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Privacy – Everyone Cares….

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You hear or see something about privacy in the news almost daily, and often these articles are focused on household names – Facebook, Apple, Equifax, HP, Citigroup, and Stanford University, among others. When breaches happen, often regulation steps in to “solve the problem”. This leads to a wide array of rules an organization has to follow. These rules are often dependent on the type of organization, the type of data, where the data is located, where was the data obtained, and who provided the data. There are rules by country and by region or state. How can an organization keep up with these ever-evolving rules and remain compliant?

Our panel will discuss the following topics:

  • What are the latest trends around privacy regulation?
  • What are the areas that these trends focus on?
  • What can an organization do to keep up?



Emma Maconick
Shearman & Sterling LLP

Emma Maconick is a partner in the Intellectual Property Transactions Group. She focuses on intellectual property, data protection, privacy and security issues for major technology clients engaged in data and innovation intensive activities.

Emma represents corporate clients as well as lenders, emerging companies, research and development entities and universities. Emma focuses on representing clients in a range of technology sectors including FinTech, big data and analytics, cloud and edge computing, “as a service” businesses, consumer platform operators, artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced virtual and augmented reality, autonomous mobility, and semi-conductor, hardware and software product designers and manufacturers.

Emma has extensive experience with the IP, data and IT aspects of transactional matters including mergers & acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, capital markets transactions and corporate and financial investment. Emma also consults on IP litigation, with a focus on settlement agreements, coexistence agreements, cross-licenses and other arrangements for sharing IP rights in the technology content and telecommunications sectors. Emma frequently speaks and writes on cutting-edge issues in data protection, intellectual property and technology.


Binita Pradhan

Binita is a partner with BDO and leads BDO’s Third Party Attestation practice in the West.

• She is a member of the AICPA SOC 2 Task Force that authors SOC 2 guides as well as member of the AICPA SOC for Vendor Supply Chain Task Force.

She was recognized as one of the most influential business women in the Bay Area by San Francisco Business Times for 2018 and also servers on Ascend NorCal Board currently.

Previously, Binita was a manager with a Big 4 accounting firm. For about 19 years Binita has provided both advisory and assurance services, such as, SAS 70/SOC Pre-Assessment/examination, internal audit, compliance audits (GLBA, HIPAA, GDPR, HITRUST, etc.), risk assessments, external audit, agreed upon procedures, business continuity planning, pre and post system implementation audits, system security reviews, privacy audits.

Binita is also a frequent speaker at various chapters and events on third party attestation service matters and has been quoted in and published many SOC related articles.



Allison Amadia
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary
Personal Capital

Allison Amadia serves as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of Personal Capital, a leading digital wealth management company transforming financial lives through technology and people, where she oversees the company’s legal and compliance functions. Allison’s impressive and diverse legal career spans over two decades.

Before Personal Capital, she served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Handle Financial Inc., a start up in the payment space operating under industry-leading compliance and security standards. Before that as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Extreme Networks, a multi-national, publicly traded networking communications company. In this role she was responsible for the company’s worldwide legal affairs including securities compliance, intellectual property portfolio management of over 1000 patents, litigation, subsidiary management of 50+ international subsidiaries, employment, regulatory compliance, acquisitions, strategic alliances, distribution management and commercial transactions. Her successful leadership over the acquisition and integration of a peer-sized company while at Extreme Networks earned her recognition as a finalist for Public Company General Counsel of the Year in 2015 by Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times.

Allison successfully managed a legal consulting firm representing public and private technology companies in an innovative, outsourced General Counsel model for more than a decade. As an outsourced GC, Allison was heavily involved in the boardroom for her clients, where she drove corporate strategy and guided them through difficult business decisions, financings, expansion and acquisition opportunities as well as day-to-day operational activities and challenges that required legal support.

Vasu Kohli
Head of GRC
Palo Alto Networks

A visionary leader with demonstrated success in articulating the value of information risk management across various levels of the organization.

Since 2004, I have successfully helped organizations, from Fortune 500 to start-ups in the Technology, Healthcare, and Finance industries, increase their information risk management capability maturity through building, implementing, managing, and executing high-quality information security and risk management programs.

Jennifer Lam
Associate General Counsel

Jennifer is Associate General Counsel at WhatsApp, where she counsels on global privacy and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining WhatsApp, she was at Airbnb, leading many of its privacy programs and counseling on a full-range of issues related to product development, including consumer protection and platform liability. Jennifer also spent a number of years at Zynga, where she focused on intellectual property enforcement, content clearance, and advertising.

Prasant Vadlamudi
Director, technology GRC

Prasant Vadlamudi has more than 10 years of experience in the audit and compliance field. He currently works as Director of the “Technology – GRC” group @ Adobe and is responsible for leading all the technology governance and compliance efforts across Adobe. He has been extensive experience in various cloud-based security and compliance related audits and is very familiar with frameworks like SOC2, ISO, PCI, HIPAA and FedRAMP. Prior to joining Adobe Prasant was working with the ITRA division at Ernst and Young. Prasant is also the main architect of the Common Control Framework (CCF) by Adobe which is the cornerstone of Adobe’s company-wide compliance strategy





Event Information

5:30 Hosted cocktail hour
6:30 Dinner and Speaker

Meal Type

Plated Dinner


Registration Policy

  • Qualified Potential Members may attend once as a guest and one additional time with guest fee (which may be applied to membership fee within 60 days).
  • Scholarship Alumni winners can attend once a year for free.
  • Non-members who do not qualify for membership may attend once a year, must be referred by an active member and pay the guest fee.
  • Partners may invite guests in accordance with the Partner Arrangement.


CPE Credits

One (1.0) CPE credit available. Field of Study: Information Technology

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