Texas CDO Executive Summit

November 10, 2021 | Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

November 10, 2021
Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Texas'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

Texas CDO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Navin Advani

Sysco
Vice President | BT - Supply Chain & Merchandising Technology and Enterprise Data & Analytics Platforms

David Bowlby

Occidental Petroleum
VP, Data & Analytics

Sebastian Gass

Quantum Energy Partners
CTO

Jayadev Gopinath

DraftKings
SVP of Data Engineering & Data Science

Mark Nance

American Fidelity Assurance Company
Chief Data Officer

Satyam Priyadarshy

Halliburton
Technology Fellow and Chief Data Scientist

Phanii Pydimarri

Stanley Black & Decker
Sr Director, AI & Advanced Analytics

Cory Shouse

Tenet Health
Head, Data & Analytics

Jackie Wallace

Baker Hughes
Senior Executive, Digital Technology

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 Texas 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


November 9, 2021

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

Governing Body Private Dinner

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.

November 10, 2021 - morning

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

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

Innovation at Scale

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Cameron Davies

Chief Data Officer

YUM! Brands

Technology leaders are committed to leveraging data in new and innovative ways to drive competitive advantages. But, what can be done do to increase the probability that these new initiatives stick and have a lasting impact? Some of the most successful programs start by focusing on people and their needs, and in this session, we’ll explore why along with: 

  • The four areas of compatibility that must be addressed for innovation to stick
  • Strategies for measuring effectiveness across multiple objectives
  • How to build from the business problem down, not the technology up

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Breaking Down Data Silos — An Interactive Session

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Rajeev Aluru

Head of Operations Analytics

Calpine

Data is like rocket fuel for AI and it’s increasingly critical for enterprises to strategically leverage data as they compete in their industry. However, to fully realize the value that data provides, data leaders need the ability to break down data silos across the organization. Join this interactive benchmarking session to hear how other data leaders are addressing this challenge and leveraging data with less boundaries. Come prepared to share your own insights, ask questions, and learn from your peers.

This interactive session is your chance to:

  • Hear what data silo challenges other data leaders are facing
  • Compare initiatives with a cross-section of your peers
  • Discover new approaches to disbanding disparate data siloes

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Leading Through Collaboration

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Phanii Pydimarri

Sr Director, AI & Advanced Analytics

Stanley Black & Decker

The CDO should be viewed as the common thread between the technical and business functions within an organization. When developing business-driven data strategies, partnerships with key stakeholders, both internally and externally, can be critical. Discover how to build more effective relationships across the business and further accelerate your data initiatives. In this session, we’ll discuss:

  • Strategies for fueling cross-functional business growth
  • How to communicate value propositions
  • Focusing on low-lift opportunities for quick and easy wins

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Data Governance vs. Analytics Governance

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Sonia Khosla

VP, Data & Analytics - Healthcare

Magellan Health

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Varun Kumar

Sr. Director- Global Data & Integration Platforms

Sysco

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Jon Walters

Vice President, Advanced Analytics , Controls , and Digital

National Oilwell Varco

There is a distinction between data governance and analytics governance. As such, CDOs need a clear understanding of both frameworks and specific strategies for each. Discover how other CDOs are thinking about this important distinction and come prepared to share your own thoughts as well. In this boardroom, you’ll discuss:

  • The intersection of data governance and analytics governance
  • How different organizations are governing data vs. analytics 
  • The tactical side of analytics governance and how to best serve end-users

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.

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  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

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Stephen Zobrist

VP, Data Governance & Administration

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. 

In this session, we’ll share how Essilor of America:

  • 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

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Building a Data Literacy Roadmap

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Dilip Balachandran

SVP, Head of Enterprise Data Management

Regions Financial Corporation

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Justin Mikhalevsky

VP, Data & Analytics

Kestra Financial

According to Gartner, poor data literacy is ranked as the second-biggest internal roadblock to the success of the CDO. Although it can be challenging to broadly up-skill an entire organization, there are strategic steps that data leaders can take to improve data literacy at scale.

In this session, you'll discuss:

  • Obstacles that are hindering your data literacy goals
  • The hierarchy of data literacy
  • Steps for building a culture that promotes data literacy

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.

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Business Value Through Data Enablement

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Bobbi Caggianelli

Head of Data Science and Governance

Security Benefit

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Jayadev Gopinath

SVP of Data Engineering & Data Science

DraftKings

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Zul Sidi

Head of Data & Analytics-Retail, Preferred & Wealth Management

Bank of America

Digital business requires a flexible and adaptive governance approach. However, many governance programs inhibit value generation by restricting data usage and subsequently stifling value creation. The most efficient data governance programs are able to strike a balance between compliance and control.

In this executive boardroom, you’ll discuss how to:

  • Educate and empower users to access the information they need to make data-driven decisions
  • Disband disparate siloes that are impeding the success of business initiatives
  • Bring in predictive and prescriptive models

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.

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

November 10, 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 - 1:15pm  Lunch Service

12:40pm - 1:00pm  Break

1:00pm - 1:05pm  Lunch Comments

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

November 10, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Enabling an Efficient Data Marketplace — The Journey Thus Far

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Latheef Syed

Head of Data Architecture & Products - Artificial Intelligence + Data

Verizon

Despite record amounts of available data and a strong desire to derive value from that data, it can be challenging to organize data in way that enables efficient access for making data-driven decisions. Hear how one data leader is addressing this challenge and what has been learned throughout the journey.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Strategies for increasing automation within your data and analytics program
  • How minimal viable products can be utilized to accelerate progress
  • Measurable outcomes that communicate the value of data

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Defining the Why Behind Your Data Initiatives

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Mark Nance

Chief Data Officer

American Fidelity Assurance Company

Before embarking on new data initiatives, CDOs must clearly define the intended purpose and anticipated use of the data. By focusing on Data Intelligence (DI) data leaders can deliver more value to the organization than ever before but it all starts with the “WHY” behind the data. 

Join this session to discuss:

  • Policy-driven governance and business-oriented metrics
  • How to manage what data gets created and what it is used for
  • Structures that reduce misunderstandings about the meaning of data

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:10pm  Closing Comments

3:40pm - 4:10pm  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


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 972-661-2800.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $168 USD (plus tax) is October 25, 2021.

Your Community Partners


Program Partner

Texas CDO Program Manager


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

Lindsay Lawler

Senior Program Manager - Territory Specialist

971-978-5030

lindsay.lawler@evanta.com