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What’s most important to you at this point in your career, in terms of your professional work?

Top Answer: At this stage of my career, the most important thing for me is to be happy. I know that sounds very Pollyanna, but I probably went through a 10-year period of being largely unhappy until I landed at UCLA. I've been thrilled ever since and in retrospect, what's most important is actually being happy with the work I do on a day-to-day basis.

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What have you done to improve your work life balance?

Top Answer: I've become very used to managing my time accordingly because of three things that I've learned to do over the years: 1. I never double book meetings. 2. I draw boundaries as to when there is family time. 3. I drive my email queue to zero at least once every two weeks. I've been doing those things for a long time now, and if I can manage them it allows me to factor in sleep pretty well.

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How would your family describe what you do?

Top Answer: My mom thinks I can fix her phone, which is a Samsung, and that's the furthest thing away from my actual role. She thinks I'm the Samsung equivalent of the genius bar.

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How do you know when to leave a role?

Top Answer: I like to make the provocative claim of being a quitter. I quit my job at KLA-Tencor in 2009 so that I could go back to business school to figure out what I wanted to do next. It was that moment that helped me find Facebook. Had I not done that, I don't think I would have been on the path that I'm on now. I joined Facebook in 2010 and stayed there until the end of 2016, when I quit again. I quit Facebook in 2016 to start Woven, a productivity software startup. We were a calendaring solution, and I ran that for about four and a half years until we sold it to Slack. So even though I joke about quitting, a big part of my life story has been about making space for what's next; when I did that in 2009, it paid off in huge dividends. And the same was true for leaving Facebook. Now I'm making space again. 

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Is the Chief Data Officer (CDO) role the same from company to company?

Top Answer: I see the role as a conduit for data regulations. But I've talked to CDOs in other organizations, and the CDO role is different in different companies. In some places it's mostly data stewardship; in other companies, it's mostly data governance and policy stuff. In some cases it's just the role that works with analytics and comes up with analytics products to figure how to monetize the data.  I was fortunate enough to have previously worked at a mid-size bank. It was big enough to have regulatory oversight and we had enough customers and money to make those aspects important; but it was small enough that they didn't have the luxury of having someone do the data function role across verticals. We had people in marketing that did analytics, but I had to be the conduit across all of these different areas. So in that context, my role was about bringing those things together, which meant I had to understand what InfoSec’s concerns were while also understanding what marketing’s strategy was, what they were trying to do, and how I could enable them. Oftentimes, InfoSec folks just want to say, “Stop marketing. They can't do that.” That’s when the CDO has to explain that if we don't market, we're not going to get new customers, or more products out of the customers we have — that’s the challenge. The core of what a CDO does is about helping people leverage the data that the business has in a safe way.

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What’s the worst job you've ever had? What did it teach you?

Top Answer: It served a purpose at the time, but the worst job I had was as a receptionist in a 24-hour medical surgery when I was at university. I did the graveyard shift a couple of nights a week; we'd go into work at midnight and finish at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. and I’d see a whole range of people in distress, people from many different walks of life. It was probably the worst job because it was quite intense, both due to it being night shift and the fact that you’d see a lot of people in need during those hours. But it taught me that we all come from different backgrounds, and that most accidents happen during nighttime, usually involving alcohol. That's a snapshot of what I saw there. 

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What's the biggest mistake marketing teams make when trying to sell to IT buyers?

Top Answer: I could go on FOREVER about how bad the marketing is to me. From email addressed to the wrong person, to coy 'I enable high performance' emails...  the list of bad marketing could go on forever. MOST OF ALL< STOP CALLING!!!

If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?

Top Answer: I wouldn't change anything, I'm having so much fun. I've been a CIO for over 12 years and at the end of 2011, I changed my career to serve on boards. I now do advisory work and invest with an early stage VC firm. It's the perfect combination of still being involved in the industry by adding value to portfolio companies, while still having a good work-life balance. It’s much better than when I had around-the-clock operational responsibilities.

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