About 40 executives strategically aligned in data, analytics, information security, and information technology came together at CDO Magazine’s launch of the Louisville Executive Community at the Louisville Thoroughbred Society July 27.
Louisville's growing reputation as a hub for innovation was the perfect backdrop for an engaging discussion around the themes of “Data Value Creation, and Generative AI and Its Impact.”
The inaugural event featured a panel of industry thought leaders Adel Elmaghraby, University of Louisville Director of Research & Innovation for Digital Transformation, Mitch Greenfield, Humana AVP & Information Security Officer, Shane Rodabaugh, Baptist Health VP of IT Infrastructure, and David Washo, AHEAD Head Data Leader and Partner, Advisory Client Services. Moderator Taylor Gorning, AHEAD Managing Director, led the discussion around:
Advances in ROI through data and AI investments
Organization leaders working together to harness the power of their data assets to support AI and new analytic insights
Overcoming obstacles to harnessing data, AI, and the more sophisticated and novel techniques and advanced technologies.
Key points were:
The foundation of Generative AI, as with anything, is the need for good and clean data.
The key to change management and leadership are internal partnerships.
More and more companies are using Gen AI as a tool, even experimenting behind firewalls to see how it can be better utilized for internal analytics.
According to Michael Redmond, Louisville Metro Deputy Chief Information Security Officer and Louisville Executive Host, “CDO Magazine's executive boardroom dinner in Louisville gave not only a great opportunity to network with like-minded executives but also to hear a superb group of panelists on the topic of artificial intelligence.” She adds, “While the speakers had diverse ideas and experience, together they created a uniform vision for the use of AI in organizations considering the data as well as the cybersecurity, data transformation and enterprise business needs all in one package.”
Panel speaker Washo agrees, “CDO Magazine provides a tremendous forum for data and analytics professionals to get together. We were able to validate assumptions and test ideas helping to pave the way for more sophisticated techniques such as AI/ML.”
Yum! Brands Chief Information Security Officer and Louisville Executive Host Elias Oxendine summarizes saying, "It was a great inaugural event for CDO Magazine. This evening's impact will resonate for months ahead. The discussion on generative AI showcased the immense collective power of this group. We're excited about working together to make cyber and technology a prominent part of the Midwest, especially in Louisville, Kentucky. Looking forward to the next event!"
CDO Magazine CEO & Publisher Steve Wanamaker affirms, “We were excited to give Louisville leaders an opportunity to share perspectives, exchange knowledge and strengthen bonds in their executive community.”