The Future of Data & AI

AI Think Tank

November 7, 2024 - New York, NY

Past and Present Visionaries

Thomas R (Filler) Lazard
Thomas Rizzo

Chief Architect


Think Tank Speaker

Thomas Rizzo is a seasoned IT professional with over 20 years of experience across various sectors and is currently serving as the Chief Architect at Lazard. His diverse background spans finance technology, digital services, utilities, social media, legal, and education sectors. Prior to joining Lazard, Thomas made significant contributions to companies like Zebra, where he helped shape their digital services and SaaS offerings, and Con Edison, where he drove technological advancements in the utilities sector. In his current role at Lazard, Thomas leads the design and architecture of technology solutions that drive the company's digital transformation journey. His strategic vision and ability to foster an engaging work environment have earned him the reputation of an 'IT Rock Star'. He is committed to driving business growth through digital transformation, and he does so by fostering a creative and enjoyable workplace atmosphere as part of his leadership approach.

James R (FilleR) Boeing
James Rubert

Chief Cloud Architect


Think Tank Speaker

As chief cloud architect James is lead, coach and developer of the enterprise cloud architecture at Boeing. Charting the technology strategy which includes considering both technology and business trends & factors. Identify the IT functions which can be centralized across the company and work seamlessly. The identification of the enterprise architecture view of infrastructure design on performance of cloud design and consumption.

Tom S (Filler) ADP
Tom Scott

Chief Architect Cloud Infrastructure


Think Tank Speaker

Currently at ADP as Chief Architect of Cloud Infrastructure. Future-focused technologist with over 35 years of technology innovation and experience. 2nd US Patent granted for Domain Transcendent File Cryptography Network securing multi-cloud workloads. 1st US patent granted for application development in mobile device technology for ABC News delivery. From building innovative workflow solutions for broadcast television to architecting enterprise cloud adoption and solutions. As a contributing member of the CSA Cloud Security Alliance and OACA Business Transformation Workgroup authoring and co-authoring numerous white-papers and documents ranging from the published Cloud Maturity Model through Integration and Business Strategy for Cloud Adoption. With an unstoppable passion for technology solutions and a pragmatic technologist, consistently implementing technology that drives business, leveraging over 30 years of technology expertise. Specialties: Cloud architecture, adoption, migration and integration.

Sameer Patwardhan Forbes
Sameer Patwardhan



Think Tank Speaker

Sameer is the SVP , Technology at Forbes Media LLC and leads their DevOps, Security , Corp IT , Engineering and QA . He has extensive experience in all facets of IT right from starting out as a C++, Java developer to DevOps , Security and Cloud infrastructure. Sameer is also a member of ISC2 and has CISSP and CCSP certifications. He loves to work out , to go on long walks , a Linux hobbyist and avid gardener

Alice Fournier ISS A/S
Alice Fournier



Think Tank Speaker

Alice Fournier is an experienced technology leader with a strategic approach to leveraging technology for growth. With deep experience driving technology-led transformation, Alice is a strong collaborator who successfully manages across functions and regions to establish a secure and agile digital workplace, while actively contributing to business growth. Alice currently serves as ISS’ Chief Information Officer for the Americas. She brings to the role a multidisciplinary background at the intersection of IT, marketing, sales, and digital. Alice knows how to leverage technology to both optimize costs and drive revenue. She brings a bold, strategic, business-led approach to the IT function; she leads in a servant mindset; and is dedicated to empowering her team to grow, learn, and thrive. Alice has previously held several senior management roles including most recently Chief Digital Office and VP Digital Capabilities for WD-40 Company; Senior VP Digital Commerce for Geometry Global, VP ECommerce and Omnichannel for Kantar; ECommerce Manager for BIC LGS, all in the New York City Metropolitan area.

Upcoming events


All times Eastern Time

8:00 AM-8:30 AM


8:30 AM-9:00 AM

Morning Networking

9:00 AM-9:10 AM

Opening Remarks

9:10 AM-9:35 AM

Implementing AI: A Component of Modern Digital Strategy

Let's explore the significance of integrating AI into digital strategies, emphasizing its transformative impact on various industries. It delves into key considerations such as data-driven decision-making, personalized customer experiences, and operational efficiency. Additionally, the synopsis highlights the challenges associated with AI implementation, such as ethical concerns and the need for robust cybersecurity measures. Through the lens of real-world examples and industry insights, it underscores how a well-executed AI strategy can position organizations for success, driving growth, agility, and long-term sustainability.

9:40 AM-9:55 AM
Vision Voices

Leading with Data: Insights, Impact, and Governance

Harnessing insights, ensuring meaningful impact, and establishing robust governance structures, enabling leaders to make informed decisions, drive innovation, and foster a data-driven organizational culture effectively. Let's dive into the practical insights into maximizing data's potential, ensuring its relevance, and upholding ethical standards in today's data-driven business landscape.

10:00 AM-10:35 AM
Fireside Chat

Next-Level Innovations: Unveiling GenAI - The Hype, The Reality, and The Future

We will explore the evolution of Generative AI, from its inception to its transformative impact across various industries. Experts will discuss the disparity between the media-driven hype and the technology's real-world capabilities, sharing case studies and addressing current challenges. The conversation will also cover the economic and ethical implications of Gen AI, providing insights into its future advancements and regulatory landscape. Attendees will gain a nuanced understanding of Gen AI's potential and the strategic considerations necessary for its successful integration into diverse sectors.

10:35 AM-10:55 AM

Coffee Break

10:55 AM-11:20 AM

Emerging Technologies: Beyond AI

Dive into the cutting-edge advancements reshaping the tech landscape. This session explores a spectrum of disruptive technologies such as quantum computing, blockchain, and augmented reality, unveiling their transformative potential. This session will share insights into how these innovations are revolutionizing industries, opening new horizons for businesses, and paving the way for the future of technology.

11:25 AM-11:40 AM

Harnessing AI for Enhanced Customer Experience

Let's explore the transformative impact of artificial intelligence on customer interactions. This session delves into innovative AI applications, showcasing how businesses optimize customer service, personalization, and satisfaction through intelligent automation and data-driven insights

11:45 AM-12:30 PM

CIO Mastery: The Nexus of Seamless Business-Technology Harmony

In 2024, CIOs take center stage in fostering harmony between business and technology, balancing discipline and ownership. This session emphasizes their pivotal role, introducing 'Gen AI' as a crucial topic. Gen AI explores securing AI-driven technologies responsibly and ethically. Recognizing technology as a key enabler, CIOs navigate the evolving landscape, ensuring the integrity of data, driving innovation, and challenging traditional business models. Join us to explore the multifaceted responsibilities of CIOs, shaping a secure, agile, and ethically-driven future for organizations in the dynamic landscape of 2024.

Navigating the evolving landscape between business and technology demands a strategic blend of discipline and equilibrium. Recognizing that, for many organizations, technology is the business itself, this session underscores the imperative of understanding technology as a critical enabler across all facets of the organization. From the front lines to the back office, technology serves as a potent tool for creating value by processing data, driving innovation, and challenging traditional business models.

12:30 PM-1:30 PM

Lunch & Networking

1:30 PM-1:45 PM

The Role of CDOs in Navigating Digital Transformation

A look into the pivotal responsibilities of Chief Digital Officers in steering organizations through the complexities of the digital age. This session explores their strategic initiatives, encompassing data-driven decision-making, innovative technologies adoption, and customer-centric approaches. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the CDO's role as a catalyst for transformative change, driving businesses towards digital maturity and sustainable growth

1:50 PM-2:05 PM
Vision Voices

Leading Digital Transformation with Integrity and Vision

Navigating the digital landscape with integrity and vision is a dynamic and forward-thinking approach that combines two essential elements for success. Integrity is the cornerstone, ensuring that the transformation process is conducted with honesty, ethics, and a deep commitment to the well-being of all stakeholders. Vision, on the other hand, acts as the guiding light, inspiring innovation, and shaping the future landscape. When these two principles converge, leaders can drive meaningful change and foster a culture of trust and innovation that propels their organization into a brighter, tech-enabled tomorrow.

2:10 PM-2:55 PM

The Future of Digital Strategy in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape

The future of digital strategy in a rapidly evolving landscape is poised to be both dynamic and transformative. As technology continues to advance at an unprecedented pace, organizations must adapt their digital strategies to stay competitive and relevant. Data-driven decision-making, AI and machine learning integration, and a seamless user experience will be at the forefront. With the growing importance of sustainability and ethical considerations, digital strategies will also need to incorporate responsible practices. Furthermore, the rise of new platforms and communication channels, such as virtual reality and augmented reality, will require businesses to be agile and innovative in their approach. Success in this evolving landscape will depend on a proactive and flexible approach to digital strategy, ensuring that organizations can not only keep up with change but also lead in shaping the digital future.

2:55 PM-3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM-3:30 PM

Monetizing Digital Platforms

Strategies for turning digital presence into profitable ventures. This session explores diverse revenue models, customer engagement techniques, and data-driven approaches, empowering businesses to effectively monetize their online platforms. Let's cover the impact and insights into innovative methods, ensuring sustainable profitability and growth in the competitive digital marketplace

3:35 PM-3:50 PM
Vision Voices

The Role of AI in Enhancing Digital Operations

Exploring the transformative influence of artificial intelligence on modern business processes. This session delves into how AI-driven technologies optimize digital operations, streamline workflows, and enhance efficiency. This Vision Voice will share insights into real-world applications, best practices, and the strategic integration of AI, empowering organizations to unlock new levels of productivity and innovation in the digital landscape.

3:55 PM-4:30 PM
Fireside Chat

Strategic Shifts: Reimagining Engineering Talent Deployment and Management in the Age of AI (GenAI)

Unlock insights into the evolving landscape of talent deployment and retention as board expectations drive CIOs and CISOs to rethink traditional IT talent models. Explore the impact of GenAI on coding processes and the software engineering lifecycle, and discover strategies for optimizing talent allocation and headcounts. Gain actionable insights into defining new roles, cultivating essential skills, and charting GenAI-centric career paths to align with organizational goals and stay ahead in a rapidly changing technological landscape.

4:30 PM-4:40 PM

Closing Remarks & Raffle Giveaway

4:40 PM-5:30 PM

Cocktail Reception