Chicago CDO Inner Circle

March 23, 2023 | The Gage

March 23, 2023
The Gage


Collaborate with your peers

Join Chicago's top CDOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Instituting the proper operating model, governance and processes for self-service

Building a data-literate workforce to interpret data sets

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 & Analytics Officer

Shamsa Jafri

Wells Fargo
Executive, Head of Media & Owned Channel Science

Mike Jennings

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Senior Director, Customer Data Platform & Solutions, 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 Advanced 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

NXT Capital
Senior Director, Business Analytics


March 23, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Enabling Self-Service Data to Drive Organizational Success

As businesses work to become more data-driven, it's crucial to promote the sourcing and consumption of data outside the IT organization. Self-service data models are becoming more popular, bringing flexibility, speed and agility to decision makers. However, if deployed without the proper protocols and technologies in place, self-service models will fail. In order to be successful, data and analytics leaders must ensure they take inventory of D&A assets, promote collaboration across teams, improve data literacy, enhance and standardize technologies as well as implement adaptive governance for analytics. 

In this interactive discussion, CDAOs will explore strategies to enable self-service data models.

Topic 1:  Instituting the proper operating model, governance and processes for self-service

  • What does self-service mean to you?
  • Is your operating model currently set up to enable self-service models and analytics?
  • How do you balance self-service with governance?

Topic 2: Building a data-literate workforce to interpret data sets

  • How important are the cultural aspects of enabling self-service? 
  • How are you training teams across your organization to discern and incorporate data into decision making?
  • How are you building context into data and monitoring quality to maintain trust?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour


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