Data Board

Private Calls with Heads of Data at Major Brands

No Vendors. Confidential. Senior Leaders Only.

December 2

Managing Machine Learning Operations That Actually Scale
(MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

Deploying machine learning models across the enterprise is incredibly complex organizationally and technologically. How are you tackling these problems to scale beyond small use cases? Bring your challenges, successes, and lessons learned to a discussion with other big brands about building a team that can effectively and efficiently deploy ML models; managing a data pipeline; and working across functions to create a repeatable process. Whether you’ve successfully put a model into production or you’re new to machine learning, share your experience with big-brand peers who understand the challenge.

Who’s Attending (so far):

Members of the Data Board

Details:

  • Wednesday, December 2nd, at 2 PM ET.
  • Board Members can find the dial-in details in the Member Center.

December 8

Fighting for Effective Data Quality Across the Enterprise
(MEMBERS & INVITED GUESTS)

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Description:

Every data leader is struggling with road blocks across the company — employees aren’t bought in, resistance from other teams, etc. How do you build data quality practices to succeed in your job? Join a discussion with other leaders at big brands where we will discuss how to communicate the ROI of data quality, prove that data quality is a lifelong responsibility, and build programs across functions and products that improve data quality. This is a private call only for data strategy leaders at large enterprises, no vendors and no small businesses. Solving complex problems like data quality in an enterprise is something only practitioners like us would understand. Join us on this call to share your best practices and tactics to win this fight.

Who’s Attending (so far):

Members of the Data Board, plus Bank of America, C.H. Robinson, Canadian Pacific Railway, Kaiser Permanente, National Grid, Prudential Financial, Securian Financial, and Transamerica.

Details:

  • Tuesday, December 8, 2 PM ET.
  • We’ll send you the dial-in details once you’re approved to join the call.

December 16

Defending Data Budget for Long-Term Success
(MEMBERS & INVITED GUESTS)

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Description:

Join this private conversation just with data strategy leaders about how they’re fighting budget concerns and lack of resources to achieve data initiatives critical to their enterprises. We’ll discuss how to make the case for expensive critical data investments; confront cuts to technology programs and budget; and communicate the impact of technology debt in enterprise strategy. You don’t want to fall behind on your roadmap to transformation, and only a group of your peers will understand how to overcome these challenges. Share your experiences, best practices, and internal negotiation tactics so that you don’t fall behind.

Who’s Attending (so far):

Members of the Data Board, plus Allianz, Freddie Mac, and Kaiser Permanente.

Details:

  • Wednesday, December 16th, at 2 PM ET.
  • We’ll send you the dial-in details once you’re approved to join the call.

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.

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 Attended:

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.

July 16: Call on the Structure of Data Engineering vs. Data Analytics at Your Organization


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 Attended:

Ally, Bose, Capital Group, Deutsche Bank, Fresenius Medical Care, Hasbro, The Home Depot, Kennametal, Life Time Fitness, Live Nation Entertainment, Lowe’s Home Improvement, MSC Industrial Direct, Nestle, Penn National Gaming, PepsiCo, Pilot Company, Principal Financial Group, Sound Physicians, Tapestry, Ticketmaster, Unilever, and Verizon Media.

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 Attended:

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.

July 29: Call on Actionable Insights: Achieving Advanced Analytics at Scale

Description:

Challenged to turn advanced analytics into actionable insights at enterprise scale? You’re not alone. Join other senior data and analytics strategy leaders to discuss the challenges of turning insights into action — and how you’re overcoming them; benchmarking the maturity of your advanced analytics program; how your organizational structure affects the success of your program; and more. This is a great opportunity to benchmark with other senior-level peers making the same kinds of top-level decisions — no matter where you are on your analytics journey. If you aren’t successfully turning insights into actions yet, this call will be a great opportunity to brainstorm with other big brands on what’s blocking you from getting there and potential solutions to take back to your own organizations.

Who Attended:

Carrier, Cineplex Entertainment, Lamb Weston, LL Bean, and Novartis.

August 6: Call on Formalizing a Data Code of Ethics (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

What core principles can help ensure that the massive amounts of data our companies collect are used ethically? With data capabilities evolving rapidly, existing codes of ethics are either wildly outdated or irrelevant — and the legal landscape hasn’t kept pace with the industry, either. Whether you have an existing code of ethics or you’re just starting to think through a formal one, join this members-only call to talk through the tough stuff with other people who truly get it.

Who Attended:

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.

August 12: Call on Change Management for Data Initiatives (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

How do you leverage change management to ensure your latest data initiative or new tool doesn’t fail? Join this confidential call ready to share your current change management approaches, challenges, and successes. Whether you’re rolling out a data catalog or getting employees to think about using data in a new way, let’s compare techniques, traits, and best practices we’ve found for change management for data initiatives at large organizations. Research by Boston Consulting Group suggests that 50% of change management programs fail to achieve their objectives. Join this call to avoid being part of that statistic!

Who Attended:

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

August 20: Call on Aligning Data Governance with ROI (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

How do you translate governance and data management to value that executives and other stakeholders can understand? Join your peers to talk through ways we’re showing the ROI of our governance activities. Together, we’ll benchmark our approach to everything from quantifying efficiencies gained by our strategic data management plays, to the KPIs and metrics we’re using, to the resources and staffing models required to make all this work.

Who Attended:

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

August 27: Call on Evangelizing Data as an Asset

Description:

What’s holding us back from maximizing the value of the data our companies hold? Join this call with senior data strategy leaders to talk through how to leverage data as a core asset rather than an afterthought. We’ll discuss the ways we’re combating blockers, whether it’s a lack of data fluency, siloed architecture, or unclear reporting systems and accountabilities. We’ll also talk about how we’re articulating a data value proposition to stakeholders across the enterprise.

Who Attended:

American Tire Distributors, Bank of the West, Bayer, Beam Suntory, Bose, Cineplex Entertainment, GoDaddy, The Hartford, M&T Bank, McKesson, Morgan Stanley, Morningstar, Procter & Gamble, Racetrac Petroleum, Rogers Communications Candada, Sodexo, Ticketmaster, Zurich Insurance.

September 9: Customer Success: Getting Analytics and Reporting Right (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

What are the most effective ways to support your customer success operations through analytics and reporting? On this call, we discussed the right teams to get involved, the right questions to ask stakeholders, the most impactful KPIs, and the reports and tools that really move the needle. We also discussed the challenges of working with teams across the organization.

Who Attended:

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

September 15: Structuring Data Stewardship at Your Organization (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

Is data stewardship an initiative or an actual organizational responsibility? Bring your program setup to share with senior leaders at major brands as we dive into how stewardship impacts data governance. We discussed defining stewards’ roles and responsibilities; determining the staffing required for execution; gaining buy-in from business lines and stakeholders; and developing a plan that sets data stewards up for success.

Who Attended:

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

September 16: Building Effective Data Lineage and Traceability Programs (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

Join other data strategy leaders to discuss how to build and scale a data lineage program that balances compliance, cost, and accuracy. What tools are most effective? How do you reinforce good data governance throughout the process? Bring your strategies on designing, implementing, and improving data lineage programs to share in a productive conversation with leaders who understand your challenges.

Who Attended:

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

September 30: Data Governance Councils: Increasing Engagement and Effectiveness

Description:

When you created your data governance plan, your council seemed excited… but now they won’t engage, and you have a tight timeline to get things done. Join this brands-only call with other senior data leaders to strategize how to make your data governance council work. Together, we’ll talk through creating accountability for council members, articulating the council’s value proposition, developing internal communications, and holding effective meetings that produce desired outcomes. Your governance council can’t fall flat — too much is at stake. Join this call with senior leaders at other major enterprises to share best practices, strategies, and what to avoid.

Who Attended:

American Electric Power, American Tire Distributors Holdings, Beam Suntory, Biogen, Brown-Forman, Comerica Bank, Extra Space Storage, Ferguson Enterprises, Five Star Senior Living, FNBO, General Mills, Kaiser Permanente, Kemper, Laboratory Corporation of America, Love’s Travel Stops, National Grid, Royal Bank of Canada, Sephora, Spectrum, Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, TD Bank Group, and Wells Fargo.

October 6: Operationalizing Algorithms Across the Enterprise (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

How do you reduce friction to speed up analysis, insight, and action across the enterprise to your data stakeholders? Join fellow leaders to talk about how developing, deploying, and operationalizing algorithms can help. We explored organizational models that move your organization to self-service, and tools to make algorithms more scalable and repeatable across the enterprise.

Who Attended:

Members of the Data Board: Autodesk, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Charles Schwab, Chick-fil-A, Cineplex Entertainment, Constellation Brands, Ferguson Enterprises, Franklin Templeton Investments, Honda Canada, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, J.R. Simplot Company, Lockheed Martin, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, McDonald’s, Navient, Navy Federal Credit Union, Newell Brands, NiSource, Otsuka, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Regions, Shaw Communications, Sleep Number, Sodexo, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, Thrivent Financial, United Rentals, and Zurich North America.

October 14: Migrating to the Cloud: Considerations and Tools (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

On this call, we discussed the implications that leaders like you face in migrating your data platform to the cloud. We covered the key stakeholders and how to engage them early in the process; how to build a change management plan to ensure stakeholder buy-in and accountability; and what tools are most helpful in the migration and what tools to avoid. An enterprise-wide shift like this is a massive undertaking, and you don’t have to face it alone. Share and learn from leaders like you in this confidential call.

Who Attended:

Members of the Data Board: Autodesk, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Charles Schwab, Chick-fil-A, Cineplex Entertainment, Constellation Brands, Ferguson Enterprises, Franklin Templeton Investments, Honda Canada, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, J.R. Simplot Company, Lockheed Martin, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, McDonald’s, Navient, Navy Federal Credit Union, Newell Brands, NiSource, Otsuka, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Regions, Shaw Communications, Sleep Number, Sodexo, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, Thrivent Financial, United Rentals, and Zurich North America.

October 22: Building and Scaling a Center of Excellence for Analytics

Description:

On this call, we discussed the Center of Excellence organizational structure for analytics teams and when it makes the most sense for your company’s business needs. We also talked about when and how to move from an embedded analyst organizational model to a hub and spoke Center of Excellence. Whether you intend to build a CoE or are working through different models, this call will help you determine if this structure can help you optimize your analytics team. There are no consultants or vendors in our conversation, just people who have built or are building CoEs for their organizations.

Who Attended:

Abercrombie & Fitch, adidas, Allianz, Anthem, Asurion, Big Lots, BMO Financial Group, Chanel, Church & Dwight, CoreCivic, eBay, Five Star Senior Living, HCA, HP, Hunter Douglas, Intuitive Surgical, The J.M. Smucker Company, Keurig Dr Pepper, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Merck, Morningstar, Newell Brands, PepsiCo, Petco, Republic Services, Resideo, Rogers Communications Canada, Ryder Systems, TD Bank Group, Unilever, Vanguard, Veolia North America, VSP Global, Wintrust Financial, and Wolverine Worldwide.

October 27: Democratizing Data as a Governance Strategy (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

How do you create a data governance strategy that democratizes data and empowers end users to ask and answer the right questions? On this call, we discussed how to position your governance program as an opportunity, not a constraint; gain buy-in across the enterprise; and quantify your success in driving better decision making. Data access can allow business leaders to make better decisions, but it can be a risk when good governance structures aren’t in place. Bring your ideas and experiences to this leaders-only discussion on how to democratize data through a strong data governance strategy and culture.

Who Attended:

Members of the Data Board: Autodesk, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Charles Schwab, Chick-fil-A, Cineplex Entertainment, Constellation Brands, Ferguson Enterprises, Franklin Templeton Investments, Honda Canada, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, J.R. Simplot Company, Lockheed Martin, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, McDonald’s, Navient, Navy Federal Credit Union, Newell Brands, NiSource, Otsuka, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Regions, Shaw Communications, Sleep Number, Sodexo, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, Thrivent Financial, United Rentals, and Zurich North America.

October 29: Invest or Hire: Optimizing Analytics Talent (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

Is it best to search for new talent to fill new data analysis roles, or does it make more sense to invest in reskilling your existing workforce as you transform to a data-driven organization? In this confidential call, we talked about how to evaluate current skills needs and gaps; when and how to re-educate or upskill employees; and where to source new talent. Share your experiences with other data strategy leaders who understand how hard it is to find or upskill talent in analytics.

Who Attended:

Members of the Data Board: Autodesk, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Charles Schwab, Chick-fil-A, Cineplex Entertainment, Constellation Brands, Ferguson Enterprises, Franklin Templeton Investments, Honda Canada, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, J.R. Simplot Company, Lockheed Martin, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, McDonald’s, Navient, Navy Federal Credit Union, Newell Brands, NiSource, Otsuka, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Regions, Shaw Communications, Sleep Number, Sodexo, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, Thrivent Financial, United Rentals, and Zurich North America.

November 3: Optimizing Reporting Structure (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

Does your current reporting structure support effective data strategy? Join your fellow enterprise data leaders to discuss how to optimize and increase your impact in your reporting structure. We discussed the pros and cons of the different reporting and organizational structures and how they impact data governance and the ability to operationalize analytics. In this confidential discussion, learn and share how to best influence stakeholders no matter who you report to.

Who Attended:

Members of the Data Board: Autodesk, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Charles Schwab, Chick-fil-A, Cineplex Entertainment, Constellation Brands, Ferguson Enterprises, Franklin Templeton Investments, Honda Canada, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, J.R. Simplot Company, Lockheed Martin, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, McDonald’s, Navient, Navy Federal Credit Union, Newell Brands, NiSource, Otsuka, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Regions, Shaw Communications, Sleep Number, Sodexo, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, Thrivent Financial, United Rentals, and Zurich North America.

November 10: Call on Cultivating the Citizen Data Scientist (MEMBERS ONLY)

Description:

How do you build a citizen data scientist or analyst culture within your organization? Bring your questions and experiences to discuss how to implement practices to identify and foster citizen data scientists and analysts across your organization. We’ll talk about how to get buy-in from other senior leaders to develop a program, how to identify analytical talent that sits within functional or business lines, and what training or upskilling these people need to succeed. Share your experiences, good or bad, openly with a group of your peers.

Who Attended:

Members of the Data Board: Autodesk, Bell Canada, Canada Post, Charles Schwab, Chick-fil-A, Cineplex Entertainment, Constellation Brands, Ferguson Enterprises, Franklin Templeton Investments, Honda Canada, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, J.R. Simplot Company, Lockheed Martin, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, McDonald’s, Navient, Navy Federal Credit Union, Newell Brands, NiSource, Otsuka, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Regions, Shaw Communications, Sleep Number, Sodexo, Steelcase, T-Mobile, TD Ameritrade, Thrivent Financial, United Rentals, and Zurich North America.

November 19: Building and Scaling a Data Management Program
(MEMBERS & INVITED GUESTS)

Description:

Does your data management program have a foundation that will support sustained growth? Whether you’re just starting out or trying to reach critical mass, we can all learn from each other. In this confidential call, we’ll discuss how to win support from stakeholders, quantify the impact of good data management, drive data quality, and scale your program across the enterprise. Leading this change at scale is something only your peers will understand. Bring your questions and experiences to share with this confidential community.

Who Attended:

Bank of New York Mellon, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Booking Holdings, Bridgestone, Canadian National Railway, Cinemark, Covanta Energy, Masonite, Morningstar, National Bank of Canada, Republic Services, State Street Corporation, TD Bank Group, Travelers, U.S. Bank, and Walmart.

Details:

  • Thursday, November 19, at 3 PM ET.
  • We’ll send you the dial-in details once you’re approved to join the call.

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 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.

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 calls each week. Because our conversations are confidential, we host calls 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.