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Decisions have to be made on tight deadlines, often with imperfect information. 

Truth Be Known tells stories about the messy work that goes into these decisions, and how modern leaders seek truth in an uncertain world. Each episode features a short story and an interview with a senior technology leader.

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Nasim discusses her top three priorities as a data leader, personalizing the user experience through data and AI, and how to be a strategic partner to the business so that you’re delivering more than just the baseline.
AI Med Global
Navid describes AI’s role in medical imaging to detect cancer with more certainty, and using AI in precision medicine to match patients to personalized cancer therapies. Navid also talks about responsible use of data and how doctors can save valuable time with new technologies.
Mayank describes the three-line defense model for bank risk. He also emphasizes the importance of trusting data, defining policies and procedures, and knowing your business objectives.
Daniel discusses how he used data visualization to better understand client relationships and improve conversion rates,’s approach to data experiments, and how they’re facilitating their cloud migration.
Anita talks about how she would rework the data structure at SmileDirect Club if she could start fresh, enabling data self-service among the SDC analysts, and how she helps strengthen her analytics team.
This is a special episode in which Rob passes the torch to our new host, Faisal Khan.
We’re bringing you Season 3 of Truth Be Known with our new host, Faisal Khan!
Scott talks about how to attract and retain world-class data scientists, the importance of following a model governance process, and responsible AI.
Robert talks about tiering data for smarter decisioning, developing intrinsic motivation in employees, and being a successful steward of data and insights.
The Adecco Group
Philip discusses managing data at a big enterprise, how to prevent business decisions based on bad data, and turning data into dollars.
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Kelly talks about using historical data to create catastrophe models, taking a strategic standpoint to invest in resiliency, and reducing vulnerability to changing hazards.
Omnicom Health Group
Tom talks about transparency in decision making, how to organize massive amounts of data in order to derive insights, and how to determine the ideal communication strategy for a target audience.
Women Leaders in Data and AI
Asha talks about how empowering women in tech means including male allies, investing in a simple user experience for improved adoption rates, and how to earn trust in data.
KJ discusses translating technical data for her stakeholders, building credibility in data among the C-suite, and being a trailblazer in the supply chain economy.
Catherine discusses growing a machine learning approach to unstructured data, using data to get to the “why” of customer behavior, and following your local happiness gradient.
In this short episode, Lauren is passing the torch to our new host, Rob Norman.
We’re welcoming a new host and hearing from more of the top leaders in data.
Diversity Limited
Ben talks about how he chooses startups to fund, the overall importance of simple human connection, and finding patterns in data that lead to success.
Deloitte & Touche
René talks about zero trust, trends in security breaches, sustainability in cyber, and encouraging women to enter the cyber industry.
NewVantage Partners
Randy talks about what it means to be truly data-driven, growth in the industry, and the ethics around collecting and using data.
Western Union
Tom talks about using data from the customer experience to inform next gen product development, tips to retain talent, and transforming a globally known, 170-year-old household name like Western Union to be more customer-centric.
MI6 Academy and Stiletto Spy School
Alana talks about tactical mindfulness, finding clarity on your objectives, and getting control in the most chaotic of situations.
Rachelle talks about the advent of space tourism, the pent up demand in leisure flight, and how passengers expect life in the air to be as connected as life on the ground.
This episode features an interview with Koti Reddy, Chief Technology Officer for Conga. Conga is the global leader in commercial operations transformation, helping businesses automate the process of creating quotes, contracts and documents. We talk with Koti about building complex pricing algorithms, smart contracts, and making data-based decisions.
P3 Health Partners
This episode features an interview with Unmesh Srivastava, Chief Technology Officer for P3 Health Partners. P3 Health Partners are a patient-centric, physician-led company dedicated to improving the way care is provided. We talk with Unmesh about how data can be used to predict medical issues, remote patient monitoring, value-based care, and his personal reason for going into medical tech.
eViRa Health
This episode features an interview with Evan Kirstel, a B2B thought leader, top technology influencer, and enterprise industry insider. Evan’s business, eViRa Health, acts as a social media partner to clients in the healthcare industry to grow massive global audiences and deepen user engagement. We talk with Evan about how he paired his expertise in social media with the healthcare industry, and helped revolutionize the future of healthcare tech.
Blue Angels
This episode features an interview with John Foley, former lead pilot of the Blue Angels, keynote speaker and bestselling author. After more than 20 years in the military, flying jets off aircraft carriers and performing in Fleet Week, John is an expert on high performance teams. In this episode, he discusses how to improve team performance by 300% by creating a culture of excellence. He explains how to do that by building a high level of trust, a commitment to improvement and the idea that a spot on the team has to be earned.
Hinduja Global Solutions
This episode features an interview with Lyssa Myska Allen, VP of Global, Head of Marketing & Digital at Hinduja Global Solutions. Lyssa has more than 15 years of experience in digital strategy. On this episode, she discusses how to act as a “nerd translator,” why you need to use data to validate your instincts, why there’s no such thing as too much communication, and much more.
Novant Health
On this episode Lauren is joined by Karl Hightower; Senior Vice President of Enterprise Information Management and Chief Data Officer for Novant Health. Lauren and Karl discuss Empathy and data have to work together in order for Karl to succeed at what he does. They also dive into the importance of getting to really know and understand your patient.
On this episode Lauren is joined by Michael Dortch; who now writes at Lauren and Michael discuss the importance of data and how it is all around. They also dive into how a data-oriented person is someone who is interested in how the facts line up, and figuring out how to make better decisions based on that information.
On this episode Lauren is joined by the General Manager and Worldwide Partner Co-Sell of Microsoft; Alyssa Fitzpatrick to discuss how culture shift makes an impact on decision making for shareholders and how to help people make sure that your culture shift will be successful.
Executive Producer Ben Wilson sits down with Lauren to discuss her predictions for 2021, including the evolving interface between digital and brick and mortar, how to connect when in-person meetings aren’t possible, the future of data and what some of her personal predictions will be in what we all hope will be a better year than 2020.
When much of the internet is hosted on your servers, the decisions you make really matter. On this episode, Greg Khairallah, Director of Analytics at Amazon Web Services, explains how he thinks about expanding access, maintaining privacy, and the future of the cloud.
Everyone is dealing with COVID-19 differently, but one thing most of us have in common is that we are using technology at home a lot more. In this episode, Wendy Pfeiffer, CIO of Nutanix, discusses how we are using technology to cope with the world we are living in and find a “new normal.”
Everyone’s lives are changing because of COVID-19 but for women that are pregnant, they have a higher risk of getting sick or having a problem with their pregnancy if they were to test positive for the virus and because of this, Ann Holder and her team at Odonata are working hard to make sure they remain safe.
Jason Vogel, the IT Manager at AutoZone, joins Lauren to talk about how he is a major influence on how AutoZone is using data to make business decisions.
Kraig Swensrud, the founder of, joins Lauren to discuss the importance of data advertising, keywords that help drive leads, building a company from the ground up and much more.
Truth From the Valley
Mark Settle, the 7 time CIO and author of the recent book Truth from the Valley, a Practical Primer on IT Management for the Next Decade, joins Lauren to discuss data mining, (and regular mining), how to recognize your constraints, the importance of performance management, and much more.
Scott Holden, CMO of Thoughtspot, joins Lauren to discuss data, AI, driving growth, and more.
Welcome to Truth Be Known!

Decisions have to be made on tight deadlines, often with imperfect information. 

Truth Be Known tells the stories about the messy work that goes into these decisions, and how modern leaders seek truth in an uncertain world. 

Each episode features a short story and an interview with a senior technology leader.  They explain the ideas, processes, and mountains of data that inform their decisions.

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Host: Lauren Vaccarello, Chief Marketing Officer, Talend

Lauren Vaccarello is an award-winning marketing executive with a track record of accelerating revenue growth for the fastest growing SaaS companies in Silicon Valley. With a strong background in demand generation, she excels at building scalable integrated campaigns that leverage cutting edge marketing techniques. Although performance is at the core of who she is as a marketer, she believes businesses need to tell compelling stories and build a brand if they want to own a category.

Lauren also co-authored the highly-regarded books “The Retargeting Playbook” and “Complete B2B Online Marketing.” She has held executive leadership roles at Box, at AdRoll and at Salesforce. She was a member of the Google Tech Advisory Council and is a popular speaker at industry events such as ad:tech, South by Southwest, ClickZ Live, eMetrics and the Online Marketing Summit. In 2014, Lauren was honored by the San Francisco Business Times and named to their list of “Influential Women in Business.” 

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