDO Program Manager

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

Katherine Williams

Program Manager