Making the Case for Data Privacy: How to win — and keep — leadership support for your data privacy program
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Executive Engagement on Data Privacy
What makes this course unique?
You will hear from data privacy executives on how they are managing executive buy in and engagement in their data privacy programs. Our experts will not only cover how to build a business case for buy-in, but also how to provide a holistic view of the organization to keep them informed and engaged.
What will attendees learn?
Common obstacles encountered when seeking executive buy in.
How to quantify and qualify the risks of not being ready.
Ways to demonstrate the overall investment vs. cost mitigation.
Planning for new legislation that could impact readiness.
How to keep leadership engaged in an ever-changing landscape.
What a data privacy dashboard is and why it’s needed.
How to build a data privacy dashboard for your organization.
Ways to increase adoption of data privacy technology & best practices.
Industry Focus:
All industries will benefit from this course.
Senior Manager & Director Level
Analytics Leaders
Product Owners
Large Business Unit Owners


Steve Gilmer
Managing Director at B Riley Advisory Services

Stephen Gilmer, Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), is a Managing Director in the Compliance, Risk & Resilience group at B. Riley Advisory Services with more than 25 years of experience as a technical expert and executive leader focused on securing companies’ most sensitive and valuable data and systems. 

Stephen previously was in-house CISO at both a biotechnology startup and at two Fortune 10 aerospace, defense, and technology companies. In these roles, he designed and implemented sensitive data and IP security control programs; shaped policy at the national level and security framework formation; and proactively resolved complex investigation, audit, and regulatory oversight issues. 

Mr. Gilmer has deep experience and firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing the Defense Industrial Base and defense contractors. He helped to shape how the original Cyber DFARS (252.204-7012) was required to be implemented and is now helping organizations become prepared to meet the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certifications mandated by the DoD. Stephen has helped start-ups, Defense-only organizations, and multi-billion dollar mixed commercial / defense organizations with their CMMC preparations. His guidance has been across all levels of the organization – from the board strategy and legal and compliance support to IT technical guidance. B. Riley Advisory Services works with lenders, law firms, private equity sponsors and companies of all types


Teresa Skehan
Director, Information Privacy and Protection Office at IBM Global Business Services, Public Sector

Ms. Skehan is the Director of the Information Privacy and Protection Office and the Security Focal for IBM GBS North America. She is successfully leading a program to drive long-lasting, sustainable compliance with government, industry and corporate security policies, standards and procedures. She also oversees the management of Security Risk Assessors and Security Experts in the US, Canada, India and Mexico.

Throughout her career, her professional accomplishments and awards have been associated with thought leadership, technology evaluation and business alignment, security/privacy controls, and privacy management. She has successfully transformed a cybersecurity risk management program to align with strategic technologies such as cognitive, mobile, cloud and Internet of Things; directed the remediation of numerous audit findings associated with the absence of business controls and inadequate management of system/technology changes; launched the design, development, and implementation of a Public Key Infrastructure and automated a company’ entire operations through the various stages of design, development, installation, and support.

Recipient of numerous company awards; Crystal Award for displaying Exemplary Performance and Leadership; Premier Achievement Award and Technology Breakthrough Award; President’s Award for Leadership and Innovation; Management Team and Most Valuable Player Awards.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Security Engineering Management and several professional certifications: ISACA’s CRISC, CISA, CISM and CDPSE; IAPP’s Fellow of Information Privacy, Certified Information Privacy Technologist and Certified Information Privacy Professional for Canada, US Private Sector, US Government and Europe; CSA’s Certificate Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK); ADCG’s Data Privacy and Protection Specialist. She is Director of Academic Relations, ISACA, Greater Washington DC Chapter.

Jarell Oshodi
Deputy Chief Privacy Officer at the CDC

Jarell OshodI is the Deputy Chief Privacy Officer at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she utilizes her expertise in privacy compliance to ensure proper data protection and controls are in place. After graduating from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Mercer Law School with a Juris Doctorate, she passed the Georgia bar and began her legal career in the federal government. Jarell has honed her expertise at various federal agencies all across the nation including the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Department of Justice, and the National Institutes of Health. She is also a U.S. Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Manager (CIPM). In addition to her primary job function, Jarell is an advisory board member of the Birth Equity Advocacy Project (BEAP) and dedicated Black maternal health advocate. When she is not busy with the CDC or nonprofit work, you can find this New Orleans native in Atlanta enjoying time with her husband and two little boys.

Cristina Blanton
Chief Privacy & Data Protection Officer at The University of Texas System

Cristina Blanton serves as the Chief Privacy & Data Protection Officer for the U.T. System. The U.T. System is made up of 13 institutions specializing in the education of over 200,000 students, the care of over 8 million patients, and an average operating budget of over $19 billion.  In her role of Chief Privacy and Data Protection Officer for the System, Cristina specializes in working with 13 institutions on matters specifically related to data and privacy protection laws including HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act), and various international regulations and serves as the designated HIPAA Privacy Officer for System Administration’s Office of Employee Benefits. The Office of Employee administers health benefits for over 200,000 UTS employees and their dependents.

With over 17 years of career experience in advising, collaborating, and providing state and local government entities and officials with an understanding of complex and ever-evolving laws and regulations, Cristina provides specialized training and legal guidance on matters related to privacy and data protection, including SAAS agreement negotiations and other technical contract management and negotiations. Creating policies, guidance, and white papers related to data management, access, responsible use, and privacy awareness is also a focus of Cristina’s practice. Cristina is a Certified Privacy Professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Her passion for privacy can be found through her leadership with various privacy advocacy organizations such as EDUCAUSE, serving as co-chair for the Chief Privacy Officers forum, Texas Department of Information Resources’ Data Management Advisory Council, serving as co-chair, and participant in the development of privacy related components for the NIST Privacy Taxonomy for the NIST Privacy Workforce Public Working Group (PWWG)

Veronica Torres
Attorney & Chief Privacy Officer at Comscore

Veronica Torres serves as Chief Privacy Officer at Comscore, a global cross-platform measurement leader helping businesses make informed decisions in complex media environments. She leads Comscore’s global privacy and data protection strategy by working with stakeholders across business functions. She also has experience overseeing the use of social media, mobile applications, and third-party technologies by federal law enforcement, developing privacy training, and working on an array of issues with technology-based start-ups. She serves on ESOMAR’s Legal Affairs Committee and the IAPP Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board. Veronica earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and B.A. in Political Science from American University.

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