Building a Data Science Mindset
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Monday July 10, 2017

Building a Data Science Mindset

The CDO Summit is the premier event for
digital & data leaders:

July 26, 2017 | Washington D.C., USA
September 27, 2017 | London, ENGLAND

October 25, 2017 | Toronto, CANADA

Be sure to check out the speakers and agenda for our upcoming DC CDO Summit on Wednesday July 26 at the W Hotel, in an intimate environment designed for networking and knowledge-sharing with your peers.

Today’s data-driven digital economy requires all employees, even non data scientists, to have a data science mindset.

From 12:30-1:00pm, Tianhui Michael Li PhD, founder of The Data Incubator, will be keynoting on  “Building a Data Science Mindset.” 

Michael will delve into business case studies from successful clients who have successfully leveraged data science, as well as how misadoption has lead to well-known public failures.

These include lessons that even data scientists commonly get wrong and the importance of adopting the right data science mindset throughout the organization.

Finally, he’ll draw on his experiences working with corporate clients to give best practices when founding Data Science Centers of Excellence that drive grassroots data science mindset adoption.

Michael has worked in data science at Foursquare, Google, A16Z, NASA, JP Morgan, and D.E. Shaw. He is a Hertz, NSF, and Marshall Scholar, and is an alumnus of Princeton and Cambridge.

The Data Incubator is an education startup training STEM PhDs to be data scientists and quants, and providing on-site data science training for companies and government agencies.

From 13:00 – 13:30, Rajesh Anandan (CEO of ULTRA Testing & SVP at UNICEF Ventures) and Topher Wurts (Founder at Autism Village) will keynote on “Neurodiversity: The New Competitive Advantage.

The diversity of human minds can be a powerful asset in every industry, and tapping into the strengths of autistic individuals can produce extraordinary results. Our differences, far from needing to hold us back, can propel us forward to better ideas, better results and better organizations.

This interactive session will explore the potential for neurodiversity to boost the performance of digital teams and also suggest ways of accessing this community to recruit new talent.

That’s not all. Check out the rest of the incredible, jam-packed agenda here.

Register for the DC CDO Summit today!

Can’t make the CDO Summit in Washington DC on July 26? No problem! Join your colleagues at our CDO Summits in London (our 3rd year) on September 27, 2017 or Toronto on October 25, 2017.

Meet These Digital & Data Leaders in Washington DC:

  • Amen Ra Mashariki: Urban Analytics Lead at Esri
  • Anna Frazzetto: Chief Digital Technology Officer & SVP at Harvey Nash
  • Anthony Scriffignano, Ph.D.: SVP, Chief Data Scientist at Dun & Bradstreet 
  • Caryl Brzymialkiewicz: Assistant Inspector General & Chief Data Officer at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General
  • Christine Montgomery: Head of Online and Social Media at The World Bank
  • Dave Aron: Global Research Director at Leading Edge Forum
  • Dr. David A. Bray: (Incoming) Chief Ventures Officer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and (Current) CIO, FCC
  • David Mathison: Curator, CDO Summit
  • Dez Blanchfield: Resident Data Scientist at The Bloor Group
  • Gary Coby: Former Director of Digital Advertising and Fundraising at Donald J. Trump for President Campaign
  • Gerrit Lansing: Former Chief Digital Officer at The White House
  • Inderpal Bhandari: Global Chief Data Officer at IBM
  • Jay Chakrapani: Chief Digital Officer at Barnes and Noble Education
  • Jonathan Swan: National Political Reporter at Axios
  • Kelly Tshibaka: Chief Data Officer at USPS Office of Inspector General
  • Michael Krigsman: Host at CXOTALK
  • Michelle Gore: Former Chief Data Officer at Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
  • Mike Liddell: General Manager, Digital and Vice President of Digital Services at NGP VAN
  • Murray Izenwasser: CMO & VP, Digital Transformation at AAJ Technologies
  • Nancy Hensley: Director, Growth & Strategy, IBM Analytics at IBM Hybrid Cloud
  • Paul Shetler: Former Chief Executive Officer at Australian Government, Digital Transformation Office
  • Rajesh Anandan: CEO of ULTRA Testing; SVP of UNICEF Ventures
  • Rich Dill: Enterprise Solution Architect at SnapLogic
  • Rob Roy: Chief Digital Officer at Sprint
  • Sami Hassanyeh: SVP Digital Strategy & Membership at AARP
  • Thomas Hjelm: Chief Digital Officer at NPR
  • Tianhui Michael Li: Founder of The Data Incubator
  • Tom Cochran: Chief Digital Strategist & Vice President, Public Sector at Acquia
  • Topher Wurts: Founder of Autism Village
See All Speakers Here >

See you in Washington DC or London (3rd year)!

Regular Registration:
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CDO Club Global Affiliates: Tokyo and Tel Aviv Summits
CDO Summits in Tokyo, Japan and Tel Aviv, Israel
We now have CDO Club Global Affiliates in Japan, Israel, Turkey, and Switzerland! 

Two of our CDO Club Global Affiliates will hold CDO Summits in Tokyo, Japan and Tel Aviv, Israel. CDO Club founder David Mathison will keynote at each event.

For more information, click the links below:
For more information or to join our global affiliate program, contact David Mathison.
Job Opportunities at the CDO CLUB
Looking for fulfilling work? Know someone who is?
We currently have the following open positions at the CDO Club:

VP & General Manager, CDO Summits:
General Manager with 10-15 years experience in planning and operating events as a profit center. You will have P&L responsibility for CDO Summits and roundtables in various global cities, as well as webinars and other online and offline events. Must have a strong record of success with similar properties plus global contacts with sponsors, speakers, delegates, and venues.

VP & General Manager, CDO Club Community:
General manager with 10-15 year experience in building online & offline communities and running membership sites. The right candidate will be responsible for our community of over 5,000+ registered members, managing our CDO Club global affiliates in Israel, Istanbul, Japan, and Switzerland, and expanding our global affiliate program into new regions.

Managing Director, Executive Search
Seasoned Executive Search professional with 10-15 years experience in sourcing and placing C-level digital and data executives. Must have a strong record of success in placements at major organizations.

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions please send your LinkedIn profile, cover letter, and a recent copy of your resume to In the subject line please include your first and last name and the position you are applying for.



We have a 5-year history of bringing together some of the most important digital and data leaders on earth, in intimate settings designed for networking and knowledge-sharing.

Sponsor opportunities are available for our Summits in Washington DC, London (our 3rd year), Toronto, Los Angeles, Sydney (our 3rd year), and New York City (our 6th year).

ACT NOW before inventory runs out. We’ve already confirmed partnerships with some of the most prestigious firms on the planet. Join us!

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About the CDO Summit:

The CDO Summit addresses the challenges and opportunities arising from big data, the cloud, digital disruption, and social and mobile media. Our gatherings include the best digital strategists and practitioners on earth, in intimate, collegial, and supportive environments designed to encourage networking, learning, and knowledge-sharing. Visit the website.

About the CDO Club:

The CDO Club is the world’s first, largest, and most powerful network of C-suite digital leaders. Our 5,000+ members receive access to breaking news, original research, career development support, networking opportunities, and inspirational events such as the CDO Summit. Visit the website.

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