EXECUTIVE CONNECTION

November 10, 2020

11:00 a.m. ET  |  8:00 a.m. PT  |  5:00 p.m. CET

EXECUTIVE CONNECTION

November 10, 2020

11:00 a.m. ET | 8:00 a.m. PT | 5:00 p.m. CET

Reimagine the future: Part three of our executive leadership series.

As businesses look into the future, it’s a time to reimagine what that future may hold. Your first thought might be: “How do I future-proof my organization?” Data and analytics play a vital role in preparing businesses for future threats. It’s about resilience and how you lead your organization beyond the crisis.

The pandemic has disrupted daily life globally. That's why we're offering a virtual series aimed at helping business leaders on the road ahead.

Featured Presenters

Fireside Chat

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

Jennifer Chase

Jennifer Chase
Senior Vice President of Marketing, SAS

Leadership in Turbulent Times

As the United States and the world grapple with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s “historian-in-chief” Doris Kearns Goodwin reflects upon our shared past to put into context this defining moment in our nation’s history: A crisis so daunting, so deadly and economically damaging that it has completely upended our everyday lives. Not since the Great Depression and World War II have we experienced such collective hardships. Drawing from her most recent book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin transports us back to that era to provide perspective and analysis as she helps us understand how President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s leadership created a triple alliance among government, business and the American people that helped us endure sacrifices, achieve astonishing productivity and initiate systemic changes that ultimately showed our resilience and helped us persevere and triumph. History provides lessons. History provides solace. History provides hope.

Industry Presenters

Andrea Beccari

Andrea Beccari
Dompé Farmaceutici

Gustavo Canuto

Gustavo Canuto
Dataprev

Candy Conway

Candy Conway
Formerly of AT&T

Nicole Raimundo Coughlin

Nicole Raimundo Coughlin
Town of Cary

Lee Ann Dietz

Lee Ann Dietz
SAS

Brian Germano
SAS

Alex Kwiatkowski
SAS

Mark Lambrecht
SAS

Dean Lancaster
Rogers Bank

Mike Nordin

Mike Nordin
SAS

Wilson Raj
SAS

Hemant Ramaswami
Hanesbrands Inc.

Rick Reynolds

Rick Reynolds
Kaiser Permanente

Ricardo Saponara

Ricardo Saponara
SAS

Chad Schumacher
SAS

Jason Simon
University of North Texas

Elizabeth Stack
Pinnacle Solutions

Anja Stolz
R+V Insurance

Ruth Tal-Singer

Ruth Tal-Singer
COPD Foundation

Michelle Wells
SAS

Industry Presentations

All sessions will be available immediately following the Fireside Chat with Doris Kearns Goodwin.

COPD Foundation - Improving People’s Lives in a Digital World: How the COPD Foundation Does It

Health Care

Small & Medium Businesses

With over 50,000 members representing more than 150 countries, the US-based nonprofit COPD Foundation helps high-risk patients with chronic lung conditions. Early during the COVID-19 pandemic, the COPD Foundation used text analytics to uncover insights from member surveys and prioritize the needs of the population it serves. This session will cover how the foundation, with help from SAS partner Pinnacle Solutions:

  • Adopted analytics and innovated at speed to virtually help patients who were at much higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Applied analytics to data-driven decisions.
  • Implemented analytics in a public cloud environment to improve patients' lives, including those who cannot access or do not use technology such as the internet.
  • Is building its future plans, and how AI and ML fit in the picture.

Presenters:

Ruth Tal-Singer
, President and Chief Scientific Officer, COPD Foundation
Elizabeth Stack, Director of US Customer Experience, Pinnacle Solutions
Michelle Wells, Senior Marketing Manager, SAS (moderator)

Dataprev - Analytics Leads the Fight Against Social Benefits Fraud

Government

Governments worldwide are challenged on a daily basis when it comes to finding and eliminating fraud in social benefits programs. Hear how Dataprev (a Brazilian federal government company responsible for data management and IT) uses analytics to identify and prevent fraud in COVID-19 emergency aid benefits. Also learn how Dataprev helps the Brazilian government reduce its overall spending by avoiding irregular requests that may be indicative of fraud.

Presenters:

Gustavo Canuto
, President, Dataprev
Ricardo Saponara, Head of Fraud and Security Intelligence Solutions for Latin America, SAS

Dompé Farmaceutici - Reimagine Health Care: Predictive Medicine

Life Sciences

It’s an increasing challenge to develop medications that address the most compelling, unmet present (cancer, metabolic, autoimmune and infective) diseases and future (aging) medical needs. It requires a paramount paradigm shift starting with a bold reimagining of the R&D process that results in a new role for health care in our data-driven society.

The current dogma to “divide and conquer” one disease with one drug collides with the intrinsic systemic and deeply interconnected nature of physiological and pathological processes.

The challenge of a new medicine leans on our ability to transform health care data into structured information that can feed enhanced models. Population-level profiling will unlock the development of truly predictive disease models based on quantitative system pharmacology algorithms.

Are new incomers from the information economy able to foster the evolution from actual research and development (trial-and-error method) to a method of model and cure (design on purpose)?

Presenters:

Andrea Beccari
, Head of R&D Platforms and Services, Dompé Farmaceutici
Mark Lambrecht, Director of Global Health and Life Sciences Practice, SAS

Hanesbrands Inc. - Reimagining Hanesbrands Inc. in the Wake of COVID-19

Retail & Consumer Packaged Goods

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, with dramatic changes in supply and demand profiles. Take a look at how one wholesale/retail organization, Hanesbrands Inc., is building resilience in its supply chain to adapt and re-tool rapidly to meet the needs of customers and consumers.

Presenters:

Hemant Ramaswami
, Director of Global Planning and Supply Chain Analytics, Hanesbrands Inc.
Chad Schumacher, Customer Adviser for Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail, SAS

Kaiser Permanente - Improve the Patient Experience: Machine Learning, Text Analytics and Robotic Process Automation in a Health Care Payer Environment

Health Care

Health plan members want insurers to respond quickly and accurately to their concerns. However, responding to customers expeditiously is often a challenge because of the manual processes associated with this important, complex task. Kaiser Permanente found an innovative way to apply natural language processing (NLP), machine learning (ML) and robotic process automation (RPA) to streamline administrative processing steps and improve the patient experience.

Presenter:

Rick Reynolds
, Director of Analytics for Applied Intelligence Solutions Team, Kaiser Permanente

R+V Insurance - Orchestrate and Reimagine the Future of the Financial Industry With a Customer-Oriented Strategy

Insurance

For the financial industry, customer-centricity and experience are decisive factors when developing growth opportunities. Hear innovative ways to address customers and show how channel optimization and orchestration can provide marketers with comprehensive, real-time insights. As a result, marketers can make well-founded, next-best-offer decisions to improve customer orientation and satisfaction.

Presenters:

Anja Stolz
, CMO and Head of Marketing, R+V Insurance
Wilson Raj, Global Head of CI Product Marketing, SAS

Reimagining Your Personal Energy: 4 Strategies That Work

Bonus Session

Nothing left in the tank? Recharge your personal energy.

It’s more important than ever to take time to focus on things that allow you to work remotely more effectively. So, how do you stay focused, energized and centered while increasing your productivity? The key is to manage your personal energy.

This 45-minute session will reveal how to:

  • Set up your workspace for success.
  • Reinvigorate yourself by building a routine.
  • Have a growth mindset and refresh your perspective.
  • Exercise your emotional muscles to enhance your well-being.

By practicing these techniques, you’ll be better equipped to take care of yourself personally and professionally.

Presenter:

Brian Germano
, Senior Learning and Development Specialist, SAS

Rogers Bank - Industrialized Insights: Moving From Craft to Mass Production in a Telco-Owned Bank

Banking

Hear how Rogers Bank used a mix of open source technologies to rapidly prove the value of artificial intelligence and machine learning to a “data naïve” stakeholder group. Rogers Bank developed a business case for adopting a robust, industrialized approach to AI/ML using SAS® Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning. We will review the challenges and benefits of working with open source toolsets, and compare and contrast these to working with SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning. We’ll also discuss the particular challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and how an industrialized approach to AI/ML has enabled greater business agility within a rapidly changing marketplace.

Presenters:

Dean Lancaster
, Director of Data Insights, Rogers Bank
Alex Kwiatkowski, Principal Industry Consultant, Global Banking Practice, SAS

The Power of 5G: How It Will Change the World and the Way We Work

Communications

5G will be the sinew that binds people, companies, things and technology together to optimize performance, enhance customer experience and improve lives across industries. Hear how analytics provides nimble, leading-edge capabilities to propel industries to the forefront of the 5G disruption and accelerate realization of this new world order.

Presenters:

Candy Conway
, Former Vice President of Integration Services, Global Operations and Services, AT&T
Mike Nordin, Director of Telecommunications, Media and Technology Sales, SAS

University of North Texas - A Storm Is Brewing: Why Higher Education Needs Analytics

Education

A storm is brewing in higher education. On one front, there’s fierce competition between institutions. On the other, there’s a decline in the number of high school graduates. To weather this storm, higher education institutions must turn to analytics to better manage their data and make sound decisions. Hear how UNT uses analytics to fundamentally alter its data culture/trajectory to generate overall enrollment increases of 7%.

Presenter:

Jason Simon
, Associate Vice President of Data, Analytics and Institutional Research, University of North Texas

Business leaders: Overcoming a crisis like the pandemic requires evaluation and thoughtful decision making. That’s why we’re offering sessions and information designed to help you focus on the issues, and ultimately, to help guide your decision making.

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