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Nov 30, 2018 8:00-12:00 Beyond Hype: Data Science and Distributed Ledgers (Blockchain)

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Dear TDWI St. Louis BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
Dear TDWI St. Louis BI/DW and Analytics Professionals, 
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI St. Louis meeting on Nov 30, 2018. Come meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange career advice while listening to quality presentations in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.


Nov 30, 2018 8:00 - 12:00



The BJC Learning Center
8300 Eager Rd
Brentwood, MO 63144


Beyond Hype: Block Chain and Data Science

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8:00 – 8:20

Networking and Registration

8:20 – 8:35

Introductions and Chapter Business

8:35 – 10:00

Presentation: “How to Build an Enterprise Data Science Team”
Barrett Foat – Director of Data Science – Centenne Corp
In order to build a data science function at an existing company, you need to line up products, platforms, and people (3Ps). What are the characteristics of the best data science product opportunities to use as early wins? What are the best platforms for speed and scale of data science model development and deployment? What kinds of skills and culture should you hire for and develop to build your data science team? I will draw examples from three such scenarios, two data science teams that I built in Monsanto R&D and the one I am currently building.

10:00 – 10:15


10:15 – 11:45

Presentation: “An insurance industry look at Distributed Ledger Technology"
Ed Dueser – Technical Architect – RGA Reinsurance Company
As long as you haven't been under a rock the last ten years, you know that blockchain (distributed ledger technology) has captured the imagination and creativity of geeks across the globe.  This traditionally subversive discussion has escalated to a transformational conversation with many industries.  We will go through some misconceptions and specifics of distributed ledger technologies and how this technology is looking to transform the insurance industry.  As time permits we may even get into the converging vendor in insurance, Corda


Wrap up and Give-Aways

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Bios of Presenters

Barrett Foat – Director of Data Science - Centene Corporation
Barrett builds data analytics teams, molds their practices, and shapes their infrastructure. He is passionate about driving the cycle of data-driven insight and practical application.

Ed Dueser – Technical Architect – RGA Reinsurance Company
Ed is a Technical Architect with RGA Reinsurance Company. In this role, Ed is responsible for technical solutions that support RGA’s global business units, including Valuation, Financial Solutions, Underwriting, and Global Research, Development, and Analytics. He also served as the technical lead for B3i, the Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative, on RGAs’ behalf and guides other digital objectives for RGA.
Ed received his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He is also a published author for the Society of Actuaries’ Predictive Analytics and Futurism Section newsletter.

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