2018 Annual Conference Speakers

    Find all the information on our amazing speakers below. Stay tuned as this page is being updated daily and we are adding more outstanding speakers regularly.

    Interested in speaking at our annual conference? Contact VPprofessionaldevelopment@armanyc.org to discuss opportunities. 

      

    keynote speaker: joe mckendrick

     

    Joe McKendrick is an independent industry analyst, editor, and author in organizational and technology innovation. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, as well as Database Trends & Applications. Much of his research work is in conjunction with Forbes Insights and Unisphere Research/ Information Today, Inc., covering topics such as big data analytics, database as a service, cloud computing, digital transformation, and enterprise mobility. 

    Joe is also is a regular contributor to CBS interactive, authoring the ZDNet "Service Oriented" site, and is a co-author of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation in business and IT. 

    He also is co-editor and co-author of a recent book, of Data Analytics in the News Industry, which explores innovations and emerging practices being implemented within the journalism professional and publishing industry.

    In a previous life, Joe served as communications and research director of the Administrative Management Society (AMS), an international professional association dedicated to advancing knowledge within the IT and business management fields. He is a graduate of Temple University.

      
     

    Lauren Barnes is currently the Director of Information Governance at S&P Global and is also an Adjunct Professor at Queens College. Prior she was Vice President for Records & Information Management at Credit Suisse, Electronic Records Manager at Lehman Brothers, Records Manager at American Express and a consultant for a RIM software provider and for Millican & Associates. She holds an MLIS from the Palmer School at Long Island University and a BFA from New York University. 

      
     

    Steven C. Bennett's practice at Park Jensen Bennett LLP (New York City) focuses on complex domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration, including bankruptcy, construction, corporate governance, data security, energy, privacy, real estate and other matters. Mr. Bennett gained extensive trial experience during six years at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief of the Tax and Bankruptcy Unit, and nearly twenty years as a partner in a major international law firm.

      
     

    Jennifer Best, J.D. is a Corporate Vice President at New York Life Insurance Company where she has worked for over sixteen years. She began her career as a litigation attorney, which ultimately led to a career working in compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law.

      
     

    Stacey Blaustein is a Senior Attorney in the Corporate Litigation Department of the IBM Corporation in Armonk, NY where she manages all aspects of E-Discovery from working on global and domestic cases to setting policies, ensuring compliance with best practices, and provides guidance and implementation on emerging developments affecting the practice within IBM. Stacey is integrally involved in Cross-Border Discovery and Data Privacy issues in her daily responsibilities on cases, and also is involved in GDPR implementation for Corporate Litigation, as well as compliance in the Records Management Policy with GDPR for IBM, handles third party (non-IP) subpoena practice for the company and several aspects of regulatory law.

    Stacey is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University, and the Emory University School of Law, where she is a member of the Emory Law School Alumni Board.

      
     

    Anita P. Castora is a Certified Information Governance Professional (IGP), Certified Records Manager (CRM) and Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), with over 20 years in the information management and governance profession. She is recognized as a leader in the profession, with indepth knowledge and expertise to provide solutions for records management challenges using information governance and current technology. 

     Anita has been active in ARMA International for 20 years, at multiple levels having served in a variety of roles in seven chapters. She chaired the Contract Destruction Task Force for ARMA, Intl., was a collaborative author for the book entitled eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel and has presented in several ARMA International annual conferences. Anita is currently President of the ARMA Jacksonville Chapter, which was dormant until she joined the chapter in 2017. 

      
     

    Susan Chapdelaine is a Managing Director for Morae Global. With over 30 years of experience in Records and Information Management she has designed and implemented records and information management programs and systems for dozens of global organizations. Before joining Morae Global, Susan was a Partner in CCIM Consulting. She also served as Managing Director for two global consulting firms, Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, a division of Thomson Reuters and Huron Consulting Group. Earlier she held positions at Records Improvement Institute, Metcalf and Eddy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York State Office of Court Administration, Harvard Business School and the City of Providence, RI. She holds an MLS from the University of Rhode Island.

      
     

    Steven Coates, IGP, is a Senior Manager on the Strategic Projects and Governance Team in PwC’s Chief Data Office, focusing on driving changes and improvements in data related operations to enhance the use of data and information across PwC. Steven has recently been focused on the technical component workstream for various CDO projects, documenting the functional and technical requirements for business issues or problems to-be solved, and identifying, evaluating, and selecting technology solutions to meet PwC’s business needs. Steven is a certified Information Governance Professional, and a member of the Boston ARMA chapter, and has facilitated an education program at ARMA International.

      
     

    Dr. Galina Datskovsky, CRM, FAI and serial entrepreneur is an internationally recognized privacy, compliance and security expert. Galina is currently the CEO of Vaporstream®, a position where she applies her knowledge and strategic guidance in building businesses, product development, governance policies and cyber security. 

    Formerly Senior Vice President of Information Governance at HP, SVP and GM Information Governance at CA, CEO of MDY Advanced Technologies.   She served as Chair, President, President Elect and Director of ARMA International (2007-2013). She was inducted into the company of fellows in 2014. 

    Galina currently sits on the advisory board of the Executive Woman’s Forum and is part of the Voice Privacy Alliance. She is a champion of the entrepreneurial spirit as she has served on boards of multiple startups, assisting with strategy and continues to support the startup community. 

    She has been widely published in academic journals and speaks frequently at various industry conferences.

      
     

    James F. Dawson, IGP,  ISC², CSSLP is a Director at KPMG and a Subject Matter Professional on Information Governance. James has over 30-years of experience in supporting data governance, regulatory reporting, electronic discovery, audit and data transformation services. James has assessed structured and unstructured data for global companies, legal data, and structured data archives regulation for data retention and disposition for corporate legal and compliance departments. James has advised on regulatory reporting for global financial services organizations including areas or record retention risk in data dispositions. James has built information governance responsibility models for global corporations with multiple information management control structures and stakeholders. James has advised on the remediation of legal assets including critical electronic evidence assets for several top 100 corporations in his information governance career. James is a visionary and results-oriented technology executive with comprehensive and diverse experience in Information and Data Governance, Privacy, Regulatory Risk, Cybersecurity, Forensics, IT Audit and IT Consultancy. James brings to his presentations and delivery a passion to bring to the field of risk transformation and information governance a fresh, globally educated & creative approach connecting people and solutions to truly operationalize and achieve business goals.

      
     

    Melissa Dederer is a certified Information Governance Professional (IGP) and Certified Records Manager (CRM) with over 20 years in the information management and governance profession. She is a recognized thought leader with in-depth knowledge and expertise in translating complex processes into clear, understandable and actionable steps, developing clear and concise documentation, and is known for using process improvements, enabling technologies, project management, and training strengths to meet commitments with integrity.

    Melissa has been active in ARMA International for 20 years, at the chapter, region and international levels and, having recently served four years as a Director on ARMA International’s Board of Directors, is now serving as Vice President-Secretary and Immediate Past President on the Board of the Metropolitan New York City chapter.

      
     

    Anthony Diana is a partner in Reed Smith’s Records & E-Discovery and IP, Tech & Data groups. He focuses his practice on electronic discovery and information governance, and data privacy and security. Anthony has been involved in several transformative information governance projects for some of the largest institutions in the world, including assisting institutions defensibly dispose of billions of email messages.

      
     

    Timothy S. Driscoll is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York who serves in the Nassau County Commercial Division. He is also the co-chairman of the Chief Administrative Judge’s working group on electronic discovery and a member of the Chief Judge’s Advisory Council on Commercial Litigation in New York State, and serves as co-chair of the Subcommittee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Previously he  served as Deputy Nassau County Executive for Law Enforcement and Public Safety from July 2004 to December 2007. He formerly was Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York from November 2000 to July 2004.

    Prior to his service as a prosecutor, Judge Driscoll was associated with Williams & Connolly in Washington D.C. Before joining the law firm, Judge Driscoll served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

    Judge Driscoll is a graduate of Harvard Law School (cum laude 1991), Hofstra University (summa cum laude 1988) and Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, which inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2005. He is the Past President of the Irish Americans in Government of Nassau County, and the Past President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Nassau County.

      
     

    James C. Francis IV is a Distinguished Lecturer at the CUNY School of Law where, among other things, he teaches Electronic Discovery. A graduate of Yale College, Yale Law School, and the Kennedy School of Government, he served from 1985 until 2017 as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York.   In the field of electronic data and the law, Judge Francis is the author of numerous opinions, including Rowe Entertainment, Inc. v. William Morris Agency, 205 F.R.D. 421 (S.D.N.Y. 2002) (allocation of costs), Chen-Oster v. Goldman, Sachs & Co., 285 F.R.D. 294 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (proportionality, sampling, and phased discovery), In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-Mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corp., 15 F. Supp. 3d 466 (S.D.N.Y. 2014) (extraterritorial reach of warrant for e-mail content), and Cat3, LLC v. Black Lineage, Inc., 164 F. Supp. 3d 488 (S.D.N.Y. 2016) (sanctions under amended Rule 37(e)).   Judge Francis speaks frequently on electronic discovery and is a member of the Judicial Advisory Committee of The Sedona Conference, the Advisory Committee of the Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute, and the Advisory Board of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative.

      
     

    Deborah Freier has been an Assistant Prosecutor at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in Newark, New Jersey, for the past 15 years. She is currently assigned to the Office’s Special Victims Unit where she prosecutes crimes against children including sexual and physical abuse. Ms. Freier specializes in computer and technology facilitated crimes, including online child sexual exploitation. She has extensive experience using legal process to obtain data held by third-party service providers. Ms. Freier received her BA in Economics from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and her MA in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Freier worked as an investigator for the New York City Department of Investigation.  She received her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey, after which she served as a law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Criminal Division.

      
     

    As the Chief Executive Officer of ARMA International, Jocelyn Gunter blends the magic of data and the art of human relations to achieve the best possible outcomes for the membership, the industry, and the association itself.

    Gunter has over 10 years of experience in external audit, internal compliance, and strategic financial management. She has transitioned her experience as a CPA to Association Management leading ARMA in many operational areas including finance, sales, marketing and education. She is an IGP with a holistic perspective of managing information as an asset in every facet of an organization.

    Gunter, was formerly the Interim Chief Staff officer at ARMA International, and before that its Chief Financial Officer and is credited with refocusing the organization’s resources and efforts on the areas that best empower its membership and the industry. She brings to ARMA a new energy and passion that she hopes will ignite engagement from current and future members alike. She also serves as the President of Just Food, Inc. Board of Directors, a local food bank.

      
     

    Michael Haley joined Radian in 2014 after 10 years as a Senior Consultant with Cohasset Associates, following a career with Prudential Insurance. Michael develops cost-effective and practical solutions, demonstrating an ability to break down complex issues to effect simple solutions.

    Radian Group, Inc. – Refreshed, strengthened and streamlined the company-wide Records Management program including an update of the Retention Schedule. Automated retention controls have been implemented in Outlook and are being introduced on file shares.

    Cohasset Associates - Worked with clients to analyze their existing approach to managing active and inactive records. One project entailed the review of over 1.1 million boxes in 5 geographic locations. Operations were consolidated for efficiency and cost reduction.

    Prudential – Developed and implemented the enterprise records management program. Facing spoliation charges from a Federal judge, controls were developed and implemented; approximately 80,000 employees were trained within nine months.

      
     

    Ronald J. Hedges is a member of Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and in the management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”). He was a US Magistrate Judge from 1986 to 2007 and is the principal author of the third edition of the Federal Judicial Center’s Pocket Guide for Judges on Discovery of Electronic Information, available under “publications” at the FJC website. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1974 and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977.

      
     

    Richard Hogg is IBM's Global GDPR Evangelist.  He has 15+ years global experience across ECM, eDiscovery, Analytics and #infogov.

    He spent last 3 years working with heavily-regulated clients worldwide on their GDPR journey.  Jim is responsible for the cross-IBM GDPR capabilities, services and solutions.  He is also part of IBM’s Internal GDPR Readiness Program.

    Richard is a frequent speaker annually on GDPR & InfoGov across AIIM, ARMA, MER, LegalTech, Insight, World of Watson, InfoGovCon, IAPP and IPBA.

      
     

    John J. Jablonski is a founder and Managing Partner of Gerber Ciano Kelly Brady LLP – a startup law firm providing alternative pricing and innovative use of technology. He chairs the firm’s Cyber, Technology and Social Media Practice Group. He has over 20 years of experience advising clients on enterprise-wide initiatives involving data privacy and security, information governance, IT governance, litigation readiness, privacy and security of enterprise technology, applications and cloud-based systems (including click-wrap and browse-wrap agreements, terms and conditions, master services, service level and software licensing agreements and website privacy statements), matter management software, enterprise-wide electronic evidence preservation and e-discovery solutions.

    He is the co-author 7 Steps for Legal Holds of ESI and Other Documents). His vision for delivering legal services through innovation, efficiency and cost certainty is a driving force behind the firm’s business model.

    John’s strength is delivering results-oriented legal advice that is sensitive to the business needs of his clients.

      
     

    Scott Kessler is a partner in Akerman’s New York office, where he litigates complex commercial and intellectual property disputes at both the trial and appellate levels. Scott’s practice also focuses on e-discovery, preservation, and spoliation. He routinely speaks and publishes in the data law space with an emphasis on data privacy and cybersecurity. He also advises clients with corporate and private equity transactions, trademarks, copyrights, real estate, securities and class action defense.

      
     

    Melissa Koch is a business and technology lawyer with nearly two decades advising tech and tech-enabled companies across industries. Melissa is a former in-house counsel and brings a rare depth and breadth of strategic legal expertise.

    In her transactional practice, Melissa structures, drafts, and negotiates strategic alliances, joint venture transactions, collaboration agreements, licenses and technology transfers, distribution and supply arrangements, vendor and sales agreements, products and services agreements, SaaS and PaaS agreements, research and development collaborations, internet and e- commerce transactions, and other corporate operational transactions.

    Melissa works extensively with general and staff counsel providing coordination and support in for complex and general litigation, government and public affairs, communications, M&A activity, outsourcing, corporate and major financing transactions, procurement, antitrust, general compliance and reporting, and crisis management. Melissa counsels clients on privacy, data, and security matters, including GDPR readiness, as a member of Akerman’s Data Law Center.

    Melissa serves on the Business Advisory Board of Bridg, the Florida Bar Board of Governor’s Council on Technology, and is a Board Member and organizer of TEDxOrlando. Melissa has taught and mentored with Starter Studio and Blackstone Launchpad and is very active in the Orlando technology community.

      
     

    Anna Lebedeva, IGP, CIPM, PMP, is a Vice President of Records Management at People’s United Bank.  Her RIM accomplishments include establishing RIM program from ground up, developing retention schedules, standing up legal hold processes, and working on electronic records strategies.  Anna has recently focused on regulatory compliance, information security, and privacy areas. In her previous years, Anna had extensive experience in software development and project management. 

    Anna earned her MS in Software Engineering from Fairfield University and BS in Finance from University of Bridgeport. Anna has been active with ARMA International at the chapter and international levels.  She is a member of a small groups of subject matter experts selected by ARMA International to participate on IGP Certification Exam Writing Committee.  Anna serves as Vice President – CIO on the Board of the Metropolitan NYC chapter and as Vice President – Secretary on the Board of CT chapter.  She also serves on the University of Bridgeport Industry Advisory Board for the School of Engineering. 

    Anna holds an Information Governance Professional (IGP), Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications.

      
     

    Todd Marlin is the Americas Financial Services Forensic Technology Leader, as well as the Americas Forensic Data Analytics and Data Sciences service line leader.  He mainly focuses in forensic data analytics, cybersecurity, computer forensics, fraud detection, and electronic discovery. Adept in big data analytics and data science, his team helps clients develop custom models to identify, expose and demonstrate relationships, trends and patterns within complex and disparate data. He’s led numerous projects throughout the U.S. for Fortune 500 companies and their Counsel to decrease the cost and risk associated with eDiscovery and Information Management. His unique background in accounting and technology enables him to effectively work with multi-disciplinary stakeholders in complex legal, security and compliance issues.  He has appeared on behalf of clients in front of the NYSE and SEC. Todd has also served as a Neutral Expert, Expert, and has been appointed in Federal Court as a Special Master relating to eDiscovery disputes.

      
     

    Rudolph Mayer, Jr., IGP, leads Information Governance and Data Rationalization efforts for PwC’s Chief Data Office. In his 20+ years experience, Rudy has focused on driving information governance change for organizations. In his role with PwC’s Chief Data Office, Rudy aligns executive stakeholders to deliver programmatic change in the way the organization utilizes and manages information and data. Rudy is a certified Information Governance Professional and a member of the Chicago ARMA chapter. He has facilitated education programs frequently at ARMA International and Chicago and Minneapolis ARMA Chapter events.

      
     

    Matt McClelland, Principal Consultant – Doculabs, is an information management professional with more than 16 years of experience in applying technology to improve the management of business content. He has particular expertise in file analytics and taxonomy, as well as records management, e-discovery and litigation research, and enterprise search.

    Before joining Doculabs, Matt spent 10 years in information management roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, most recently as manager of the organization’s Information Governance Office, where he led initiatives in records management, e-discovery and litigation research, and enterprise search strategy, as well as file analytics and taxonomy.

    Matt is an Advisory Board member of the Information Governance Initiative (IGI), AIIM, and ARMA, and has presented at numerous industry conferences, including CIGO Summit and events sponsored by AIIM and KM World. He is an AIIM-certified Enterprise Content Management Master and an ARMA-certified Information Governance Professional.

      
     

    Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Prashanth Mekala has been assigned to the FBI New York Field Office for over 13 years. He spent his first eight years working on complex counterintelligence cases.  He spent two years working in FBI Headquarters as a Program Manager in Counterintelligence Division’s Economic Espionage Unit and Cyber Division’s Middle East/Africa Unit. For the past three years, SSA Mekala has led two investigative teams focused on computer intrusions committed by sophisticated criminal groups, state sponsors, and international terrorist groups.

    SSA Mekala has an undergraduate engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon. He has a graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He recently graduated with distinction from Carnegie Mellon with a graduate degree in Information Technology.

      
     

    Jim Polka, Principal Consultant – Doculabs, is a business strategy professional with more than 12 years of experience in strategic planning, financial analysis, and business process analysis. He offers deep experience in project management, coordinating with client and team resources in Doculabs consulting engagements to help clients achieve their business objectives.

    In addition to InfoSec-based information management, Jim’s expertise includes technology selection and strategic planning and analysis, with particular knowledge of enterprise content management (ECM) technologies and requirements. He understands the challenges involved in ECM initiatives, including change management and the need for executive management support. He also has significant experience with IT operations—from requirements documentation and project management, to vendor management, roadmap development, user acceptance testing, and application development and quality. 

      
     

    Dr. William Saffady is an experienced records management and information governance consultant and researcher based in New York City.   He is the author of over three dozen books and many articles on records management, record retention, document storage and retrieval technologies, and other information management topics. His latest book, Record Retention Requirements: A Guide to 100 Commonly-Encountered Record Series, is published by ARMA International. Since 1976, Dr. Saffady has served as an information management consultant, providing analytical services and training, to corporations, government agencies, not-for-profit entities, cultural institutions, and other organizations.

      
     

    Mary W. Sherwin, CRM, IGP, CIPP/US, is the Director of Records Management, CBS Corporate Law Department. Mary is a senior information management executive and privacy professional with over thirty years of experience. She is a leader in records and information management strategies, and has extensive experience in records and information management, information technology and information privacy. Mary’s experience extends into all phases of the systems development lifecycle, including project management, analysis, development and implementation on a wide variety of technical platforms.

    Prior to joining CBS, Mary worked for the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan, the UN Headquarters and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria in various information technology, project management and records management positions.

    Mary is also a highly rated speaker, who has spoken at both the ARMA International and Chapter levels. She is multi-lingual, speaking English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese.

    Mary currently is honored to serve as the President of the ARMA Metro NYC Chapter.

    Mary is a Certified Records Manager (CRM), a Certified Information Governance Professional (IGP) and holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) accreditation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

      
     

    The Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York. She was originally appointed in 1995 and she is currently serving her third term as a Magistrate Judge.  From 2006 to 2008 she served as Chief Magistrate Judge for the

    Southern District. Judge Smith has been an Adjunct Professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University since 2006, where she has taught Evidence and Federal Courts, and where she has co-taught Civil Procedure with Professor Michael B. Mushlin. She lectures frequently on Evidence and E-discovery.

    Judge Smith earned her BA degree, with honors in political science, from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 1977, and her JD degree from Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina in 1980.  In 2014 Judge Smith was honored to receive the Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award from the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York.  In January of 2018 she will receive the Kay Crawford Murray award from the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Women in the Law.

     
     

    Yolonda Smith is the Lead Infosec Analyst with Target Corporation’s Business Information Security Office (BISO) serving the Digital portfolio. In this role, she provides expert security consultancy to developers and key stakeholders to ensure that .com and mobile applications are designed, developed and deployed with limited risk to Target or its customers. A security professional herself, she spent 8 years in the United States Air Force as a Cyberspace Operations Officer with duties and responsibilities varying from Mission Commander, Advanced Network Operations where her team planned and executed the first DoD Cyber Threat Hunting Missions to Flight Commander, Cyber Defense Capabilities Development where her team developed and fielded the first and only malware neutralization tool for the Predator Drone Weapon System.

      

     

    Eugene Stakhov, CRM, CDIA+ is a senior ECM/Information Governance Solution Architect at enChoice, Inc., with a technical background in software development.  During his career, Gene has provided customers with expert guidance on matters ranging from enterprise taxonomy development to technical system implementation solutions in the Banking/Finance, Insurance, Technology and Utilities sectors.

    His work includes implementing a highly visible, complex email and electronic records management initiative to address the regulatory compliance challenges of a large utilities company.  This solution won the IBM Innovation in Technology Award.

    Gene is also a proud, “card-carrying” member of ARMA Metro NYC, and serves on the Board of Directors as Executive Vice-President.

      
     

    Jason C. Stearns, IGP, CRM is a Director on the ARMA International Board and is a Director in the Legal and Compliance Group at BlackRock where he is responsible for the global implementation of Information Governance standards and requirements.

    Mr. Stearns earned an MS in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon and BA from Binghamton University. He is a Certified Records Manager, Information Governance Professional, and former chair of the IGP Board of Directors.

      
     

    Dara Tarkowski, founding partner of Actuate Law LLC in Chicago, has represented clients in both criminal and civil matters before state attorneys general, the CFPB, FTC, SEC, and other state and federal regulators. Additionally, Dara advises clients on cybersecurity regulations, records retention, defensible disposition and document management, state and federal requirements on data privacy and security, data breach issues and response, and the preservation and production of electronically stored information.

      
     

    Rebecca Thorkildsen is a Global Director of Legal and Contract Management Solutions based out of Chicago. Rebecca has worked over 20 years in legal management and technology consulting. Rebecca serves as a strategic advisor to legal, operations and procurement teams considering alternative legal services as a means to achieve mission critical business objectives such as cost savings, efficiency improvements and legal resource optimization in delivery of legal services at Pangea3. In her years at there, Rebecca has helped to develop and implement Thomson Reuters’ strategy around delivery of contract services, particularly through augmentation of technology and expansion of service offerings. The cornerstone of these new service offerings is contract risk management, a topic on which Rebecca often speaks and writes.

    Prior to Pangea3, Rebecca worked as the head of HBR Consulting’s corporate legal technology services and co-delivered management consulting services including law department and technology reviews Rebecca’s primary specialties there included strategic technology planning, operational reviews, business process improvement, cost containment programs and system selections & implementations.

      
     

    Cindy Shea-Zuvich, CRM, CIP, ECMis the owner and principal of Unigrated Global, an information governance and records management service.  In the past 22 years, she has worked with numerous companies from small to mid-size businesses to Fortune 500 companies in multi facets of information governance and records management.  Her experience is as broad as it is deep from managing a variety of projects including legacy records remediation for hardcopy and electronic records, managing records segregation in acquisitions and divestitures, to developing strategies, roadmaps, and playbooks for standing up and maintaining a program.  She has developed numerous policies, procedures, records retention schedules – the backbone of any information governance and records management program.  Cindy has also taught adult classes in records management and was an adjunct professor at California State University, Dominquez Hills.

     

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