Southern California CDAO Executive Summit

June 7, 2018 | Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

June 7, 2018
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Southern California's top CDAOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CDAOs today:

Adopting D&A strategies and operating models that deliver business value in volatile environments

Generating measurable economic benefits to the business from data assets and advanced analytics

Becoming a master change agent and driving data literacy across the enterprise

Southern California CDAO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CDAOs, for CDAOs.


Amy Cooper

The Walt Disney Company
Director, Consumer Data Platforms & Architecture

Victor Harris

Harbor Freight Tools
VP, Data Analytics & Technology

Eric Iverson

Creative Artists Agency

Nona Janssen Walls

SVP, Enterprise Data & Analytics

Tomas Soderstrom

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
IT Chief Technology & Innovation Officer

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CDAO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Southern California CDAO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


June 6, 2018

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Keynote

Egoless Leadership

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Cy Wakeman

Author & Thought Leader

Reality-Based Leadership

Managing egos in the world of CDO Leadership can be a daunting proposition. Are you leading your team effectively? Recent research suggests that conventional leadership strategies actually fuel drama in the workplace, wasting time and money in the process. Clearly, leadership is in need of a rebuild. Cy Wakeman has a radically different approach to leadership. From accountability to engagement, Wakeman shares the science and research behind her modern approach to leadership and the tools and techniques that will enable leaders to cut the cost of drama, eradicate entitlement and drive big results.

7:00am - 8:25am  Registration & Breakfast

8:25am - 8:55am  Keynote

The Neuroscience of Being Memorable

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Carmen Simon

Cognitive Neuroscientist & Author

Impossible to Ignore: Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions

Success in any industry is a function of influencing others. This is no easy task because modern audiences and decision makers are bombarded with requests for their attention, many of which go ignored. In this session, discover strategies for transforming yourself and your message into something worth noticing. Carmen Simon delves into the field of neuroscience, revealing how the brain processes information. The key is understanding what makes people pay attention, remember you and ultimately act on what you say. Learn how to convert neuroscience insights into practical guidelines that will help you resonate with people and spark action.

8:55am - 9:25am  Networking Break

9:25am - 10:15am  Breakout Session

Out of Many, One – Successfully Leading Transformational Data Initiatives

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Brendan Aldrich

Chief Data Officer

California State University

Join Brendan Aldrich as he shows how the implementation of data-driven initiatives and the data-democracy approach are key in helping organizations achieve their business goals.

9:25am - 10:15am  Breakout Session

How Fox Enabled Self-Service Analytics at Scale

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Lluis Canet

VP of Data Science and Engineering

21st Century Fox

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Estevan McCalley

Enterprise Account Executive


For analytics at scale, there’s no question that you need to land all available data in a centralized hub. But how do you empower your users, both technical and non-technical, to be able to efficiently tap into that hub to make on-demand data-driven decisions? Fox, a multinational, mass media corporation with multiple business units such as 20th Century Fox, National Geographic, FX, and Fox Networks, asked the same question. In this session, learn how they came up with an effective solution with the help of Dataiku as a technology partner.

9:25am - 10:15am  Executive Boardroom

Establishing A Data-Driven Culture

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Robert Gage

AVP, CDO Entertainment Group Engagement


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Mark Greninger

Chief Data Officer

County of Los Angeles

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Ramesh Menon

VP, Data & Analytics


Discover how you can shift the mindset of your organization in order to help achieve your business objectives. Learn how companies are taking advantage of traditional and big data approaches to raise the visibility of the value of data to the bottom line. During this peer-discussion you will come away with answers to various questions including:

  • How do you get your executive teams to realize the power and value of data and the potential of “big data” for the organization?
  • How can you leverage technology and new approaches like big data and cloud based data analytics to help you effectively use data in your decision-making processes?
  • What is the best way to make data an integral part of communication in your company?

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 
Clay Gartner at +1-503-808-9833 or

10:15am - 10:45am  Networking Break

10:45am - 11:35am  Breakout Session

Analytics That Bring Executives On Board

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Johnson Kosgei

Principal Data Scientist


When it comes to communicating data to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, you need to bring them to common ground in order for them to be part of the data journey. Join Johnson Kosgei as he explains how to demystify data and advanced analytics. Discover the right path that will take your organization’s communities from just processing data to powerful insights.

10:45am - 11:35am  Breakout Session

Tools to Improve Your Digital Transformation Journey

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Rajesh Marar

Executive Director, Cloud Solutions

Ingram Micro

What do you have in your cloud toolkit? Join Rajesh Marar as he shares strategies to help you have a smooth digital transformation. No matter where you are in your cloud migration journey, you will come away with insights that will help your organization achieve its business goals.

10:45am - 11:35am  Executive Boardroom

Predict What’s Next With Analytics and AI

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Tom Mullen

Chief Data Officer

County of Riverside, California

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Bruce Yen

Sr. Director of Business Intelligence & Mobile

GUESS?, Inc.

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Erwin Haasnoot

Senior Director, Analytics Architect


Join your peers as they explore how to develop predictive and prescriptive analytics practices. You will come away with answers to various questions including:

  • How can you use a predictive analytics model to innovate how leaders deal with every part of the business?
  • How can artificial intelligence or machine learning help you effectively utilize data connected with maintenance needs, staffing, supply chain management, compliance concerns, etc.?
  • Can CDOs use this type of inspiration to promote data literacy at the same time?

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 
Clay Gartner at +1-503-808-9833 or

11:35am - 12:00pm  Networking Break

12:00pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

How Leadership Can Create a Data-Driven Culture

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Tyler Leshney


Ultra Mobile

Join Tyler Leshney as he shares how Ultra Mobile is leveraging and democratizing data across its organization. Learn how fostering a data-driven, decision-based culture helped this Mobile Virtual Network Operator compete and win in a league of giants.

1:10pm - 1:30pm  Networking Break

1:30pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

C-suite Collaboration – Driving Positive Change

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Bently Au


AEG Worldwide

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Richard Battersby

VP, BI & Analytics

AEG Worldwide

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Bill Martin


AEG Worldwide

No more silos. When it comes to dealing with change quickly and effectively, the C-suite is finding that there is strength in collaboration. Join Bently Au and Richard Battersby as they share their strategies on how they work together to drive innovation at AEG Worldwide. Discover how you can develop successful partnerships across the business that will help your company thrive.

1:30pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

Future Forward - Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies

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Ibrahim Debbagh

Head of Data & Analytics

Toyota Financial Services

As organizations begin to transform and adopt new business models, we find that digital transformation has moved from hype to reality. During this shift, companies are trying to figure out what is digital transformation, how it impacts their businesses and customers, what technologies they should consider, and where is the best place to start? In this session, Ibrahim Debbagh will pull back the curtain and show you how companies are leveraging digitalization to build new growth strategies. Discover how data and analytics leaders can play an important role in moving the business forward by utilizing analytics and emerging technologies.

1:30pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Implementing Cloud-Based Data and Analytics Capabilities

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William Albright

Chief Data Architect and Head of Enterprise Data Staging

Farmer's Insurance Group

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Hanoz Gandhi

Chief Analytics Officer & EVP, Strategy

Omnicom Group Inc.

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Mohit Bhatnagar

SVP Product Management


No matter where you are in your journey to the cloud, you won’t want to miss this peer-driven discussion that will help you implement new ideas and concepts that will help your organization be more efficient. Discover answers to various questions including:

  • How can data in the cloud be properly secured?
  • How you can you best leverage cloud capabilities to maximize your data assets and increase your business?
  • What is the best way to effectively communicate these revenue-generating ideas with your executive teams?

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 
Clay Gartner at +1-503-808-9833 or

2:20pm - 2:40pm  Networking Break

2:40pm - 3:30pm  Breakout Session

Challenges and Opportunities - Building the Role of CDO From the Ground Up

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Mohammed Mahbouba

Chief Data Officer

UCLA Health System

Many companies are struggling to put together the right organizational structure, technologies and processes to support the growing need for analytics. Chief Data Officers are asked to define and implement strategies to support these needs, however they often inherit unwieldy organizational structures and silos that make their task complicated, stressful and, most importantly, less effective. Where do you turn when there are few good examples to follow? Join Mohammed Mahbouba as he describes his five-year journey at UCLA to build state-of-the-art analytical capabilities from the ground up. Discover key success factors that will help you avoid some of the not-so-apparent mistakes when designing your program.

2:40pm - 3:30pm  Breakout Session

Building Data Platforms in the Cloud in Less Than Six Months

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André Vargas

IT Executive

Creative Artists Agency

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David Ikeda

Chief Data Engineer

Creative Artists Agency

Making the seemingly impossible, possible. That’s what Andre Vargas and David Ikeda were able to achieve when they decided to build a data platform in the cloud in record time for Creative Artists Agency. Don’t miss their personal journey on how they applied speed and efficiency to help the business innovate and achieve its goals.

2:40pm - 3:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Increasing Data Quality and Accessibility for Analytics

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Nona Janssen Walls

SVP, Enterprise Data & Analytics


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Alex Gorelik

Founder and CEO

Waterline Data

As Chief Data Officers strive to build data-driven cultures in their organizations, one of the biggest challenges they face is data quality. You can't make make the right decisions if the data is incorrect. Join your peers for this interactive discussion and uncover answers to various questions including:

  • What data collection strategies have been most useful?
  • What issues are you facing due to data challenges?
  • How can you effectively leverage technology and processes to help you improve and strengthen your organization's data quality?

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 
Clay Gartner at +1-503-808-9833 or

3:30pm - 4:00pm  Networking Break

4:00pm - 4:30pm  Keynote

From AI to IA, a Practical Guide to Artificial Intelligence

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Tomas Soderstrom

IT Chief Technology & Innovation Officer

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Deep Learning. Machine Learning. Artificial Intelligence. These trends can deliver immense dividends for those who take advantage of them. But how do you get started? Consider this session a practical guide for CDOs on cutting through the hype and benefiting your organization both in the near-term and long-term. You’ll hear practical tips and examples of how to incorporate Internet of Things, cloud and analytics to make sure you’re getting the most out of AI.

4:30pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

June 6, 2018

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Venue & Accommodation

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

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Clayton Gartner

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