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CDO Institute: USA

November 16

CDO Institute: USA

Location: Stanford University, California

Date: Thursday, November 16th 2023

Time: 08:00 - 6:30 PDT

Event Summary

Join us at Stanford Univeristy for a day of world-class, end-user-driven academia helping executives make the right decisions. Covering the latest trends and challenges, our flagship events provide a dynamic and agile mix of thought leadership, best practices, and networking sessions.

Featured Attendees

Event Chair

Caitlin Halferty, 
Global Chief Data Officer, 
Caitlin Halferty, Global Chief Data Officer, Ericsson

Caitlin Halferty is the Global Chief Data Officer, Ericsson, a leading information and communications technology company.

Caitlin is responsible for implementing Ericsson’s Group Data Strategy and driving high-value data and AI initiatives across the organization.

This includes realizing value from data for the business, customers and employees, and building advanced, enterprise-wide data capabilities. Caitlin was previously at IBM, holding several leadership positions across the IBM Global Chief Data Office and Consulting Business.


Dr Beverly McCann

Senior Cyber Security Analyst





Fabian Libeau

VP of Sales, EMEA



As businesses & society alike continue to embrace the vast potential of Artificial Intelligence, ethical considerations are becoming increasingly crucial. From the ethical collection and use of data to the responsible deployment of AI technologies, striking a balance between innovation and moral responsibility has emerged as a pressing concern for data professionals globally. .

This panel discussion will bring together leading experts & thought leaders from various fields to delve into the complex intersection of Data, AI, and Ethics. The panelists will explore some of the following key topics:

  • How can we ensure that data is collected responsibly, while safeguarding individual privacy and preventing potential misuse?
  • AI systems are only as unbiased as the data they are trained on. How can we address algorithmic bias and ensure that AI technologies promote fairness and inclusivity?
  • As AI systems become more complex, the "black box" nature of some algorithms raises concerns about transparency and accountability. How can we enhance explainability and interpretability in AI models?
  • With AI increasingly influencing critical decisions in various domains, including healthcare, finance, and criminal justice, how can we establish robust frameworks to ensure these systems do not lead to unintended consequences or reinforce existing biases?

This session delves into essential strategies that Data professionals must adopt to facilitate widespread access to valuable insights, enabling organizations to make well-informed decisions efficiently.

Key discussion points include:

  • Educating stakeholders on the significance of data and equipping employees with data-driven insights to foster informed decision-making throughout the organization.
  • Leveraging advanced analytics techniques and machine learning models to identify patterns, trends, and predictive insights within the data.
  • Promoting a collaborative and data-driven environment by granting all stakeholders across the organization access to valuable data.
  • Developing intuitive self-service analytics platforms that enable stakeholders to autonomously access and derive insights from data, streamlining the decision-making process.

Join us in this session as we delve into effective strategies for utilizing data to create meaningful connections between brands and consumers. By analyzing consumer behavior and preferences, brands can tailor their offerings, elevate customer experiences, and foster enduring relationships. Discover how data-driven insights can empower brands to forge deeper connections with their target audience.

Key discussion points include:

  • Explore how data offers valuable insights into consumer behavior, preferences, and demographics.
  • Discover how data can be harnessed to map the customer journey, identifying touchpoints for enhanced engagement and satisfaction.
  • Discuss the importance of data transparency and responsible practices in utilizing consumer data.
  • Uncover the potential of data-driven marketing strategies in creating impactful connections with consumers.

Join this session as we explore how to effectively communicate the value of AI and data analytics projects to leadership, specifically focusing on demonstrating ROI and quantifying the benefits to the organization. We will explore key elements of a successful communication strategy, encompassing understanding your audience, framing your message, and utilizing data to substantiate your claims.


Key discussion points include:


  • Discover how to construct a clear and persuasive business case for your AI and data analytics projects by utilizing data-driven metrics to measure success. Learn how to effectively showcase the tangible benefits and demonstrate a strong ROI.
  • Leveraging Effective Storytelling Techniques: Master the art of storytelling to captivate leadership's attention and effectively communicate the value of your projects. Understand how to craft a narrative that highlights the impact of AI and data analytics on strategic business outcomes.
  • Identifying quick wins within your use cases to showcase immediate ROI. Explore how highlighting early successes can build confidence, gain buy-in, and pave the way for broader project support.
  • Articulate how your AI and data analytics projects directly contribute to driving strategic business outcomes. Learn how to align your initiatives with the organization's goals and priorities to secure leadership's endorsement and support.

In an era of intensified data collection, processing, and sharing, Chief Data Officers face a dynamic landscape riddled with emerging risks and challenges. Safeguarding enterprises from security threats, cyber attacks, and data breaches is of paramount importance. Join us for an insightful session where we explore the strategies that data leaders must embrace to fortify their organizations in this data-driven age.


Key discussion points:


  • Craft a comprehensive data security and privacy strategy customized for multi-cloud and hybrid environments, ensuring robust protection throughout diverse data ecosystems.
  • Establishing resilient policies and procedures for data access and usage, minimizing vulnerabilities and maintaining data security throughout its lifecycle.
  • Educating employees on best practices for data security and fostering a culture of compliance to enhance internal data protection measures.
  • Embrace proactive collaboration with cybersecurity experts to effectively address evolving threats, staying ahead of the curve in safeguarding valuable data assets.

For enterprises seeking to accelerate their journey from insights to decisive actions, establishing seamless connections between data sources is of utmost importance. This not only enables swift access to valuable insights but also ensures the security of customer data and promotes effective data governance. Chief Data Officers play a pivotal role in leveraging appropriate strategies and technologies to facilitate smooth data movement and integration within a centralized architecture. Join us for this Keynote, where we will explore the essential steps that data leaders must take to achieve seamless integration.


Key Discussion Points:


  • Utilize automated, dependable, and scalable data movement platforms to expedite the process of gaining actionable insights.
  • Seamlessly integrate data into a cloud-based architecture, such as a data lake or data warehouse, to enhance accessibility and data management.
  • Implement robust governance processes to ensure data quality and consistency throughout the integration process.
  • Harmonize data integration efforts with business objectives and KPIs to drive meaningful outcomes.

In this session we will be discussing how best to help businesses design and implement data strategies that improve decision-making, customer experience, and operational efficiency. Thanks to information provided by data experts, we'll be aiming to identify and discuss the variety of opportunities that there are to use data more effectively and implement innovative data solutions that deliver tangible results.

Increasingly senior executives are pushing new machine learning initiatives to drive business value, leaving Chief Data Officers responsible for finding new ways to accelerate its adoption across the entire lifecycle, from data preparation to model deployment. This session will explore key strategies that CDOs must take to build a framework that enables them to develop, test, and deploy machine learning models at scale.

  • What are the best tools for data cleaning and transformation in order to pre-process raw data?
  • Creating a structured data pipeline that can handle large volumes of data.
  • Developing and testing machine learning models, focusing on accuracy, performance, and scalability
  • Deploying and scaling machine learning models effectively.
  • Implementing a Continuous Integration and Deployment pipeline for machine learning models, allowing for automated testing, deployment, and monitoring
  • Considering ethical considerations including bias, fairness, and transparency to ensure that models are ethical and unbiased.

Join this engaging session to discuss the pivotal role of the CDO in successfully implementing and integrating Artificial Intelligence AI solutions in order to reduce costs and identify opportunities. As organizations navigate an increasingly complex and data-driven landscape, the CDO's expertise in AI utilization is vital for driving organizational efficiency and functionality across various business domains. Throughout this session, we will explore how the CDO can leverage AI to identify and mitigate risks, such as fraud detection, cybersecurity threats, and compliance breaches. By harnessing the power of AI, organizations can proactively address these challenges, ensuring enhanced security, streamlined operations, and improved risk management.

  • Highlighting how AI can optimize operational processes, automate routine tasks, and improve overall efficiency, allowing organizations to allocate resources more effectively and focus on strategic initiatives.
  • Exploring the broad return on investment potential of AI-powered risk management, including cost savings, revenue growth, improved decision-making, and enhanced customer experiences.
  • Discussing how AI can provide organizations with a competitive edge, enabling them to adapt to changing market dynamics, identify emerging trends, and make data-driven decisions for long-term success.

Instances of weak insights, data breaches, and ethical concerns have eroded trust in data strategies. In response, data leaders are actively working to regain this trust through comprehensive data strategy reviews. This session emphasizes the importance of collecting the right data, enhancing accessibility, and promoting data literacy across the organization. Join us as we provide practical insights and strategies to empower you to rebuild trust in your data strategy.


Key Discussion Points:


  • Focus on a foundation built with core pillars of governance, transparency, and accountability to restore confidence in data strategies.
  • Implement robust data governance frameworks and improve data transparency and communication to ensure data integrity and compliance.
  • Foster ethical data practices and responsible decision-making to establish a trustworthy data strategy.
  • Partner with communications to distribute data-driven insights effectively through compelling data storytelling, ensuring meaningful understanding and impact.

Join this insightful panel discussion as industry leaders share their experiences and expertise in harnessing the power of data, analytics, and AI to drive innovation and success. The session will delve into real-world case studies, showcasing how organizations have effectively utilized data and cutting-edge analytics to achieve strategic objectives. Additionally, the panellists will shed light on the role of emerging technologies in reshaping the landscape of data-driven decision-making and the future possibilities they present.


Key Discussion Points:


  • Real-Life Case Studies of Data and Analytics Success
  • Leveraging AI and Emerging Technologies: How AI and other emerging technologies are reshaping the data landscape.’
  • Insights into building a data-centric culture within organizations.

Explore the key challenges data leaders encounter while fostering a data-driven culture within their organizations. This insightful discussion will uncover best practices for overcoming these barriers, paving the way for a data-centric operating model and mindset.


Key Discussion Points:


  • Discover how to equip employees with essential data interpretation skills, enabling informed decisions across all levels of the organization.
  • Learn strategies for securing leadership support and implementing persuasive communication approaches to manage and overcome resistance to data-driven transformation.
  • Explore methods for establishing a unified source of truth by promoting collaboration and cross-functional data sharing, dismantling data silos in the process.
  • Highlight the importance of data accuracy, completeness, and timeliness in delivering consistent data quality, providing a reliable foundation for valuable insights.
  • Implement robust data governance processes and procedures to instil confidence and trust in the data, ensuring its reliability and integrity.

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, enterprises across diverse industries are actively seeking opportunities to enhance operations, improve efficiency, and elevate customer experiences. Among the most promising technologies for achieving these goals is generative Artificial Intelligence, but what are the potential pitfalls of this new technology for a business and what can be done to avoid any issues with its implementation and utilization? Join us in this engaging keynote as we delve into the new era of digitalization and explore how Generative AI plays a pivotal role in driving innovation within enterprises.


Key Discussion Points:


  • Understanding Generative AI: Unveiling the fundamentals of Generative AI and its transformative potential for enterprise advancement.
  • Real-world Success Stories: Discover " leveraging Generative AI to foster innovation, fuel growth, and gain a competitive edge.
  • Evaluating Readiness: Assessing your enterprise's preparedness for embracing Generative AI and determining the necessary steps for successful adoption.
  • Implementation Considerations: Key factors to consider when implementing Generative AI solutions within your enterprise, including data requirements, infrastructure, and scalability.

Consistent data quality and availability are key challenges faced by CDOs and other Data Professionals. Access to accurate, complete, and readily available data is crucial for organizational agility and adaptability. In this session, we explore how CDOs can establish a robust data quality framework to unlock the full potential of analytical operations.


Key Discussion Points:


  • Establishing data quality standards, defining data ownership, and assigning data stewardship responsibilities. Developing policies and procedures for data management, security, and compliance.
  • Implementing data quality controls to monitor accuracy, completeness, and consistency, enabling regular data audits for reliable insights.
  • Best practices for integrating data across the enterprise, enabling seamless access across departments and applications.
  • Harnessing data analytics to uncover patterns, trends, and actionable insights that inform strategic business decisions.
  • Exploring available data visualization tools to present information in a meaningful and intuitive manner.
  • Strategies for comprehensive training on data management best practices to empower employees at all levels of the organization.

Join us for this session as we explore the crucial role of data virtualization in driving digital transformation for organizations. CDOs must utilize the right tools to effortlessly connect diverse structured and unstructured data sources, creating adaptable data models that cater to consumer needs across multiple platforms. Discover how data virtualization can be a key enabler in supporting your organizational digital objectives.


Key Discussion Points:


  • Insights into your entire data ecosystem by cataloging and mapping various data sources and their interrelationships, fostering a comprehensive view.
  • How to create a unified and coherent view of data by seamlessly connecting disparate data sources, enhancing data accessibility and usability.
  • Best practice to enable real-time access to data, empowering agile decision-making and facilitating rapid response times.

In an ever-evolving digital landscape, data protection has become of utmost importance. This session delves into essential strategies and best practices for safeguarding data, mitigating risks, and ensuring compliance. Data leaders will gain valuable insights on how to protect sensitive information and build trust with customers.


Key Discussion Points:


  • Gain an overview of the significance of data protection in the digital era and the potential risks associated with data breaches.
  • How to Implement comprehensive policies, procedures, and security measures to ensure data is protected throughout its entire lifecycle.
  • Explore effective encryption techniques and access control mechanisms to safeguard data from unauthorized access and potential breaches.

With the ever-increasing volume of generated and collected data, the complexity of ensuring data quality, security, and compliance has grown significantly. Join us in this boardroom discussion to explore the crucial role of data governance in optimizing data-driven decision-making.


Key Discussion Points:


  • Discover actionable strategies encompassing data quality, security, compliance, and privacy to establish a robust framework for managing data assets effectively.
  • Establish clear data policies, define ownership and accountability, and implement robust processes for monitoring, reporting, and ensuring adherence to data governance standards.
  • How best to map a transformative path towards unifying data context across the organization, ensuring consistent understanding, collaboration, and sharing of insights to drive innovation.
  • Optimizing Decisions through Effective Governance: Leverage data governance practices to optimize data-driven decision-making, aligning them with overarching business goals and objectives.
  • Engaging Stakeholders in Data Governance: Foster collaboration by engaging all relevant stakeholders in the data governance strategy, addressing compliance challenges collectively through commitment and joint effort.

To accelerate the adoption of AI, CDOs must proficiently employ data management strategies and technologies that optimize efficiency, reduce expenses, and facilitate a seamless integration across multi-cloud and hybrid environments. What are some of the initial challenges that will be faced in the early stages of adoption and implementation? and how can they be easily overcome? Join us in this session as we explore the strategies and technologies that data leaders should embrace to achieve effective data management with the help of Artifical Intelligence.


Key Discussion Points:


  • How best to build a comprehensive data management strategy that includes data governance, metadata management, and data lineage?
  • Leveraging AI and machine learning to automate and streamline data management processes.
  • Creating a data platform that supports multi-cloud and hybrid environments.
  • Implementing cost-effective storage solutions that balance performance and cost.
  • How to masterfully manage this transition so as to keep your colleagues and employees minds at ease.

Join us this insightful fireside chat as we delve into the journey of becoming a Chief Data Officer (CDO). In this candid conversation, our esteemed guest will share their personal and professional experiences, shedding light on the path they took to reach this influential leadership role. From their early career choices to the challenges faced and lessons learned along the way, this discussion will be an opportunity to gain valuable insights and inspiration for your own journey towards becoming a CDO. This fireside chat is a must-attend for aspiring data leaders, offering a unique opportunity to learn from a successful CDO and gain practical advice on navigating the evolving landscape of data management and driving organizational transformation.

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