Predictive Analytics World for Business Las Vegas 2020

May 31-June 4, 2020 – Caesars Palace, Las Vegas


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.

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, Washington DC, and London. 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.

Jen Gennai
Jen Gennai

Head of Responsible Innovation, Global Affairs

Jen Gennai leads Google’s Responsible Innovation team which is responsible for operationalizing Google’s AI Principles, ensuring that Google’s products have fair and ethical outcomes on individual users and the world. Her team works with product and engineering, leveraging a multidisciplinary group of experts in ethics, human rights, user research, racial justice and gender equity to validate that products and outputs align with our commitments to fairness, privacy, safety, societal benefit and more. Before she co-authored the AI Principles and founded Responsible Innovation, Jen worked on machine learning fairness and founded the Ethical ML team in Trust & Safety.

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.

A Charles Thomas
A Charles Thomas

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Charles is an Enterprise Data and Analytics leader who maximizes the impact Data, Insights, and Artificial Intelligence have on business results, operational efficiency & effectiveness, and fact-based cultural change.  A rare three-time Chief in the data domain, he’s led large scale data and analytics efforts for brands such as HP, USAA (where he was its first Chief Data and Analytics Officer), and Wells Fargo (its first Chief Data Officer and Head, Enterprise Data & Analytics).

He has expertise leveraging data to drive strategy across B2B and B2C segments, digital and traditional routes to market, multiple regions, and industry verticals such as energy, high-tech, pharma, retail, financial services and automotive.

Charles is committed to increasing the role of "Activist Analysts" in organizations, and driving a diversity and inclusion agenda in technology, particularly in the Data Sciences.  He formerly sat on the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Information advisory panel and currently serves as a Director at the United Negro College Fund, Inc. in Washington, DC.

He holds a PhD in Sociology (with a concentration in Organizational Behavior & studies in Quantitative Methods) from Yale University, is headquartered in Detroit, and lives in Austin with his wife and two children.  Select external communications Charles is featured in are listed below. 

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