Data Board

Upcoming Roundtables and Calls

No Vendors. Confidential. Conversations.

July 7

Call on Data Visualization: Enterprise-Wide Challenges and Solutions (Members Only)

Description:

Everyone wants useful data visualizations, but how do you make this happen across the enterprise? Join this call with other senior data leaders to talk through developing visualization skills, what to look for when hiring data visualization talent, turning processed analysis into powerful visualizations, vendor recommendations and challenges, and more. Share your data viz journey with other senior leaders who are working through the same challenges and opportunities — and get some new ideas to take back to your teams.

Who’s Attending (so far):

Members of the Data Board: Autodesk, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Constellation Brands, Ferguson Enterprises, Franklin Templeton Investments, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Navient, NiSource, Otsuka, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Regions, Shaw Communications, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, and United Rentals.

Details:

  • Tuesday, July 7th, at 3 PM ET.
  • This is a members-only call. Data Board members can find the dial-in details in the Member Center.

July 16

Call on the Structure of Data Engineering vs. Data Analytics at Your Organization

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Description:

How does your organization structure data engineering vs. data analytics? Let’s talk with other senior data leaders about how our structures work for (and against) us, as we address defining roles, responsibilities, and demarcation points for these dependent, but distinct, functions; data discovery, sharing information, and coordinating development across teams; owning the relationships with other departments (IT, BI, data science, etc.); and more. Establishing a good working relationship between these two functions is essential to the overall success of your data program. Join this vendor-free call with your peers at other large companies to see how others handle these enterprise-level strategic issues.

Who’s Attending (so far):

Coming soon!

Details:

  • Thursday, July 16th, at 1 PM ET.
  • We’ll send you the dial-in information once your registration is approved.

July 21

Call on Enterprise-Wide Data Literacy Programs (Members Only)

Description:

We’re bringing together enterprise-level data strategy leaders to talk about building data literacy across your organization. Join our vendor-free call to benchmark your data literacy strategy on the key components of your data literacy programs, aligning multiple executives, divisions, and brands on the importance of data literacy, allocating budget, setting evaluation metrics and KPIs, and more. You need to provide enterprise-wide guidance to steer your data literacy programs. Everyone’s looking to you — and this call is where you can benchmark with senior-level peers making the same kind of top-level decisions.

Who’s Attending (so far):

Members of the Data Board: Autodesk, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Constellation Brands, Ferguson Enterprises, Franklin Templeton Investments, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Navient, NiSource, Otsuka, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Regions, Shaw Communications, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, and United Rentals.

Details:

  • Tuesday, July 21st, at 2 PM ET.
  • This is a members-only call. Data Board members can find the dial-in details in the Member Center.

Past Calls

February 4: Call on CCPA and Data Privacy Challenges for Global Brands

Description:

CCPA compliance is an undefined, rapidly changing challenge — especially if you have to lead compliance strategies for a global enterprise. This was a vendor-free, private call for data strategy leaders at large enterprises to learn how your peers are rolling out programs internally — and how they are dealing with staffing, compliance, and internal politics. We talked about strategies for dealing with vendors, external data sources, off-premises storage, and more.

Who Attended:

Big Lots, CIBC, Constellation Brands, Dairy Queen, Equinox, Ford Motor Company, McKesson, Nissan North America, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Sephora, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, Ubisoft, Unilever, and Worday.

March 24: Call on Hiring and Retaining Your Data Team

Description:

As the head of data strategy, you need to recruit and retain top talent — and it’s an increasingly competitive battle. This was a confidential talk with data leaders at large enterprises in a senior-level, vendor-free call. We discussed hard challenges you can’t talk about anywhere else, including: recruiting against startups and tech companies paying massive salaries, strategies to create appealing jobs for top data workers, getting buy-in from your company for what it takes to get and keep these roles, and more.

Who Attended:

AMC Entertainment, American Honda Motor Co., Ardent Health, Cineplex Entertainment, Domino’s Pizza, FedEx, Halliburton, Heineken USA, Ingersoll Rand, Kennametal, Loblaw, Navient, Nissan, Regions, VSP Global, and Walmart.

March 31: Call on COVID-19’s Impact on Your Data Strategy

Description:

Benchmark your COVID-19 response with data strategy leaders at other global enterprises. These are the only people who really understand what you’re dealing with. As a data strategy leader, you need to advise leadership and direct action around the impact of this situation. We discussed crisis planning, disruptions in the data, data sources, and data security, and more.

Who Attended:

American Tire Distributors Holdings, Grainger, The Hanover Insurance Group, International Paper, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Louisiana-Pacific, LPL Financial, New Balance Athletics, Newell Brands, Pearson Education, Prudential Financial, Regions, and TE Connectivity.

April 15: Call on Data Sourcing and Ingestion at a Global Enterprise

Description:

As the head of data strategy, you’re dealing with ongoing challenges of sourcing data from diverse departments, partners, vendors, technologies, and more. The challenge is far more than technical — it’s strategic and political, too. Join a confidential call with data leaders at large enterprises to discuss hard challenges you can’t talk about anywhere else, including: dealing with multiple data sources inside your company; sensitivities around customer data; internal politics, buy-in, and cross-departmental issues; regulatory issues; and cleaning and storing the resulting data.

Who Attended:

Airbnb, Bose, Ecolab, FedEx, First American Financial Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Groupon, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, The Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark, M&T Bank, Mars, Masonite, Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings, Sodexo, Sony Pictures, Spotify, and Wintrust Financial.

April 20: Call on Controlling Data Sprawl Across Business Units (MEMBERS-ONLY)

Description:

Let’s have a senior-level discussion about causes and solutions of data sprawl. We’ll talk about business units sourcing their own data sets, redundant data sets purchased multiple times by different business units, reusing of the data assets (some of them are through API-based access rather than us procuring the data), housing it in our data lake, and making it available to multiple consumers with the right metadata around them, and more. We’ll also discuss how you’re managing it all: tracking the scale/scope of the problem, setting policies and controls, and creating a role to manage it all.

Who Attended:

This was a members-only call. Only Data Board members on the roster of one of the following companies were allowed to join the call: Constellation Brands, Navient, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Regions, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, United Rentals, and Workday.

April 28: Call on Data Protection: Who Leads? (MEMBERS-ONLY)

Description:

Data privacy and data security programs have existed for a while. But now that Data Management, Data Strategy, and the CDO role have increased in terms of visibility, scope, volume of data, and variety of capabilities that can be brought to the table, how does that data management role intersect with the legacy roles of CPO and CISO as it relates to “managing data?” How do you (the data strategy leader) interact with the Chief Privacy Officer and the Chief Information Security Officer? Are you tasked with managing data as an extension of privacy and protection expectations, in addition to driving business value? Who owns and leads the implementation phase?

Who Attended:

This was a members-only call. Only Data Board members on the roster of one of the following companies were allowed to join the call: Autodesk, Constellation Brands, Ferguson Enterprises, Navient, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Regions, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, United Rentals, and Workday.

May 7: Call on Managing and Vetting Data/AI/ML Vendors

Description:

As a head of data strategy, you have to evaluate, hire, and manage data vendors — and each one comes with risks and complexity. In your role, you’re pitched new tools, platforms, “solutions,” and providers almost daily. A lot of people want to give/sell you advice on how to choose and who to trust — but the best ideas come from people like you who lead data strategy at other large companies. Join this confidential, vendor-free call with data strategy leaders at large enterprises. We’ll discuss hard challenges you can’t talk about anywhere else.

Who Attended:

ABM Industries, AutoZone, Blue Shield of California, Bose, Carrier, Constellation Brands, Essilor, First Citizens Bank, Ford Motor Company, Fruit of the Loom, Lenovo, The Nature’s Bounty Company [NBTY], Perdue Farms, Resideo, TE Connectivity, Vistaprint, and Whirlpool Corporation.

May 13: Call on How You Staff Data Governance

Description:

Join senior data strategy leaders at major brands to discuss how you best staff data governance. We’ll talk about key roles and responsibilities; pain points in managing staff (especially if they don’t report to you); centralized vs. decentralized vs. federated models; managing across business units; and more.

Who Attended:

Adecco, American Honda Motor Co., Intact Financial, International Flavors & Fragrances, Kansas City Southern, Lam Research, Levi Strauss & Company, New Balance Athletics, Northwestern Mutual, Norwegian Cruise Line, Scotiabank, Tractor Supply Company, and Ultimate Software.

May 19: Call on Oversight for Data Governance (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

Let’s have a high-level discussion to talk about how to oversee data governance for our organizations. No matter where you are in your journey, join us to talk about: setting policies and standards for effective data governance; creating oversight mechanisms to ensure these policies are working as planned; and measuring the performance of your data governance plan. Come ready to share your framework, ask your questions, and hear how your peers at large corporations are managing data governance.

Who Attended:

This was a members-only call. Only Data Board members on the roster of one of the following companies were allowed to join the call: Autodesk, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Constellation Brands, Ferguson Enterprises, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Navient, NiSource, Otsuka, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Regions, Shaw Communications, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, United Rentals, and Workday.

May 27: Call on Managing Effective Internal Data Communities (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

How do you manage an internal data community that facilitates sharing data sources? Let’s get together to dive deeper into structure and getting started; best practices to foster sharing and avoid duplicating work; which tools, resources, and systems are proving most valuable; getting buy-in and alignment from teams across the enterprise; and more. Don’t waste any time with pre-planned or canned content: You ask the question, members have the answers, we’ll facilitate.

Who Attended:

This was a members-only call. Only Data Board members on the roster of one of the following companies were allowed to join the call: Autodesk, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Constellation Brands, Ferguson Enterprises, Franklin Templeton Investments, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Navient, NiSource, Otsuka, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Regions, Shaw Communications, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, and United Rentals.

June 2: Call on Creating a Data-Driven Culture

Description:

As the head of data strategy, you need to create a data-driven culture. It’s a hard, internal management task. Outside consultants and experts don’t understand the challenges you face as the leader of this function — which is why we’re having a call that’s exclusively for heads of data strategy at large companies. We’ll discuss hard challenges you can’t talk about anywhere else: getting buy-in at all levels; data literacy strategy and rollout; ethics, risks, and regulatory training; setting expectations; and more.

Who Attended:

AllianceBernstein, BBVA Compass, BlackRock, Canada Post, Carrier, Constellation Brands, Domino’s Pizza, The J.M. Smucker Company, J.R. Simplot Company, Kansas City Southern, Lexmark International, Lubrizol, Navient, New Balance Athletics, Otsuka, PetSmart, Regions, Rent-A-Center, Shaw Communications, Steelcase, Sun Life Financial, TD Ameritrade, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Travelers, United Rentals, and Veritiv Corporation.

June 18: Call on Migration to the Cloud at a Risk-Averse Company

Description:

Let’s talk with other senior data leaders at risk-averse companies about how we’re approaching and optimizing cloud migration for our data, applications, and workloads. What’s the fastest journey to the cloud at companies like ours? Together, we’ll cover defining the scope, determining sequence, using hybrid approaches to data storage, mitigating infosec or other stakeholder concerns, and more. Benchmark your strategic approach with other on-the-ground leaders in a confidential, vendor-free environment.

Who Attended:

Bank of New York Mellon, Consumers Energy, Hanger, Loblaw, and Securian Financial.

June 24: Call on Data Team Leadership: Career Paths and Retention Strategies (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

We often lose our best data professionals to companies that offer salaries, benefits, and career progression opportunities we can’t match. Dial in with other leaders to discuss strategies to manage internal data career paths and how to best retain these employees. On this call, we’ll talk about ways to avoid pigeonholing your data team into niche roles, finding and training data professionals who can also manage teams, and creating a culture that avoids churn and makes people want to stay. Benchmark with the only people in charge of managing the same teams and at the same scale as you. Find out what’s worked — and what hasn’t — at other major enterprises.

Who Attended:

This was a members-only call. Only Data Board members on the roster of one of the following companies were allowed to join the call: Autodesk, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Constellation Brands, Ferguson Enterprises, Franklin Templeton Investments, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Navient, NiSource, Otsuka, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Regions, Shaw Communications, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, and United Rentals.

June 25: Call on Data Catalogs: Engagement, Alignment, and Training

Description:

Let’s discuss deploying data catalogs and engagement strategies to ensure the success of this tool. The only people allowed on this call are leaders at big brands — the only people who know what it’s like to lead this initiative at a scale similar to yours. Dial in to this call to talk about communicating the value proposition to drive adoption, encouraging a culture of collaboration to break down internal data silos, and training end users with different roles and levels of data literacy. A data catalog is a big investment, so let’s get together to make sure that we’re operationalizing it in the most effective way across the enterprise. Come prepared to share the strategies you can’t talk about anywhere else!

Who Attended:

adidas, Canadian Pacific Railway, The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx, Grainger, Kellogg Company, Lincoln Electric, Nestle, Nike, PepsiCo, PNC Financial Services, Ticketmaster, UPS, and Veritiv Corporation.

Other Details

Important Notes

  1. Only RSVP if you can definitely attend. These are structured conversations with facilitators and limited seats. (If you can’t make it, please give us enough warning to invite someone from the waitlist.)
  2. These meetings and calls are confidential. You will be required to agree to our confidentiality rules when you register.

FAQ

Who’s going to be on the line?

Everyone on the call will be leading data strategy at a big company. This is a conversation for people like you, with jobs like yours, at companies like yours — and problems like yours.

No vendors, sponsors, press, small businesses, or junior/front-line staff allowed.

Attendees will be from member companies and invited guests from similarly-sized companies.

What are we going to discuss?

You’ll get candid, honest insights from experienced peers. Bring a list of the things you’re working on right now. We’d love to help.

Who is the presenter on the calls?

Nobody! Everyone contributes. It’s a discussion, not a webinar. You’ll have a deep conversation with people who have jobs like yours at companies like yours.

What’s the format of the Board Roundtables?

Here’s an explanation of the format from one of our other meetings. We’ve been running similar meetings for the past 12 years — it’s a very efficient format to get high value in limited time.

Why is there no fee and who is funding this?

The Data Board is a community for people leading data strategy at the world’s biggest companies. We have members-only meetings a few times a year. Because our meetings are confidential, we host smaller meetings for guests to see what we do. In total transparency, we think you’re going to love it and will want to join the community.