Chicago CIO Inner Circle

September 27, 2023 | The Ivy Room

September 27, 2023
The Ivy Room

Collaborate with your peers

Join Chicago's top CIOs 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 CIOs today:

Building the Data Foundations for AI

Leveraging AI in a Competitive Environment

Embracing the Age of AI

Chicago CIO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the discussion topics and agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CIOs, for CIOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Deb Hall Lefevre


Rajeev Khanna

Chief Information Officer

Laura Kohl


Mike Parisi


Jane Possell

EVP, Chief Information Officer, Analytics, Operations

Gagan Singh

Chief Information Officer

Tom South

Northern Trust
Executive VP & Chief Information Officer


September 27, 2023

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

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Delivering the Right Data Foundation to Put AI to Work

Jason Federoff headshot

Jason Federoff

Principal Data & AI Transformation Executive


Mir Ali headshot

Mir Ali

Head of Digital Engineering

The Kraft Heinz Company

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Zach Jecklin


Echo Global Logistics

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Susan Malisch


American Medical Association

Mike Parisi headshot

Mike Parisi



Raj Wadhwa headshot

Raj Wadhwa

Chief Information and Process Officer


Amid the backdrop of organizations facing economic headwinds and uncertainty, it’s no secret that 2023 has been a revolutionary time for AI. Advances in AI are driving enterprises to leverage generative AI capabilities to improve business performance and create stakeholder value. However, AI is only as good as the data that fuels it. Therefore, a flexible data architecture, such as a data fabric, is needed to make trusted data accessible to AI teams so that they can drive impactful AI outcomes like tuning foundation models with proprietary data to create more powerful, customized customer service interactions.

Speed and agility have become essential components for an enterprise to make smarter, quicker decisions and CIOs must empower the organization with the right capabilities and information to maximize benefits and decrease time to value. At the core of a data fabric architecture is the integration of governance, security, observability, and data management capabilities. Once established, organizations can align their data strategy with enterprise goals to create a competitive advantage through data and generative AI.

Join your peers to discuss how CIOs create a data foundation to embrace the age of AI value creation together with actionable takeaways at the end of the evening.

Building the Data Foundations for AI

  • What goals do you have around using data insights to create a more efficient business? What challenges are you facing when it comes to those goals?
  • How do you create new avenues for accessible data, while fostering data literacy for quicker and smarter business decisions?
  • Is your data environment mature enough to move forward with automation and/or generative AI models? What do you need to do to get there?

Leveraging AI in a Competitive Environment

  • What business processes are you currently automating and how do you identify the areas of the business that should be automated?
  • How do your future automation plans affect cost/resource optimization and people productivity?
  • Have you identified small use cases or pilots for incorporating generative AI within the enterprise? What benefits have you realized?
  • What does the future look like for generative AI in your enterprise? Are there pressures from the C-suite to implement this before your data environment is mature enough?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

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

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

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

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