Predictive Analytics World for Business Las Vegas 2019

June 16-20, 2019 – Caesars Palace, Las Vegas


Dean Abbott
Dean Abbott

Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist

Dean Abbott is Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist of SmarterHQ, and President of Abbott Analytics, Inc. in San Diego, California. Mr. Abbott is an internationally recognized data mining and predictive analytics expert with over two decades of experience applying advanced data mining algorithms, data preparation techniques, and data visualization methods to real-world problems, including fraud detection, risk modeling, text mining, personality assessment, response modeling, survey analysis, planned giving, and predictive toxicology.

Mr. Abbott is the author of Applied Predictive Analytics (Wiley, 2014) and co-author of IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook (Packt Publishing, 2013). He is a highly-regarded and popular speaker at Predictive Analytics and Data Mining conferences and meetups, and is on the Advisory Boards for the UC/Irvine Predictive Analytics Certificate as well as the UCSD Data Mining Certificate programs.

He has a B.S. in Mathematics of Computation from Rensselaer (1985) and a Master of Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia (1987).

Gil Arditi
Gil Arditi

Product Lead, Machine Learning

Gil serves as the head of Lyft's Machine Learning Platform. Previously he was co-founder of Octarine, a security startup, and VP Product of Reflektion, an e-commerce personalization company, and AppDirect, the largest B2B app marketplace. Gil also spent a few years in product positions at Google in the Ads group, where he helped integrate YouTube and DoubleClick after their acquisition.

Ashish Bansal
Ashish Bansal

Senior Engineering Manager

Ashish manages the Events recommendations and Trends team at Twitter. He uses AI/ML to generate insights from vast amounts of data and build interesting B2C, B2B and enterprise products. He has over 20 years of experience in technology ranging from founding startups to large companies. He has an MBA in marketing from Kellogg School of Management and a B.Tech from IIT BHU, India.

Ashish Bansal is speaker of the following session:

Leslie Barrett
Leslie Barrett

Senior Software Engineer

Bloomberg LP

Leslie Barrett is a Senior Software Engineer at Bloomberg LP's Bloomberg Law division specializing in NLP and Machine Learning applied to legal and government text. Before Bloomberg she was Director of Search Technology at The Ladders Inc, an online resource for executive jobseekers and recruiters. Previously, she was Director of Language Technology at the Financial Times where she managed groups creating new online news search products and electronic news alerts. Leslie holds Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics from New York University. She has over 20 published papers in the fields of Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval and holds 2 patents. She serves on the Program Committees for the International Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing and the International Workshop on Big Data for Financial News.


Leslie Barrett is speaker of the following session:

Yoram Bauman
Yoram Bauman

The world's first and only stand-up economist

Yoram Bauman, “the world’s first and only stand-up economist”, performs regularly at colleges and corporate events, sharing the stage with everyone from the late Robin Williams to Paul Krugman. He has appeared in TIME Magazine and on PBS and NPR, and is the co-author of the Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change and the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics, which is now available in Mandarin, Mongolian, and a dozen other languages. Speaking of foreign languages, he is also the organizer of the humor session at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.
Yoram now lives in Salt Lake City but spent the prior two decades in Seattle, where he was the founder of Carbon Washington, which in 2016 placed the first-ever carbon tax measure on the ballot in the United States. He has a BA in mathematics from Reed College and a PhD in economics from the University of Washington. His goals in life are to spread joy to the world through economics comedy; to reform economics education; and to implement carbon pricing.

Yoram Bauman is speaker of the following session:

Bob Bress
Bob Bress

Vice President of Analytics & Business Intelligence

Bob Bress is Vice President of Analytics & Business Intelligence at Freewheel, a Comcast Company focused on advanced advertising technologies. In that role he leads teams of data science and analytical staff using their expertise to lead the development of the next generation of advanced targeted advertising products for television and premium video. Bob has over 15 years of analytics experience across industries including work in hospitality, energy, and at GE's Global Research Center in the Applied Statistics Lab.

Bob holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research & Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bob Bress is speaker of the following session:

Dave Chan
Dave Chan

Vice President, Digital Innovation & Business Intelligence

Informa / UBM

Dave Chan is a certified business intelligence and change management professional, with a track record of implementing data-driven programmes for retail banking, media and healthcare organizations. Currently the Global Lead of Data Excellence at UBM plc, and Vice President Digital Innovation - Business Intelligence at UBM Asia, Dave leads teams and partners that deliver new industry standards in digitalization and use of data intelligence across sales, marketing and finance. UBM operates in more than 20 countries and organizes over 300 market-leading B2B events every year, creating environments which allow businesses to flourish.Prior to UBM Asia, Dave was with HSBC and has held various positions in regional CRM, business intelligence and strategic planning in retail banking.

Dave Chan is speaker of the following session:

Stephen Chen
Stephen Chen

Director of Strategic Analytics

Leo Burnett

Stephen Chen spent over 10 years as an advanced analytics management consultant in diverse industries (including financial, retail, CPG, automotive, telecom, technology, healthcare, agency etc.) helping senior management turnaround their businesses with his blend of data science, strategy, and human insights expertise. Along the way, he has audited numerous models as well as developed analytic techniques that address shortcomings of existing methods.

Originally trained as a social scientist, Stephen was one of the handful of researchers to specialize in Social Network Analysis before the ascendance of Google and Facebook popularized those algorithms. He taught classes on Critical Statistics in university and has been a passionate advocate for model robustness and reliability.

Stephen Chen is speaker of the following session:

Lawrence Cowan
Lawrence Cowan

Senior Partner & COO

Lawrence is Senior Partner, COO and Customer Insights & Advanced Analytics practice leader with Cicero Group. Lawrence has spent the last decade building Cicero's analytics practice where he has experience helping Fortune 1000 firms solve real business challenges with data, including attrition, segmentation, sales prioritization, pricing, and customer satisfaction. He also leads the firm in predictive analytics and Big Data related engagements, applying Cicero’s deep expertise in strategy execution to ensure data delivers ROI.  He has partnered with companies to help them to shift from reactive to predictive analytics by collecting and analyzing real-time information and distributing it across the organization— allowing management to make better, faster decisions that move the business forward.

Lawrence holds a Master’s of Science in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, an MBA with an emphasis in Business Economics from Westminster College, and a BA from Brigham Young University

Lawrence Cowan is speaker of the following session:

Dyann Daley MD
Dyann Daley MD

Founder and CEO

Dr. Dyann Daley, MD,  is an experienced pediatric anesthesiologist and child maltreatment prevention executive, specializing in location-based predictive modeling, systems thinking, and development of practical solutions for community-influenced children’s issues.  

Dr. Daley founded and was the executive director of Cook Children’s Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment in Fort Worth, Texas where she demonstrated the effectiveness of place-based predictive analytics for child maltreatment using spatial risk modeling.  She went on to found Predict Align Prevent, a national nonprofit advancing geospatial machine learning predictions in child welfare, strategic alignment of prevention resources, and implementation of accountable prevention programs to prevent child maltreatment before it happens.  Her organization is committed to open science for social good. 

Dyann Daley MD is speaker of the following session:

John Elder Ph.D.
John Elder Ph.D.

Founder & Chair

John Elder chairs America's most experienced Data Science consultancy. Founded in 1995, Elder Research has offices in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Washington DC. Dr. Elder co-authored 3 award-winning books on analytics, was a discoverer of ensemble methods, chairs international conferences, and is a popular keynote speaker. John is occasionally an Adjunct Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia, and was named by President Bush to serve 5 years on a panel to guide technology for national security.

Eric J. Felsberg
Eric J. Felsberg

Principal, Long Island Office

ERIC J. FELSBERG is a Principal in the Long Island, New York office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and the National Director of JL Data Analytics Group.

As the National Director of JL Data Analytics Group, Mr. Felsberg leads a team of multidisciplinary lawyers, statisticians, data scientists, and analysts with decades of experience managing the interplay of data analytics and the law. Under Mr. Felsberg's leadership, the Data Analytics Group applies proprietary algorithms and state-of-the-art modeling techniques to help employers evaluate risk and drive legal strategy.

In addition to other services, the team offers talent analytics for recruitment, workforce management and equity and policy assessments through predictive modeling, partners with employers in the design of data-driven solutions that comply with applicable workplace law, manages and synthesizes large data sets from myriad sources into analyzable formats, provides compliance assessment and litigation support services including damage calculations, risk assessments, and selection decision analyses, and offers strategic labor relations assistance including determination of long term costs of collective bargaining agreements, review of compliance with collectively bargained compensation plans and assessment of the efficacy of training programs. The JL Data Analytics Group designs its service delivery models to maximize the protections afforded by the attorney-client and other privileges.

Mr. Felsberg also provides training and daily counsel to employers in various industries on day-to-day employment issues and the range of federal, state, and local affirmative action compliance obligations. Mr. Felsberg works closely with employers to prepare affirmative action plans for submission to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) during which he analyzes and investigates personnel selection and compensation systems. Mr. Felsberg has successfully represented employers during OFCCP compliance reviews, OFCCP individual complaint investigations, and in matters involving OFCCP claims of class-based discrimination. He regularly evaluates and counsels employers regarding compensation systems both proactively as well as in response to complaints and enforcement actions.

Mr. Felsberg is an accomplished and recognized speaker on issues of workplace analytics and affirmative action compliance.

While at Hofstra University School of Law, Mr. Felsberg served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal.

Eric J. Felsberg is speaker of the following session:

Michael Finger
Michael Finger

Software Architect, Marketing

Michael Finger serves as a Software Architect in Marketing for Overstock.com where he manages the strategic day to day operations of email, promotions, and online marketing/AdTech development teams. In this role, he has implemented ad biddings, browser push, and Button/iBotta affiliate integration.

Michael joined Overstock.com in 2007 as a senior software developer, and his since held several roles during his time with the company. He held roles in software development in both product and finance, where he integrated bitcoin payment on Overstock.com and managed operations for internal search, personalization, and Club O loyalty program development teams.

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. He additionally volunteers with the Salt Lake County Sherriff’s Search and Rescue Team as an Assistant Commander.

Josh Frank
Josh Frank

Vice President-Gaming Data Science & Fraud Analytics

Josh Frank works at Caesars as Vice President of Gaming, Data Science, and Fraud Analytics having previously worked in the role of Director of Advanced Analytics.  Prior to Caesars he worked at Intuit as Manager of Risk Modeling and Data Sciences.  Prior to that Josh worked as a Senior Researcher for the Center for Responsible Lending (a think tank/advocacy organization), as a professor of economics, an economic forecaster for state government, co-founded a non-profit organization, and managed various functions at a top ten credit card issuer.  Josh has his Ph.D. in Economics as well as an MBA.  Josh has had numerous newspaper/television interviews from major media outlets as well as academic publications.

Josh Frank is speaker of the following session:

Robert Grossman
Robert Grossman

Managing Partner

Analytic Strategy Partners LLC

Robert L. Grossman is the Managing Partner of Analytic Strategy Partners LLC, which he founded in 2016. From 2002-2015, he was the Founder and Managing Partner at Open Data Group, which built and deployed predictive models over big data for Fortune 500 companies.  He is also the Frederick H. Rawson Professor of Medicine, a Professor of Computer Science, and the Jim and Karen Frank Director of the Center for Translational Data Science (CTDS) at the University of Chicago.

Robert Grossman is speaker of the following session:

Alwin Haensel
Alwin Haensel

Business Analytics & Founder

Alwin holds a Phd in Applied Mathematics and studied in London, Berlin and Amsterdam. His main fields of interest are the modeling of customer purchasing behavior, forecasting and optimization under uncertainty. He is the founder of the Analytics & Data Science consultancy Haensel AMS – Advanced Mathematical Solutions. Most recently, he concentrated on topics such as: omni-channel attribution, personalized recommendations, dynamic pricing, as well as specific data mining and forecasting projects.

Alwin Haensel is speaker of the following session:

Bill Hoffman
Bill Hoffman

Chief Growth Officer & Employee Practice Leader

Elicit, LLC

Bill Hoffman is Chief Growth Officer at Elicit, a high-end boutique consultancy that helps clients leverage analytics and technology to drive business value.  Prior to Elicit, Bill served as Chief Analytics Officer and Head of CRM at U.S. Bank and previously held a similar role at Best Buy.  He is ex-McKinsey and also worked at Gallup and the Federal Reserve.  He is a Navy Veteran and began his career at the Central Intelligence Agency.  He is also Founder of Vetalytics, created to harness the power of analytics in service of improving the lives of US military Veterans.

Bill Hoffman is speaker of the following session:

Robert M. Horrobin
Robert M. Horrobin

AVP of Advanced Analytics and Planning, Retirement Solutions Division

Rob oversees the Insurance Operations Optimization & Decision Analytics practice at John Hancock. Rob started this internal consulting practice in 2015 after taking on increasing roles of responsibility in Reinsurance Finance, Corporate Development/Strategy, and Analytics. Before joining John Hancock in 2008, Rob had extensive experience in the shipbuilding industry with a focus on optimizing design for construction efficiency. Rob holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University.

Robert M. Horrobin is speaker of the following session:

Nav Kesher
Nav Kesher

Head of Data Sciences, Facebook Marketplace Experience

Nav Kesher is speaker of the following session:

Jonathan Klein
Jonathan Klein

Founder & CEO

Jonathan Klein is Founder and CEO of Ex Parte, a developer of legal analytics that provides companies with data and insight to make smart and informed decisions on the most important legal issues facing an organization. Klein founded Ex Parte in 2017 with the vision to empower corporations with the knowledge they need to make critical decisions such as whether to litigate, settle, where to file suit or which attorney to hire. Prior to founding Ex Parte, Klein held various executive positions at business intelligence leader MicroStrategy over a 17 year period; most recently as President and Chief Legal Officer. He holds a BA in Economics from Amherst College and earned a Juris Doctor of Law from Harvard Law School.

Jonathan Klein is speaker of the following session:

William Komp
William Komp

Senior Data Scientist

Dr William Komp is a senior data scientist at SmarterHQ. In addition to marketing analytics he also has experience with healthcare analytics and is an adjunct professor of theoretical physics at the University of Louisville. He was technical editor for Applied Predictive Analytics: Principles and Techniques for the Professional Data Analyst by Dean Abbott for J. Wiley and Sons and a peer reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Physics.

William Komp is speaker of the following session:

Vishal Kumar
Vishal Kumar

CEO

Vishal Kumar is internationally recognized big data thought leader. He has helped with crafting successful big data strategies for several fortune 100 to startup companies. He has helped with policy design for several government bodies. He frequently speaks, keynotes and participates on panels, across several international events. He has authored two books and played investor and advisor to several big data startups.

Vishal Kumar is speaker of the following session:

Peter Lenz
Peter Lenz

Senior Geospatial Analyst

Peter Lenz is a geographer and data scientist with Dstillery, a data insights company that builds behavioral profiles from billions of observations of human behavior every day using AI. Specializing in geographic big data and data storytelling, Peter can dive anywhere into the data pipeline from writing code, training models, to discovering insights in the data. He built up skill set working in the urban planning world, first at a consulting firm and later with an agency of the Department of the Interior. A native of New York City, today he and his family live in the Hudson Valley.

Peter Lenz is speaker of the following session:

Shingai Manjengwa
Shingai Manjengwa

Chief Executive Officer

Shingai Manjengwa is the Chief Executive Officer at Fireside Analytics Inc., a Toronto based ed-tech start-up that offers customized, cloud-hosted, data science training and consulting services to corporates, governments, and educational institutions. Data Science courses by Fireside Analytics have over 285,000 registered learners on platforms like IBM's CognitiveClass.ai and Coursera.

An IBM Influencer, author and NYU Stern alumni, Shingai is also the founder at Fireside Analytics Academy, a Ministry of Education inspected private high school in Canada (BSID: 886528). Fireside Analytics Academy only offers one course, IDC4U - Data Science. The course is completely online, and learners earn a credit towards their high school diploma. The course uses real-life case studies to combine 3 disciplines: Business Studies, Computer Programming, and Statistics to teach high school students how to solve problems with data. The curriculum is now available in 3 private high schools in Canada.

Shingai Manjengwa is speaker of the following session:

Alexander Moy
Alexander Moy

AVP, Enterprise Analytics & Data Science

Alex Moy is Assistant Vice President of Enterprise Analytics and Data Science at BB&T, where he helps the organization develop data assets for enterprise use and leads the BB&T Tableau Center of Excellence.  Previously, he led marketing automation efforts and developed BI solutions.  Alex is a banker turned data scientist, focused on practical applications of data science and driving business value. He holds a BS in Finance from Old Dominion University.  

Alex resides outside of Winston-Salem, NC with his wife, Terri, their daughter, Kailey, and Shih-Poo, Kyla.  When not geeking out over data, Alex can be found on the soccer field or playing the piano.

Haig Nalbantian
Haig Nalbantian

Senior Partner, Co-leader Mercer Workforce Sciences Institute

Haig R. Nalbantian is a Senior Partner at Mercer and a founder/leader of Mercer's Workforce Sciences Institute. A labor /organizational economist, he has been instrumental in developing Mercer's unique capability to measure the economic impact of human capital practices. Those capabilities have been applied in numerous projects he has directed for leading companies in the U.S. and abroad across a broad range of industries, including energy, high technology, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services, media and information services, telecommunications, and professional services. He has also consulted to organizations in the public and not-for-profit sectors. In recent years, Haig has worked extensively with high-profile organizations in the Middle East, with particular focus on strategic workforce planning, workforce strategies and metrics.

Haig came to Mercer from National Economic Research Associates which he joined in 1989. Earlier, he was on the faculty of economics at New York University and was a research scientist at its C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics. He is an internationally recognized expert in incentives, human capital measurement and management and their links to organizational performance. He has published widely on these topics in books and articles in leading academic and professional journals, such as the American Economic Review, The Journal of Labor Economics, The Harvard Business Review, Compensation and Benefits Review, WorldatWork, among many others. His HBR article, "Making Mobility Matter," received the Academy of Management's 2010 award for "Outstanding Practitioner-oriented Publication" in 2009.

Nalbantian co-authored the prize-winning book on human capital measurement and management, Play to Your Strengths (McGraw Hill, 2004). He is also editor of and chief contributor to the book, Incentives, Cooperation and Risk Sharing and is a frequent speaker before industry groups, professional associations and academic audiences across the globe. He led the research team and co-authored the 2012 World Economic Forum/Mercer study of global talent mobility, "Talent Mobility Good Practices: Collaboration at the Core of Driving Economic Growth."

Haig earned his BA in English and Economics at New York University and his graduate degrees in economics from Columbia University. He is a member of the American Economic Association.

Bob Nisbet
Bob Nisbet

Instructor

Trained originally in Ecosystem Analysis & Modeling, Dr. Nisbet modeled forests at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He moved to NCR in 1994, developing configurable data mining applications for customer Churn, Propensity-to-buy, and Customer Acquisition in Telecommunications.  He has worked also in Insurance, Banking, Credit, membership organizations (e.g. AAA), and Health Care industries. He is lead author of the award-winning Handbook of Statistical Analysis & Data Mining Applications (Academic Press, 2009, 2017), and a co-author and general editor of the award-winning "Practical Text Mining" (Academic Press, 2012) and Practical Predictive Analytics and Decisioning Systems in Medicine (Academic Press, 2015).  A new book on Effective Data Preparation is available from with Cambridge University Press.  Currently, he serves as an Instructor in the University of California at Irvine Predictive Analytics Certificate Program, teaching many online and on-campus courses each year in Effective Data Preparation and Predictive Analytics Applications.

Bob Nisbet is speaker of the following session:

Tina Owenmark
Tina Owenmark

Data Scientist

Tina Owenmark is a data scientist at Cisco where she and her team create practical solutions that empower decision-making for internal customers across the enterprise. Her career has spanned both business and IT roles using corporate data and processes to bring insights and value to Cisco's business operations. Tina and the team work to foster and spread a diverse, decisions-oriented culture that puts business value first.

Tina Owenmark is speaker of the following session:

Padrum Panbechi
Padrum Panbechi

Sales Analytics Lead

Padrum Panbechi is speaker of the following session:

Timothy Park
Timothy Park

Director Data Management

Every year, corporations spend more than $250B on litigation in the US. The critical decisions - whether to litigate or settle or where to file suit - are often made the same way they were 100 years ago. To gain insight that companies could use to make informed decisions on legal proceedings, we built a predictive analytics engine. The approach, combining minimal viable prediction with data from thousands of patent appeal cases over 10 years, was developed to predict outcomes in future patent appeal cases. We think of it like Moneyball, but for a market 20x the size of Majors.

Timothy Park is speaker of the following session:

Brian Pearson
Brian Pearson

CIO

Brian Pearson has led dynamic IT organizations for startup, growth, franchise, and mature public restaurant companies. Brian’s IT development began in the US Army, where he studied cryptography and telecommunications management. He has also led the technology organizations for Ruby’s Diner, BJ’s Restaurants, and recently STACKED Restaurants, LLC.

At both Ruby’s Diner and BJ’s Restaurants, Brian had to build solutions from the ground up, integrating POS, KDS, HRIS, ERP and numerous other in store and above store technologies to achieve the company's strategic agenda. At BJ’s he also led the Sarbanes-Oxley, and PCI implementations from ground up.
Brian is an IT leader with a foundation in, and bias towards, Operations.  His specialties include Mobile Strategy and Development, Business Process Automation, Product Integration and Analytics.

Brian Pearson is speaker of the following session:

Daniel Porter
Daniel Porter

Co-Founder

BlueLabs

Daniel Porter is the cofounder of BlueLabs, a Washington DC based analytics, data and technology company whose clients include political campaigns, nonprofits and corporations.

Prior to founding BlueLabs, Daniel was Director of Statistical Modeling for the 2012 Obama reelection campaign. His team developed individual level statistical models that were used throughout the campaign for fundraising, media buying and state strategy. These models served two primary purposes: to pinpoint which voters were most likely to take an action or hold a belief (i.e. support the President or turn out to vote) as well as to measure the influence a campaign contact had on an individual's likelihood to take such actions or change their beliefs. Combined, these measures helped the campaign optimize their targeting to maximize their return on investment.

Daniel Porter is speaker of the following session:

Jennifer Prendki
Jennifer Prendki

VP of Machine Learning

Jennifer has spent most of her career creating a data-driven culture wherever she went, succeeding in sometimes highly skeptical environments. She is particularly skilled at building and scaling high-performance Machine Learning teams, and is known for enjoying a good challenge. Trained as a particle physicist, she likes to use her analytical mind not only when building complex models, but also as part of her leadership philosophy. She is pragmatic yet detail-oriented. Jennifer also takes great pleasure in addressing both technical and non-technical audiences at conferences and seminars, and is passionate about attracting more women to careers in STEM.

Jennifer Lewis Priestley
Jennifer Lewis Priestley

Professor of Applied Statistics and Data Science

Dr. Jennifer Lewis Priestley, Ph.D., is a Professor of Applied Statistics and Data Science at Kennesaw State University, where she is the Director of the Center for Statistics and Analytical Services. She oversees the Ph.D. Program in Advanced Analytics and Data Science, and teaches courses in Applied Statistics at the undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. levels. In 2012, the SAS Institute recognized Dr. Priestley as the 2012 Distinguished Statistics Professor of the Year. She served as the 2012 and 2015 Co-Chair of the National Analytics Conference. Datanami recognized Dr. Priestley as one of the top 12 "Data Scientists to Watch in 2016."

She has authored dozens of articles on Binary Classification, Risk Modeling, Sampling, Applications of Statistical Methodologies for Problem Solving as well as several textbook manuals for Excel, SAS, JMP and Minitab. Prior to receiving a Ph.D. in Statistics, Dr. Priestley worked in the Financial Services industry for 11 years. Her positions included Vice President of Business Development for VISA EU in London, where she was responsible for developing the consumer credit markets for Irish and Scottish banks. She also worked for MasterCard International as a Vice President for Business Development, where she was responsible for banking relationships in the Southeastern US. She also held positions with AT&T Universal Card and with Andersen Consulting.

Dr. Priestley received an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University, where she was president of the graduate student body, and a BS from Georgia Tech. She also received a certification from the ABA Bankcard School in Norman, OK, and a Certification in Base SAS Programming, and a Business Analyst Certification from the SAS Institute.

Jennifer Lewis Priestley is speaker of the following session:

Nick Pylypiw
Nick Pylypiw

Manager

Nick Pylypiw is a Manager of Data Science at Elicit, a high-end boutique consultancy that helps clients leverage analytics and technology to drive business value.  The company’s Fortune 500 clients include Southwest Airlines, HomeAway, Fossil, GameStop, Sephora, BevMo! and Pier 1 Imports.  Prior to Elicit, he honed his analytics skills at Lowe's Home Improvement (Manager of Pricing and Marketing Analytics) and Cardinal Solutions (Principal Data Science Consultant).  He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Nick Pylypiw is speaker of the following session:

Lily Quinto-Banton
Lily Quinto-Banton

Lead Data Scientist

Lily is a Lead Data Scientist at Humana Military, where she uses predictive analytics and visualization to help business leaders make better strategic decisions and to improve the customer journey for Humana Military's beneficiaries, who are active duty service members of the military and their dependents.  Previously, she was an Analytics Lead at Barclays Investment Bank, where she led the proof of concept and implementation of various cross-functional initiatives ranging from a recommendation system for the Sales team to a self-service Tableau platform for the Risk and Finance teams.  When not immersed in data, Lily thinks about ticking off the next item on her growing bucket list.  Next up: training for her first sprint triathlon.

Lily has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Science in Business Analytics from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Tauseef Rahman
Tauseef Rahman

Principal, Workforce Strategy & Analytics

Tauseef Rahman is a principal in Mercer's Workforce Strategy & Analytics practice. He is responsible for developing and delivering projects which enable organizations for growth through the use of analytics which combine engagement, career, and rewards information.

Currently based in San Francisco, he has also been based in Mercer's Los Angeles, Dubai, Melbourne and Houston offices.

His recent projects include the integration of an annual pay equity analysis into a company’s yearly business cycle for a global consumer technology company, and an employee survey using conjoint analysis which resulted in changes to parental benefits at a global financial services and investments company.

Tauseef has presented at industry conferences, including WorldatWork Total Rewards and National Association of Stock Plan Professionals on the use of analytics in pay, and regularly speaks at forums on the future of work and the implication of artificial intelligence on the workforce.

Tauseef holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College, in Claremont, California.

Steven Ramirez
Steven Ramirez

CEO

Steven J. Ramirez is the chief executive officer of Berkeley, Calif.-based Beyond the Arc, Inc., a firm recognized as a leader in helping companies transform their customer experiences by leveraging advanced analytics.

In addition to developing and executing the vision for Beyond the Arc, Ramirez leads teams of data and strategy consultants committed to client success. They analyze customer and social media data, combined with text analysis, to drive customer growth, improve customer retention, understand service breaks and build stronger customer loyalty.

Prior to leading Beyond the Arc, Ramirez served as an executive with Time Warner, where he was responsible for creating and successfully implementing marketing and corporate development strategies.

Ramirez earned a bachelor's degree and master's in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. He as also created and taught courses in business management for UC Berkeley and been a guest speaker at the university's Haas School of Business.

Steven Ramirez is speaker of the following session:

Karl Rexer
Karl Rexer

President

Karl Rexer founded Rexer Analytics in 2002.  He and his teams provide predictive modeling and analytic consulting to clients across many industries.  Recent clients include PwC, Boston Scientific, Redbox, ADT
Security, Interamericana University, MIT, A.S.Watson, and many smaller companies.  In addition to leading client engagements and hands-on data work, Karl is a predictive analytics evangelist, frequently speaking at conferences, colleges, and other events.  He also serves on Advisory Boards for the Business Analytics programs at both Babson College and Bentley University.  Several software companies have sought Karl's input, and in 2008 and 2010 he served on SPSS's (IBM) Customer Advisory Board.  He also served 11 years on the Board of Directors of the Oracle Business Intelligence, Warehousing, & Analytics (BIWA) Special Interest Group.  Since 2007 Rexer Analytics has conducted surveys of analytic professionals,  asking them about their algorithms, tools, behaviors and views.  Summary reports from these surveys are available as a free download from the Rexer Analytics website.

Prior to founding Rexer Analytics, Karl held leadership positions at several consulting firms and two multi-national banks.  Karl holds a PhD from the University of Connecticut.

Karl Rexer is speaker of the following session:

Anne G. Robinson
Anne G. Robinson

Executive Director, Strategy, Analytics and Systems

Anne G. Robinson is the Executive Director of Global Supply Chain Strategy, Analytics and Systems, at Verizon, a Fortune 15 company and leading provider of wireless, fiber-optic and global internet networks and services. She is responsible for the overarching strategic vision across Verizon's end-to-end supply chain which includes the wireless consumer supply chain, network supply chain, video and internet supply chain as well as global sourcing and procurement. Additionally, her team drives supply chain excellence through world class data-analytics, process innovation, and employee empowerment to achieve a holistic, collaborative and customer centric supply chain organization, that results in improved product life cycle management, working capital optimization, and shareholder value.

Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Anne spent several years with Cisco Systems, a high tech networking company, where her responsibilities included managing advanced analytics, business intelligence, and performance management teams across the supply chain. As the driving force for many foundational and cross-functional process innovations, she helped establish Cisco's presence and recognition as a leader in business intelligence and analytics, including being inducted into the balanced scorecard hall of fame.

Anne is originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Mathematics from Acadia University, a Master of Applied Science in Management Science from University of Waterloo and a Masters and PhD in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Anne is a Past President of INFORMS (the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences), a professional organization focused on applying advanced analytical theory and practice for making better business decisions. She is a popular industry speaker and has served on several advisory boards including the advisory board for the Stevens Institute of Technology Masters Of Science in Business Intelligence & Analytics. A constant champion for analytics, Anne is the founding editor of INFORMS Editor's Cut, an online multimedia collection examining important topics in operation research and analytics. A frequent tweeter, you can follow Dr. Robinson @agrobins.

Anne G. Robinson is speaker of the following session:

Chris Robison
Chris Robison

Director of Data and Audience

Chris Robison serves as Director of Data and Audience working to unite data flow and Data Science for a cross-channel marketing experience driven by real-time data. Previously, as the Lead Data Scientist for Digital Marketing and Fraud Prevention at Overstock, he and his team utilized big data and machine learning to create personalized shopping experiences for customers. He works extensively on display, PLA, and Paid Keywords leveraging modeling techniques from classical time series to cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence.

Prior to joining Overstock in 2016, Chris gained widespread experience at early-stage startups using Spark and building out data science frameworks and solutions. He graduated from the University of Utah with dual Masters Degrees in Computer Science and Statistics.

Allan Sammy
Allan Sammy

Director, Data Science and Audit Analytics

Allan Sammy, M.Sc., CPA, CIA is the Director, Data Science and Audit Analytics at Canada Post . He works with Internal Audit clients across the corporation to provide assurance and advisory services relating to advanced analytics and data modeling and leads the development of big data capabilities and utilization as well as the coordination of IA department analytic initiatives. He has a Master's degree in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern and over 20 years of experience in Risk Management, Investigations and Internal Audit. Prior to joining Canada Post he was Director, Fraud Risk Management at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and the Head of Internal Audit at the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). He has published articles on Auditing Analytic Models (IA Magazine) and using Artificial Intelligence and Neural Network Models for Fraud Ddetection (Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) magazine online).

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Dan Sarkar
Dan Sarkar

Director of Data Science

Insight Que Solutions

Dan has 15+ years experience in Data Science, Business Intelligence, Data Analytics, and developing Data-Driven Strategy for organizations. In addition, Dan has led and managed Data Science and Analytics practices for organizations. Dan has worked in retail, Finance, and Auto leading analytics and Data Science and modeling practices supporting business strategies for in-house and consultations for the client such as Four Seasons, AAA, Verizon, etc.  Dan has a Ph.D. in Media Information Studies from Michigan State University.

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Mark Shafer
Mark Shafer

Senior Vice President Revenue Management and Analytics

Mark W. Shafer, Senior Vice President of Revenue Management & Analytics for Disney Parks, Experiences & Consumer Products has been a Disney cast member for 23 years. 

His responsibilities include leading an Internal consulting team responsible for supporting clients across The Walt Disney Company including Parks and Resorts, Media Networks  (e.g., ABC, ESPN, Disney Channel, A&E Networks etc.), and Studio Entertainment (The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Theatrical).  This support encompasses system development leveraging technology, data analytics, optimization, statistical and econometric modeling to explore opportunities, shape business decisions and drive business value.  These solutions span across business problems such as Marketing ROI, Ad Sales Optimization, B to B and B to C pricing, revenue management, ratings forecasting, digital viewership forecasting, demand simulation, and personalization. 

Mark spent 12 years in the airline industry with People Express Airlines and Continental Airlines, holding positions in Domestic and International Pricing/Revenue Management. 

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Marc Smith
Marc Smith

Chief Social Scientist

Connected Action Consulting Group

Dr. Marc A. Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group. Smith co-founded the Social Media Research Foundation (http://www.smrfoundation.org/), a non-profit devoted to open tools, data, and scholarship related to social media research. He contributes to the open and free NodeXL project (http://nodexl.codeplex.com) that adds social network analysis features to the familiar Excel spreadsheet. NodeXL enables social network analysis of email, Twitter, Flickr, WWW, Facebook and other network data sets. Along with Derek Hansen and Ben Shneiderman, he is the co-author and editor of Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a connected world, from Morgan-Kaufmann which is a guide to mapping connections created through computer-mediated interactions. Smith has published research on social media extensively, providing a map to the landscape of connected communities on the Internet.

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Patrick Surry
Patrick Surry

Chief Data Scientist

Hopper

As Chief Data Scientist at Hopper, Patrick Surry analyzes flight data to help consumers make smarter travel choices. Patrick is recognized as a travel expert and he frequently provides data-driven insight on the travel industry and trends.

Patrick’s research and commentary have been featured in outlets such as New York Times, USA Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, TIME, and many others. Patrick also regularly appears on various broadcast stations to offer travel insight and tips.

Patrick holds a PhD in mathematics and statistics from the University of Edinburgh, where he studied optimization based on evolutionary algorithms, following an HBSc in continuum mechanics from the University of Western Ontario.

You can also follow Patrick on Twitter at @PatrickSurry.

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Nathan Susanj
Nathan Susanj

Vice President, Data Science Manager

Nathan Susanj is a data scientist on the Wells Fargo Enterprise Analytics and Data Science team. He leads a small team as head of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Speech Capabilities Development, where he is focused on building out Wells Fargo's capabilities in areas related to NLP, deep learning and data science product design. Nathan holds a Masters in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University and is working on his second Masters in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. He has been with Wells Fargo for the past five years and worked in marketing analytics prior to his current role.

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James Taylor
James Taylor

CEO

James Taylor is the CEO of Decision Management Solutions and is a leading expert in how to use business rules and analytic technology to build decision management systems. He is passionate about using decision management systems to help companies improve decision-making and develop an agile, analytic and adaptive business. He provides strategic consulting to companies of all sizes, working with clients in all sectors to adopt decision-making technology. James is an expert member of the International Institute for Analytics and is the author of multiple books and articles on decision management, decision modeling, predictive analytics and business rules, and writes a regular blog at JT on EDM. James also delivers webinars, workshops and training. He is a regular keynote speaker at conferences around the world.

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Tom Warden
Tom Warden

SVP, Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Steve Weiss
Steve Weiss

Content Manager, Data Science and Business Analytics

Steve Weiss is content manager for the Data Science and Business Analytics course libraries at LinkedIn Learning/Lynda.com. His focus is on developing learning resources that support LinkedIn's mission in connecting the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. He spends a lot of time building a growing network of top tech experts who have a passion for teaching; tracking an exponentially growing group of topic and sub-topic areas; and interacting with the members of the data science and analytics community to help them get sh*t done in the name of science, logical thinking, and improving the world we share and live in.

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