Chilean-American Influencer, Award-Winning Global Threats Expert, International TV Commentator & Former Fortune 10 Regional Counsel
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 >
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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.
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.
"She was just excellent. Adriana was engaging, told interesting, relevant stories. Her content was very timely to the status of Global Privacy and she really opened my eyes to the changing International landscape. I expected to be a little bored actually, but felt engaged and interested the entire time!!"
"I've worked with Adriana for over a couple of decades. She has been a barrier-breaker as a Latina woman working in large law firms, multinational corporations, teaching, and appearing on many media programs. She is bicultural and equally natural in Spanish and English. She is a highly ethical lawyer and is on the cutting edge of international law, privacy, technology, and due diligence. She is a colorful writer and often a keynote speaker for diverse associations."
"It is an honor to recommend Adriana Sanford for her high energy, intellect, savvy, and global connections. A Georgetown and Notre Dame-educated lawyer, with multiple law degrees, she has served as counsel to fortune 100 corporations, led global actions on human rights, is an award-winning cybersecurity expert that serves as a CNN analyst on breaking news related to cybersecurity issues on the internationally viewed show, Dinero, and continues to educate the next generation of leaders at the University of Oklahoma. She is a recognized global cybersecurity expert and an in-demand keynote speaker. She brings the value of her global personal network, indefatigable energy, and intellect to any issue and produces tangible results. Adriana is a force to be reckoned with, a force for good. She has built strong and trusted relationships with industry leaders, diplomats, and world-renowned experts in the U.S. and around the globe. She is a powerhouse and force multiplier that makes a positive impact on any organization she supports."
"I find her to be a powerhouse with a well-organized, yet flexible mind. Adriana’s valuable contributions continue to make a substantive difference in our world today, and I feel fortunate to work with her."
"She shared profound tidbits about the dangers of corporate corruption and some serious concerns for C-Suites’ physical safety in foreign territories. The address unfolded like a story, which created a magnetic and suspenseful delivery that captivated the entire Pepperdine accounting community. Magnificent and unforgettable! Bravo!!"
“Dr. Sanford’s stellar performance at Pepperdine's Accounting Banquet inspired, informed, and entertained everyone alike; accounting students, faculty and professionals were all impressed. A senior faculty and former dean stated, ‘Adriana Sanford brought a level of class we seldom see here at Pepperdine; I hope we can see her at future Pepperdine events.’ The manner in which she artfully integrated her valuable professional experience with the key principles she was advising the graduates to consider was both incredible and inspiring. Her stories were riveting and kept everyone on the edge of their seats with harrowing tales of corporate corruption. Seldom do we find someone with such an intellect, communication skills, energetic work ethic, and moral values so effectively balanced in a single individual.”
Adriana Sanford, JD, delivered an exceptional program at the Loyola Marymount University Faculty Pub Night. Her unique and timely insight on cybersecurity, navigating the complex web of International laws, and the impact on business, was eye opening. In addition, her perspective on the sense of urgency to address these issues was clarified with evidence-based cases relatable to the distinguished guests. Her inspiration to ignite diversity in cybersecurity education rang strong with everyone present, tying the need with the solution beautifully. Adriana is a true leader and will continue to generate ideas and approaches that will surely lead to action. It was an honor and privilege to hear her present.
"Adriana was the keynote speaker in ISACA's Latin America Computer Audit Control and Security Conference that took place in September 2015. She is an excellent lecturer and multidimensional expert combining legal, technology, governance and policy related knowledge that gives her audience the opportunity to achieve a holistic opinion on the presented subject."
"I have the utmost respect and admiration for Adriana Sanford as a professional and a person. She is a legal thought leader and a strong human rights defender, who created and implemented best legal practices for multinationals including one of the largest companies in the world. More importantly, through noble acts of bravery, she protected her clients, employees, and senior executives from international organized crime and corruption. Rarely do we see such individuals with this level of competency, courage, and integrity. When it comes to a sound and incorruptible legal mind, Adriana is second to none."
"Adriana is extremely knowledgeable and articulate both as a presenter and as a writer on topics of supply chain ethics, international financial crime enforcement, and other matters of comparative law. In addition to her overall expertise and keen understanding of the practical aspects of international business and supply chain management, her contemporary teaching style and high degree of professionalism have proven to be extremely valuable."
"Adriana spoke for us at ISSA’s CISO Executive Forum, on the supply chain, security and privacy, across organizations, jurisdictions and countries. She is a compelling expert speaker who fully engaged our CISO audience, who are certainly experts in their own cyber security line of work. Adriana was professional, articulate and responsive to our needs and what the audience wanted, and she delivered a successful session that provoked new thought and learning. Adriana also spoke to our local security chapters on similar topics. She resonates and can carry the program. Adriana is an expert in her field who is driven, articulate and passionate. She’s approachable, helpful and responsive—really goes out of her way to help. One of my personal goals is helping other women succeed in our field, and Adriana falls into that camp as well. All of my interaction with Adriana is professional and top notch, over the top in exceeding expectations."
"Adriana Sanford was the keynote speaker at the April 21, 2017 Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) CISO Forum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Sanford brilliantly addressed Chief Cyber Security Officers on Multijurisdictional Conflicts Under a New Security Landscape. She explained that the new landscape requires greater collaboration among governments and the private sector and that legal debates concerning personal data, encrypted communications, and mass government surveillance will continue to mount. As National security remains a concern - she discussed how governments are scrambling to protect their own interests in an inter-connected world—often at the expense of privacy and perhaps other individual freedoms. An audience grabber - Dr. Sanford addressed numerous questions and attendees expressed their desire to have additional talks by Dr. Sanford in the future!"
"I have been working with Professor Sanford, as part of the recent discussions around privacy, and the forthcoming new EU data protection regulation. Adriana is one of the rare persons within the US university circles, fully engaged in the international legislation initiatives, and with a particular sensitivity to international cultural differences. She advocates a stronger sensitivity and alertness for these issues within the US, and pushes for a worldwide dialogue and global approach. It is a pleasure working with her."
"Adriana focuses on the recognition of the human rights of all individuals, especially children and women in situations of social vulnerability. Her desire for greater accountability and improved justice in the global community is evident by her work, including advisory and board membership positions with international humanitarian entities. These attributes, combined with her cultural awareness, multiple legal degrees, language skills, and two decades in international corporate law, make her of tremendous value for scholarly research projects on a global scale."
“One of the most listened to guests in Task Force 7 history. Adriana is not only a cyber-security expert, but she is a multidimensional professional with experience and expertise in a variety of different domains and that is what makes her so interesting to listen to…. Adriana has one of the top 5 most listened to episodes...”
"An audience grabber - Dr. Sanford addressed numerous questions and attendees expressed their desire to have additional talks by Dr. Sanford in the future!"
"Dr. Adriana Sanford delivered a brilliant keynote presentation at the 2017 Washington DC ISSA CISO Forum....A fellow CISO's comment at the end of the presentation echoed the thought of other attendees....'you could hear a pin drop'..."
"Adriana Sanford is truly a gifted speaker. She has the unique ability to speak to students, captains of industry and academicians all in the same audience. She displays her passion on the topic of International Cyber Risk through a deep understanding of the legal and business ramifications. Dr. Sanford is an exceptional communicator in person as well as on radio or television. I highly recommend her as a feature speaker for any significant gathering. She will not disappoint."
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