Atlanta CDO Executive Summit

December 8, 2021 | JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

December 8, 2021
JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Atlanta'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

Atlanta CDO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

James Bolles

Southern Company
Director, Enterprise Solutions COEs

Snorwlor “Sno” Bropleh

Habitat for Humanity
Global Director for Operations - Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

Steve Einbender

The Home Depot
Senior Data Scientist, CyberSecurity Advanced Analytics

Dr. Vijay Gandapodi

Reynolds American
Global IT Head – Marketing Analytics and Data science.

Diwakar Goel

General Electric
VP – Global Chief Data Officer

Rajeev Kapur

Kimberly-Clark
Chief Data Officer

Sesha Madapoosi

NCR
Exec Director, Data & Analytics Products

Karthikeyan Ramasamy

Georgia- Pacific
Advanced Analytics and Strategy Leader

Kenneth Viciana

Fiserv
Director Information Risk Management

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 Atlanta 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.

Agenda


December 7, 2021

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

GB Welcome Reception

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

December 8, 2021 - morning

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

Driving Insights-Informed Decision-Making

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Marc Hunt

Director of Data Services, Enterprise Analytics

Chick-fil-A

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Brent Bradley

Sr. Principal Program Lead, Data Literacy

Chick-fil-A

A healthy focus on data is necessary for organizations hoping to re-engineer decision making to operate efficiently, while maximizing effectiveness. For Chick-fil-A, efficiency isn’t a new idea, but its focus on data and analytics is rapidly evolving as the company works to build and scale analytic capabilities that enable enterprise business strategies.

Join this session as Chick-fil-A’s Enterprise Analytics team shares how they’re:

  • Re-shaping data culture by leveling-up data literacy
  • Iterating and enhancing analytics to deliver more value to internal and external customers
  • Promoting data strategy to build advocacy from stakeholders


9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Data Strategy to Enable Digital Transformation — A Pragmatic Approach at Essilor

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Farukh Lakhani

Sr. Director Sales Analytics and Operations

Essilor of America

Over the last couple of years, the role of data has changed. To enterprise leaders, data is no longer just supportive, it’s an asset. To propel the business forward and remove digital business roadblocks, data and analytics leaders should set a robust data strategy to enable digital acceleration.

Join this session as Essilor of America D&A leader, Farukh Lakhani, shares how they've:

  • Created a data-centric vision for the enterprise that’s sustainable and scalable
  • Built and executed a data strategy that was achievable to enable digital transformation
  • Navigated through challenges with People, Process, and Technology

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

From Boundaries to Benefits — A Guide to Governance

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Christopher Glover

Field CTO

BigID

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James Bolles

Director, Enterprise Solutions COEs

Southern Company

Data and analytics leaders are forever under pressure to deliver increasing value from the data assets under their care. However, an increasing number of regulations limit their options to leverage data. Governance is necessary. Leaders who deftly weave compliance into their data management practices can change the perception of governance from rigid practice to strategic business enabler.

Join this session as BigID Field CTO, Christopher Glover, shares strategies to:

  • Enable a culture of data innovation while meeting compliance requirements
  • Extend the use of 1st-party data to enhance the customer experience
  • Create internal data marketplaces that expand the use of data in the organization


9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Leading by Example – Fostering a Data-Driven Culture

In the same way a nail is useless without a hammer, data resources cannot be optimized without a team that is eager to integrate those practices into their workflow. Leading the charge toward data literacy doesn’t have to be intimidating – you just need a plan.

Join your fellow CDOs to discuss:

  • What has (or hasn’t) worked to promote employee buy-in
  • How the organization of your D&A team can impact literacy adoption
  • How to enhance business outcomes with cultural adoption and trust

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Monica Podolsky / monica.podolsky@evanta.com

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Benchmarking Your Data and Analytics Maturity Journey

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Colin Coleman

SVP Data and Analytics

Equifax

Data drives everything we do and is increasingly critical for enterprises to strategically use as they compete in their industry. Gartner research shows that 78% of boards of directors believe analytics is emerging as a game-changer, influenced by the pandemic. Now is the time for D&A leaders to not only focus on data, technology and skills but the culture around data and analytics and how leadership is embracing that effort.

Join this interactive session as CDOs:

  • Evaluate their data and analytics strategies
  • Uncover gaps and areas of opportunity for growth and development
  • Identify innovative capabilities to maximize on the customer experience while maintaining internal efficiency

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Adapting Governance to Empower Collaboration

Governing data and analytics isn't a new practice, but the way leaders are thinking about it is changing. To enable a more agile organization centered around data, D&A leaders must adopt an adaptive governance strategy.

Join this roundtable discussion as CDOs discuss:

  • Implementing a governance approach that can evolve with the needs of the organization
  • Creating a common data language and strategy to unite teams across the business
  • Embedding the proper safeguards within your governance strategy to protect data

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Monica Podolsky / monica.podolsky@evanta.com

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Optimizing Advanced Analytics to Clear Business Hurdles

It is rare you reach the finish line on a great business initiative without clearing a few hurdles along the way. Winning organizations see the obstacles coming and are ready to react, through smart deployment of predictive and prescriptive analytics. This peer-driven session explores improving business outcomes and getting your employees onboard with advanced analytics tools.

In this session you will discuss:

  • Using predictive and prescriptive analytics to make data-driven decisions and achieve a better bottom line
  • Choosing strategies that equip employees and build confidence in their skills
  • Streamlining practices across the company to serve customers effectively

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Monica Podolsky / monica.podolsky@evanta.com

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

December 8, 2021 - mid-afternoon

11:25am - 12:40pm  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.

11:45am - 1:30pm  Lunch Service

12:40pm - 1:00pm  Break

1:00pm - 1:05pm  Lunch Comments

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

December 8, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Keeping Your Data Secure and Compliant

With increased availability, accessibility and usability of data comes greater corporate responsibility to ensure that data is protected. It is up to data leaders to develop and implement a data strategy that ensures security and compliance.

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • Strategies to align security initiatives with enterprise programs and business objectives
  • Pain points of backups and the availability of data
  • Improving security, compliance and governance in different data environments

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Monica Podolsky / monica.podolsky@evanta.com

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

The Cloud Cookbook – Maximizing Your Strategy

Over the years, many organizations have reduced operating costs and local storage by moving data to the cloud. But according to Gartner research, without an effective cloud strategy, many organizations do not achieve the expected outcomes and value from their use of the cloud.

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Asking the “what” and “why” questions when creating a robust cloud strategy
  • Aligning your cloud strategy with strategic organizational plans
  • Creating an exit strategy that safeguards your organization from a future cloud withdrawal

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Holding It All Together – Building the Right Data Operating Model

The right D&A operating model increases the velocity of insights across the organization and generates better consumer experiences. But reaping those benefits requires strategy built on excellent alignment of processes, operations, data talent and business outcomes. In this roundtable, CDOs will share experiences, challenges and triumphs in creating the right model for the right D&A strategy.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Working across silos to create cross-functional data teams
  • Developing the overall data acumen of your organization to increase your talent base
  • Bridging the gap between data strategy and business strategy

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Monica Podolsky / monica.podolsky@evanta.com

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Upskilling for Innovation

As the data and analytics field grows and skills become more varied, the need for talent is skyrocketing. To acquire and retain a larger percentage of top prospects, D&A leaders must create opportunities for employees to innovate and thrive.

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • Developing talent and upskilling your workforce
  • Creating a culture around data that achieves key business objectives
  • Organizing your D&A team to fail upward, fostering innovation

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Monica Podolsky / monica.podolsky@evanta.com

3:50pm - 4:05pm  Break

4:05pm - 4:10pm  Closing Comments

4:10pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

Laying the Foundation for an Agile Operating Model

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Binu Varghese

Global Data & Analytics Leader

Carrier

Not only are organizations working to modernize data strategy, in some cases the organizational operating model needs an upgrade as well. Data and analytics leaders must shape a business strategy and structure that allows for innovation and propels the enterprise forward.

Join this session as Carrier’s Global Data & Analytics Leader, Binu Varghese, shares ways to:

  • Align your operating model with the Business Operating Model
  • Leverage proximity with business to understand needs and challenges and shape strategy
  • Encourage progress over perfection & rapid value delivery


4:40pm - 5:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

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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 safety precautions onsite.

Please note that our onsite planning will continue to evolve, and all measures are subject to change to ensure the best and safest possible experience. Please refer to our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for up-to-date local guidelines.

Location


Venue & Accommodation

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
MORE INFORMATION

A block of rooms has been reserved at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-866-343-5747 . Please mention Atlanta CDO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $214 USD (plus tax) is November 15, 2021.

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Atlanta CDO Program Manager


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

Monica Podolsky

Program Manager

monica.podolsky@evanta.com