VP of Analytics, Data Platform & Data Science Engineering at Kohl's Department Stores
Gautam Kotwal is the Vice President of Analytics at Kohl's Department stores where he has built the Data Science team and enables insights driven by democratizing data and science. He enjoys building the right team, developing technology that meets business goals, finding innovative techniques to perform risk analysis with the goal of shipping products that will exceed customer expectations. Before leading analytics at Kohl's, he was an engineering director and manager at Netflix.
Gautam earned his BS at the University of Pune and completed his Masters degree in IE with Management Information Systems at the University of Toledo.
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Chief Strategy Officer at Geneia
Heather Lavoie serves as Chief Strategy Officer for the organization. In this role, she has overall accountability for strategy development and execution, supporting the launch and administration of products and services that sit at the intersection of personalized and population health and help healthcare organizations transform the way they deliver care. In addition to leading Strategy, Heather has accountability for the Sales, Marketing, Legal, Human Resources and Client Relations functions.
During her nearly 30-year tenure in healthcare, Heather has led start-ups, health plans and provider organizations, as well as initiatives to identify and replicate best practices in healthcare use and delivery. She has directed projects for private and public organizations on transparency, diversification, product delivery, health cost escalation, operations consolidation, data warehousing, data analytics, and financial reporting. Heather co-founded and served as Vice President of Product Development, Delivery and Engineering for Choicelinx Corporation, a CIGNA Health Care subsidiary. She was responsible for driving product and technology strategy and spearheading the development of employee benefit and wellness designs and supportive actuarial models for national and local payers and Fortune 500 employers such as IBM and Morgan Stanley. During her tenure, she co-authored an actuarial model with Milliman USA used for evaluating custom-design benefit plans.
Heather is a graduate of Notre Dame College and received a Masters of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a sought-after national speaker on healthcare issues.
Developer Evangelist at Salesforce
Joshua Birk is a Developer Evangelist with Salesforce.com, bringing a wide range of experience when it comes to software development to the Force.com community. On the Salesforce Platform itself, Josh has been developing since around the same time Apex could create custom SOAP endpoints. In the past he has been a consultant, a front end developer for a major national retailer, a dotcom survivor and a dabbler in HTML5, Objective-C, Java, C#, PHP, Python and other languages.
Co-Founder of Trans*Code
Naomi Ceder has been learning, teaching, and talking about coding in general (and Python in particular) for over 20 years and is the author of the Quick Python Book, 2nd edition. Having worked as an organizer in various communities in both the US and Europe, Naomi currently is vice chair of the Python Software Foundation board of directors, an organizer for PyCon, and the co-founder of Trans*Code, a hack day focusing on trans issues. Professionally, Naomi is the Open Source Development Manger for Dick Blick Art Supplies. She teaches Python at all levels and speaks about her own experiences of marginalization with the hope of helping communities and organizations become more diverse and welcoming. In her spare time she enjoys knitting and deep philosophical conversations with her dog.
Solution Architect at Microsoft
Amul Chapla is Solution Architect at Microsoft focusing on data analytics and Artificial Intelligence technologies. He helps customers harness the power of Cloud Computing to solve complex BigData problems and gain valuable business insights. He loves helping customers use the magic of data science and AI technologies and gain an edge in their business.
He holds Master’s degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology. He worked at TIBCO Software (a global leader in integration, API management & analytics) before joining Microsoft, where he lead numerous successful projects with mid-large enterprises.
Senior Academic Program Manager at IBM Analytics
Enrique Kortright is Senior Academic Program Manager for IBM Analytics. He is also an Open Group Distinguished Certified Architect and an IBM Senior Certified IT Architect. He has many years of experience as an IT architect and software engineer. He was a Chief Scientist / Engineer in the DoD’s integrated HR program (DIMHRS). Previously, he was professor and head of computer science at Nicholls State University and at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro.
He has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Dr. Kortright taught a wide variety of CS and math courses and was responsible for the CS curriculum at these universities. He also served as a CSAB evaluator. His current interests include Cloud computing, Big Data, data science, the Internet of Things, eCommerce, and computer science education.
Business Development Executive at IBM Watson Internet of Things Academic Initiative
Gaya Magie is a Business Development Executive leading the IBM Watson Internet of Things Academic Initiative. Gaya collaborates with educational institutions world wide to help faculty and students build IoT skills leveraging IBM resources and platforms available for academia. Gaya has been with IBM since 2001 and has over 18 years of industry experience across various aspects of the business, including development, support, project management, product management, partner relations and sales.
In 1996, Gaya received her Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University in India. Gaya pursued her higher education in the US and in 1998, received a Master's degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University. As an IBM employee and continuing to pursue her higher education, Gaya received her Master's in Business Administration in Global Management and Stanford University Senior Project Management certification.
Principal Data Solutions Architect at Microsoft
Rohit currently works as a principal Data Solutions Architect at Microsoft where he helps Microsoft clients create value with their data assets and monetize data solutions. He is also a data solutions consultant specializing in solving data challenges for Fortune 500 customers.
Rohit completed his MBA at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and completed his undergraduate degree in computer science in India. In his spare time, he is an amateur chef, specializing in South Asian cuisine.
Dr. Patrick Lucey
Director of Data Science at STATS LLC
Dr. Patrick Lucey is currently the Director of Data Science at STATS. His charter is to maximize the value of fine-grained player tracking data currently captured in high-performance sports. Previously, Dr Lucey was at Disney Research for 5 years, where he conducted research into automatic sports broadcasting using large amounts of spatiotemporal tracking data. Previous to that, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University conducting research on automatic facial expression recognition. Dr Lucey received his BEng(EE) from USQ and his PhD from QUT, Australia in 2003 and 2008 respectively. He has won best paper awards at INTERSPEECH (2007) and WACV (2014) international conferences. He has also been a finalist in the research track at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference for the past 3 years. His main research interests are in artificial intelligence and interactive machine learning in sporting domains. (website: www.patricklucey.com)
Mohammed A. Salam
Professor, Department of Information Technology and Media at Robert Morris University
Mohammed Salam is a Certified Ethical Hacker who teaches Computer Networking, Network Security, Computer forensics, and Ethical Hacking courses. With his 16 years of teaching experience, he has been awarded with certification in Microsoft products, Networking, and Network Security. He is currently helping Chicago Community Colleges in designing courses in cyber security. He is a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals.
Salam has earned his BS in computer Science from Karnataka University and MS in Computer Science from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Business Intelligence Technology Specialist at Microsoft
In his 25 years at Microsoft, Tom has worked with every data technology Microsoft has delivered (starting with SQL Server and Access and progressing to Analytics Platform System and cloud solutions). He is currently focused on Microsoft’s Business Intelligence tools. In this role, Tom provides our customers technical guidance and support in evaluation and implementation planning for using both on-premise and cloud-based solutions to analyze data and make more informed business decisions. These include Excel, Power BI, Azure Data Factory, Azure Machine Learning, HDInsight, and Azure.
Watson Data Platform Evangelist at IBM
Michael Warjas is a Watson Data Platform Evangelist with IBM. He has 20 years experience defining, developing, and delivering cloud based enterprise platforms. His focus is on helping clients evaluate and understand emerging technology frameworks in the context of existing business constraints to achieve compelling results. Current projects include predicting hospital readmissions for diabetics and modeling health insurance benefits by population. His interests include disruptive innovation, game theory, and the ethics of big data.
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