Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council

CGOC (Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council) is a forum of over 3,500 legal, compliance, records and information management professionals. Established in 2004, it fills the critical practitioners’ gap between the EDRM and The Sedona Conference. Its charter is to create a forum in which executives can get the insight, interaction, and information they need to make good business decisions.

CGOC conducts primary research, has dedicated practice groups on challenging topics, and hosts meetings throughout the U.S. and Europe where practice leaders convene to discuss discovery, analytics, privacy and governance. Members gain insight from diverse industry perspectives and harness the collective experience of the breadth of practitioners required to solve today’s complex legal, IT and business challenges. Nearly a third of CGOC members attend events throughout the year, highlighting dedication to advancing their corporate practices and demonstrating the value of the in-person gatherings.

CGOC supporters include founding sponsor IBM Corporation.


CGOC events are distinguished by the depth of experience of member experts and the level and quality of conversation across the assembly.

  • Practice Groups

    Through working lunches and special interest groups, the CGOC provides a venue for small-group discussions and engagement on specific issues. Sessions are chaired by a team of subject matter experts to set the stage for active discussion on key topics; practice guidelines and recommendations typically result from these sessions.

  • Executive Events

    Focused on high-level changes in the legal landscape or practice standards, executive sessions are generally one-day events with distinguished guest experts who provide a comprehensive overview of the topic.

  • Annual Summit

    The Summit is an international conference of CGOC members. Comprised of thought provoking presentations, break-out sessions on diverse topics, and memorable networking events, the Summit sets the tone for the coming year.


  • Bulletins and Newsletters

    Through bulletins and newsletters, CGOC publishes the results of its working groups and executive events as well as alerts its constituency to important issues and advancements.

  • Articles, Whitepapers, Studies and Surveys

    The CGOC members contibute to relevant and pressing topics by participating in surveys, contributing case studies and authoring whitepapers and articles. Their insight and resources such as the Information Economics Process Assessment Kit have helped many organizations benchmark and improve their information governance initiatives.

“As a magistrate judge, I expected litigants’ document retention programs to be tightly coupled with their preservation obligations and processes. CGOC events are an excellent venue for learning and perhaps the best seminars you will find on this subject.”

– Ronald J. Hedges, Counsel, Nixon Peabody,
Retired US Magistrate Judge, and noted e-discovery expert


Heidi Maher
CGOC Executive Director

Heidi is the Executive Director of the CGOC. She is an attorney and an information governance specialist who has helped hundreds of organizations move from theory to practice both from within the industry and as an external advisor. Prior to the CGOC, Heidi was involved in strategy, marketing and consulting at various technology companies.

Before entering the tech industry, Heidi was a felony prosecutor, civil litigator, an assistant state attorney general, and the public information officer for a large environmental agency. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and is admitted to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Navit Jaimes
CGOC Community Relations Manager

Navit manages events and coordinates social media communication and engagement for the CGOC. She is a World-Wide Performance Marketing Professional for Enterprise Content Management and Financial Services Sector at IBM. Navit graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in spring of 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing and minor in Advertising.



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