Southern California CDAO Virtual Executive Summit

June 2, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PDT

June 2, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PDT

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Southern California CDAO Virtual Executive Summit.

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

Structuring Data Governance to Improve the Digital Enterprise

Fostering a Culture of Data Literacy and Analytics-Based Decision Making

Data Sharing — Driving Business Value Through Access & Collaboration


Mike Burkes

Ultra Mobile
VP, Enterprise Information Management (CDO)

Neil Jadhav

Cubic Corporation
Global Vice President, Business and Data Analytics

What to Expect

Connect with your CDAO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CDAO practitioners and thought leaders on how they’re approaching and solving critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


June 2, 2021

8:00am - 8:45am  PDT Keynote

Using Automation to Develop Sustainable Data Pipelines

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Kiran Kanetkar

Sr. Director of Data and Analytics


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Shawn Roberts

Vice President, Solution Strategy

erwin by Quest

If your organization is like most, more time goes into finding and preparing enterprise data than deriving actionable intelligence from it. As data landscapes become more extensive and complex, so does the CDO challenge of flipping this paradigm. In this session, we’ll discuss how Petco implemented enterprise data governance to drive competitive differentiation, transformation and intelligence efforts to manage its volcanic growth. 

You’ll learn about: 

  • Overcoming top IT challenges in developing, managing and documenting data pipelines 
  • Opportunities to close the data intelligence gap between technical and business stakeholders 
  • Automating data governance processes for greater visibility and more insightful, meaningful analysis 
  • Establishing a foundation to reduce risks while delivering major digital transformation initiatives more quickly 

8:45am - 9:00am  PDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am  PDT Executive Boardroom

Architectural Shifts for Modern Data Analytics

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Justin Borgman


Starburst Data

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Grant Parsamyan

Senior Vice President, Data & Analytics


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Amit Sethi

Vice President of Data


As organizations accelerate their digital transformation initiatives, they are simultaneously on a quest to improve data-driven decision-making, while also reducing cost and complexity in their data architecture. Learn how companies are modernizing their data infrastructure using a decoupled architecture of low cost storage along with different processing engines for query execution. This approach provides flexibility, reduces costs, and gives business teams faster and more accurate access to more data.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Controlling costs by separating where you store data from how you analyze it
  • Embracing open data formats to set yourself up for future flexibility
  • Creating a layer of abstraction for consuming data that can work with whatever systems store your data

9:00am - 10:00am  PDT Executive Boardroom

Leading the Way to a Data Literate Enterprise

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Kim Overall

EVP Consumer Insight & Innovation

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Prachi Priya

SVP, Head of Data & Analytics, California

Wunderman Thompson

Lack of data literacy is one of the largest inhibitors to organizations becoming more data-driven according to Gartner, and one of the largest challenges to becoming data literate is cultural change. CDOs must work daily as change agents in the organization; their strategy to leadership must stand-firm against resistance, challenge old processes, and embrace stewards.

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Understanding archetypes for change acceptance within your organization
  • Using storytelling to influence stakeholders to embrace data-decision making
  • Best practices for empowering data stewards to build change

10:00am - 10:45am  PDT Keynote

Is Your Data Ready for the Next Wave of Digital Transformation?

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Mike Burkes

VP, Enterprise Information Management (CDO)

Ultra Mobile

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Graeme Thompson

SVP and Chief Information Officer


You’ve pursued cloud modernization for your infrastructure, applications, and analytics to capitalize on growth opportunities as pent up demand gets unleashed. Today’s data leaders are challenged to re-envision business models, optimize operations with finite budgets, and convert innovations into scalable capabilities. Now more than ever, companies are facing increased competition and seeking innovative ways to remain at the top of their industries. In a cloud-first world the only thing you own to drive competitive differentiation is your data. How you manage and use it determines whether you become an industry disruptor, or get left behind.

Join this session to:

  • Brainstorm business strategies for diverse data management and governance demands in tight financial environments
  • Debate organizational approaches to flexible and agile data operations to keep pace with evolving business needs
  • Discuss methods for operationalizing cost reduction processes at scale for maximum ROI

10:45am - 11:00am  PDT Break

11:00am - 12:00pm  PDT Executive Boardroom

Data and Analytics Governance – From Compliance and Control to Data Sharing and Value

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Susan Wilson

VP Data Governance Segment Leader


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Tom Mullen

Chief Data Officer

Riverside County, CA

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Angie Schulke

VP, Applications, Data & BI

Life Time

As companies accelerate digital transformation, governance of data and analytics needs to shift from being compliance centric to business value centric. CDOs are the key persona to help organizations evaluate the balance between risk mitigation and data democratization.

Join in this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • Adapting the operating and governance models to balance data sharing and value with compliance and control
  • How to leverage new curation techniques to increase understanding and trust
  • How to leverage new consumption techniques to accelerate transformation and innovation

11:00am - 12:00pm  PDT Executive Boardroom

AI and ML for Improved Customer Experience

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Das Dasgupta

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Saatchi & Saatchi

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Hari Tatrakal

Director, Data Services

Live Nation Entertainment

Machine learning tools are more important than ever, as they are increasingly embedded in customer analytics and digital experience platforms. Learn how your peers are leveraging new technologies to improve customer experience and maintain a competitive advantage.

In this session we’ll discuss:

  • Use cases for augmented analytics, segmentation, personalization
  • Benefits from these technologies and how to measure their success
  • Personalization and privacy issues to avoid along your AI/ML journey

12:00pm - 12:45pm  PDT Keynote

Building a Data Fabric for Digital Business

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Hernán Asorey

Chief Data Officer

Microsoft Corporation

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Ibrahim Debbagh

Head of Data & Analytics - Verizon Media Platforms

Verizon Media

Connected, informed, intelligent and responsive digital business processes are the aspiration of an organizational digital transformation, yet data siloes, disconnected systems, and incongruent data inhibit this organizational nirvana. In this session, CDOs will discuss environmental strategies to unify a data estate regardless of the business unit, system or cloud that it resides.

Join your peers to discuss:

  • Creating the most effective ecosystem and adopting new platform capabilities
  • Quantifying business value and prioritizing/scaling efforts based on impact
  • Driving agile wins while enabling organizational re-use

12:45pm - 1:15pm  PDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CDO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Southern California community. 

1:15pm - 1:30pm  PDT Break

1:30pm - 3:00pm  PDT Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

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Bailey Brewer

Senior Community Program Manager