Chicago CDAO Community


Join a powerful network of C-level peers

Connect with a local community of like-minded peers who share similar challenges and priorities. Access the collective expertise of CDAOs from diverse experiences, backgrounds and industries. Members of the community come together several times a year to connect with each other, exchange ideas and best practices, and validate strategies and solutions.

Join your local community for exclusive access to:

  • Participate in year-round gatherings both in person and virtually with your local peer group
  • Engage in unparalleled collaboration through in-depth discussions on the most critical and relevant issues
  • Network with like-minded peers facing the same challenges as you
  • Exchange ideas, strategies and solutions validated by peers
  • Gain exclusive access to community insights, including best practices and survey results, to benchmark your organization with others
  • Learn how other leaders approached their challenges by leveraging peer-recommended partners
  • Make new connections through facilitated networking opportunities, including curated 1:1 peer meetings
  • Grow and enhance your career through an exclusive network and mentorship
  • Build lasting relationships and stay connected with peers and colleagues

Chicago CDAO Governing Body

A regional Governing Body leads the Chicago CDAO community, shaping the topics and agendas for your local programs and ensuring that all content is driven by CDAOs, for CDAOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Kristina Chambers

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Shamsa Jafri

Wells Fargo
Analytics Executive, Head of Channel Marketing Science

Madhav Madaboosi

Head of Digital Transformation, Future Midstream & Strategy

Prasannal Nithyanandam

Volkswagen Group of America
Head of Data and Advanced Analytics

Nalini Polavarapu

Vice President - Enterprise Analytics and Data Science

Sid Raina

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Health Care Management Technology Delivery Leader

Vijay Rajandram

Northern Trust
Chief Data Officer

Governing Body Members

Mary Basani

Rotary International
Director of Digital Product Delivery & Analytics

Wendy Batchelder

Centene Corporation
SVP & Chief Data Officer

Abhijit Bhatwadekar

Head of Data & Analytics

Alexis Bonacci

Head of Data & AI Governance

James Boudreault

CME Group
Global Head of Data Science

Shailaja Chathurvedula

Director Data, Analytics and Digital Innovation

Vishal Chawla

Kemper Corporation
Enterprise Data Leader

Patrick Chew

AIT Worldwide Logistics
Global Head Data Enablement

Madhava Chundru

Synchrony Financial
VP, Senior Product Engineering Leader

Peter Chung

Wolters Kluwer
Director Business Intelligence

Brett Collins

Director Data Science

Ivana Donevska

Adtalem Global Education
Head of Data Analytics and AI

Don Fleschut

Chief Data Officer

John Hassman

Analytics Leader

David Hirschfeld

Marsh McLennan
Chief Data Officer

Mike Jennings

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Senior Director of Data Governance & Architecture

Aditya Kaushal

Ahold Delhaize USA
Director (Head) of Enterprise Data Architecture & Strategy

Matthew Kelly

Northern Trust
SVP, Digital & Automation

Jawad Khan

Akron Children's Hospital
Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Vikas Khanna

Options Clearing Corporation
Head of Data

Chad Konchak

Endeavor Health
Assistant Vice President, Clinical Analytics

Laté Lawson

Senior Director, Customer Information Design & Operations

Yuan Luo

Northwestern University
Chief AI Officer

Sean MacCarthy

Camping World
VP of Analytics

Shazia Manus

SVP, Chief Data Officer

Bhavna Mehta

Cincinnati Children's
Assistant Vice President, Data and Analytics

Ray Morris

COUNTRY Financial
Chief Data Officer

Kushal Pasari

Global Head of AI/ML & Platforms Engineering

Omkar Patel

Zurich North America
Head of Data Analytics Engineering & Platforms

Eric Petrucci

Guaranteed Rate
SVP, Data Office

Mohan Putcha

Aon Corporation US
Global Vice President – Digital Transformation, Architecture & Product Strategy

Charles Qian

Vice President, GTS Enterprise Architecture

Karthik Raja

SVP-Analytics, Chief Data Science Officer

Anand Ramakrishnan

HUB International
Director of Data Engineering

Tim Riddle

Senior Director, Enterprise Analytics

Kevin Salzmann

NXT Capital, LLC
Senior Director, Business Analytics

Dave Sawdey

Avison Young
Principal, Global Leader of Portfolio Analytics and Business Intelligence

Vikrant Saxena

Global Atlantic Financial Group
SVP, Analytics Officer

Olga Selina

VP of IT Data Platforms, AI and Global Functions

Garima Sharma

Vice President, Data Science

Molly Shutt

Managing Director, Head of Data Management

Chad Stallings

Merieux NutriSciences
Global CIO, CDO

Atif Usman

Zimmer Biomet
Global Data, Analytics, and Data Science Director

Dr. Bhatt Vadlamani

Cantu Construction
EVP Chief Digital Officer

Jimmy Yang

Chief Risk Analytics and Infrastructure Officer

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CDAOs today.

  1. Foster a Strong Data and Analytics Function Through Leadership and Influence
  2. Restructuring Data Strategy and Governance to Responsibly Deploy Generative AI
  3. Enhance Data Literacy Across the Organization to Drive Business Value

Upcoming Programs


June 18, 2024 | 1 hour

Chicago CDAO Town Hall

Chicago CDAO Town Hall

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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July 25, 2024 | 1 hour

Chicago CDAO Town Hall

Chicago CDAO Town Hall

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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August 22, 2024 | 1 hour

Chicago CDAO Town Hall

Chicago CDAO Town Hall

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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September 12, 2024 | 1 hour

Chicago CDAO Town Hall

Chicago CDAO Town Hall

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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October 17, 2024 | 1 day

Chicago CDAO Executive Summit

Convene at 233 South Wacker Drive (Willis Tower)

Walk away from this peer-led program with new connections and with actionable insights.

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