Who Are We?

The DGPOSM is a non-profit, vendor neutral, association of business, IT and data professionals dedicated to advancing the discipline of data governance.

What is Our Objective?

The objective of the DGPOSM is to provide a forum that fosters discussion and networking for members and to encourage, develop and advance the skills of members working in the data governance discipline.

What is Data Governance?

"A discipline that provides clear-cut policies; procedures; standards; roles; responsibilities; and accountabilities to ensure that data is well-managed as an enterprise resource."

Go to Members Only section to access DGPO's Data Governance Glossary

Q&A Responses to the DGPO November webinar are available:

Did you ask a question during Shannon Fuller’s November 2016 webinar, “A Practical Approach to Governing the Data Lake”? We received many questions during that webinar; Shannon was not able to answer all of them. The unanswered questions – plus his answers – are listed in this document. The recording of the full webinar and the answered questions is available in the Members Only section of our site. Thank you!

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Call for Submissions for the DGPO Best Practice Data Governance Award

The Data Governance Professionals Organization (DGPO) is accepting nominations for the First Annual DGPO Best Practice Data Governance AwardThe award is given to the practitioners within a customer organization (i.e., corporation, government agency or non-profit, as opposed to a product or service vendor) in recognition of an outstanding data governance program.  

For submission guidelines and conditions: CLICK HERE 

Please submit your nomination to
info@dgpo.org by Jan. 31, 2017.  

Upcoming DGPO Events


 The Evolution of Data Governance - How not to Fall into the Current State Trap, A Nationwide Finance Data Governance Perspective

Date: March 1, 2017
2:00 PM Eastern Time

Where: Online webinar
Register: <Registration Opening Soon>

Registration for this event is free for attendees.

The Evolution of Data Governance – How Not to Fall Into the Current State Trap, A Nationwide Finance Data Governance Perspective
Julie Gribben, Consultant, Finance Data Governance, Nationwide
Tonya Walker, AVP, Finance Data Governance, Nationwide
Michael Randall, Director, Finance Data Governance, Nationwide

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company’s Finance Data Governance journey began with a Data Management focused organization, concentrated on processing changes and production support.  Through a multi-year Process Optimization effort, the team addressed pain points in Stewardship, Data Quality, and Change Management, resulting in a mature Finance Data Governance organization.  The team provides enhanced impact analysis and consulting for their business partners and supports cross-functional efforts.  There is also a dedicated Data Quality Team and an engaged Data Steward Network.  The vision for the future of Finance Data Governance supports Nationwide's overall strategy.

  • Finance Data Governance Background – how the team began
  • The Journey – Process Optimization
  • Lessons Learned – how not to fall into the current state trap
  • Looking Forward – vision & strategy


Julie Gribben is a Consultant on the Finance Data Governance (FDG) Team at Nationwide.   Her primary responsibilities consist of  1) educating Finance associates on the role of Data Governance, including onboarding of new associates, data stewards and FDG Board members; 2) defining, updating and enforcing governance standards and reporting metrics to measure compliance; 3) serving as the liaison to the Finance Data Steward organization and FDG Board, including leading a group of data stewards to define and update Finance terms in the Enterprise Business Glossary; 4) serving as the central collection point for FDG dashboard metrics and facilitating the implementation of enhancements to the existing scorecard; and 5) actively driving and supporting Process Optimization initiatives.  Julie has been a Nationwide associate for over 20 years.   Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican College and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt.


Tonya Walker is the Associate Vice President of the Finance Data Governance (FDG) team at Nationwide.  Under Tonya's leadership, the FDG team has undergone a transformation creating a renewed sense of direction which was formalized by rewriting the team's charter and reorganizing the team to align around the core functions.  Through an established framework, standards, and procedures Finance Data Governance drives consistency, comparability and standardization amongst the creation, translation, and movement of Finance data to instill confidence in the information produced.   Tonya has been a Nationwide associate for 24 years and has served as the leader of Finance Data Governance for 4 years.  Tonya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Ashland University.

Michael Randall is the Director of the Data Integration and Quality team in Finance Data Governance (FDG) at Nationwide.   Michael's tenure with FDG includes leading efforts to implement a business driven reference data tool, with workflow, to streamline the change request process. He recently led the effort to transform Finance Data Governance to align with industry best practices, which included the team charter, data stewards organization, data quality and change management, as well as providing thought leadership to reorganize the team around the core functions.  He is currently leading efforts to implement a data quality tool to further support the transformational efforts. Michael has been a Nationwide associate for 24 years, with 6 1/2 years as a leader in FDG.  Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.



Upcoming Conferences




Enterprise Data Governance Online (EDGO)
Date: January 25, 2017
8:00AM - 2:30PM Pacific Time

Where: Online Conference
Register: CLICK HERE

The Enterprise Data Governance Online (EDGO) Conference is a full day virtual event presenting six in-depth webinar sessions on Data Governance.

Registration for this event is free for attendees.

All registrants will receive access to the recorded presentations, slides and materials.


 Enterprise Data World
Date: April 2 - 7, 2017
Where: Atlanta, GA
Discount Code:  $200 when attending discount for DGPO members (Member's Only section)
Register: CLICK HERE

The 21st Annual Enterprise Data World (EDW) Conference is recognized as the most comprehensive educational conference on data management in the world. Your Transformation to Data-Driven Business Starts Here!  Join DATAVERSITY AND DAMA International for the 2017 Enterprise Data World Conference to attend presentations from leading data experts from companies such as M&T Bank, Sears Holdings, Walgreen Boots Alliance and More. 

Hear inspiring Big Data stories, practical Data Strategy tutorials, and the latest in Data Science, Data Management and Governance.

DGPO Working Groups

Data Governance Best Practices (DGBP) from the DGPO Best Practices Working Group

Visit the DGPO Members Only page to access our very first publication of the DGPO Data Governance Best Practices.  We have grouped the Best Practices into Categories (Getting Started, Organization, Processes, Metrics and Communications), with coverage in over 50 different topic areas.  Please be advised that we are continuing to iterate and refine these Best Practices over time.



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