Southern California CDO Inner Circle

October 10, 2018 , City Club Los Angeles

October 10, 2018
City Club Los Angeles

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Southern California CDO Inner Circle.

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

Investing in your people and the right technologies 

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

Southern California CDO Governing Body

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


Amy Cooper headshot

Amy Cooper

The Walt Disney Company
Director, Consumer Data Platforms & Architecture

Victor Harris headshot

Victor Harris

Harbor Freight Tools
VP, Data Analytics & Technology

Eric Iverson headshot

Eric Iverson

Creative Artists Agency

Nona Janssen Walls headshot

Nona Janssen Walls

Former SVP, Enterprise Data & Intelligence Technology

Tom Mullen headshot

Tom Mullen

County of Riverside, California
Chief Data Officer

Tomas Soderstrom headshot

Tomas Soderstrom

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
IT Chief Technology & Innovation Officer


October 10, 2018

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Registration & Opening Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Leading Digital, Data and Analytics in the Enterprise

Richard Battersby headshot

Richard Battersby

VP, BI & Analytics

AEG Worldwide

David Buckholtz headshot

David Buckholtz

SVP Corporate IT

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Ibrahim Debbagh headshot

Ibrahim Debbagh

Executive - Data and Analytics and Emerging Technologies

Toyota Financial Services

Robert Gage headshot

Robert Gage

AVP, CDO Entertainment Group Engagement


Hanoz Gandhi headshot

Hanoz Gandhi

Chief Analytics Officer & EVP, Strategy

Omnicom Group Inc.

Punnoose Isaac headshot

Punnoose Isaac

VP, Data


Bryan Rockoff headshot

Bryan Rockoff

Sr. Director, Data Strategy and Analytics

NBC Universal, Inc.

Vinay Soitkar headshot

Vinay Soitkar

Sr. Dir., Data Warehouse & BI

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated

Chris Fowler headshot

Chris Fowler

Director- Strategic Accounts


On the rapidly emerging main stage of data and analytics, the role of the CDO is one of the most challenging positions. CDOs have been evolving into data and analytics champions at a steady pace, with recent acceleration due to analytics programs maturing to include data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Today’s CDO is expected to not deliver on traditional needs, but respond to new and innovative opportunities. In this dinner, you’ll have a chance to talk with your CDO peers about how to put data to work and rethink the way AI and machine learning can change your business.

Topic 1 - Putting Data and Analytics Principles to Work

  • Where are you on the descriptive, predictive, prescriptive analytics maturity continuum?
  • How can you increase the value of data that’s already being created?
  • What success and/or challenges have you had measuring ROI for a data analytics initiative?
  • How do we help our organizations effectively use data? Specifically, how do we encourage business leaders to move from gut-based decisions to data-based decisions?
  • Where does the analytics team fit into your organization? What is the optimal environment to ensure success for your analytics team?

After the first topic discussion, there will be a short break. Participants will then change tables for the second topic discussion.

Topic 2 - Getting Results With AI and Machine Learning

  • When it comes to AI and machine learning, where are you in your development process?
  • How are you applying emerging technologies to understand your customers?
  • What tools, methodologies or infrastructures are you utilizing or looking at to keep your data in compliance and secure? 
  • How do we remove the fear factor surrounding artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies?
  • What are you doing to attract and retain AI talent? What has worked?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

7:00pm - 8:00pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour


Your Community Partners

Summary Discussion Partner
Local Sponsors

Southern California CDO Program Manager

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

Clayton Gartner