Data & Analytics
Insight Day, DC

Convene, Arlington, VA
April 27th, 2023, Successfully Held

A conversational 1-day conference for Data Leaders focused on transformative data infrastructure and the analytic value that transformation creates.

Data & Analytics
Insight Day, DC

Convene, Washington, D.C.
April 27th, 2023,
Successfully Held

A conversational 1-day conference for Data Leaders focused on transformative data infrastructure and the analytic value that transformation creates.

What we discussed at

Data & Analytics Insight Day, DC

The avalanche of data generated by companies and their customers should be a competitive advantage, but most companies are struggling to manage it all. Data accessibility, quality, governance, and security are all critical for operationalizing machine learning applications, so the stakes are high. Emerging frameworks are helping us come to grips with these issues but the answers go beyond just technology.

In this conference, we focused on the new ways and reasons to invest in getting the most value from your data.


9:30 – 9:45 am


9:45 am – 10:15 am

Welcome Address & Sponsor Intro

10:20 am – 11:10 am

Panel Session 1

Moderated by


How Will Generative AI Rewrite the Rules of your Organization?

Generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Dall-e can create new data or content in a way that seems like magic when you first encounter it. This opens up a world of possibilities for businesses, and most of us are seriously underestimating the impact this is likely to have.

Already companies are defining use cases for data analysis and decision making, customer service, supply chain management and logistics, financial services and accounting, product development & design, software development, HR management and recruiting, marketing & advertising, manufacturing and healthcare, and many more.

In this session, we’ll discuss the implications of the massive adoption of generative AI in the enterprise. What forms will the inevitable disruption take? How are companies changing to better leverage this technology and what will happen to organizations who choose not to dive in?

Anupam Sharma
Director, Business Intelligence and Analytics at Dewberry
Vishal Gupta
Global CIO and CTO at Lexmark
Balaji Wooputur
Sr Director of Innovation, Data Science and Analytics at Freddie Mac
Mukul Kishore
Director, Global Forecasting and Analytics at CBRE
Mitch Speers
Chief Revenue Officer at BuyerForesight™

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Networking & Sponsor Meetings

12:30 pm – 1:10 pm


1:15 pm – 2:05 pm

Panel Session 2

Moderated by


The Coming Shift to Data as a Service

Increasingly companies are accessing data sources that have been collected and curated by third parties on a pay-as-you-go or subscription billing model. This reduces the need for companies to build their own expensive, proprietary data collection and storage systems for many types of applications.

Many DaaS companies offer analytics tools as-a-service as well. Data accessed through DaaS is typically used to augment a company’s proprietary data that it collects and processes itself in order to create richer and more valuable insights.

In this session, we’ll discuss how companies are deciding which data they can safely and profitably purchase from 3rd parties. What are the potential pitfalls, and how can those be avoided?

Ashish Agarwal
Vice President, Head of Data at LendingTree
Wendy Zhang
Data & Analytics Leader
Agasthya Kumar Kesavabhotla
Director of Solutions Architecture at Authority Brands
Ravi Veeramachaneni
Chief Engineer at Raytheon Technologies
Mitch Speers
Chief Revenue Officer at BuyerForesight™

2:10 pm – 3:00 pm

Panel Session 3

Moderated by


Should You be Recruiting Analytics Engineers Instead of Data Scientists?

The data scientist role is starting to lose its magic. Companies have failed to operationalize models, universities have produced coders who don’t understand the business context, and data scientists spend hours on the dull work of dealing with messy, disparate data.

There’s an urgent need for insights to drive action, leading to the rise of the analytics engineers who create data products that include both business insights and the rigor of backend engineering processes.

In this session, we’ll discuss how companies are making the decision whether to shift recruiting to analytics engineers who are more technical than an analytics translator, have deep knowledge of SQL and understand the business better than junior data scientists.

John Yee
Assistant Director for Advanced Data Analytics at U.S. Government Accountability Office
Sarah Whaind
Global Director of Data & Insights at Dentsu International
Oren Gruber
Director of Strategy at Amtrak
Former Deputy Chief Data Officer at Federal Communications Commission
Mitch Speers
Chief Revenue Officer at BuyerForesight™

3:05 pm – 4:20 pm

Networking & Sponsor Meetings

4:25 pm – 5:15 pm

Panel Session 4

Moderated by


Identifying Root Causes of Data Quality Problems

When incorrect data is discovered, companies react with data profiling and data cleansing and typically build a plan to avoid repeating the mistakes that led to it.

However, data quality issues are much more challenging to resolve when they span the enterprise. 3 common challenges create data quality issues and make it difficult to resolve them:

  • Not treating data as an enterprise asset.
  • Executive management indifference
  • No time to implement & monitor best practices

In this session, we’ll discuss how enterprises are overcoming these challenges in 2023.

Gabriel Davtyan

Gabriel Davtyan

Senior Enterprise Account Executive at
Yuwei Zhang
Director, Innovative Analytics/Data Strategy/Clinical Trial Innovation at Parexel
Charity Burroughs
VP, Data Governance & Quality Oversight Leader at Synchrony
John Davis
VP of Finance Data Science at Discover Financial Services
Stephen Keller
Acting Director Data Strategy at U.S. Department of the Treasury
Mitch Speers
Chief Revenue Officer at BuyerForesight™

5:20 pm – 7:00 pm

Cocktails & Networking
We would like to thank every participant and partner who made Insight Day DC successful. Having a problem-solving conversational approach has always resulted in relationships that are difficult to be built otherwise.

We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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Convene, Arlington, VA

1201 Wilson Blvd, 29th Floor,
North and East Gallery,
Arlington, VA


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General Conference

Launched in 2019, Common Sense Conferences attract executive thought leaders from around the globe for conversation with peers and industry experts to promote innovation and growth. All Common Sense events share a “Less Presentation, More Conversation” theme because the last thing anyone needs is more heavy-handed sales pitches masquerading as “thought leadership”.

Common Sense Conferences are produced by BuyerForesight, a 100-person marketing services company with offices in the US, India, Singapore, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Netherlands.

We produce executive thought leadership events worldwide.

We emphasize conversation over presentation. We carefully vet every prospective participant to ensure they will both contribute and get value from each event.

We have offices in Singapore, Kolkata, Bangalore, Sydney, Dubai, Amsterdam, and Duluth, Minnesota.

Attend to learn and network with industry experts and executive peers.

For half-day conferences, expect 30-35 participants and 5-6 sponsors.

For full-day conferences, expect 55-60 participants and 8-10 sponsors.

There are no current plans to invite media to upcoming conferences.

Sessions will be recorded.

Sessions will not be broadcast or made available for public viewing.


Our business model relies on our participants being decision makers on behalf of their company, with control of a budget, buying authority, need for solutions and a timeline for purchase of those solutions within 12 months.


Qualified participants pay nothing to attend.

Common Sense Conferences will arrange and pay for air travel, hotel, and meals during the event for all qualified participants. Meals outside of the conference are not included. For some events we may offer either a car service or paid parking at the venue, but in general we expect participants to cover those costs for themselves.

You’ll need to complete a qualification form.

You can register here

No. However, we request that you make a serious effort to find a colleague in your organization with similar qualifications to participate instead of you or take a meeting with at least 3 of our sponsors.

You should plan to arrive in time to join us for cocktails (multi-day conferences), or during the designated registration time prior to sessions beginning (1-day or half-day conferences).

No. Our only requirement is that you participate in the full program from the welcome cocktail reception to the final meal on the last day.

No. Our only requirement is that you participate in the full program from the welcome cocktail reception to the final meal on the last day.

Airfare and hotel fees are covered. We also provide food & beverages at designated times and locations at the hotel during the conference.

Please make your own arrangements to travel to and from the airport by taxi or rideshare.

Yes, you may stay at the venue for multi-day events.


The format includes several session types from a full-group keynote address to small conversational breakout sessions and 1:1 meetings. The majority of our activities are designed to foster small-group conversations among participants and our industry experts.

A panel discussion is 3-5 experts discussing a series of questions posed by a moderator. Participants may ask and respond as well.

Typically 50% or more of participants attend each session, depending on the conference agenda and the number of coinciding sessions.

As many as you like.

Yes, though some sessions may fill up; in this case, you’ll need to choose a different session.

Yes, we strongly encourage your topic suggestions.


If you are a decision maker with control of a budget, buying authority, need for solutions, and a timeline for purchase of those solutions within 12 months, you will qualify. You may also qualify if you are a primary purchase influencer.

You are expected to attend and participate in sessions, join us for meals and stay through the full program. You are not required to meet with any of our sponsors, though of course, we hope you’ll want to.

We believe our participants have a lot of valuable information to share, so we encourage all participants to actively ask and answer questions during our sessions. We also ask some participants to consider serving on a panel.

You aren’t required to be a “speaker” and lead a session; however, all participants should come prepared to share their expertise or ask good questions of their peers.

If you are serving on a panel or delivering an address, we’ll introduce you to others you’ll be presenting with and set up prep calls for you. We do not use PowerPoint presentations in our breakout sessions, so a simple outline of what you intend to discuss is enough. Otherwise, all you need to do is read through the agenda and decide which sessions you’d like to participate in.

Yes, we’d like a description of what you intend to cover, but bullet points are fine.


Other participants are executives in medium to large enterprises fitting the target demographics of the conference.


Sponsors are leading technology vendors that can address the pain points of participants.


Yes, we will share the information you provide to us with sponsors.

Yes, sponsors will reach out to you after the conference.



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