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KPMG at the Executives’ Club of Chicago Data and Analytics Summit

02.01.2023 | 1:30 - 6:00 PM ET

KPMG Ignition Hub, 200 E. Randolph Dr, Chicago, Illinois
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM ET

On February 1, 2023, KPMG in Chicago was proud to co-sponsor the Executives’ Club of Chicago’s inaugural Data and Analytics Summit with CDW in the KPMG Ignition Center – Chicago.

The Exec Club Summits are the vehicle that give members opportunities for strategic relationship development, intellectual exchange, and access to thought leaders in Chicago’s business community.

About the Data and Analytics Summit

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly growing and affecting how workplaces function across industries and is no longer just for those working at cutting edge technology firms. The exciting advancements happening in the AI world offer organizations the opportunity to gain competitive advantages, engage and empower employees, boost security, and deliver stronger results to stakeholders.


Fireside Chat on The Urgency of Adoption

Artificial intelligence has arrived in the business world and the time for workplace implementation is now. To remain relevant and competitive, companies can no longer avoid the necessity of AI adoption.

But what does an organization powered by AI look like? How can a company access its relationship with AI? What are the concerns and consequences of implementation? What happens if an organization chooses to forgo pursing a future with AI?



  • Kevin Hartman, Analytics Evangelist and Author, “Digital Marketing Analytics: In Theory and In Practice” 
  • Greg Green, Associate Senior Instructional Professor, Department of Computer Science Director, Master in Analytics Program, University of Chicago

Security Breakout Panel

The integration of new technologies into business practices opens organizations up to new security threats. Companies must get ahead of the potential data security breaches that come with the adoption of artificial intelligence.

What are the threats that AI poses to organizational security? How can companies protect themselves? What is the cost of protection against data breaches? Does your organization have a Chief Information Security Officer?


  • Matt Miller, Principal, KPMG LLP, Cybersecurity
  • Danielle Dumerer, VP of Technology & Information Security, Shedd Aquarium (Moderator)
  • Shantanoo A. Govilkar, Vice President, DivIHN Integration Inc.
  • Michelle Chia, Head of Professional Liability & Cyber, Zurich North America
  • Evan Tegethoff, VP of Solutions Consulting, BitSight

Implementing AI in the Workplace

Combined with top talent, AI has the power to optimize your organization. With the integration of human and artificial intelligence, companies can empower their workforces to be resilient, competitive, and aligned with business strategy. However, proper implementation of artificial intelligence in the workplace cannot happen without the right resources.

Impactful talent upskilling, effective software tools, and a commitment to innovation are all needed to empower a workplace with AI. How can AI be used to optimize your workforce? Is AI essential for creating a strong employee experience? What tools does an organization need for the proper implementation of AI? How can employees continue to be upskilled as the power of AI grows?


  • Daniel Lutkis, Deployment Strategist, Palantir Technologies
  • Marc Wilson, Chief Partner Officer & Founder, Appian Corporation
  • Arpit Gangrade, Director - Data & AI Engineering, CCC Intelligent Solutions
  • Richard Olejniczak, SVP - Data Programs & Business Analytics and Reporting, Wintrust Financial Corp
  • Mechie Nkengla, Ph.D., CEO and Chief Data Strategist, Data Products LLC

Successful Implementation of AI

The successful adoption of AI in the workplace is not an abstract dream—companies are taking bold steps to empower employees and shift business practices for the better with artificial intelligence. For many organizations, adopting artificial intelligence is changing the way work and business is executed. Through cross functional collaboration, business leaders are taking action to invest in a better workplace, get ahead of competitors, and secure their spot on the cutting edge of their field with the adoption of AI.


  • Arun Shastri, Principal, ZS Associates
  • Adrienne Leighton, Executive Partner, Thoughtworks
  • Adam Aft, Technology Transactions Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  • Val Marchevsky, Head of Logistics Technology, Uber Freight

Stories in the KPMG Insights Center

The evening was punctuated with stories from the KPMG Insights Center live, interactive, technology-based case studies were shared of how KPMG has helped clients leverage the power of their data – sourced internally and externally – to make business decisions, grow, and make transformational change.


  • Doug Krause, KPMG, Director, Insights Center Delivery

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