Chief Data Officer (CDO) Circle

The chief data officer (CDO) and chief analytics officer (CAO) roles are evolving continuously — early adopters of the roles may have had more of a regulatory and compliance focus, but now they are key positions at the executive table enabling innovation and growth in the digital world.

Hear Gartner Distinguished VP Analyst Andrew White discuss the top trends affecting CDOs today.

About the program

CDOs and CAOs are now accountable for:

  • Fostering their organization’s data-driven strategy
  • Driving innovation and revenue generation
  • Transformation of organizational culture 
  • Development of new skills

Data and analytics leaders now have to be able to guide their organizations and lead with purpose in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing data driven digital business landscape.

The CDO Circle is exclusively available to CDOs, CAOs and top data and analytics leaders attending Gartner Data & Analytics Summit.

The CDO Circe is a crafted executive experience: Two days of presentations and discussions and the ability to attend regular sessions at the conference. You will want to quickly secure one of the limited CDO Circle seats by registering for the conference, and then applying to the program. Make sure you don’t miss out on this exclusive experience specifically designed for both new and tenured CDOs and CAOs.

How to participate

You must apply and qualify in advance to gain entry to the CDO Circle. When you register online for Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, simply select “Yes” when asked within the Conference Specific Questions section, “Are you a chief data officer, or the most senior data and/or analytics executive in your organization?”


  • Apply and qualify in advance of the conference to gain entry to the CDO Circle.
  • Complete qualifying questions.
  • Must be an active chief data officer, chief analytics officer, or the highest-ranking data and/or analytics decision maker within your organization. 


  • Organization’s gross revenue must exceed $250 million.
  • Or if public sector, the organization’s size must exceed 1,000 employees.


NOTE: Participation in the CDO Circle is reserved exclusively for the senior most person responsible for data and analytics within your organization — CDOs, CAOs and their equivalents.

Dedicated sessions for CDO Circle members include:

  • Leadership and Strategy Essentials — New, emerging and “in-flight” CDOs have the opportunity to explore essentials like data storytelling, how to sustain critical executive partnerships and ways to drive value creation.
  • How CDOs Can Drive a Data-Driven Culture Using Data Literacy — An exclusive workshop session designed with practical ideas and guidance to help CDOs lead data-driven culture change.
  • Innovating With Data and Analytics: What Leaders Need to Know  Share real-world innovative ideas to inspire and guide your innovation efforts.

Be part of an inspiring experience with an elite group of CDOs, CAOs and top data and analytics leaders. Register for Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, apply to join the CDO Circle and indicate your interest to participate in the curated Peer Perspectives sessions.