Chicago CDO Executive Summit

November 29, 2022 | Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

November 29, 2022
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile


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:

Aligning people and process to excel at data governance

Adopting a data-centric culture to remain competitive with digital natives

Using and Identifying Analytics for Impactful Decision Making

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

Shamsa Jafri

Wells Fargo
Head of Paid and Owned Channels

Mike Jennings

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Senior Director, Customer Data Platform (CDP) for Marketing Technologies

Scott Kaufman

Baker Tilly
Chief Analytics and Data officer

Madhav Madaboosi

Head of Digital Transformation, Future Midstream & Strategy

Prasannal Nithyanandam

Volkswagen Group of America
Head of Data and Analytics

Nalini Polavarapu

Bayer Corporation
Vice President - Enterprise Analytics and Data Science

Sid Raina

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Divisional VP Data and Analytics

Kevin Salzmann

BMO Harris
Head of Digital and Data Architecture, Commercial Banking

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.


November 29, 2022 - morning

7:45am - 8:45am  Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:30am  Keynote

Propelling Customer-Centric Business Value Using Data

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Prasannal Nithyanandam

Head of Data and Analytics

Volkswagen Group of America

To modernize business and push for complete digitalization, organizations must understand how a cohesive data strategy provides intrinsic value to the organization. But where do you start? To truly propel the organization forward, data and analytics leaders need to address gaps within the business and optimize with data and analytics.

Join this session to explore ways to:

  • Transform organizational culture to promote data governance and data product mindset
  • Centralize data consumption to build a center of excellence (COE)
  • Elevate data stewardship to enable self-service analytics

9:30am - 10:00am  Networking Break

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Designing Analytics for Impact

 Details coming soon. 

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Executive Presentation hosted by Dataiku

 Details coming soon.

10:00am - 10:45am  Executive Boardroom

Empowering the Business through Self-Service Data

Our goal as CDOs is to enable data literate employees to self-serve data and analytics for quick speed to decisions, but this can have organizational, technical, and people readiness complexities. Come explore ways your peers are using self-service data and analytics tools to strategize, streamline and propel an organization toward data modernization.

Join this roundtable session to discuss:

  • Identifying gaps in a company culture that hinder self-service models
  • Ideal business models, data service definitions and customer alignment
  • Selecting and adopting the tools needed to enable data efficiency amongst business users

10:00am - 10:45am  Executive Boardroom

Scaling AI – Sustaining Governance

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Stuart Bailey

Chief Enterprise AI Architect and Co-founder


Data and analytics leaders must transition their organizations from decision support‑ inclusive of charts and graphs, to decision automation models at scale. Not only should D&A leaders manage accountability for the amplified value and amplified risk of AI, but they must also govern AI despite unprecedented operational complexity.

Join your peers to discuss ways to:

  • Measure the effectiveness and ROI of enterprise AI
  • Balance risk requirements while fostering innovation
  • Lead AI throughout the enterprise

10:45am - 11:20am  Networking Break

10:50am - 11:15am  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.

November 29, 2022 - mid-afternoon

11:20am - 12:05pm  Breakout Session

Fighting Healthcare Disparities with Analytics and NLP

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Chad Konchak

Assistant Vice President, Clinical Analytics

NorthShore University HealthSystem

According to a recent Gartner survey, 96% of respondents say they either have AI in their deployment pipeline or have already initiated projects. At NorthShore University Health System they’re leveraging analytics capabilities and a new AI initiative around natural language processing to aid in health equity; with the mission of reducing healthcare disparities in the care they provide.

 Join this session to explore how they're:

  • Using NLP innovation to drive business value
  • Integrating insights from AI processes to support patient care
  • Improving health equity practices through automation

11:20am - 12:05pm  Breakout Session

Executive Presentation hosted by Alation

 Details coming soon. 

11:20am - 12:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Operationalizing Trustworthy AI

AI and ML are essential in realizing today’s business goals, however organizations have been slow to scale AI initiatives because they do not trust their outputs. Achieving measurable value in AI and ML requires trust in data, models, and processes. Data leaders have an opportunity to address the roadblocks ahead to ensure their AI and ML initiatives move from pre-production to business adoption.
Join this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • Overcoming AI and ML challenges to scale key initiatives
  • Accelerating the speed of moving proofs of concept to production
  • Embedding trust across every stage of the MLOps/AI lifecycle

11:20am - 12:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Data and Analytics Strategies for Cloud Evolution

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Mike Pickett

VP of Growth

StreamSets, a Software AG Company

For companies to modernize and succeed with digital transformation, it's crucial for organizations to be fully aligned on market drivers, business objectives and opportunities. To truly propel the organization forward, businesses need to fully understand the flexibility and scalability cloud services can provide so they can quickly and continually adapt to new economic conditions and opportunities.

Join this interactive roundtable discussion as CDOs explore:

  • Maximizing business value and the customer experience with cloud strategy
  • Identifying the appropriate governance framework and security policies for hybrid and multi-cloud environments
  • Harnessing best practices around enterprise data collection for eventual monetization

12:05pm - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Lunch Comments & Keynote hosted by Immuta

 Details coming soon. 

1:10pm - 1:25pm  Break

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Executive Boardroom hosted by Immuta

    Details coming soon. 

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

The Business Value of Connected Data

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Jim Webber

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)


By 2025, graph technologies will be used in 80% of data and analytics innovations. Data and analytics leaders are embracing graph technologies to build real-time services that deliver contextually relevant analytics, greater customer engagement, increased revenues and reduced operational costs.

Join this session as we discuss:

  • Building data fabrics, digital twins and accelerating ML / AI with enterprise knowledge graphs
  • Identifying opportunities to propel key business objectives
  • Driving value through improved predictions and decision making

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Delivering Trusted Data

Do you feel in complete control of your data assets or is lack of trust holding back critical organizational decision making? To create trust in data you need to lay the groundwork for business value with easy access for new applications, analytics, collaboration and machine learning.

Join us to discuss best practices to:

  • Deliver trust in data through improved data quality, provenance and lineage
  • Orchestrate intelligent data automation across edge, core and multiple clouds
  • Create business value with innovative technology and collaboration

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Executive Boardroom hosted by Amplitude

Details coming soon.

November 29, 2022 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:40pm  Networking Break

2:15pm - 2:40pm  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.

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Breakout Session

Executive Presentation hosted by TigerGraph


2:45pm - 3:30pm  Breakout Session

Conceptualizing the Future of Digital & Data Ethics

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Sean MacCarthy

VP of Analytics

Camping World

In today’s climate, digital ethics are no longer an afterthought but are now critical in avoiding unintended consequences. By adopting an ethical approach to data management, data and analytics leaders can remain vigilant in the face of emerging AI capabilities.

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Defining data ethics within the enterprise
  • Uncovering the impact data bias can have on long-term implications
  • Implementing best practices in robust data and privacy initiatives

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Advancing Digital Business through Democratization of Analytics

Not only has the pandemic accelerated digital business, it's also highlighted the need for data democratization. Organizations that extend the reach of analytics to all of their associates generate three times more measurable economic benefit than their counterparts, according to Gartner's Fifth Annual CDO Survey.

Join this session as CDOs discuss ways to:

  • Align analytic strategies with digital business objectives
  • Invest in the right technology to scale reach of analytics
  • Apply learnings from democratization best practices

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Executive Boardroom hosted by Palantir Technologies

Details coming soon.

3:30pm - 3:45pm  Networking Break

3:45pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Leveraging Data – Driving Business Impact

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Stephanie Curulewski

VP, future midstream and strategy


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Madhav Madaboosi

Head of Digital Transformation, Future Midstream & Strategy


To overcome the growing pains of digital transformation, it's imperative for data and analytics leaders to develop sound operating models and adopt strong governance, accountability, roadmaps and the right technology, all while gaining buy-in from key stakeholders. At BP, there's an understanding and appreciation of the role data plays in the scope of driving vast, impactful change all the way from senior leadership.

In this fireside chat, members of BP’s commercial and digital transformation team share how they’re:

  • Using digital and data as levers to transform the enterprise
  • Implementing a holistic and agile approach to governance and accountability
  • Adapting to an evolving and innovative data landscape

4:20pm - 4:50pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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  • Our invitation-only gatherings are designed to be smaller in scale, providing a safe and comfortable environment.
  • All in-person programs are local and complimentary, with zero impact on your organization’s T&E.

We are committed to creating the safest possible environment for all participants, partners, and associates. As a part of our commitment we will continue to monitor and adhere to government, venue, and health agency guidelines. Information on vaccinations, face mask guidance, on-site safety measures, and more, can be found here: Health and Safety Resource Policy.



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-877-303-0104.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $348 USD (plus tax) is November 7, 2022.

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Chicago CDO Program Manager

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

Katherine Williams

Program Manager

(972) 972-2445