Leadership Interviews

From the soon to be released book, Tomorrow’s Jobs Today. Wisdom and Career Advice from Thought Leaders in AI, Big Data, Blockchain, The Internet of Things, Privacy, and More

Design your career for tomorrow with wisdom from leaders whose shoulders you stand on today. Discover leadership secrets and technology strategies being pioneered by today’s most innovative business executives and renowned brands across the globe in this entertaining collection of interviews and stories exploring new careers of the Information Age.

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*The opinions expressed by the interviewees in this book are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of their employer.


Ethical Underpinnings of Artificial Intelligence – An Interview with Dr. Anand Rao of PricewaterhouseCoopers

Deep learning is not equal to deep understanding. I think we must go beyond it and look at all other forms of learning and intelligence. Dr. Anand Rao

Dr. Anand Rao, PhD, MBA, MSc, is the Global Artificial Intelligence Lead at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has over thirty years of experience in behavioral economics, risk management, and statistical and computational analytics. He has co-edited four books, published over fifty peer-reviewed papers and previously served as the Program Director for the Center for Intelligent Decision Systems at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Rao received his Ph.D. in finance technology from Melbourne University, his masters from the University of Sydney and his MSc in computer science from the Birla Institute of Science and Technology.


Professing Principles of Digital Ethics and Privacy – An Interview with Dr. Anita Allen of The University of Pennsylvania

For me, trust has to be earned. It’s not something that can be demanded or pulled out of a drawer and handed over. And the more government, or the business sector shows a genuine regard and respect for peoples’ privacy in their actions, as well as in their word and policies, the more that trust will come into being. Dr. Anita L. Allen

Dr. Anita Allen serves as Vice Provost for Faculty and Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Allen is a renowned expert in the areas of privacy, data protection, ethics, bioethics, and higher education, having authored the first casebook on privacy law and has been awarded numerous accolades and fellowships for her work. She earned her JD from Harvard and both her PhD. and MA in philosophy from the University of Michigan.


Defending Freedom with Intelligent Information Management – An Interview with Mark Patrick of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 

Public sector practitioners mingling with their private sector counterparts creates mutual benefit. Like minded end users collaborate. Customer-client relationships are formed. Lessons learned and best practices are shared. Mark Patrick

Mark Patrick, CIP, leads the Joint Chief of Staff’s Information Management Team at the United States Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. He is a recognized thought leader in digital transformation, intelligent information, and knowledge management. He earned his bachelor’s in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and his master’s from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.


Diagnosing The Healing Power of Informatics  – An Interview with Dr. Katrina Miller Parrish of L.A. Care Health Plan

The minute the patient walks in the door you’ve got to let them tell their story. You can’t assume by looking at a person or looking at the data that you know what’s going on. Dr. Katrina Miller Parrish

Dr. Katrina Miller Parrish is a physician, researcher, author and Chief Quality and Information Executive for L.A. Care Health Plan. In her distinguished career, she has held leadership roles in prominent health organizations, received noted fellowships and lectured at institutions including USC’s Keck School of Medicine. She received her bachelor’s in biology from Reed College and MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School.


Discovering Data That Matters – An Interview with George Socha, Esq. of BDO USA Consulting

People are constantly trying to figure out the most effective ways to get their jobs done. If they have technical barriers in front of them, sometimes they succumb to the enticement to circumvent those with unauthorized approaches. George Socha

George Socha, Esq. is a renowned industry thought leader and the Managing Director of Binder Dijker Otte’s Technology and Business Transformation Services practice. He has authored numerous articles on eDiscovery and speaks to global audiences on its rapid evolution and distinct challenges. George is also the co-founder of the widely utilized Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), a framework outlining standards for the recovery and discovery of digital data. He earned his bachelor’s in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his JD from Cornell.


Your Neighborhood Library – An Interview with Patrick “PC” Sweeney of EveryLibrary

When you think about the fact that libraries are really about information and not simply about books, you begin to see where the value is. Patrick Sweeney

Patrick “PC” Sweeney is the Political Director for EveryLibrary, the United States’ first and only political action committee for libraries. He is co-author of Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding and Before the Ballot: Building Support for Library Funding. In 2019 he was named one of the “Forty-under-Forty” by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). Patrick received his master’s in library and information science from San Jose State University where he now teaches courses on politics and libraries.


Finding Genuine Talent in an Artificial World – An Interview with Erick Swaine of Mackenzie Ryan Executive Search

Employers need to be able to ask specific questions, to drill down and recover root causes of problems and fill those gaps. We do not minimize skill sets by any stretch, but we have also learned that the ‘intangible’ side of the equation gives both sides a better shot at a long-term fit. Erick Swain

Erick Swaine is a practice director for Mackenzie Ryan, a global talent recruiting firm. He specializes in Information Governance, AI and Analytics. He has placed thousands of job candidates across a wide spectrum of industries into mid-level to executive leadership positions and speaks frequently on their journeys and the mechanics of professional development. He received his Bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I spoke with him in July about today’s recruitment process, outsourcing strategies and the nuances of succession planning in the information age.


Building a Bridge Between Strategy in a Smart City – An Interview with Kevin Gray, CIO of the City of Burbank

You have to be a true partner with the business. The technology is the secondary piece. The technology is what you use to try to find the solution for the problem the business is trying to solve. Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray - CIO City of BurbankKevin Gray is the Chief Information Officer for the City of Burbank, leading an IT department responsible for administrative and network management, geographic information systems and technical services for more than 1400 city employees across 15 departments. Before assuming this role, he served as VP of Global Media and IT for Viacom, one of the world’s premier entertainment entities, overseeing an international team located across six continents. He received his bachelor’s in information systems from California State University, Long Beach and is a certified Scrum Master and Project Management Professional (PMP).


Strengthening Protections and Embracing Connections – An Interview with Douglas C. Williams, President of Williams Data Management

The future belongs to the fleet of foot. So, guess what, those with a fixed mindset will be passed over by those with a growth mindset. Doug Williams

DougWilliams - Information Governance PerspectivesDouglas C. Williams is CEO of Williams Data Management and Chairman of the Board for the Vernon Chamber of Commerce. He has over thirty years of experience helping Fortune 500 clients with their document storage, destruction, and data security needs. He earned his bachelor’s in broadcast communications from San Francisco State University.


Marketing Moving Targets of Digital Transformations – An Interview with Dux Raymond Sy, Chief Marketing Officer of AvePoint

The two main challenges in digital marketing are time scarcity and white noise, which are similar in other areas of marketing, but seem more pronounced in the enterprise IT space. Dux Raymond Sy

Dux Raymond Sy is the Chief Marketing Officer of AvePoint and is responsible for driving business and digital transformation initiatives for commercial, educational and public sector organizations across the globe. He’s also a Microsoft Regional Director and Most Valuable Professional and has authored numerous books, articles, and whitepapers on IT and business process strategy. He received his bachelor’s in telecommunications engineering from Southern Polytechnic University.


Driving Conversations Around Telematics – An Interview with John Danenberger, Counsel, State Farm

Telematics is going to solve a lot of problems because you’re realizing that things aren’t the same way they were 50 years ago.John Danenberger

John Danenberger, CPCU, is Corporate Counsel at State Farm Insurance and specializes in addressing issues around telematics. He served in the US Army and is licensed to practice law in Texas and Illinois. He received his bachelor’s from DePaul University, a master’s from UCL, and his JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.


Building a Framework to Sustain the Coming IoT Tsunami – An Interview with Priya Keshav, Founder of Meru Data

Companies need to recognize that we are at an inflexion point in terms of IoT and data and begin to reframe their overarching governance strategies. Priya Keshav

Priya Keshav - Information Governance PerspectivesPriya Keshav Keshav is the founder and CEO of Meru Data, a software company that provides corporate information governance solutions. Before developing her own products, she led KPMG’s Forensic Technology Services Practice in the Southwest United States. She graduated from the Warrington College of Business Administration and received her MBA from the University of Florida.


Harnessing Analytical Insights and Illuminating the Physical Realm of Dark Data – An Interview with Markus Lindelow, Principal of Iron Mountain

Companies know the vast repositories of data they generate and store are valuable, but extracting that value is difficult. With classification tools using machine learning and applying policy expertise, we can shine some light on dark data.

Markus Lindelow - Information Governance PerspectivesMarkus Lindelow leads the IG and Content Classification Practice Group at Iron Mountain, the world’s largest information management company, where he’s been pioneering breakthrough analytic techniques for over a decade. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Saint Edwards University. I sat down with him this November to discuss his thoughts on the evolution of metadata, content classification, AI, and how companies are using the new pillars of data science to break down their silos, help customers get lean and discover the hidden values in their big data sets.


Navigating The Global Digital Economy – An Interview with April Dmytrenko, FAI, CRM

Simple always wins over complex, and this is certainly key in consideration of the end user and expediting goals. April Dmytrenko

April Dmytrenko - Information Governance PerspectivesApril Dmytrenko, CRM, FAI is a pioneer in the fields of records management, compliance, and privacy. She works closely with diverse enterprises on developing legally compliant programs and building strategic partnerships between their internal and external teams. She serves on industry action committees and is an active speaker, trainer, and author. She earned her bachelor’s in business administration and technology from California State University, Fullerton


Blockchain for the Common Good- An Interview with Ashish Gadnis, CEO of BanQu

Old economic models have failed because they look at the ability to help people out of poverty separate from enabling people in poverty to take part in the supply chain. Ashish Gadnis

Information Governance Perspectives Interview with Ashish Gadnis of BanQuAshish Gadnis is Chief Executive Officer of BanQu and a recognized thought leader in the burgeoning blockchain community. He chairs the Financial Inclusion Working Committee for the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and travels the world explaining how this revolutionary new technology is transforming the way we contemplate supply chain economics. He holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and graduated from the Global Leadership and Public Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Tapping Into Africa’s IG Potential – An Interview with Amb-Dr. Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole, Chairman of the IIM

Having a society where quality records and information can be easily accessed must be a priority… Amb-Dr. Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole

Dr. Oyedokun Ayodeji OyewoleAmb-Dr. Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole is the Chairman of the Board at the Institute of Information Management based in Nigeria. Prior to leading the institute, he served in senior IT roles for Swedish firms and consulted on cybersecurity needs for the oil and gas industry. He received is BSc in Computer Science from Lagos State University.


Turning Collective Wisdom Into Strength – An Interview with Andrea Kalas of the Association of Moving Image Archivists

If there’s one thing I admire the most among the younger members of our field it is their dedication to recognizing the path that is the worthiest… to their colleagues, to the collections, to the world they work and live in. Andrea Kalas

Andrea KalasAndrea Kalas is a former President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Prior to her current role as SVP of Archives at Paramount Pictures she led the preservation program at the British Film Institute. She received her bachelor’s in film from Temple University and finished her master’s in film at the University of California at Los Angeles.


Emerging From The Dense, Digital Fog – An Interview with Dr. Ulrich Kampffmeyer, Managing Director of Project Consult

With AI looming ahead, we may even have to redefine what work is. Man is no longer the scale, the ruler, the canon. Dr. Ulrich Kampffmeyer

IMG_992_kff_400x400Dr. Ulrich Kampffmeyer is the Managing Director of Project Consult in Hamburg, Germany and a renowned expert on digital transformations, business intelligence, and enterprise content management. He holds a master’s in archaeology and completed his Ph.D. in prehistory at Georg-August University of Göttingen.


Directing The Flow Of Information – An Interview with Jones Lukose, Information Officer of The International Criminal Court

We now live in a world where small sets of information can alter the economies of the most powerful organizations and states on the planet. It is a world where compact streams of sensitive information can digitally leak and cause violent reactions from people living far and beyond the source.Dr. Jones Lukose Ongalo

Jones LukoseJones Lukose Ongalo, MBA, Ph.D., is the Information Management Officer for the Court Pénale Internationale at the Criminal Court in the Hague. He has spent the last two decades developing and implementing strategies to achieve operational effectiveness and regulatory compliance for engineering firms, in energy and utilities sectors and for judicial organizations within Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Jones received his MBA from Hague University and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University.


The Future of Compliance – An Interview with Risk and Compliance Officer and Professor of Financial Law Miguel Mairlot

In order to build a strong compliance program, it is of utmost importance to work towards good communication with regulators. Miguel Mairlot

Miguel Mairlot is an attorney and Data Protection Officer (DPO) with a significant breadth of compliance experience advising wealth management and insurance businesses. He has written and spoken extensively about compliance topics and teaches financial law in Brussels, Belgium. Miguel completed his undergraduate work at Université Catholique de Louvain and received his advanced master’s in business law from Ghent University.


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