Meet the 2017 Speakers



Jeff mcmillan

Jeff McMillan is Managing Director, Chief Analytics & Data Officer for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, where he is responsible for all aspects of Wealth Management’s strategy to leverage analytics, data and artificial intelligence to drive growth and efficiencies across the firm. Jeff is a leader in Wealth Managements efforts to transform its operating model to deliver even higher quality advice and scalable solutions, leveraging the most advanced analytical and artificially intelligent capabilities available. Prior to his current responsibilities, Jeff has held a variety of leadership roles at Morgan Stanley, including leading the integration of the firm’s advisor and client platforms as part of the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney merger, overseeing the firms digital strategy and development of all product and advisory platforms, as well as owning the build out of Wealth Managements Research capabilities. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Jeff had a variety of roles within financials services, with a deep focus on business transformation, digital enablement and analytics.


Maryam saleh, phd

Maryam is passionate about moving research into the market, where it can have impact and improve lives. Her path started off at Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc. where she teamed up with neuroscientists at Brown University to spin out a brain implant designed to help restore movement in paralyzed individuals. She’s also performed research herself, while pursuing her PhD in computational neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Most recently, she founded the Center for Device Development at Northwestern University, a fellowship program in medical device innovation, where doctors and engineers test drive their own medical device business idea. Through her work, she’s come to realize the importance of building bridges between stakeholders in order to move an opportunity forward. Her goal as MATTER’s vice president of programs is to actively engage with MATTER’s members to build an experience that is customized to address their individual needs


mike stringer

Mike Stringer is co-founder and partner of Datascope, a Chicago data science consulting company. He loves to explore how to use data as a resource to design better businesses and products, and has led and contributed to a wide range of data science projects for clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to local non-profits. Stringer received a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado and a PhD in Physics from Northwestern University.


eric mcnulty

Eric J. McNulty holds an appointment as Director of Research and Professional Programs and Program Faculty at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), a joint program of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as an Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health. His work centers on leadership in high-stakes, high-stress situations. He is the co-author of the second edition of Renegotiating Health Care: Resolving Conflict to Build Collaboration (Jossey-Bass, 2011). He is also co-author of a chapter on meta-leadership in the McGraw-Hill Homeland Security Handbook (2012) and the e-books Your Critical First 10 Days as a Leader (O’Reilly/Safari, 2015) and Three Critical Shifts for the Evolving Leader (O’Reilly, 2016). McNulty co-founded Harvard Business Publishing’s conference business and served as its director for six years. He produced thought leadership events around the world working with some of the most celebrated executives and management experts. He also developed custom programs in collaboration with leading companies such as Accenture, Coca-Cola, SAS, UPS, Visa, and others.


doug gray

Doug Gray currently serves as Director of Enterprise Data & Analytics within Southwest Airlines’ Technology Department. In this role, Doug is responsible for leading all teams involved in Data Platform Engineering, Data Governance & Self-Service Solution Platforms, Operational & Analytical Data Tier Solutions, Business Intelligence & Reporting Solutions, Optimization & Data Science Solutions, and Data Solutions for major commercial and operations programs. Doug implemented an Aircraft Recovery Irregular Operations Optimizer, which assists Southwest’s dispatchers in reorganizing the flight schedule and passenger flow in response to service disruptions. Doug also implemented SkyMAX and SkySYM, a schedule optimizer and partner program that maximize profit and on time performance. Doug later rolled out the Gate Optimizer and the Enhanced Passenger Demand Forecaster, tools that analyze constraints to assign planes to specific gates and forecast passenger loads across the system on any given day, respectively.



tom davenport

IIA Co-Founder and Analytics Thought Leader, Tom Davenport helps guide IIA’s research efforts. He is the President’s Distinguished Professor of IT and Management at Babson College, and a research fellow at the MIT Center for Digital Business. Tom’s “Competing on Analytics” idea was named by Harvard Business Review as one of the twelve most important management ideas of the past decade and the related article was named one of the ten ‘must read’ articles in HBR’s 75 year history. His most recent book, co-authored with Julia Kirby, is Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines.