Talk Data to Me

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


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Talk Data to Me

General Assembly

Thursday, 12 July 6 – 8 pm CDT

About This Event

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 Speakers

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Data Scientist,

Patrick Boueri has been programming for 8 years with all sorts of languages. Currently a Data Scientist at Uptake, an analytics and software company for big industry, Patrick wears many hats in his day to day, always involving code. Prior to his current gig, Patrick graduated from Northwestern with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and from Columbia with a Master’s in Engineering.

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Data Scientist,

Jennifer Hobbs is a Data Scientist at STATS working with player-tracking data for basketball. Previously she was a Risk Insights Analyst in Predictive Analytics at Zurich Insurance. Jennifer completed her PhD in Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University with a research focus in computational and statistical neuroscience. Her research explored the natural scene statistics of touch in order to understand how tactile features could be encoded by the brain.

Tony Boun Photo

Principal UX Architect ,
Echo Global Logistics

Tony is serving the role as Principal UX Architect with Echo Global Logistics here in Chicago. His focus is not only establishing a quality UX program, but to enhance and elevate Echo’s user experience practice through discovery-driven research, experimental design evolution and encompassing their user-community throughout the design process.

With over 10 years in the UX industry, Tony’s career experience has grown from startup company, consultancy, running his own UX firm to currently leading Echo’s innovation and product design.

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.

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Product Lead,
Tempus Labs

Hailey is the Product Lead for Data Platforms and Analytics at Tempus Labs, working to improve patient care by building a library of clinical and molecular data and making it useful. Along with a team of data scientists, engineers, designers, and subject matter experts, Hailey helps bring together disjoint and siloed datasets to deliver insights and catalyze research initiatives. She is motivated to improve patient outcomes and create easier access to the data and analytic tools required to enable such improvements. Prior to joining Tempus, Hailey worked as a research analyst at University of Michigan’s Translational Oncology Program where she helped with biomarker discovery in pancreatic cancer cell lines.