March 29, 2019
1505 Van Munching Hall
College Park, Md.

The 2019 Thought Leadership Conference will be held on Friday, March 29 at the Smith School of Business in Van Munching Hall. The conference will feature presentations by faculty, industry leaders, and student finalists from a data competition that will take place earlier the same week. The tentative conference agenda is below.


Bill Eggers, Deloitte

Cenk Tunasar, KPMG

Nathan Miller, Merkle

Liye Ma, Associate Professor of Marketing

Gordon Gao, Associate Professor of Decision, Operations, and Information Technology

Confirmed Agenda

Time Event
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:10–9:40 a.m.

AI and the Future of Work
Bill Eggers, Deloitte

9:40–10:10 a.m. Using M.B.A. to Fix Healthcare
Gordon Gao, DOIT
10:10–10:25 a.m. Break
10:25–10:55 a.m. The Role of Analytics and Technology in People-Based Marketing
Nathan Miller, Merkle
10:55–11:25 a.m. Image Network and Interest Group - Analyzing Social Curation on Pinterest Using Heterogeneous Network Embedding
Liye Ma, Smith School, Marketing
11:25–11:55 a.m.

Analytics for Decision Making: Growing Choice Space and How to Deal With It
Cenk Tunasar, KPMG

11:55 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15–2:45 p.m. Presentations from Datathon Finalists
2:45–3:00 p.m. Break
3:00–3:45 p.m.

Panel on Analytics and Innovation

Marcus Jones, Deloitte
Amandeep Kochar, Baker & Taylor
Mary Ann Wagner, Boeing
Joshua Zelenka, Dell Technologies Consulting
Moderator: Suresh Acharya

3:45–5:00 p.m. Datathon Awards Presentation and Networking Reception