San Francisco CDO Executive Summit

December 8, 2022 | San Francisco Marriott Marquis

December 8, 2022
San Francisco Marriott Marquis


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with San Francisco's top CDOs 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 CDOs today:

Creating a culture centered around data

Empowering business users and decision makers through education and communication

Managing data through innovative and secure governance

San Francisco CDO Governing Body

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


Steffin Harris

Microsoft Corporation
Corporate Vice President, Global Head of Data Science & Analytics

Shadaab Kanwal

Charles Schwab
MD - Digital, Data, and Analytics Services

Christopher Paskins

Director of Enterprise Data Governance

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CDO 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 San Francisco CDO 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.


Executive Boardroom Sessions

Self-Service Analytics for an Agile World

The speed of collecting and analyzing data is faster than ever before, and businesses that fall short lose a competitive advantage. Data and analytics leaders are challenged to centralize data across the enterprise to make strategic business decisions.

Join this interactive roundtable as CDO discuss ways to:

  • Identify key features of agile analytics to expand new growth opportunities
  • Build an agile data stack that drives impactful business insights
  • Support a self-service data access model to reduce bottlenecks and demands on data 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).

Designing Operating Models for the Data Driven Organization

As data and analytics become increasingly important to the enterprise, leaders must evaluate the most effective operating model for their business. This strategic alignment will vary across different companies, selecting the most optimal model is essential for driving value and business outcomes.

Join the session to discuss:

  • Identifying the ideal operating model where decisions can be made quickly and effectively
  • Aligning your operating model to your data and analytics strategy
  • Leveraging technology designed to support communication and collaboration

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).

Strengthen Data Operations through Data Observability

Data observability is the natural evolution of the data quality movement and a strategic approach can accelerate an organization’s ability to resolve data issues quickly. How can CDOs integrate activities and technologies into the end-to-end data operations workflow to enhance visibility and propel the business forward?

Join this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • The mix of activities and technologies that create greater data observability
  • Best practices of incident management applied to data operations
  • Building end-to-end visibility to accelerate incident response

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).

Keynote Sessions

Setting Data Free Securely – The CISO/CDO Partnership

In the right hands, data is one of the most powerful tools an organization has in its toolbox. While in the wrong hands, data can easily become a weapon with detrimental consequences. Intersecting at the midpoint is the powerful partnership between a CISO and CDO, using their strengths to empower the enterprise to protect their most valuable asset – data.

In this session the CISO and CDO from Blue Shield of California will discuss:

  • Building partnerships within the C-suite
  • Creating a trustworthy and secure governance framework
  • Aligning incentives and initiatives across security and data teams

Modernizing Data and Analytics Governance

According to Gartner, by 2025, 80% of organizations looking to scale digital business will fail because they haven't taken a modern approach to data and analytics governance. In order to keep pace with the growing data landscape, chief data officers must evaluate their current governance framework to ensure its efficacy, flexibility and scalability.

In this session Danielle will discuss:

  • Tying governance activities to business outcomes
  • Creating a trust model that evaluates and rates the reliability of data
  • Involving teams across the business in the governance process to tear down silos

Breakout Sessions

Bridging the Skill Gap — a Data Talent Q&A

In this hypercompetitive landscape, it's more challenging than ever for data and analytics leaders to acquire the talent they need to support a digital business. CDOs grapple with the best ways to attract and retain top prospects that are capable of empowering the future enterprise. In this session, we take a unique approach by listening to talent entering the workforce tomorrow.

In this interactive Q&A session, students from UC Davis and data and analytics leaders explore:

  • Identifying the data and analytics skills needed now and for the future
  • Understanding the expectations of data talent entering the workforce
  • Pinpointing gaps in enterprise expectations vs. collegiate curriculum

Structuring Governance to Keep AI Ethics Front and Center

Data has become the new gold with an increased emphasis on AI, machine learning and analytics to drive decision making. As inequities reach a boiling point in society at large, data and analytics leaders are critically evaluating organizational data practices and algorithms to weed out bias and unintended impacts.

Join this session as D&A leaders share how they are:

  • Creating data practices and mechanisms to improve explain ability and understand the conditions of AI's code for processing data
  • Devising governance methods to change the dichotomy between under-represented groups and data modeling
  • Deciding the ethical parameters that define success in modeling and outcomes


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

Evanta programs are uniquely positioned to succeed in the current landscape.

  • Our invitation-only gatherings are designed to be smaller in scale, providing a safe and comfortable environment.
  • All in-person programs are local and complimentary, with zero impact on your organization’s T&E.

We are committed to creating the safest possible environment for all participants, partners, and associates. As a part of our commitment we will continue to monitor and adhere to government, venue, and health agency guidelines. Information on vaccinations, face mask guidance, on-site safety measures, and more, can be found here: Health and Safety Resource Policy.


Venue & Accommodation

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Your Community Partners

Global Thought Leader
CDO Thought Leader
Key Partners
Program Partners

San Francisco CDO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Casey Tomooka

Program Manager