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Adriana  Sanford

Adriana Sanford

Chilean-American Influencer, Award-Winning Global Threats Expert, International TV Commentator & Former Fortune 10 Regional Counsel

Biography

Former Fortune 10 Regional Counsel Adriana Sanford, J.D., dual LL.M, is an award-winning cybersecurity and global privacy laws expert and an international television commentator, who appears regularly as a CNN Español analyst to 93+ million Spanish-speaking viewers. She provides the keynote addresses at some of the world's top technology, IT, security, legal, and compliance industry conferences including to hundreds of General Counsel and senior legal leaders from Fortune 1000 companies at the 19th Annual SuperConference, a Corporate Counsel event in Chicago. She is also Private Equity International’s upcoming keynote to hundreds of Chief Compliance Officers and compliance professionals for the upcoming Private Fund Compliance Forum in 2021 in New York. With multiple law degrees, fluency in four languages, Sanford has served as a keynote or featured speaker at more than 140 industry conferences, including to thousands of leading cybersecurity professionals at the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² Security Congress conferences in 2020, 2019, and 2018, which brought together more than 4,000 cyber professionals from around the world. This October 2021, she is an (ISC)² featured speaker at the 11th annual global industry conference in Orlando, Florida. Read More >

The Notre Dame law and Georgetown law-educated international corporate lawyer has also led Lean Six Sigma projects at multiple locations throughout the United States and Latin America for a global manufacturing company. Moreover, Sanford has served on the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative; on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International (USA); as an honored delegate of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO summit in Chile; and is Of Counsel with one of the leading Chilean law firms recently appearing on the 2021 Best Lawyers list, Puga Ortiz Abogados. Her research, scholarly work, and publications focus on laws at the international level, where multijurisdictional laws conflict and possible outcomes for corporate non-compliance includes high penalties, criminal liability, and physical danger for executives in foreign territories. In her professional career, Sanford has had to face times of tremendous adversity while confronting international organized crime and its links to corporate fraud and other forms of business malfeasance. Her extensive experience with global threats spans well over two decades and includes a foreign drug cartel and an illegal scheme involving Russian loans that resulted in the arrest and 30-year imprisonment of her former employer's CEO, as well as her abduction while on company business. With this setback, she came back stronger and coauthored books on global threats that were adopted by Institute for Supply Management, which is the largest and oldest supply management association in the world. She then further distinguished herself by educating tens of thousands of corporate executives, thousands of college students, and the public at large, on the dangers of corporate corruption. Sanford has “the unique ability to speak to captains of industry, college students, and academicians all in the same audience,” and is frequently described as “an audience grabber.”

As the global COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Sanford became international resource for The University of Oklahoma Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business by chairing a four-part COVID-related series, OU Global Risks & Threats Series (OU GRTS) Leadership Forum, which was comprised of 50 notable industry leaders, world experts, and visionaries from the intelligence, finance, law enforcement, corporate and cyber sectors. OU GRTS was a collaborative effort between the Michael F. Price College of Business and the OU Center for Intelligence and National Security. Sanford also began co-producing and co-hosting The Sanford & Hall Report with retired Rear Admiral Garry E. Hall (USN), former senior director on the National Security Council at the White House for National Security Affairs. Sanford & Hall partners with Telecom4Good, a nonprofit, based in based in San Clemente, California that improves lives through high-quality, cost-effective communications solutions for other nonprofits around the world.  The S&H virtual series is regularly featured among some of the World's Most Influential Countries with an audience reach of 159+ million.

Sanford also dedicates her time and work on other philanthropic activities related to global public health and wellness. The Chilean-American educator, humanitarian, and global threats expert currently serves as the Global Development Director and Senior Legal Counsel for the Create Cures Foundation; the charitable nonprofit is based in Santa Monica, California and provides support in the United States and Italy for cutting-edge scientific research for treatment and prevention of serious diseases around the globe, such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer, as well as cardiovascular, autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Crohn's disease, and multiple sclerosis.

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GDPR and Global Privacy Laws

OU Global Risks & Threats Leadership Forum Reel

Hybrid Workforce Solutions

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On Cyber Security and Global Privacy Laws

ISC2 Security Congress Highlight

On Data Brokers

On Cryptocurrency

On Data Protection Reform

Speech Topics

What Boards Should Be Thinking About / Dangerous Legal & Compliance Issues

Examine the breadth and depth of legal and compliance pandemic-related challenges that have risen to the top of the C-Suite agenda and are necessary for effective board meeting preparation. As businesses address compliance risks and anticipate new regulations and reforms, boards should ensure they understand the potential multijurisdictional conflicts that may arise to develop policies and procedures that are consistent with the organization's strategy and risk appetite. particularly when some outcomes for corporate non-compliance create high penalties or potential criminal liability.

Data Privacy & Security Boot Camp/ What You Need to Know About CCPA, GDPR & Other Global Privacy Laws for Remote & Hybrid Teams

Global privacy and data protection laws have far-reaching implications on how personal data is being collected, stored, and accessed.  Noncompliance due to competing and conflicting standards relating to workplace privacy and employee tracking or monitoring creates challenges that require effective communication and escalation to the board. Learn also how new ways of working remotely, re-acclimating onsite workforces, and new technologies impact GDPR and CCPA compliance, as well as how to boost employee productivity and humanize the digital experience.

Building Resilient Leaders & Emotional Intelligence in Time of Crisis / Former Runaway Teen Faces Adversity & Barriers with Success

In our complex world, there are many barriers ranging from pandemic-related difficulties and challenging co-workers to an ever-changing legal and regulatory la, Dr. Sanford motivates the next generation of leaders with her inspiring story of hard work, perseverance, and grit.  A barrier-breaker working in top-tier large law firms and with several multinational corporations, she has firsthand experience overcoming challenges and tremendous adversity. Her extensive experience with global threats in her professional career spans well over two decades and includes a foreign drug cartel and an illegal scheme involving Russian loans that resulted in the arrest and 30-year imprisonment of her former employer's CEO, as well as an overseas abduction while on company business. The Latina with multiple law degrees and a single mother of two was repeatedly placed in harm’s way while confronting international organized crime and its links to corporate fraud. Despite this setback, she came back stronger and published books on global threats. She then further distinguished herself by educating tens of thousands of corporate executives, thousands of college students, and tens of millions of viewers on the dangers of corporate corruption. Dr. Sanford takes control of the dynamics of change while creating the opportunity to experience something different, rather than being a victim of circumstances.