52 episodes

Meet the world’s top data and analytics leaders transforming how we do business. Hear case studies, industry insights, and personal lessons from the executives leading the data revolution.

Join host Cindi Howson, Chief Data Strategy Officer at ThoughtSpot, every other Wednesday to meet the leaders and teams at the cutting edge.

The Data Chief Mission

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    • 4.9 • 56 Ratings

Meet the world’s top data and analytics leaders transforming how we do business. Hear case studies, industry insights, and personal lessons from the executives leading the data revolution.

Join host Cindi Howson, Chief Data Strategy Officer at ThoughtSpot, every other Wednesday to meet the leaders and teams at the cutting edge.

    Fitch Group’s Heidi Lanford on Finding a Voice in the C-Suite and Improving Data Literacy

    Fitch Group’s Heidi Lanford on Finding a Voice in the C-Suite and Improving Data Literacy

    Since the business relationship to data has changed, it definitely makes sense that the role of a Chief Data Officer has developed too. Our guest today, Heidi Lanford, CDO of Fitch Group, is seeing that evolution firsthand. She shares with us how CDOs can work effectively with other company leaders; in part, by communicating in simple, clear terms. Tune in to learn from Heidi why there can be considerable career value in choosing to be uncomfortable.

    • 49 min
    Gilead Sciences’ Murali Vridhachalam and ZS Associates’ Mahmood Majeed on the Modern Data Stack and Data Mesh

    Gilead Sciences’ Murali Vridhachalam and ZS Associates’ Mahmood Majeed on the Modern Data Stack and Data Mesh

    The data landscape is evolving in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. Murali Vridhachalam, the Head of Enterprise Data and Analytics at Gilead Sciences, and Mahmood Majeed, Managing Partner at ZS Associates, offer their compelling perspectives on digital transformation in life sciences and healthcare and how data can be used in these areas to improve patient outcomes. Plus, Mahmood and Murali share their takes on how to effectively reskill data professionals and the role of IT in healthcare and life sciences is evolving.

    • 42 min
    Levi Strauss & Co.’s Dr. Katia Walsh on Using AI and Analytics to Create Cutting-Edge Customer Experiences

    Levi Strauss & Co.’s Dr. Katia Walsh on Using AI and Analytics to Create Cutting-Edge Customer Experiences

    Your data will never be clean and it will never be perfect. So how do we create meaningful models anyway? As Dr. Katia Walsh puts it, data leaders are facing a “tsunami of data.” But that tsunami shouldn’t stop you from testing, iterating, and moving quickly. Dr. Walsh is the Chief Global Strategy and AI Officer at Levi Strauss & Co. and today she shares how her team has leveraged a mindset of “think big, start small, scale fast” to create cutting-edge data models and digital capabilities quickly.

    • 40 min
    LPL Financial's Cara Dailey on Data Enablement and Balancing Data Defense with Offense

    LPL Financial's Cara Dailey on Data Enablement and Balancing Data Defense with Offense

    It takes a multi-pronged approach to be a Chief Data Officer in the modern day, and its trailblazers like Cara Dailey who have helped mold the position into what it is today. Cara is the EVP and CDO for LPL Financial with previous roles at companies like Nike, Bank of the West, and Silicon Valley Bank. A veteran in the world of data, she joins The Data Chief to discuss data governance vs. data enablement, how to balance data defense with offense, the role of technology in data-driven decision-making, and her best advice to data leaders struggling to find their voice in the C-suite.

    • 37 min
    Unilever’s Vandana Khanna and Deeksha Singh on Demystifying Data, Dreaming Bigger, and Inspiring Business Users with The Art of the Possible

    Unilever’s Vandana Khanna and Deeksha Singh on Demystifying Data, Dreaming Bigger, and Inspiring Business Users with The Art of the Possible

    Data is a key asset for any organization undergoing transformation. Together, Vandana Khanna, Deeksha Singh and their teams work across continents, brands, and cultures to infuse data into every decision at Unilever. But like any major business initiative, digital transformation is a journey. The challenges and opportunities that exist are vast, varied, and endless. Tune in to hear how this dynamic duo are improving data literacy at every level, eliminating manual reporting and data visualization work, creating more awareness around bias, increasing sustainability, and driving organization-wide change with faster, easier access to insights.

    • 48 min
    Afterpay’s Nitish Mathew on Prioritizing Customer Needs, Balancing Governance and Freedom, and Giving Your Team Purpose

    Afterpay’s Nitish Mathew on Prioritizing Customer Needs, Balancing Governance and Freedom, and Giving Your Team Purpose

    Over the last two years, Afterpay has more than doubled its consumer base from 7 million to 19 million by giving consumers more opportunities to make big-ticket purchases using its simple, pay-over-time platform. Their ever-growing success in the crowded payments market is what led the company to be acquired by Block, the parent company for such brands as Cash App, Square, and TIDAL. Now, as part of the Block family, Afterpay Senior Director of Data Engineering & Governance, Nitish Mathew has made the move to Cash App where his team’s mission is to enable data and platforms for everyone in the company. He joins The Data Chief to discuss measuring the impact of analytics, the rise of the analytics engineer, the importance of taking risks, and much more.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re well established as someone innovating in the data and compliance ecosystem, or just getting started as a catalyst for change - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Cindi does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of navigating an ever changing world of bits - from leaders who’ve actually walked the path. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

rbrito71 ,

Best Data Strategy podcast in a clear way!

This podcast is very interesting and focuses on data. It is hosted by Cindi Howson who is well known and respected in the BI/Data industry for years. She is very fun to listen to and her guests are real world leaders that share their knowledge on a very clear and interesting way! Two thumbs up and recommended.

AManWhoLovesHisRomComs ,

Never thought Data Could be so fun

This has been a lot of fun to listen to so far. One of the things I always look for is a podcast that educates and entertains, and this one does both. Always great to hear from experts in the field. I feel like I’m constantly taking away something new from each episode.

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