Data Strategy
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September 13 – 14, 2023  |  Austin & Digital

Executive Leadership Exchange

For Qualified Attendees

The Executive Leadership Exchange (ELE) is an executive program for up to 50 qualified senior data executives. The program will create a private senior executive network supporting leaders’ priorities, demonstrate Forrester’s thought leadership tailored to qualified c-suite executives​, and offer rich, facilitated networking sessions and peer case studies targeting best practices aligned to executive priorities.​

ELE is an invite-only program. To be considered, those interested must be the CDO, CAO, CMO, CTO or equivalent title or be the senior-most data leader from their organization, not reporting into any higher executive with direct data leadership responsibility. Applicants cannot be representatives from direct data service provider organizations that sell data products or services. Attendees who may meet these qualifications will be invited to join the ELE experience.

Please contact with any questions. 

Exclusive Agenda

Recommended Executive Agenda

Take Forrester’s guidance on which sessions from the entire conference to attend as a c-level data leader.

Analyst Access

Priority Analyst 1:1 Booking

Receive priority booking for 1:1 networking and guidance meetings with our best-in-class analysts & experts.


Private ELE Networking Lounge

Connect with your peers during the conference at the exclusive sessions and in a private networking lounge in the virtual experience.

Detailed Agenda

Tuesday, September 12

6:00 PM CDT | Meet Your Peers: Networking Reception

Join us for a pre-conference reception where you can network with Forester experts and Industry peers who will be part of the ELE program throughout the event.

Wednesday, September 13

Visit the Agenda tab and use the filter to highlight your ELE curated agenda.

12:50 PM – 1:50 PM CDT | Exclusive Lunch AMA | AI Decoded: Separating Fact from Fiction with Forrester Experts

All ELE members are invited to join our exclusive lunch Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Forrester ​AI experts. Explore practical use cases, ethical considerations, and implementation strategies. Whether you’re an AI novice or leading the charge on developing AI initiatives, this AMA is your opportunity to get expert guidance on navigating the uncharted landscape, get direct answers to all your questions, and learn whether or not AI keeps Forrester experts up at night.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT | Exclusive Reception

Enjoy this opportunity to further engage with peers you’ve met during the ELE program.

Thursday September 14

Visit the Agenda tab and use the filter to highlight your ELE curated agenda.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM CDT | Exclusive Breakfast

Bring your teams and join your ELE peers for a final breakfast to wrap up the conference and share your top moments and takeaways from the past few days.

Forrester Women's Leadership Program

Tuesday, Sept. 12 | 4:00-6:00 PM

Join us as we focus on how to help advance women leaders in your organization break down barriers and overcome challenges. Learn from your peers on advancement strategies for women leaders and participate in a conversation about how to develop meaningful relationships with women leaders in the data and analytics industry. All are welcome to join!

Session Details

Each of you has a superpower that motivates your actions. That influence is the WHY that explains why you do what you do. Your WHY empowers you to intentionally plan and make informed career decisions that elevate personal satisfaction and professional impact.

Join us as we:

  • Explain the influence of WHY on your career vision.
  • Introduce the WHYs that shape change and actions.
  • Position you to tap into your WHY and intentionally create the career that brings joy.

Lillian M. Davenport, Principal, End View Solutions, LLC

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion are part of the fabric of Forrester’s culture. We are excited to share that this year’s program includes sessions dedicated to a number of important areas of focus as it relates to diversity and inclusion.


Embracing Diversity As Your Key For Growth: A Few Practical Steps!
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (“DEI”) are key concepts at the forefront of many corporations’ agendas today.  The need for a more inclusive workspace is not new, but corporations are now recognizing trends in the correlation between a diverse/inclusive workspace and greater staff retention and productivity. This session provides an easy-to-follow pathway that helps get any company past the initial step (of what is often viewed unfavorably as ‘requisite diversity training’) and around the most common traps that stop companies from maintaining best practices. 

  • How to ‘jump right in’ and identify specific areas for program enhancement.  Don’t get lost in the too-big picture!  
  • Learn the three key components of the employee lifecycle for DEI incorporation. 
  • Discover how a stronger DEI program can lead to team and company maturity. 
  • Recognize the most common traps: where attempts to be inclusive go wrong with most corporations. 
  • Act upon two things you can do to improve immediately/today.

Speaker: Jade Johnson, DE&I Leader


Build A Better Listening Strategy To Inspire And Enable Your Employees

Gone are the days when leaders stood in front of their followers and told them what matters. Modern leaders engage their teams to learn from them, and with them, what matters in business and for customers. But that can only happen with a more purposeful listening strategy. In this session, attendees will learn:   

  • What listening is and why it plays the largest role in an organization’s approach to employee input.  
  • How listening is a productive, rather than merely reactive, tool for improving the business.  
  • Why successful leaders will be known as much for what they learned as what they said.  

Speaker: David Johnson, Forrester


Earning Excellence: How Managers Can Inspire And Enable Sustained Excellence 

Energy and engagement are finite resources that are essential to achieving business results. One of the challenges that organizations and leaders face is that these resources have been depleted for many of their employees due to a lack of strategies to refresh and sustain that energy. In this session, we will: 

  • Define “tired rock stars” — high-engagement contributors who are at risk of burning out. 
  • Guide leaders to see the tired rock stars in their ranks (including, possibly, themselves) and understand them more clearly. 
  • Share how leaders can sustainably earn excellence from their talent. 

Speaker: Jonathan Roberts, Forrester


Panel: The Evolving Drivers Behind Accessibility Commitments: Attracting and Retaining Talent Enters The Spotlight

Compliance and avoiding lawsuits are no longer the primary drivers behind enterprise accessibility commitments.  In this panel session we will discuss why firms increasingly cite “attracting and retaining talent” as a top driver behind accessibility commitments and the best practices to deliver on those commitments.

You will learn:

  • The myths of providing accommodations and how to manage an increasing number of requests from employees
  • How companies personalize their employee value proposition at scale
  • Why a “one size fits all” approach to accessibility doesn’t work and why having a strong, accessible, culture can be the difference between a productive employee base versus and unsatisfied one,



Sarah Bernard, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Inclusively

Charlotte Dales, Co-Founder & CEO, Inclusively

Gina Bhawalkar, Forrester


Fireside Chat: Resilience, Growth Mindset And Self-Care: A Leadership Journey

A personal & professional journey that has seen this Product Leader succeed across multiple industries, geographies and at the intersection of technological & business disruption. In this fireside chat, Ash Mukherjee will discuss with Monica Carlesso how she has grown as leader by embracing curiosity and displayed grit to open to be constantly out of the comfort zone, yet has learnt how self-care is key to leadership and a sustainable growth. Modern leadership is about embracing change and dichotomies, both as strategic business levers but also to lead compassionately through massive societal changes and Monica will share her story with Ash. 
During this session, we will discuss:  
• A product leader’s journey across different industries and geographies, exploring challenges and implications 
• How to overcome the bumps of a growth journey with curiosity, grit and self-care.   

Ash Mukherjee, Forrester
Monica Carlesso, Lloyds Banking Group

Fireside Chat: Inner Master, Outer Impact: Lessons in Leadership 

Hitendra’s mission is to discover, codify, and explore the laws of success in life and leadership. With an MBA and Ph.D. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Wadhwa brings a mathematician’s rigor and a truth-seeker’s spirit to some of today’s most vexing questions about authenticity, success, leadership, and human potential. In this conversation, we’ll explore with Hitendra his personal journey of discovery, his insights, and his recommendations for defining, and then achieving purpose, and how you can be a better leader with Cultural Intelligence. 

Ash Mukherjee, Forrester
Hitendra Wadhwa, Mentora Institute

Analyst Relations Exchange

The Analyst Relations (AR) Exchange at Data Strategy & Insights welcomes AR leaders to join Forrester Executives in exploration of Forrester’s evolved value proposition, product portfolio, and research methodologies benefitting high-tech and service provider organizations.

This session is designed exclusively for analyst relations professionals at high-tech and services companies and will provide an overview of Forrester’s product strategy, research strategy, and evaluative research methodology. It will be followed by a networking reception.

The AR Exchange is for qualified AR leaders only. To be approved to attend, applicants must have an analyst relations title or be a verified AR leader with another title. Attendees who meet these qualifications will be invited to join the AR experience. This event is offered in person only.

Tuesday, September 12
This event is offered in-person only. 

4:00 pm CDT | Arrival, Coffee & Networking

4:15 pm CDT | Welcome and Kick Off – Led by Forrester Product Management
Christopher Andrews, VP, Research Director, Forrester

4:30 pm CDT | Forrester Research Update – Led by Forrester Research

5:00 pm CDT | Forrester’s Research Methodology And Insights For High-Tech & Service Providers – Led by Forrester Evaluative Research
Danielle Jessee, Researcher, Forrester

5:15 pm CDT | Q&A With Forrester Executives

5:30 pm CDT | Private Reception with Forrester Analysts

6:00 pm CDT | Program Concludes

Bring Your Team

“If you want to go fast, travel alone. If you want to go far, travel together.” Data Strategy & Insights 2023 provides a broad and deep agenda to maximize learning and networking opportunities for groups of attendees from the same company.

Take another look at the agenda today. Browse some sessions you think would interest your team. See for yourself why it really is smarter to “travel together” when you come to this year’s Data Strategy & Insights Forum.

Small Team

Pricing incentive for teams of 5+  paid attendees from the same enterprise.

  • Discounted Tickets: Receive 5 tickets for the price of 4 in one transaction. No code required, add 5 tickets to your cart and receive 20% off.

Large Team

Pricing and experiential incentive for teams of 10+ paid attendees from the same enterprise.

  • Preferred Access Seating in Keynote Room: Premier seating reserved for Team attendees.​
  • Preferred Access Badge: Unique name badge identifier to signify premier-level status.
  • Access to Team Lounge: An exclusive space for Team attendees to use for huddles or down-time during the event. The lounge will be equipped with refreshments, comfortable seating, charging stations and more.

Data Strategy & Insights · September 13 – 14, 2023 · Austin & Digital