Talk Data to Me

Date(s) - 07/12/18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Hosted by
General Assembly

Talk Data to Me

General Assembly

Thursday, 12 July 6 – 8 pm CDT

Overview: At this monthly event series, we host thought-leaders from the Chicago data community to discuss the possibilities that data brings to life. They’ll cover how today’s wealth of data drives business and product decisions across a range of industries, and share their visions for the future.

What You’ll Take Away: Learn how you can leverage data in your role — no matter the industry. Our expert speakers will cover real-world scenarios in which data has driven business success, discuss how data can be a powerful weapon for problem-solving, and share their insights on exciting career opportunities in data.

Why It Matters: According to a Forbes article, “2017 will be the year big data goes mainstream … whether gathering data on the front end or making big decisions in the C-Suite, every single person in your organization must buy into the value [data] analytics brings”. Data is everywhere, and it affects not only how we run our businesses, but how we live as individuals. Understanding the ways you can leverage data in your personal and professional life can help you find key insights, make smarter decisions, and elevate your career.


Check-in & Networking: 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Event Intro & Kickoff: 6:05 – 6:10 pm
Panel Discussion: 6:10 – 7:40 pm
Q&A and Networking: 7:40 – 8:00 pm

About the Speaker

Marcus Harris Photo

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Marcus has established one of the country’s leading practices devoted to drafting and
negotiating Enterprise Software related license, implementation and SaaS agreements, as well
as litigating failed software implementations in courts and before arbitration panels across the
He is one of the foremost attorneys in the country representing government entities,
distributors and manufacturers in recovering damages arising out of failed Enterprise
Resource Planning (ERP) software implementations. As a former in-house attorney at some of
the largest software companies in the world, Marcus understands software vendor tactics
and is able to leverage his ERP industry knowledge to advocate on behalf of his clients. He
frequently speaks on emerging technology related issues and is interviewed regularly by the
Beyond his work helping clients recover from failed software implementations, Marcus has
extensive experience dealing with cybersecurity issues. He advises clients on complying with
the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDRP) being implemented and enforced by the
European Union. Failure to be in compliance can result in hefty fines for U.S. software
developers that sell to European customers.
Marcus has significant legal and related business experience in the technology industry. Prior
to entering private practice, he was senior corporate counsel in charge of intellectual property
in the Legal/Contracts Department of SAP America and at SSA Global Technologies (now
Infor), where he developed and managed an extensive international trademark and patent
portfolio, managed intellectual property litigation, conducted intellectual property due diligence
and reviewed advertising material to verify compliance with legal requirements. During law
school, Marcus completed an advanced externship at the United States Copyright Office in
Washington, D.C.