Connecting People, Data & Ideas

Hosted by the Center for Organizational Analytics and the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business

April 4, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
SAS Executive Briefing Center
| 820 SAS Campus Drive, Cary, N.C. 27513

Master Business Practices

  • Learn from presentations by analytics experts on topics such as the changing landscape of analytics, predictive analytics, and the future of analytics.
  • Secure a cross-industry view of high-impact real-world analytics applications and learn how to apply them effectively.
  • Leverage analytics best practices to optimize your business processes and make fact-based business decisions.
  • Gain valuable insights that will help decision makers in your company better understand the value of analytics as a competitive driver.

Advance Your Career

  • Improve your knowledge of the latest analytics trends.
  • Enjoy networking opportunities that provide future directions and contacts that can help you and your business.
  • Learn how to sell analytics to key decision makers and potential users.
  • Conduct a follow-up presentation for your company on best practices and innovative strategies that will open pathways to new possibilities.


Time Session
7:30-9:00 a.m. Check-in/Registration
7:30-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:35 a.m. Welcome Remarks
8:35-9:30 a.m. Plugging Analytics into the Business
Theresa Kushner, partner, Business Data Leadership
9:30-9:45 a.m. Networking Break
9:45-10:30 a.m. Analytics in a Business-to-Business Environment – Collaborating on the Solution and the Narrative
Neil Biehn, vice president of business analytics, Siemens Healthineers
10:30-10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45-11:30 a.m. The AI Talent Race
Vin Vashishta, chief data scientist, strategist, speaker & author
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:15 p.m. What’s so special about Healthcare?
Stephen Blackwelder, chief analytics officer, Duke Health
1:15-2:00 p.m. Driving Analytical Innovation and Cultural Change in Large Organizations
Christian Cosner, director, head of Advanced Analytics, Retail and Mortgage Bank, Citi
2:00-2:15 p.m. Networking Break
2:15-3:15 p.m. Panel: Emerging Trends and Building a Data Science Team
Theresa Kushner, Neil Biehn, Stephen Blackwelder, Vin Vashishta & Christian Cosner
3:15-3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Session descriptions and speaker bios


To register

$120 per person

Elon student:
$75 per person

Elon faculty/staff:
$75 per person (after Feb. 28)

A continental breakfast, break refreshments and lunch buffet are provided.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations should be sent to Cancellations received after 5 p.m. on March 21, 2019 will not be eligible for a refund.


Contact Haya Ajjan, associate professor of management information systems, at or (704) 996-8643.