Alexis Belton is from the charming small town of Ruston, Louisiana. Belton grew up as an all-around athlete, thriving in a host of sports including gymnastics, basketball, and golf. Throughout her childhood Alexis thrived in Basketball, yet as a high school junior, she discontinued her basketball journey to focus on her most loved sport – golf.
Alexis played college golf at Texas Wesleyan University where she not only won the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship and claimed the National title in 2013, but also thrived in her studies and graduated with a degree in Mass Communications.
After college, Alexis continued her golf career momentum becoming the assistant women’s golf coach at TWU for one season. After developing her skills in teaching and coaching the game of golf, Alexis pursued her dream of playing golf at the highest level.
Charles Thomas is General Motors’ first chief data and analytics officer, reporting to Alan Batey. As leader of the chief data and analytics office, Charles instills a culture of data-driven decision making. The CDAO maximizes the impact data and insights have on business results, operational efficiency and effectiveness. Charles plays a crucial role in GM’s digital transformation to ensure customer, corporate and business data are managed as a strategic asset.
Charles has expertise leveraging data to drive strategy across B2B and B2C segments, digital and traditional routes to market, multiple regions, and industry verticals such as energy, high-tech, pharma, retail, and financial services. This is Charles’ third time as CDO for a major corporation. He’s previously led these efforts for Hewlett-Packard, USAA, and Wells Fargo.
Charles sits on the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Information advisory panel and is a consult for numerous programs across the country. He holds a PhD in Sociology – Organizational Behavior and Quantitative Methods – from Yale University. He is headquartered in Detroit and lives in Austin with his wife and two children.