Sheila Talton, Gray Matter Analytics CEO and President, Named 2016 Director to Watch

Special congratulations are in order for Gray Matter's President and CEO, Sheila Talton. This week, Directors and Boards magazine named Sheila to its annual Directors to Watch list.

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With permission, Ms. Talton's excerpt is made available below.

Sheila Talton is an innovative global leader and Big Data strategist experienced in governance in corporate, civic and not-for-profit arenas. She serves on the boards of Deere & Co., Wintrust Financial Corp., OGE Energy Corp., Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, The Chicago Network, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Chicago Urban League. She served for 10 years on the board of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and for five years on the board of Acco Brand Corp. She was a founding member and chairperson of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum and continues to serve on its advisory board.

Boards need more technology expertise.
— Sheila Talton

Talton began her career by identifying technology as the key area of future business growth, working at several information technology companies before forming Unisource Network Services in 1987. She is CEO and president of Gray Matter Analytics, a consultancy she formed in 2013 to offer data analytics and predictive modeling services and solutions to organizations in the financial services and healthcare industries.

Technology Executives on Boards: “There is not an industry that technology has not disrupted. A company’s technology infrastructure is critical to its operations and it is important for companies to think about what types of ‘technology disrupters’ are out there that could possibly transform their business. Boards are not putting technology executives on their boards as quickly as they should. Most boards relegate technology oversight to the audit committee, but rarely are there people on the audit committees that have a technology background. Ask yourself: Who on the board understands how an app on a mobile device like Uber can affect the sale of automobiles?”


Read on: Sheila discusses how healthcare metrics are more than just numbers. Diversity in leadership is directly linked to improvements in serving patient populations.