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GDPR: The Elephant in The Room


Presenters: Anita Darden Gardyne, Bob Gardyne, Bo Pitsker

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced beginning May 25, 2018, creating opportunities and risks for those companies who process personal data for EU residents regardless of company location. The implications for both entrepreneurs and existing firms is significant. Companies already in operation must be prepared to comply with this new regulation to avoid potentially substantial penalties for non-compliance. And entrepreneurs may see new market and product opportunities as a result of this disruptive change announced almost two years ago. Regardless of whether you work in a large tech firm or your own small startup, you need to know what GDPR is and that it is way bigger than just an IT issue.

Please join Anita Darden Gardyne, CEO Onêva as she and her team discuss GDPR: what it is, how it impacts business and how it can be used to competitively influence your company's business processes and its application development.

Anita Darden Gardyne is CEO and Co-founder of the Oakland, CA based Onêva Inc. She earned an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and a BA from UC Berkeley with Double Majors in Economics and "Economics in the Black Community."

Prior to founding Onêva Inc. in March 2013, Anita held executive management positions in finance and strategic planning for AT&T, University of California at Berkeley, Levi Strauss & Co, Quantum, and IDG. She also has extensive experience in large scale system implementation and design, competitive and operational analysis, channel management and marketing, earned during and after completing AT&T's Executive Training Program AMP.

Bob Gardyne is Head of Product, and Co-founder of Onêva Inc, responsible for new product development, including conception, user experience & workflow, architecture, implementation, and patents. He retains Oneva Chief Technology Officer responsibilities.

Bob has a BSEE/CS from UC Berkeley ('84) and has developed consumer, enterprise and professional products for audio and video markets, including award-winning PC graphics cards, MPEG 2 encoder chips, PC digital cameras, an 1152-port optical switch X, and native iOS and Android collaboration applications. You can hear his work on his favorite product, Digidesign Venue, an industry-disrupting indoor/outdoor live concert system that lets musicians use their favorite Pro-Tools plugins in live performances. He's also had three exits, the last Xros, acquired for $3.25B.

Bob has over 25 years of engineering management experience in both corporate environments as well as startups, and extensive experience hiring and retaining staff. Bob has ten patents, six granted and four pending, including two with Anita at Onêva.

Bo Pitsker is a Senior Advisor for Onêva, Inc., specializing in security, privacy, and compliance (GRC). He develops the strategic vision for implementing trust in the Onêva platform and for achieving compliance with PCI, GDPR, HIPAA and other regulations and industry standards. He is also responsible for meeting supplier diversity requirements of Onêva's enterprise customers.

Bo works as an Enterprise Security Architect on the Enterprise Architecture team of the University of California (UC). He is responsible for development of security principles, standards and guidelines.

Bo's long involvement in application development, networking and security uniquely qualify him to address security, privacy and compliance issues facing at-risk organizations. He possesses significant security management and engineering experience for SEC-, FDA- and DOE-regulated industries. He managed Internet-facing secure services for large customers such as banks, insurance companies, entertainment industry, etc. Bo made patent contributions to the Zantaz (now part of HP Autonomy) Digital Safe™ SEC escrow compliance. He has extensive knowledge of national security from his military intelligence and DOE experience.

Bo earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies, Social Sciences Option (Anthropology and History) with Honors, from California State University, East Bay.