Data & Analytics Virtual Summit 2021

May 13, 2021

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Welcome to Opal Group’s Data & Analytics Virtual Summit, May 13, 2021

Instilling a Data-Driven Culture Across the Organization

The Data & Analytics Virtual Summit is a gathering of Data & Analytics executives representing enterprise organizations, global brands, government agencies and more. Executives will connect, benchmark, network and focus on key initiatives. During these uncertain times, it’s important to create and maintain relationships with like-minded D&A professionals, and our new Virtual Summit fosters these relationships - all from the safety and comfort of our homes or offices.

Our Summit provides a specialized, strategically-built experience that features unparalleled keynote speaking sessions with thought-leading case studies, highly-interactive panel discussions, and a virtual experience that includes customized networking opportunities and real-time attendee insights.

We believe in creating a memorable, collaborative and effective experience focused on continuous improvement for Chief Data & Analytics Officers, Chief Data Officers, Chief Analytics Officers, and other top executives in data, analytics, artificial intelligence, business intelligence, IT and data governance.

Join us! Interested in attending, speaking or sponsoring? Contact Bobby Swartout at (212) 532-9898 ext. 248 or email

Current as of March 29, 2021

2021 Speakers

Inderpal Bhandari, Global Chief Data Officer, IBM Corporation

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy, Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton USA

Phanii Pydimarri, Head of Global Data Strategy & Analytics, Bose

Adita Karkera, Deputy State Chief Data Officer, State of Arkansas

Charles Li, Chief Data Officer for Training & Supply, Shell

Ravi Achukola, AVP, Global IT Digital, Enterprise Data & Analytics , Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Pradipta Saha, Executive Director - Global Supply Chain Business Insights & Analytics, The Estée Lauder Companies

Allen Thompson, VP Data & Analytics, Hanover Insurance

Jose Murillo, Chief Analytics Officer, Banorte

Solomon Madadha, SVP - Wealth Management Data Analytics & Governance, Regions Bank

Marius Moscovici, CEO, Metric Insights

Mike Smitheman, VP Sales & Marketing, Metric Insights

Meena Thanikachalam, Head of Data Strategy, Architecture & Analytics, Ally

Aleksandar Lazarevic, VP of Advanced Analytics & Data Engineering, Stanley Black & Decker

2020 Previous Speakers

Scott Cohanpour, Enterprise Head of Architecture, Data and Analytics, GE Capital

Kamayini Kaul, Exec. Director Enterprise Information Strategy and Risk Management & Global Data Protection Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy, Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton USA

Maria Macuare, VP Data and Analytics, Campbell Soup Company

Eugene Wen, Vice President for Group Advanced Analytics, Manulife Financial

Eileen Vidrine, Chief Data Officer, United States Air Force

John Thompson, Global Head, Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence, CSL Behring

Meena Thanikachalam, Senior Director, Data Strategy & Data Architecture, Ally

Ylan Kazi, Vice President, Data Science + Machine Learning, UnitedHealth Group

Dustin White, Global Head of Risk Analytics & MIS, Visa


Virtual Welcome / Opening Remarks


Opening Keynote Presentation


Focusing on “Time to Value from the Data” to Generate Significant Economic Impact


Many industries use 1% to 5% of the data they generate, as per studies published recently. What is the significance of the amount of data used? Is it because business does not need it, or the vision for data-driven innovation isn’t really clear? Are there other factors?


Join this informative session to hear Dr. Priyadarshy explain how “time to value from the data” is more important than just the “amount of data used” for transforming a resilient business – which in turn will maximize the use of data assets and generate significant economic impact. He will also cover value creation from unstructured data, and the roadmap for reducing the time to generate value from such a data set – thus reducing dark data to smart data.

Presented by

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy, Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton USA


Keynote Presentation


Becoming Truly Data-Driven: Altering the Organizational Mindset


Becoming truly data-driven requires changing mindsets, attitudes, and habits—embedding data into the identity of the organization. In a data-driven culture, people ask the hard questions and challenge ideas to come together with a shared mission and improve the organization with data. To achieve this, it’s important for leadership to inspire the workforce through action, basing decisions on data, not intuition.


Join this informative session as we review some core elements that are needed to create a truly data-driven culture, such as:


  • Creating a foundation of trust in the people and the data to develop high-trust, collaborative relationships
  • Making the commitment to treat data as a strategic asset and ensure that analytics projects tie back to critical business efforts
  • Prioritizing data skills in recruiting, developing, and retaining talent
  • Active sharing of best practices across the entire organization to develop a sense of community and support business objectives

Keynote Presentation


Utilizing Data-Driven Decision-Making to Improve Organizational Alignment and Grow the Business


Companies have access to more data than ever before, and ones that can leverage the data to drive decision-making gain a competitive advantage, reduce business costs and increase profit. By leveraging the wealth of data and digital insights available and embracing the power of business intelligence, it’s possible to make more informed decisions that will lead to commercial growth, evolution, and an increased bottom line. However, for many companies the data sits in dashboards and degrades, and they continue to make decisions that disregard tangible insight.


Join this engaging session as we review how organizations can effectively utilize data to drive decision-making and create smarter business decisions, such as:


  • Examining corporate objectives and prioritizing data with business goals at the core
  • Finding and presenting relevant data to predict future trends and optimize current operational efforts
  • Democratizing data to empower the entire organization to access it and help make informed decisions
  • Extracting meaningful insights and analytical reports that will lead the company to make data driven business decisions
  • Continuing to examine, analyze, and question the data driven decisions to refresh and evolve the business goals
Presented by

Inderpal Bhandari, Global Chief Data Officer, IBM Corporation


Panel Discussion


Developing Technology Literacy as a Core Skill to Improve Decision-Making


Organizations have to understand that data must be spoken as a common language with its customers when looking at the pervasiveness of data and analytics capabilities. As data and analytics technologies become more and more of an integral part of the business and a true organizational asset, the technology investment decisions must be made with more than just a rudimentary ability to convey and comprehend the technologies. As such, the importance of tech literacy will become a critical element of most daily tasks. Data and analytics leadership will need to play a key role in creating the narrative for company-wide tech literacy, and must also be able to highlight the value that will be gained by the entire organization.


In this informative session we will discuss the steps necessary to develop tech savvy literacy programs, such as:


  • Recognizing the current talent in the organization that has an advanced understanding of data, and can serve as arbiters for all of the business groups in the company
  • Ascertaining the most readily apparent problem areas where a lack of technology understanding is a critical barrier to data being utilized to its full organization and business potential
  • Cultivating upper-level leadership and front-line managers that will be utilized in developing and administering technology-driven solutions and services
  • Developing workshops and training breakouts to review all of the information that has been gathered, and sharing the takeaways with other divisions and departments to bring attention to glaring gaps in literacy

Pradipta Saha, Executive Director - Global Supply Chain Business Insights & Analytics, The Estée Lauder Companies

Allen Thompson, VP Data & Analytics, Hanover Insurance

Charles Li, Chief Data Officer for Trading, Supply & Midstream, Shell


Keynote Presentation


Making Data & Analytics Strategies a Routine Boardroom Discussion Topic


Leading organizations in every industry are wielding data and analytics as competitive weapons, operational accelerants and innovation catalysts. Information as an asset is still in the “early adoption” phase, which makes it a competitive differentiator for leading organizations as they focus on digital transformation. In turn, data and analytics become strategic priorities. However, many companies continue to struggle under the weight of traditional business models and analog business process that discount the potential of data and analytics.


Join us in this engaging session as we discuss how to make data and analytics become the centerpiece of enterprise strategy and focus, by:


  • Collecting examples of the internal and external economic benefits from data and analytics that your organization has generated
  • Committing to the information management and advanced analytics skills and technology investments that are necessary to realize that potential of data and analytics
  • Measuring and communicating the value of the organization’s information assets to help shift the culture into believing and behaving as if information is an actual asset
  • Building advanced analytics competencies beyond traditional business intelligence and embedding them throughout the business
Presented by

Jose Murillo, Chief Analytics Officer, Banorte


Keynote Presentation


The 3 Pillars for Effective Business Intelligence Governance


Business intelligence (BI) governance can be intimidating for many large enterprises. Users have access to multiple tools and content, and establishing a uniform layer of governance on top of a heterogeneous environment is a daunting task. However, governance is critical, and the lack of proper governance leads to poor user engagement and low ROI from BI investments.


Join us in this engaging session as we discuss the benefits of implementing an effective Business Intelligence Portal, such as:


  • Managing information access and discoverability
  • Optimizing BI content, license utilization, and staff resources
  • Creating trust with your BI team and the content they produce
Presented by

Marius Moscovici, CEO, Metric Insights

Mike Smitheman, VP Sales & Marketing, Metric Insights


Keynote Presentation


The CDO in 2021: Evolving the Role to Spearhead Data-Driven Transformation


With the role of the CDO becoming critical to the transformation demanded by enterprise organizations, it’s being further elevated as an integral business position. In 2021 and beyond, the office of the CDO will be seen as a mission-critical function – comparable to IT, Operations, business operations, HR and Finance. With data playing a key role in this time of disruption, the CDO is best positioned to create the business roadmap to harness data in order to drive new value streams.


In this informative session we will review best practices for the CDO to drive innovation and transformation, such as:


  • Collaborating with senior leadership to drive a data-first culture across the organization, ensuring that data is a linchpin to decision-making
  • Promoting learning and inspiring leaders to gain new skills and knowledge that are needed to improve data literacy and drive business
  • Establishing organizational capabilities through standardization of resources, work and business processes
  • Ensuring the reliable, safe and ethical use of data through policies, best practices and training
  • Delivering data and insights quickly and effectively into the hands of business leaders who can in turn run the business in real-time through data insights that are translated to actions
  • Identifying and demonstrating tangible ROI to ensure that resources are guided and prioritized to the biggest business impact areas
Presented by

Aleksandar Lazarevic, VP of Advanced Analytics & Data Engineering, Stanley Black & Decker


Keynote Presentation


Data Governance as a Top Business Priority


All organizations need to plan how they use data so that it’s handled consistently throughout the business, and effectively supports business outcomes. To do this effectively, they have to ensure security and compliance, while also extracting value from all the information collected and stored across the business.


In this interactive discussion we will talk about the best ways to implement an effective data governance strategy, such as:


  • Creating a BI team from business and IT functions to ensure data integrity and privacy throughout the company
  • Limiting visibility through permission management
  • Investing in user training so that everyone in the organization understands the scope, significance, and processes surrounding the data
  • Creating a series of resources that clearly outline and document the systems, policies, and procedures around using your organization’s tools

Keynote Presentation


Modernizing your Data Warehouse with Cloud Migration to Improve Performance and Scalability


Traditional data warehousing can’t keep up with the demands of rapidly growing data volumes and processing workloads, so many organizations are looking to shift on-premises workloads to the cloud. However, when it comes to data management, business intelligence or reporting, moving to the cloud has several perceived problems such as performance, security, and lack of control. A data warehouse migration is a challenge for any company, and in order to execute it well, it’s critical to thoroughly research the challenges, mitigate risk, and carefully plan the migration to ensure readiness.


Join this engaging session as we discuss key considerations for data warehouse migration, such as:


  • The skill set and training required to enable successful migration
  • Thoroughly understanding your existing data warehouse system, its architecture, schema, data volumes, data flows, security, and operational dependencies
  • The migration tasks, approaches, order, and deadlines
  • Data model design changes that are required during and after migration
  • Ways to implement testing and quality assurance to assess progress and enable decisions to be made
  • Contingency plan and points of rollback that are necessary in case things go wrong
Presented by

Meena Thanikachalam, Head of Data Strategy, Architecture & Analytics, Ally


Panel Discussion


Creating a Data-Driven Culture – Making Data the Basis of Organizational Decision-Making


Regardless of industry, the biggest obstacles to creating a data-based business aren’t technical; they’re cultural. While it’s simple enough to describe how to inject data into a decision-making process, it’s far more difficult to make this normal, even automatic, for employees – a shift in mindset that often presents a daunting challenge. Leading a data transformation requires new mindsets and methods at every level.


Join us in this engaging session as we as we will discuss what’s needed to help create and sustain a culture with data at its core, such as:


  • Ensuring that executive leadership sets an expectation that decisions must be anchored in data – that this is the cultural norm, not a novel or exceptional initiative
  • Developing a clear and concise data strategy for every department
  • Implementing organization-wide data governance systems
  • Discovering patterns in data and experimenting with analytics solutions to see what really works in operational processes
  • Building deep data and analytics partnerships to ensure that your data is aligned with organizational business objectives

Solomon Madadha, SVP - Wealth Management Data Analytics & Governance, Regions Bank

Phanii Pydimarri, Head of Global Data Strategy & Analytics, Bose

Adita Karkera, Deputy State Chief Data Officer, State of Arkansas

Ravi Achukola, AVP, Global IT Digital, Enterprise Data & Analytics , Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Closing Remarks and End of Data & Analytics Virtual Summit

The W Chicago - City Center
172 W Adams, Chicago, IL 60603

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Data & Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, IT, and Data Governance Practitioners Complimentary*

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Practitioners representing consumer brand organizations within the following areas may qualify for a complimentary pass: Data & Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, IT, and Data Governance. Click Register Now to reserve your seat for the live sessions or access to on-demand, post-event.

*Executives representing solution provider organizations can attend through sponsorship. For sponsorship opportunities, contact

Sponsorship Opportunities

More networking, greater interactions, bigger ROI:

One of the biggest challenges that companies face is standing out from the crowd and getting exposure with executives from leading organizations. Your company has the perfect solution to some of the biggest challenges that L&D and talent executives are facing, but how do you grab their attention and present your success stories?

The Data & Analytics Virtual Summit is the perfect platform to gain valuable exposure for your brand with exclusive access to key decision makers and like-minded executives. The attendees at the Summit areall facing the same challenges, and this is an outstanding forum to benchmark and share ideas with practitioners from several different industry verticals. The virtual event provides a specialized, strategically-built experience for cutting-edge thought-leaders and solution providers to engage, interact, and build long lasting relationships.

Solution providers at the Summit have the opportunity to showcase their brand as a thought-leader in the Data & Analytics industry while developing new business relationships through unparalleled speaking sessions and virtual roundtables. Learn more about sponsored thought leadership opportunities by contacting

  • Defining an Effective Framework to Turn Data and Analytics into Quantifiable Results
  • Implementing an Effective Data Governance Plan to Ensures that Your Data is Managed Efficiently and Strategically
  • Developing a Data-Driven Foundation that Becomes a Key Component of Organizational Culture
  • Utilizing Data-Driven Decision-Making to Improve Organizational Alignment and Grow the Business
  • Making Data & Analytics Strategies a Routine Boardroom Discussion Topic
  • Women in Data & Analytics – Improving Talent and Leadership in Your Data Organization
  • Advocating and Developing Data Literacy to Support a Data Driven Workforce
  • Managing Organizational Data During Times of Uncertainty
  • Implementing an Agile Approach to Data Unification
  • Utilizing Analytics to Improve Customer Engagement and Gain a Competitive Advantage
  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings:
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password-protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities:
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage the senior executives in attendance. The agenda incorporates an off-site networking activity, networking luncheons and cocktail reception. Leverage the meeting’s intimate atmosphere to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

The Data & Analytics Virtual Summit is an exclusive event for Data, Analytics and Digital practitioners from Fortune 1000 and leading organizations across the world.


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SVP/VP/Head of Data & Analytics
SVP/VP/Head of Business Insights and Analytics
SVP/VP/Head of Artificial Intelligence
SVP/VP/Head of Business Intelligence
SVP/VP/Head of Machine Learning


To request your invitation today, please contact Bobby Swartout at 212-532-9898 ext 248 or email

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