Government Leadership Forum 2019

May 1, 2019 | Convene in Rosslyn, VA

Federal mandates that call for agencies to modernize and leverage data have ushered in a new era of accountability and action. But how do agency leaders build organizations that deliver on their mission and also comply with the President’s Management Agenda and policies like the Federal Data Strategy, OPEN Data Act and others? The mandates might be clear, but the path to success is not.

How are you transforming the culture of analytics in your agency?

Tableau’s Government Leadership Forum is where you’ll learn how to make sense of the policies and lead with a data-driven approach. You will leave with a deeper understanding of how your peers are using data and modern analytics platforms like Tableau to:

  • Deliver on their mission goals and objectives
  • Improve citizen engagement and the citizen experience
  • Create evidence-based policy with data
  • Build and nurture a culture of analytics


07:20: Check-In Open

Attendees can pick up their badges, enjoy a complimentary light breakfast and network with other attendees and partners.

07:50 - 08:35: Partner-Led Breakfast Sessions

A time to enjoy your breakfast while engaging in discussion hosted by our event partners.

Alteryx Breakfast
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FedResults Breakfast
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Deloitte Breakfast
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08:45 - 09:00: Welcome & Opening Remarks

Steven Spano, RVP, Public Sector

Brig. Gen (Ret) Steven J. Spano, US Air Force, is the Regional Vice President for Public Sector at Tableau. He leads the vertical strategy as well as product, services and training sales to the Federal, State and Local Governments and education markets. Prior to joining Tableau, Steve served as the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Center for Internet Security (CIS), an International Nonprofit organization focusing on enhancing cyber security readiness and response for public and private sector entities. Prior to CIS, he served as the General Manager, Defense and National Security for Amazon Web Service's Global Public Sector, where he built and led both businesses.

Steve retired from the USAF in September 2011. He commanded at all levels and served in key joint assignments at the National Security Agency, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as the senior IT and Cyber leader for Multi-National Forces Iraq. Steve was born in Albany, NY. He was commissioned in 1983 through the ROTC program at Norwich University and holds master degrees from John Hopkins University and Troy State University.

09:00 - 9:45: Mainstage Keynote Panel

Federal government line of business leaders will offer their perspectives on establishing and nurturing a culture of analytics within their organization.

Featured Panelists

Robin A. Thottungal, CTO, National Gallery of Art

Eileen Vidrine, CDO, US Air Force

Jesus Caban, Chief of Clinical & Research Informatics, NICoE, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

9:45 - 10:15: Tableau Vision

Join Ellie Fields as she outlines the Tableau perspective on building and nurturing a culture of analytics.

10:15 - 10:30 Break

A chance to chat, stretch, and caffeinate.

10:30 - 11:15: Achieving a Culture of Analytics - Ted Kaouk, USDA CDO

Ted Kaouk will showcase how USDA is driving towards the CAP goal of data as a strategic asset and the Federal Data Strategy and has rolled out a visual analytics platform as a way to achieve a culture of analytics.

11:15 - 12:30: Lunch in the Partner Gallery

Enjoy lunch and continue to network with peers.

12:30 - 13:15: US Department of Homeland Security

DHS’s Path to Integrated Data Analytics
DHS HQ has spent the last 7+ years overcoming the challenges posed by a complex and disconnected data environment within its business and mission support functions. This discussion explores the methodology and lessons learned from DHS HQ’s efforts to adopt data management/governance best practices, a data integration mindset, and embrace enterprise-level data analytics.

Rob King, Director of Systems & Information Integration (SI2O)

Robert King is the Director of the Systems and Information Integration Office (SI2O) within the Department of Homeland Security’s Management Directorate (MGMT). Rob is responsible for developing and executing MGMT’s enterprise-level data management, governance, and integration strategies and associated plans for the Department’s mission support functions. His portfolio includes oversight of the full data management lifecycle spanning data governance, integration, visualization, and propagation. Additionally, he leads the DHS senior executive governance board for mission support data management and integration. In this role he reports to the Deputy Chief Information Officer, Deputy Chief Readiness Support Officer, and Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

13:15 - 14:00: HRSA/HHS

Good Stewardship of Taxpayer’s Dollars
HRSA’s Integrated Resource Management System, with visualizations powered by Tableau, provides managers, employees, budget and internal controls staff with advanced analytics and self-service tools to reach data-driven decisions, validate internal controls and mitigate risks to its $11B annual budget. This financial data warehouse enables HRSA to improve oversight of internal controls and financial performance using advanced analytics.

Joe Roach, Director, Division of Financial Policy and Controls

During Joe's 20+ year Federal career, he has worked in several capacities within the technology management arena, including serving as the CIO and deputy CIO at the HHS Office of the Inspector General and HRSA, respectively. Other responsibilities during his tenure include IT management positions for enterprise architecture, systems management, and IT capital planning.
Joe currently supports the Chief Financial Officer where he is a champion for new approaches in financial data analysis by utilizing data visualization tools to dissect large data sets and identify anomalies or patterned transactions. Always searching for new ways to better inform or improve internal decision making, Joe provides data visualization support to areas such as financial reporting, internal controls testing efforts, resource management, as well as transparency into a myriad of financial operations transactions.

14:00 - 14:15: Break

A chance to chat, stretch, and caffeinate.

14:15 - 15:00: US Department of Veterans Affairs

How data is helping Veterans and driving business decisions at the Department of Veterans Affairs
Join us to learn how the VA approaches enterprise analytics and leverages open data sources to help them deliver on their mission to impact the lives of veterans and their families.

Lisa Mavrogianis, Program Manager
Chris Aragao, Supervisory Veterans Services Representative

15:00 - 15:45: Community Solutions

Measuring what counts: How communities are using data to drive system performance
Learn how a private organization is working with HUD, USICH & the VA to eliminate homelessness, with an emphasis on Chronic and Veteran homelessness.

Beth Sandor, Principal

Beth is a Principal at Community Solutions, where she co-directs the organization's systems change work to help communities end homelessness throughout the US and around the world. In this role, she leads the organization's national Built for Zero campaign, a rigorous follow-on to the 100,000 Homes Campaign designed to help a dedicated group of 70 communities do whatever it takes to end chronic and veteran homelessness. Beth brings more than 20 years of experience working in the field of supportive housing and community development in both the United States and the United Kingdom. From 2010-2014, she led quality improvement for the 100,000 Homes Campaign, for which her work was highlighted in both The New York Times and The Harvard Business Review. Beth holds a B.A. from Boston College

15:45 - 17:00: Networking and Happy Hour

Network with fellow attendees, Tableau experts, partners, and featured speakers.

Highlighted Partners


Convene at 1201 Wilson Blvd | Rosslyn, VA

Join us as we gather at Convene, located within the tallest tower in the Metropolitan D.C. area with unique views of the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia skylines.

Request to Attend

Please note that only officially confirmed participants may attend the Forum. If your request is approved, you will receive an email confirmation.