Leadership Interviews

Learn the leadership secrets and technology strategies being pioneered by some of today’s most innovative business executives and renowned brands throughout the world in this entertaining collection of interviews and stories exploring new careers of the information age!
From the soon to be released book, “Tomorrow’s Jobs Today.”

NOVEMBER 2019 – Professing The Principles of Digital Ethics and Privacy – An Interview with Dr. Anita Allen of The University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Anita Allen serves Vice Provost for Faculty and Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law, a Ph.D. and MA in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and her B.A from New College, Florida. 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 based on her contributions.

NOVEMBER 2019 – Defending Freedom with Intelligent Information Management – An Interview with Mark Patrick of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 

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Mark Patrick, CIP, leads the Joint Chief of Staff’s Information Management Team. He is a recognized thought leader in digital transformation, intelligent information and knowledge management at the Defense Department He received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and his Master’s degree from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. I spoke with him recently about knowledge management, the vitality of government records, the Freedom of Information Act and digital transformation projects.

OCTOBER 2019 – Diagnosing The Healing Power of Informatics  – An Interview with Dr. Katrina Miller-Parrish of L.A. Care Health Plan

Dr. Katrina Miller-Parrish is a physician, researcher, keynote speaker and author currently serving as Chief Quality and Information Executive for L.A. Care Health Plan, America’s largest publicly operated health plan by membership. She received her Medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and B.A. from Reed College. Throughout her illustrious career she has held leadership roles in prominent health organizations, received esteemed fellowships and lectured at institutions including USC’s Keck School of Medicine. I spoke with her in June about ethical challenges in the discipline of Health Informatics, legislation affecting health records privacy and the future of work-life balance.

SEPTEMBER 2019 – Discovering The Data That Matters – An Interview with George Socha, Esq. of BDO USA Consulting

George Socha, Esq. is a renowned industry thought leader and the Managing Director of BDO’s Technology and Business Transformation Services practice. He authors numerous articles on E-Discovery and speaks to audiences around the world on its rapid evolution and the distinct challenges it presents. 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 received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. from Cornell. I had an opportunity to sit down with him earlier this year and discuss the past, present and future of E-Discovery, the role of the consultant, and how his personal and professional experiences have shaped his thoughts on leadership and business best practices.

SEPTEMBER 2019 – Advocating For The Original Ad-Free Internet – An Interview with Patrick “PC” Sweeney of EveryLibrary

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” as well as “Before the Ballot: Building Support for Library Funding.” Named one of the “40 Under 40” by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), Patrick is also a lecturer at the San Jose State University Information School where he teaches courses on politics and libraries. I spoke with him this past February about the role of libraries in the digital age, getting stakeholders on board with an ambitious agenda and the modern challenges of privacy and censorship in the public square.

JULY 2019 – Finding Genuine Talent in the Artificial World – An Interview with Erick Swaine of Mackenzie Ryan Executive Search

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.

MAY 2019 – Building a Bridge Between Strategy and Governance Aboard the IT Enterprise – An Interview with Kevin Gray, CIO of the City of Burbank

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 companies, overseeing an international team located across six continents. He received his Bachelor of Science from California State University, Long Beach and is a certified Scrum Master and PMP. I spoke with him over lunch this May about aligning governance with business strategy, balancing risks and opportunities in AI and his insights on career growth.

MARCH 2019 – Strengthening Protections and Embracing Connections – An Interview with Douglas C. Williams, President of Williams Data Management

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. I had an opportunity to sit down with him earlier this year in Los Angeles and collect his thoughts on data protection, business continuity, civic responsibility and professional growth.

FEBRUARY 2019 – Marketing The Moving Targets of Digital Transformations – An Interview with Dux Raymond Sy, Chief Marketing Officer of AvePoint

Dux Raymond Sy is the Chief Marketing Officer of Avepoint® and has successfully driven business and digital transformation initiatives for commercial, educational and public sector organizations across the globe. He’s a Microsoft Regional Director (RD), a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and has authored numerous books, articles and whitepapers on IT and business process strategy. He received his Bachelor of Science from Southern Polytechnic University in Telecommunications Engineering. I interviewed him recently about the unique challenges of marketing digital products and services, the future of cloud computing, O365 and the shifting IT career landscape.

JANUARY 2019 – Building a Framework to Sustain the Coming IoT Tsunami – An Interview with Priya Keshav, Founder of Meru Data

Priya Keshav - Information Governance PerspectivesPriya Keshav is the founder and CEO of Meru Data LLC, a software company focused on building solutions that simplify and achieve corporate information governance goals. Prior to Meru, she was the leader of KPMG’s Forensic Technology Services Practice in the Southwest United States.  I had the chance to sit down with her this December and discuss IG, the Internet of Things, consulting, and software development.

NOVEMBER 2018 – Harnessing Analytical Insights and Illuminating the Physical Realm of Dark Data – An Interview with Markus Lindelow, Principal of Iron Mountain

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.

SEPTEMBER 2018 – Navigating The Global Digital Economy – An Interview with April Dmytrenko, FAI, CRM

April Dmytrenko - Information Governance PerspectivesApril Dmytrenko, CRM, FAI is a recognized thought leader in the field of information management, governance, compliance, and protection. She has worked as both practitioner and consultant in a variety of industries and for brands like Sony and Pitney Bowes. She serves on industry action committees and governing and editorial boards, and is an active industry speaker, trainer, and author. I had the pleasure of sitting down with April this September to discuss privacy, the role of industry associations and key concerns for leaders navigating the global digital economy.

AUGUST 2018 – Blockchain for the Common Good- An Interview with Ashish Gadnis, CEO of BanQu

Information Governance Perspectives Interview with Ashish Gadnis of BanQuAshish Gadnis is the CEO of BanQu, Inc. and 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 think about the supply chain. 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. I spoke with him this July about providing blockchain solutions for the poor and underrepresented, allowing them to participate in the global economy.

JULY 2018 – Tapping Into Africa’s IG Potential – An Interview with Amb-Dr. Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole, Chairman of the IIM

Dr. Oyedokun Ayodeji OyewoleAmb-Dr. Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole is the Chairman of the Board at the Institute of Information Management (IIM) based in Nigeria. Prior to leading the institute, he spent years in IT and cyber-security roles for Swedish firms and consulting for the Oil and Gas industry.  I sat down with him in July to ask him about his journey through the universe of information management, his thoughts about professional development and the emerging opportunities in Africa.

JUNE 2018 – Turning Collective Wisdom Into Strength – An Interview with Andrea Kalas of the Association of Moving Image Archivists

Andrea KalasAndrea Kalas is a recent 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 at Paramount Pictures as SVP of Archives, she led the preservation program at the British Film Institute. I had the opportunity to sit down with her in June to discuss bit loss, digital asset management, artificial intelligence and the benefits that millennials are bringing to the profession.

MAY 2018 – Emerging From The Dense, Digital Fog – An Interview with Dr. Ulrich Kampffmeyer, Managing Director of Project Consult

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. I had the opportunity to sit down with him in May and discuss the GDPR artificial intelligence and social issues emerging from the dense, digital fog we all find ourselves in. Third in a series of interviews with leaders in the fields of Risk, Compliance and Information Governance across the globe.

FEBRUARY 2018 – Directing The Flow Of Information – An Interview with Jones Lukose, Information Officer of The International Criminal Court

Jones LukoseJones Lukose, MBA, PhD is the Information Management Officer for the Criminal Court in the Hague and has over twenty years of experience developing and implementing strategies to achieve operational effectiveness and regulatory compliance for engineering firms, in energy and utilities sectors as well as for international and judicial organizations in Africa, Europe and the Americas. I interviewed him this past February to learn more about his unique insights into information management fundamentals and our future.

JANUARY 2018 – Shaping The Future of Compliance – An Interview with Risk and Compliance Officer and Professor of Financial Law Miguel Mairlot

Miguel Mairlot is the Risk and Compliance Officer for Lombard International Assurance and a Professor of Financial Law.  I sat down with him at the beginning of the year to learn a little more about his experience in the field of Risk and Compliance and pick his brain on issues like GDPR, the future of privacy rules, the role of A.I. in “fintech” and any advice he can offer millennials looking to get started in the business.