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A Podcast for Today's Modern Data Leader

Cindi Howson

Cindi Howson

Chief Data Strategy Officer

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With bold leadership and imagination, data can be used to make the world a better place and to solve real problems.

Organizations around the world are clamoring to unlock the value of data like never before. Those responsible for leading this revolution? The data chiefs.

In her twenty year career in analytics, Cindi Howson has had the opportunity to go behind the scenes with organizations who are truly exceptional when it comes to data. In The Data Chief, she brings these stories to life through insightful, inspiring interviews with some of the most successful data leaders, sharing lessons relevant for every data professional along the way.

Latest Episodes

Chad Hawkinson
Chad Hawkinson
Chief Product and Data Officer
EPISODE 16 | 09.16.2020

In Search of Bad Data's Saving Graces

Chad Hawkinson, Chief Product and Data Officer at Vertafore, discusses cloud security, the increasing role of data in insurance, and the dos and don’ts of analytics software adoption in the workplace.

Jason Lally
Jason Lally
CDO
EPISODE 15 | 09.04.2020

The Gateway to Better Data Communication

Jason Lally, CDO of San Francisco, discusses making the government’s data work for the people it serves and the #1 key to better communication. [Hint: It’s storytelling.]

Jason Lally
Jason Lally
CDO
EPISODE 14 | 09.01.2020

(Data) Clarity Is Kindness

Jason Lally, the CDO for the City and County of San Francisco, discusses the kindness of data clarity, why open data is just the tip of the iceberg, and the power of a declarative mission statement.

Michelle Jacobs
Michelle Jacobs
President & Co-Founder
EPISODE 13 | 08.19.2020

The Joy of Data Done Right with Alight Analytics (Part 2)

Michelle Jacobs, Alight Analytics President and co-founder, discusses how to bring more women into analytics, why messy data tends to be directionally accurate, and what she predicts for the future of the industry.

Michelle Jacobs
Michelle Jacobs
President & Co-Founder
EPISODE 12 | 08.19.2020

The Joy of Data Done Right with Alight Analytics (Part 1)

Michelle Jacobs, Alight Analytics President and co-founder, discusses how data can empower marketers, tips for keeping up with the pace of change in technology, and more.

Alberto Rey Villaverde
Alberto Rey Villaverde
CDO
EPISODE 11 | 08.05.2020

Vaulting over the Imagination Gap (Part 2)

Alberto Rey Villaverde, the CDO of Just Eat, dives into where he sees the data industry headed in the near and long term future.

Alberto Rey Villaverde
Alberto Rey Villaverde
CDO
EPISODE 10 | 08.05.2020

Vaulting over the Imagination Gap (Part 1)

Alberto Rey Villaverde, Just Eat CDO, discusses why AI will always require a human touch and two key components crucial to the success of data companies.

Dr. Dana Rollison
Dr. Dana Rollison
VP and CDO
EPISODE 9 | 07.22.2020

Win/Win Medical Data Strategies

Dr. Dana Rollison, VP, CDO, and ACD of Data Science at Moffitt Cancer Center, shares her work at Moffitt and how data is accelerating scientific discovery.

Sully McConnell
Sully McConnell
CDO
EPISODE 8 | 07.08.2020

Bridging Tradition and Innovation

Sully McConnell, CDO of The Hartford, discusses the challenges he faced as a new data chief trying to innovate the infrastructure of an established company.

Jacques van Niekerk
Jacques van Niekerk
Global CEO
EPISODE 7 | 07.01.2020

Turning Data from Oil into Oxygen

Jacques van Niekerk, Global CEO of Wunderman Thompson Data, discusses why data is not the new oil for businesses, but instead the new oxygen.

Grace Epperson

Grace Epperson

Chief Analytics Officer
EPISODE 6 | 06.24.2020

A Liberal Arts Approach to Data

14 West’s Grace Epperson discusses data fluency, diversity in tech, 
team building, plus how a liberal arts education can complement 
a career in tech.

Gustavo Canton
Gustavo Canton
VP of People Analytics
EPISODE 5 | 06.10.2020

Optimizing Human Potential with 
#Data and #AI

Schneider Electric’s Gustavo Canton discusses automation to 
augment (not replace) humans, intuiting what customers really need, 
and team management.

Max Chan
Max Chan
Chief Data Strategy Officer
EPISODE 4 | 05.27.2020

Celebrating a Century of Progress

Avnet CIO Max Chan discusses digital transformation in IT, why 
insightful data matters, plus tips for encouraging innovation within 
your IT department.

Scott Peck
Scott Peck
Senior Director of Data & Analytics
EPISODE 3 | 05.13.2020

Turning Dashboard Developers 
into Analytics Rockstars

PwC’s Scott Peck discusses what it means to be an ‘Analyst of 
the Future’, his thoughts on leadership, and why data storytelling 
is a must-have skill.

Stephen Harris
Stephen Harris
CDO
EPISODE 2 | 04.29.2020

Navigating Imperfect Data

Stephen Harris, CDO of VMware, discusses growth, diversity in tech, being a change agent within your organization, bias in AI, and more!

Cindi Howson
Cindi Howson
Chief Data Strategy Officer
EPISODE 1 | 04.24.2020

CDOs and CAOs and CIOs (Oh, My!)

Data is transforming how we think about work, life, 
and play. Meet the world’s top data and analytics experts leading this data revolution.

Insights at the speed of thought.