AI Fundamentals for Business Execs

May 14 - June 25, 2024

Join our 6-week online Data Leaders Series where we'll delve into the intricacies of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for business leaders. We're bringing together industry experts to equip you with the knowledge to lead data-driven initiatives effectively. Save your spot below to elevate your expertise and empower your team to harness the full potential of AI in the dynamic landscape of data leadership.


About the Event


Learn first-hand from industry leaders on current AI applications and business frameworks for AI/ML technologies to find, control, protect and activate your data.


This is not your typical data school. We allow for open chat and group breakout sessions to facilitate discussion and networking amongst your peers.


Get inspired with best practices to build a world-class AI program. Get all the knowledge to scale out AI from technology to strategy to storytelling the business value.


Featured Speakers

Peggy Tsai

Chief Data Officer



Skip McCoy

Technical Program Lead - Enterprise Data Governance



Heather Federman

Chief Privacy Officer


Tyler Young



Christopher Glover

Field CTO


Stephen Gatchell

Data Advisory Director





Week 1 | AI and Leadership: Insights from the Top and Navigating Implementation

May 14 | 11:00am - 2:00pm ET

Let’s set the stage on AI fundamentals in action directly from public and private sector leaders in Data and AI. Get learnings directly from a Chief Data & AI Officer on leadership. Learn how to embark on your GenAI journey from private sector leaders as well as best practices.

  • Opening remarks: Brian Erickson, Chief Data & AI Officer, United States Coast Guard
  • Introduction to GenAI and Best Practices: Aamer Charania and Babar Bhatti from Dallas.AI 

Week 2 | Evolution of a Chief Data Officer and Data Governance Practices with AI

May 21 | 11:00 am - 2:00pm ET

Learn about the evolving role of a Chief Data Officer and the collaborative role of this c-suite executive in AI, Privacy and Security. Get deep insight into one data governance use case and how it was implemented at a leading Financial Institution company with further consideration to AI implementation.

  • New Roles and Responsibilities in Organization: John Bottega, President at EDM Council plus AI Cloud Framework
  • CDMC, AI and Data Working Group and Framework: Scott Beange, Head of Data Management at Projective Group
  • Data Minimization & Enabling AI: Justin Heller, CDO at Synchrony Financial

Week 3 | Data Security Protection with AI

June 4 | 11:00am - 2:00pm ET

Join us for a fireside chat on AI security practices at a multinational banking and financial services company. Learn more about AI Security practices and how technology solutions can enable organizations to proactively secure and protect data for AI.

  • AI Governance & DSPM: Nimrod Vax and Shay Azulay, BigID
  • Kyle Kurdziolek, Director, Cloud Security Engineer at BigID 
  • Robin Sutara, Field Transformation Officer at Databricks

Week 4 | Global Privacy Regulations & Upcoming Changes with AI Governance

June 11 | 11:00am - 2:00pm ET

Attend this session for an overview of upcoming privacy regulations in the US and globally to learn how this will affect your role in governing and protecting data. 

  • David Ray, Chief Privacy Officer, BigID
  • Odia Kagan, Partner, Chair of Data Privacy Compliance and International Privacy, Fox Rothschild
  • Aaron Weller, Leader of Global Privacy Engineering Center of Excellence, HP

Week 5 | Building Your AI Roadmap with GenAI Technologies

June 18 | 11:00am - 2:00pm ET

What does it take to make AI work in practice? Your company has decided to implement AI and derive benefits - now what?  How do you enable your enterprise to leverage GenAI?

This session will take a deep dive into what the technology is, how it fits into your business, and how to build out your pragmatic (short-term) and strategic (long term) AI roadmaps and discuss operating model and AI assembly to operationalize potential challenges.

  • Usama Fayyad, Executive Director Northeastern University Institute for Experiential AI will demystify the technology and share the 7 secrets of making AI work in practice
  • Alan Boucher, Enterprise Architect, IDEXX Information Technology will uncover how to enable your enterprise to leverage GenAI

Week 6 | How to Scale and Sustain AI in Industry

June 25 | 11:00am - 2:00pm ET

Attend this session to learn directly from industry applications of AI in healthcare and more.

  • Keynote: Rachini Moosavi, Chief Data Analytics Officer, UNC Health 
  • Keynote: Dr. Joe Perez, Senior Systems Analyst, Fractional CTO

Meet our Speakers


Brian Erickson

Chief Data & AI Officer

United States Coast Guard

John Bottega


EDM Council

Dr. Joe Perez

Senior Systems Analyst

Fractional CTO

Rachini Moosavi

Chief Data Analytics Officer
UNC Health

Aamer Charania

President and Founder


Babar Bhatti

Co-Founder and Executive VP


Scott Beange

Head of Data Management
Projective Group

Justin Heller

SVP, Chief Data Officer

Synchrony Financial

Nimrod Vax

Co-Founder and Head of Product

Shay Azulay

Sr. Director of Product Management

Kyle Kurdziolek

Director Cloud Security Engineer 

Robin Sutara

Field Transformation Officer

David Ray

Chief Privacy Officer


Odia Kagan

Partner, Chair of Data Privacy Compliance and International Privacy

Fox Rothschild

Aaron Weller

Leader of Global Privacy Engineering Center of Excellence


Usama Fayyad

Executive Director

Northeastern University Institute for Experiential AI

Alan Boucher

Senior Director IT


Peggy Tsai

Chief Data Officer


Stephen Gatchell

Data Advisory Director


Hear from last year's students

I was very impressed with BigID’s Professional Development Series last summer. [The Data Leader's Series] program is pragmatic and down to earth, and people interested in learning more about data leadership are going to bring back new ideas and skills they can put to work immediately.

My engagement with the BigID Data Leaders program proved to be instrumental in enhancing my leadership capabilities within the realm of data management. The program's comprehensive curriculum delved into critical aspects of data strategy, governance, privacy, security, and compliance, providing me with a strategic lens to align to our company's objectives.

I wholeheartedly recommend the BigID Data Leaders program to my peers in leadership roles within the technical and engineering domains. The program has proven to be an indispensable asset, contributing directly to my ability to lead with confidence in the ever-evolving landscape of data management.

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