CDO Institute: USA

CDO Institute: USA

Location: Booth School of Business, Gleacher Centre, Chicago

Date: Thursday March 28th 2024

Time: 08:00 - 18:30 CST

Event Summary

We are thrilled to extend our invitation to the highly anticipated CDO Institute Chicago, which promises to be an even more remarkable event. In 2024, we are proud to introduce an exciting new feature to our gathering: co-located streams designed to cater not only to CDOs but also CIOs and CISOs.

This unique event offers delegates the opportunity to customize their experience by selecting sessions from these three streams. Whether you are shaping your organization's technological vision, safeguarding its digital fortresses, or leveraging the power of data, this conference provides an unparalleled platform for networking, learning, and charting the path forward.

Event Chair

Doug Laney

Doug Laney is a prominent data and analytics expert, best known for originating the field of infonomics and authoring the best-selling book "Infonomics." He currently serves as the Data & Analytics Strategy Innovation Fellow at West Monroe and is also an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, teaching infonomics and business analytics. His previous roles include being a distinguished analyst at Gartner and launching the Deloitte Analytics Institute. He is a three-time recipient of Gartner’s annual Thought Leadership Award and contributes as a Forbes author. Laney's influence extends to his role as a World Economic Forum advisor and co-chair of the MIT Chief Data Officer Symposium.



Join us for coffee and pastries to prepare for the day of learning and networking

As businesses & society alike continue to embrace the vast potential of Artificial Intelligence, ethical considerations are becoming increasingly crucial. Furthermore, the evolving role of the Data Professional puts them and newly-found place to help drive profit in a number of ways across the enterprise. Striking a balance between these two facets of the developing skillset of the CDO is key to ensure Trust is maintained by a number of different stakeholders. From the ethical collection and use of data to the responsible deployment of AI technologies, finding synergy 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 panellists will explore some of the following key topics:

- Ethical Considerations in AI Deployment: Exploring the importance of ethical guidelines and principles in the deployment of AI technologies, and how these considerations impact business decisions and societal perceptions.
- The Evolving Role of Data Professionals in Driving Profit and Ethics: Discussing how data professionals, especially Chief Data Officers, can balance their growing role in profit generation with the ethical implications of data use and AI applications.
- Maintaining Trust with Stakeholders through Responsible Data Practices: Addressing the need for transparent and responsible data collection, usage, and management to maintain trust among various stakeholders including customers, employees, and the wider community.
- Synergy between Technological Innovation and Moral Responsibility: Debating how to find a harmonious balance between leveraging the latest AI innovations for business advancement and adhering to moral and ethical responsibilities in a rapidly evolving digital landscape.

  • Doug Laney, Author / Professor at the University of Illinois (Moderator)
  • Balaji Srinivasan, Chief Data Officer with UBS AM
  • Michael Silvestro, Enterprise Privacy Leader with RSM
Join us for an insightful industry keynote that delves into the untapped potential of Customer Data Platforms (CDPs) beyond their conventional use in marketing. Mark Tack, a seasoned expert in the field, brings this critical perspective to light, emphasizing the need for organizations to harness the full spectrum of customer data across various business functions.
The presentation will spotlight real-world examples, showcasing diverse use cases where customer data has been pivotal in driving tangible business outcomes. Mark will take you through success stories that demonstrate the transformative impact of leveraging customer data across customers, use cases, and business outcomes.
Don't miss this opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of how customer data can be a powerful force across your entire organization. Mark Tack's keynote promises to be an engaging exploration of the strategic use of CDPs, offering practical insights and actionable strategies to unlock the full potential of your customer data.

This keynote address given by Senthil Kumar, Director Enterprise Architecture with Fresenius Medical Care, will provide a comprehensive overview of diverse AI deployments, highlighting both successful and challenging cases. It will delve into the key factors that contribute to the success or failure of AI initiatives in various sectors, emphasizing the critical role of data management and strategic implementation. Attendees will learn from real-world examples how AI can drive innovation and efficiency, as well as the pitfalls to avoid in its application. The presentation will also focus on future trends in AI, offering insights into how senior executives can leverage AI for sustained competitive advantage.

Join this roundtable discussion where leading experts discuss the challenges and strategies for maintaining data privacy in business environments increasingly driven by AI technologies. They explore the balancing act between leveraging AI for business growth and adhering to evolving global privacy regulations. The discussion also highlights innovative privacy-preserving techniques, such as differential privacy and encrypted data analysis, that enable businesses to harness AI's potential while protecting individual privacy rights.

Hosted by Sean Falconer, Head of Marketing and Developer Relations with Skyflow.

Join our session to discuss practical strategies around responsible data usage and how to maximize the impact of advanced analytics around your firm using low code tooling. We will describe governance frameworks that enable access to a broad set of tools for accessing and analysing data and how AI can play a role in this process.


Hosted by Michael Berthold, CEO of Knime.

In this boardroom session, hosted by Shelby Cannon, VP / MD of Data Protection & Data Governance at OneMain Financial, Data professionals will come together to explore and discuss effective data governance strategies. This session aims to uncover practical approaches that have proven successful in the realm of data management whilst also elaborating on the importance of a robust data governance framework. Our attendees will be able to share insights from their own experiences and learn from industry peers about overcoming common challenges in data protection and compliance. This roundtable discussion will no the one to miss!

In the rapidly evolving enterprise environment, CIOs and CDOs are tasked with harnessing the transformative power of Generative AI to revolutionize knowledge management and search capabilities. This boardroom will delve into how Generative AI is redefining the way we discover knowledge and make decisions, ultimately boosting workplace efficiency and safeguarding data privacy. Through success stories and practical examples, attendees will gain insight into both the benefits and challenges that organizations encounter. Join us to explore the integration of state-of-the-art AI with enterprise search platforms and understand its far-reaching implications for the future of work.

Hosted by Lauren Kennedy, Head of Customer Success, Glean


Enjoy a catered buffet lunch while you network and build valuable relationships with your fellow delegates

In this panel discussion, Industry Leaders will converge to explore the forefront of data strategy, delving into the latest innovations reshaping business strategies across various sectors thanks to the evolution of both Data & AI. The Panel will address the complexities of data governance and compliance, offering insights into creating robust and effective data-driven cultures within organizations. Furthermore, we will also discuss the transformative role of AI in data strategy, highlighting both the challenges and emerging solutions in implementing and optimizing data strategies in today's rapidly evolving digital landscape.

- What are the Emerging Trends in Data Strategy? Exploration into the latest innovations and how they are shaping business strategies.

- Data Governance and Compliance: Explore strategies for navigating the complex landscape of data privacy and regulations.

- What is the extent of the role of AI in Data Strategy? Delve into how AI is transforming data analysis and decision-making processes.

  • Doug Laney, Author / Professor at the University of Illinois (Moderator)
  • Robin Patra, Director strategy - Data , Analytics & AI with ARCO Construction Corp.
  • Kimberly Bella, Senior Director, Global Data Office with Visa

Join this Keynote address hosted by Patrick Chew, Global Head Data Enablement with AIT Worldwide Logistics, as he explains the critical role of strategic data management in harnessing the power of AI for business growth through data enablement. We will explore the reasons for businesses to deeply understand their data, processes, competency, internal alignment, and the capabilities of AI tools in order to attain the full value of the technology’s potential. Furthermore, this address will conclude with an emphasis on the fundamental principles of data enablement as key to effectively leveraging AI technologies in decision-making, value creation and realization towards a data-driven organization.

Everyone needs Responsible AI (RAI) but confusion abounds about what it is, what it delivers and how to achieve it. Done effectively RAI boosts AI impact by increasing adoption, quality, and reliability, while minimizing risks to business performance, reputation, litigation and regulatory fines. In this session with Dr. Kjell Carlsson, we will discuss practical definitions of RAI, examples of best practices from advanced AI teams operating in tightly regulated industries, and the RAI people, process, and platform capabilities needed to scale trust and impact while also mitigating risk and complying with future AI regulation.

Join Gokula Mishra, Vice President, Data Science with Direct Supply as he provides a comprehensive overview of the principles and practices essential for the ethical development and deployment of artificial intelligence within business processes. This presentation will explore the importance of incorporating ethical considerations from the inception of AI projects. Furthermore, Gokula will outline a practical framework for our attending executives, ensuring that AI technologies can seamlessly respect company policies, ethical standards and ultimately quickly become an asset to a diverse range of operations.

In this roundtable discussion, hosted by Michael Silvestro, Enterprise Privacy Leader with RSM, leading privacy officers and technology experts will converge to discuss the evolving landscape of privacy in the era of advanced artificial intelligence. This dialogue will explore how AI technologies are reshaping the concepts of data privacy and personal information security. Participants will examine the challenges and opportunities presented by AI in developing robust privacy strategies and policies.

In this roundtable discussion lead by Mohan Putcha, Global Vice President, Digital Transformation with Aon, join senior executives from the fields of Technology, Data, and AI to explore the critical challenges that businesses face when dealing with unstructured data that is critical to the successful deployment of GenAI. We will discuss how poor management of this data can lead to missed opportunities, inefficiencies, and increased risks, particularly in an era dominated by big data and advanced analytics. This conversation will also delve into strategies for effectively harnessing unstructured data, highlighting innovative approaches and best practices in data management and the remedy that is AI integration.

Join this in-depth roundtable discussion, hosted by Sam Hicks, Director of Product Analytics at CNN Digital, where industry leaders and experts will converge to explore the integral role of data literacy in the digital age. This roundtable discussion will delve into how mastering product analytics can drive successful digital transformation, offering actionable insights for businesses aiming to thrive in an increasingly data-driven world. Understanding and exploring the strategies to enhance data literacy across organizations, in turn helps ensure that teams are equipped to leverage data for informed decision-making and innovation. Through a blend of case studies, best practices, and forward-thinking approaches, this discussion aims to empower professionals to navigate the complexities of digital transformation with confidence and skill.

Join this Closing Keynote address hosted by Robin Patra, Director of Strategy for Data, Analytics & AI with ARCO Construction, where he will give in-depth insight about the evolving landscape of data monetization. They will explore how businesses can unlock the hidden value in their data assets to drive revenue and competitive advantage. The discussion will highlight both the opportunities and challenges organizations face in monetizing data, including ethical considerations as well as how best to follow market trends. His insight into developing effective data monetization strategies that align with business objectives and customer expectations will be a credit to our community and this will not be a presentation to miss!

Join us as we serve up a tempting selection of beverages and canapés to finish the day.

But that's not all – by sharing your valuable feedback throughout the day, you not only help us improve but also stand a chance to win big in our exciting prize draw.

This is your opportunity to unwind, mingle, and celebrate both new friendships and the potential for fabulous prizes. Let's make memories and connections that last a lifetime!

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