May 16, 2023
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Brookfield Conference Center, 325 S Moorland Rd Brookfield WI 53005
Our 10th annual Data Intelligence Symposium is centered around the theme of "Data and Delusions: Finding Intelligence in the Noise." The symposium will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and will consist of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. Below please find an outline of the days agenda as well as the current speaker list. This page will be updated as additional speakers are added.
9:00 am - Registration
10:00 am - Welcome & Introductions
10:15 am - Keynote: A Whole New World....of AI: Challenges and Opportunities for All of Us - Dr. Christina Outlay - Executive Director, Maydm
10:55 am - Break
11:00 am - Breakout Sessions
"Delivering Meaningful Analytic Insights" - Barron Penner, Charter Manufacturing
"Success in Simplicity: Capitalizing on a Simplified and Modernized Data Platform" - Brent Hoyer, Sub-Zero
11:30 am - Break
11:35 am - Keynote: "Science & Bull$#!%: What We Can't Not Know in the 'Age of AI'" - Phil Henrickson, Senior Data Scientist, AE Business Solutions
12:15 pm - Lunch
1:15 pm - Breakout Sessions
"How Self Service Advanced our Analytical Maturity" - Brandi Beals, Data Careers Summit
"Little Warehouse on the Prairie: Datamart Development by a New Analytics Team" - Eric Kotleski, American Family Insurance
1:40 pm - Break
1:45 pm - Breakout Sessions
"Data-Driven Transformation: Overcoming the Innovation Delusion" - David Manske, Generac
"MLOps: Building Bridges Between Data Science and DevOps" - Dan Placek & Trevor Cross, AE Business Solutions
2:15 pm - Break
2:25 pm - Roundtable Keynote - From BI to AI: How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Way We Work
Panelists: Steve Konkol - CUNA Mutual Group, Dr. Christina Outlay - Maydm, William Cummings - Generac
3:10 pm - Close
3:15 pm - Happy Hour
Dr. Christina Outlay, Executive Director - Maydm
Bio: Dr. Christina Outlay is the Executive Director of Maydm. Maydm provides girls and youth of color with classes, camps, field trips, and paid high school internships to prepare them for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Dr. Outlay holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Information Systems from DePaul University, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also has 12 years of IT corporate experience and 15 years of academic teaching and research experience. She was an Associate Professor of Information Technology at UW-Whitewater and a nonprofit director before joining Maydm.
As a Black woman with an IT background in corporate and higher education, Christina knows the challenges and opportunities for women and other underrepresented groups in STEM. She is committed to showing our youth that a future in STEM is possible for them and providing them with the STEM knowledge, training, and opportunities with local employers to be successful. She also regularly talks with employers about the human and business benefits of recruiting and retaining a diverse STEM workforce.
Outside of work, Christina is a married mom of four and a chronic overachiever who is constantly juggling multiple priorities. She is the President of the Sun Prairie Police Commission, board member of Ghana Code Club, past board member for Collaboration for Good, 2023 YWCA Woman of Distinction, 2022 Wisconsin 52 Most Influential Black Leaders honoree, 2019 Madison Magnet Impact Award finalist, 2018 UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics Service Award recipient, 2017 Brava Woman to Watch and 2013 UW System Outstanding Woman of Color in Education. She has been quoted in The Capital Times, Madison 365, and Wisconsin State Journal.
Phil Henrickson, Senior Data Scientist - AE Business Solutions
Bio: Phil has been a member of the Data Intelligence team since 2018. He works in many different areas within the field of data science, with a particular emphasis on machine learning, predictive modeling, and statistical inference. Phil has a strong background in communication, research design, and quantitative methods from his academic background, completing his dissertation in political science in 2018. He has been the featured speaker at analytics conferences and meetups throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Steve Konkol, Senior Manager, Business Experience Reporting and Analytics - CUNA Mutual Group
Bio - Steve is responsible for leading a team of report and data developers creating insights to better understand key business behaviors, ensuring customer acquisition, and retention.
Steve’s career experience includes 23 years with IBM Corporation, including broad experience in manufacturing; sales and sales management; customer operations; international; Lean Sigma and sales operations.
Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in Material Science from the University of Wisconsin as well as a Master of Business Administration with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with concentrations in statistics and finance.
William Cummings, Vice President Cybersecurity - Generac
Bio - William is an accomplished information security specialist with over 20 years of experience focused on delivering cybersecurity capabilities to large enterprises. He has systems architecture and engineering, IT risk management, business resiliency and executive leadership background. He has provided cybersecurity advisory services to some of Wisconsin’s largest institutions and has established cybersecurity programs supporting multiple Fortune 500 companies. William brings a practical cybersecurity perspective to organizations looking to responsibly adopt security principles into their organizations. William is a board member of the Wisconsin Cyber Threat Response Alliance. He enjoys speaking engagements which raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity and is active in #GivingBack through championing cybersecurity as a career at local high schools and across higher education campuses.
Eric Kotleski, Analytics Manager - American Family Insurance
Brandi Beals - Data Analytics Manager, Artisan Partners
David Manske, Senior Director IT Digital Strategy and Technology - Generac
Barron Penner - Charter Manufacturing
Brent Hoyer - Sub-Zero