Detroit CDO Executive Summit

June 5, 2018, The Henry Autograph Collection

June 5, 2018
The Henry Autograph Collection

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Detroit CDO 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

Becoming a master change agent and driving data literacy across the enterprise

Detroit CDO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Yesim Askin headshot

Yesim Askin

Michigan State University
CDO

Ken Atilgan headshot

Ken Atilgan

Volkswagen Group of America
Director, Enterprise Data and Analytics

Sankar Bala headshot

Sankar Bala

Flagstar Bank
SVP, Chief Data Officer - Enterprise Data Management

Yusuf Chowdhury headshot

Yusuf Chowdhury

Health Alliance Plan of Michigan
Associate Vice President of Business Intelligence

Dr. Peter Lenk headshot

Dr. Peter Lenk

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
Professor of Technology and Operations

Rob Surber headshot

Rob Surber

State of Michigan
Director, Enterprise Portfolio Manager Office

Agenda


June 4, 2018

6:00pm - 8:30pmKeynote

Welcome to the Solution Room – A CDO Workshop

What if, every time you had a business problem, you had a room full of CDOs to bounce ideas off of, get advice from and hone solutions with? Welcome to that moment. Bring your trickiest, most troublesome dilemma to the table and get ready for an organic, revelatory experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to candidly discuss their biggest challenges, exchange ideas and uncover peer-tested answers in this CDO-moderated workshop session. The results promise to be nothing short of powerful.

June 5, 2018 - morning

7:00am - 7:45amRegistration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30amKeynote

The Empathetic Approach to Data Leadership

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Steve Brennan

Vice President, Data Strategy and Analytics

Carhartt

Ask any experienced data analyst and they’ll tell you — digital transformation means seeing beyond the numbers. Carhartt has undergone a major transformation over the last five years, putting customer experience in the spotlight. Now, Steve Brennan is pushing that transformation even further with an empathetic leadership approach that is allowing him to challenge Carhartt in building a bright, customer-centered future. Brennan walks you through why this approach is essential to progress, giving inspiring examples of how patience, vision and imagination have propelled Carhartt’s data strategies and successes.

8:30am - 9:00amNetworking Break

9:00am - 9:50amBreakout Session

Leading Your Data-Culture Revolution

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Matt Brooks

Vice President, Data & Analytics Transformation

GE

Matt Brooks is leading a global data-culture revolution at GE, and he’s doing so by transcending training. But what does this mean for Brooks and GE? It means being creative in your collaboration and bringing together technical and non-technical teams in a multitude of forums. It means forging strong partnerships with third-parties and folding them into your mission. And it means injecting side projects (ala the Gig Economy) across the enterprise to change the hearts of minds of the entire business. Join this session to spark a data-culture revolution, and be prepared share your own challenges and successes.

9:00am - 9:50amBreakout Session

Recruiting and Cultivating Top-Tier Analytics Talent

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Joe DeCosmo

Chief Analytics Officer

Enova International

Demand and competition for analytics talent have never been higher. Companies who aren’t building a strong recruiting practice are set to fall behind and lose valuable talent, but there is a solution. Joe DeCosmo has tripled his analytics team in the last four years, and he credits solid recruiting, clear career tracks and targeted retention strategies as the keys to finding and keeping his best employees. In this session, he’ll walk you through the crucial elements to include in your talent cultivation, leaving you with valuable insights into how to attract and retain the best individuals for your business.

9:00am - 9:50amExecutive Boardroom

Augmented Analytics — Prescribing Future Success

Yesim Askin headshot

Yesim Askin

CDO

Michigan State University

Don Steffes headshot

Don Steffes

VP, Information Technology

GM Financial

Patrick Gossman headshot

Patrick Gossman

Deputy CIO, Research

Wayne State University

How can you harness your company’s data to predict future successes and weaknesses? This boardroom will explore how augmented analytics, like artificial intelligence and machine learning, can increase your ROI and jumpstart your company’s earnings. Industry leaders will discuss their successes and setbacks with predictive and prescriptive analytics, while collaborating on how to embrace a forward-looking mentality and harness data potential. Exchange best practices with your peers to discover analytic methods that have proved successful, and learn new insights on how to boost your company’s predictive analytic capabilities.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Jonathan Cantrell at 1-971-222-2383 or Jonathan.Cantrell@evanta.com

9:50am - 10:20amNetworking Break

10:20am - 11:10amBreakout Session

Getting Board Buy-In by Aligning With Executive Team Goals

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Sankar Bala

SVP, Chief Data Officer - Enterprise Data Management

Flagstar Bank

You have a major data project to fund, but the board turns you down. What next? Sankar Bala explains how he convinced his executive team to fund a major data-modernization project by aligning it with his company’s goals and showcasing the opportunities it would bring. By breaking his strategy into smaller projects that ensured immediate results, the project not only resulted in better data and fulfilled business goals, it forged a strong relationship between the data department and his executive team. In this session, learn how Bala collaborates with his board on data objectives, increasing cooperation for future funding and revolutionizing the entire enterprise.

10:20am - 11:10amExecutive Boardroom

Converting Your Data Into Dollar Signs

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Jon Bentley

Director, ERP and Data Warehouse Systems

Little Caesars

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Brett Vermette

Director, Big Data Platform Engineering & Infrastructure

General Motors

Turning data into profit is a new business focus, but not all monetization strategies are created equal. This boardroom discussion will candidly look at which industry trends are proving successful, for both data- and non-data-oriented companies. Dive into how to turn data into profit and use agile approaches to quickly implement monetization. Hear how your peers are using their data to increase business profits. 

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Jonathan Cantrell at 1-971-222-2383 or Jonathan.Cantrell@evanta.com

11:10am - 11:40amNetworking Break

June 5, 2018 - mid-afternoon

11:40am - 12:50pmKeynote

Driving Digital – Using Data to Power Emerging Technologies

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Isaac Sacolick

Author of "Driving Digital" & Former CIO

How many organizations can say that they have the data science practices in place to take advantage of the transformative power of emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain, and IoT? The problem many face is that without organized data, cohesive, engaged executives and collaborative teams, applying these technologies is next to impossible. All of which presents an even larger problem: these technologies have the power to disrupt any business, whether it be your competitors, or your own. Join Isaac Sacolick as he shares best practices and lessons learned from executing data-driven transformation that will enable data leaders from all backgrounds drive smarter, faster digital transformation.

12:50pm - 1:20pmNetworking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pmBreakout Session

EIM and Data-Driven Decision-Making in the State of Michigan

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Jeffrey Bankowski

Chief Performance Officer and Executive Director

State of Michigan

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Rob Surber

Director, Enterprise Portfolio Manager Office

State of Michigan

With a focus in data governance and analytics, Jeff Bankowski’s and Rob Surber’s teams are re-defining what it means to make strategic, forward-thinking decisions in the state of Michigan. With a data governance and analytics roadmap that would rival any private sector company, the team is defying the stereotype of the slowly run government that operates on gut feeling. Instead, it’s implementing “anytime, anywhere” technologies to break down barriers and implement new technologies like performance dashboards and GIS mapping for Detroit schools. Join Bankowski and Surber to hear how Michigan has taken the lead in embracing data-driven policies.  

1:20pm - 2:10pmExecutive Boardroom

Building a Data Factory of the Future in the Cloud

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Kurt Partlo

Director of Enterprise Data Platforms

The Dow Chemical Company

Nicolas Sandros headshot

Nicolas Sandros

Senior Integration Architect

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies

Yusuf Chowdhury headshot

Yusuf Chowdhury

Associate Vice President of Business Intelligence

Health Alliance Plan of Michigan

In the connected age, how can you make the most of data in the cloud? This session will help you look at methods like taking closed-loop systems that use AI from the factory floor to the cloud, learning valuable lessons in the process. Join your peers for a discussion on the idea that machines can communicate with each other while data engineers access information in the cloud, making it possible to boost business by using your data for machine learning.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Jonathan Cantrell at 1-971-222-2383 or Jonathan.Cantrell@evanta.com

June 5, 2018 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:30pmNetworking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pmBreakout Session

Using Big Data and AI Analytics to Drive Business Value

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Ken Atilgan

Director, Enterprise Data and Analytics

Volkswagen Group of America

As any business knows, the customer is almost always right. The big challenge is understanding exactly what the consumer wants and how to make your product fit those needs. Ken Atilgan shares how Volkswagen has leveraged Big Data and AI, using its data and analytics program to identify customer patterns and drive value for the company. Atilgan will show how his analytics program has shaped Volkswagen’s marketing and production strategies, while looking at how upgrades like a singular data warehouse has given them better and faster data to fuel the business.

2:30pm - 3:20pmExecutive Boardroom

Securing Data in the Age of Breaches and Hacks

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Dan McEvilly

Global Apps Mgr.

Maxion Wheels

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Chuck Williams

SVP, IT

Penske Corporation

As data and analytics have become more crucial to the overall business, breaches and hacks are increasingly inevitable. So how does your company guard against hackers and hostile threats while making the most of data analytics? Join your peers in discussing best practices and methods for securing data and ensuring customer privacy, regardless of industry. This session will look at methods for increasing data security and how CDOs can partner with security, leaving you with new ideas of how to protect your database and ways to handle incident response when breaches occur.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Jonathan Cantrell at 1-971-222-2383 or Jonathan.Cantrell@evanta.com

3:20pm - 3:40pmNetworking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pmKeynote

Modern Analytics – Is Your Program Working?

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Dave Asiala

Chief Data Officer

The Dow Chemical Company

In a world where every second counts, how do you process and analyze data in a way that’s not only practical, but near real-time? David Asiala successfully created a data lake at DowDuPont in 2015, enabling it to rapidly access and analyze data and help its customers make data-driven decisions. Asiala believes the company’s motto — better together — is the key to its success, relying on data scientists rather than algorithms. In this session, he will give practical examples of how DowDuPont successfully leveraged talent to revolutionize its data systems and analytics methods.

4:20pm - 5:00pmClosing Reception & Prize Drawing

Location


Venue & Accommodation

The Henry Autograph Collection

Your Community Partners


Local Sponsors

Detroit CDO Program Manager


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

Jonathan Cantrell

971-222-2383

jonathan.cantrell@evanta.com