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Friday January 27, 2017

Mixing Business with Pleasure

The CDO Summit is the premier event for digital & data leaders:

  March 15-16, 2017  |  Sydney, Australia
April 26-27, 2017  |  New York, USA
  June 28-29, 2017  |  Washington DC, USA

A year ago today, I was planning the Sydney CDO Summit.

It was to be our inaugural summit in Australia, and I wanted everything to be perfect, like our NYC and London events.

As usual, I was driving myself really hard.

When I heard that January 26 was Australia Day, I was psyched. Not to get a day off – since my office in NY does not recognize Australian holidays.

No, I was psyched because the local holiday meant that I could take advantage of an “extra” day of work while Australians were off, and hopefully get ahead of the game. 

But then, something extraordinary happened. My aussie friend encouraged me to take the day off, and join her fellow Australians celebrating their nation’s founding. 

After all, she said, it could be a good photo opp.

That sealed the deal. As some of you know, I am a camera nut. Matter of fact, I took all the photos you see in these emailers, for our ads, and on our websites. 

Of course, I had a great time. I met incredible people like the ones below, witnessed a fantastic celebration, and took lots of photos and video, some of which I posted online.

One of my videos caught the attention of someone at the Premier and Cabinet at the NSW Government. She wanted to feature my video on the Australia Day website!

Fast forward one year. This time, she invited me to join the media team and journalist pool on the main ship, the Royal Navy’s HMAS Canberra, right in the middle of Sydney Harbour!

The view from the ship offered spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour bridge, and Luna Park. Needless to say, I had the time of my life.

I videotaped the festivities and posted a 5-minute clip on YouTube.
Check out the video here

Takeaways: Take a break. Go outside. Get some air. Do something different. Follow your passion.

And mix business with pleasure: see me in Sydney. Look – no suit! 

Meet new friends and colleagues in Sydney:

Who’s Speaking?
You’ll Meet These Digital and Data Leaders:

  • Ajay Bhatia: Chief Product and Information Officer at carsales.com.au 
  • Andrew Reid: General Manager, Data Analytics and Insights at Ticketek Australia (TEG)
  • Chris Buxton: Chief Digital Officer at Statistics New Zealand
  • Christina Fevre: Digital Commercial Partnerships Director at Endemol Shine Australia
  • Clive Dickens: Chief Digital Officer at Seven West Media
  • Damon Rees: Chief Information and Digital Officer at NSW Government
  • Darshil Mehta: Enterprise Data Governance Lead at Bupa Australia & New Zealand
  • David Mathison: Curator of CDO Summit and Founder of CDO Club
  • Dez Blanchfield: Resident Data Scientist at The Bloor Group
  • Julian Delany: General Manager at News Corp Australia
  • Kate Carruthers: Chief Data Officer at UNSW Sydney
  • Leisa Bacon: Director Audience & Marketing at Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Dr. Olav Laudy: Chief Data Scientist Asia-Pacific at IBM
  • Paul Rush: Partner at Odgers Berndtson
  • Paul Shetler: Chief Digital Officer, Australian Government Digital Transformation Agency
  • Philip Zohrab: Chief Data Officer, Australia & NZ at Dentsu Aegis Network
  • Rebecca Reed: Partner – Sports, Gaming & Entertainment at Odgers Berndtson
  • Ross Farrelly: Cloud Strategy Leader at IBM
  • And Many More…
REGISTER NOW for the Sydney CDO Summit! 

Can’t make Sydney?
Join us in NYC (our 5th year) or Washington DC!

Regular Registration:
USD $1,495.00
Ends April 26, 2017
Regular Registration:
USD $1,495.00
Ends June 28, 2017


All 2017 CDO Summits are TWO-DAY events!

Due to popular demand, our 2017 CDO Summits will be TWO-DAY events, starting with our Sydney CDO Summit on 15-16 March 2017. The format will be:
Day 2 covers DATA and ANALYTICS.

Come for one day, or even better, both days, to maximize your investment. As usual, we’ve stacked the agenda with the BEST digital and data leaders in the public and private sector.



We have a 5-year history of bringing together some of the most important digital and data leaders on earth, in intimate settings designed for networking and knowledge-sharing.

Sponsor opportunities are available for our Summits in New York City (our 5th year), London (our 3rd year), Sydney (our 2nd year), Washington DC, Toronto, and LA.

ACT NOW before inventory runs out. Its only January, and we’ve already confirmed partnerships with some of the most prestigious firms on the planet. Join us!

David@CDOSummit.com for more information.
Hear why sponsors, speakers, and delegates love our events:


  • “Great opportunity to hear from the CDO community and share some of our thinking around enterprise IoT here at Microsoft.” – Lee Hickin (Amazon Web Services)
  • “Congratulations on what was a fantastic day! Well done!” – Irena Bobojcov (Odgers Berndtson)
  • “Had the privilege today to share some digital learnings with international leaders from Google, Westpac and Harvey Norman on a panel today at the Chief Digital Officer Summit at Sydney.” – Christian Bowman (Ladbrokes Australia)
  • “It seemed very well run to me and you had an engaged audience there which was great.”
    – Kate Burleigh (Intel)
  • “I really enjoyed the sessions I was there for and (most importantly) the other people in the room seemed to be getting a lot out of it. Was great to work with you.” – Paul Smith (The Australian)
  • “Thanks so much for delivering such a great event. Really surpassed my expectations and I’ve had wonderful feedback from my leadership team. Thank you, once again.” – Kathryn Hamilton (Accenture Digital ANZ)
  • “Thank you David for such a well organised event. A pleasure and privilege to participate.”
    – Jon Cumming (ACT Government)
  • “We had a great day. Thank you.” – Michael McKeon (Unico)
  • “Many thanks for the opportunity to participate in your conference. It was a really high quality event – it was a privilege to be part of it.” – Simon Want (Management Consulting)

About the CDO Summit:

The CDO Summit addresses the challenges and opportunities arising from big data, the cloud, digital disruption, and social and mobile media. Our gatherings include the best digital strategists and practitioners on earth, in intimate, collegial, and supportive environments designed to encourage networking, learning, and knowledge-sharing. Visit the website.

About the CDO Club:

The CDO Club is the world’s first, largest, and most powerful network of C-suite digital leaders. Our 2,000+ members receive access to breaking news, original research, career development support, networking opportunities, and inspirational events such as the CDO Summit. Visit the website.

Contact Information:

We’d love to hear from you. Email us at info@CDOSummit.com or call +1 516 488-1143.
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