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Monday, December 3

9:30am CST

Can’t We All Be friends? - Working Towards Alignment among Business, IT and Data Leaders
Almost since the beginning of computing and automation in business there has been an inherent tension between “business” teams and “technical IT” teams. These tensions have only become more complex with the emersion of “data” or “BI” teams which may sit independently or roll up through either business or IT. Sadly, these tensions can cost companies millions of dollars and hinder performance. It is not enough to find ways to work around each other, we must find ways to work together for the good of the company.

Ben will share personal stories working through these tensions and share some best practices for how we can break down the walls between business, IT and BI teams. There should always be some tension in these relationships but we cannot allow that to paralyze the business. At the core, we need to create empathy between teams so that together we can uncover what is best for the overall organization while leveraging best in class data and technical practices.

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Jordan Jensen

Director of Operations - Enterprise Data, Analytics & BI, Target
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Ben Schein

VP Center for Data Curiosity and Innovation, Domo
Ben Schein has more than 15 years of experience leading business intelligence (BI), analytics and finance teams. He is an expert in user adoption and implementing large-scale BI and analytics initiatives that deliver quantifiable business value. As vice president of Domo’s Center... Read More →
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Ryan Schrupp

Director - Enterprise Data, Analytics & Business Insights, Target

Monday December 3, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am CST
(2) Auditorium (Floor 3) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

10:30am CST

"But I'm not a data person" Creating a Data Culture at Cargill
Ever heard someone say, "I'm not a data person"? As Cargill is focusing on Digitalization and Analytics as a core capability, we hear this a lot. We won't succeed in a digital future with a loose network of super heroes. Data and analytics is becoming a part of everyone's job. Come hear how Cargill is changing the paradigm so we are ALL data people.

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Mitchell Grewer

Self-Service Analytics Lead, Cargill
Mitchell co-leads Cargill's Self-Service Analytics (SSA) team. He is an award-winning coach, responsible for SSA's community and education services. Mitchell now empowers Cargill's 150,000 employees with the self-service skills and behaviors required to pursue more meaningful work... Read More →

Monday December 3, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am CST
(1) Omnitheater (Access via Floor 5 or 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

11:15am CST

Predictive Modeling Cooking Show
The “Predictive Modeling Cooking Show” is a window into the kitchen of master chefs as they work, except the chefs are whipping up something different: a predictive model. Join real modelers as they showcase their data engineering and modeling skills, live and on stage. The two teams will go head to head on a classic real-world prediction problem. This is a great chance to gain a better appreciation of modeling concepts in a new and different way.

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Nathan Hubbell

2VP, Analytics & Research, Travelers
Nathan is an experienced actuary with a history of working in analytics and research roles, spanning personal to commercial, domestic to international, and reserving to pricing.
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Laura Johnson

2VP, Analytics & Research, Travelers
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Priyanka Shah

Business Intelligence Consultant, Travelers
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Rick Sutherland

2VP & Actuary, Travelers

Monday December 3, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm CST
(2) Auditorium (Floor 3) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

12:00pm CST

She Talks Data Eat & Greet
Enjoy your lunch while you meet amazing women in our community and learn why She Talks Data is unlike any other analytics group you’ve attended.

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Laura Madsen

Founder & President, Route Twenty Five
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Serena Roberts

Co-foundee, She Talks Data
I'm an entrepreneur by formal education, a technology sales professional by trade and a data rockstar by choice - and sheer necessity, if I'm being honest.  I've been fortunate enough to spend the last 13 years working in a variety of roles in the Minneapolis analytics community... Read More →

Monday December 3, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
(4) Argon Room (Floor 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

12:00pm CST

What is Your AI Mental Model?
Developing professional skillsets requires building a mental representation in order to use them easily and effectively. Spending some time reviewing your professional mental model will improve its use and help you find weak areas to improve. This will be a discussion at one of the tables during the lunch break.

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Stephen Thompson

Investment Officer, Securian Asset Management, Inc.
Stephen has been a mortgage investment analyst for 34 yrs.  He hosts the League of Extraordinary Algorithms and IdeaEcos groups on MeetUp.com.  

Monday December 3, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
(5) Elements Café (Floor 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102