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Trojan Affiliates Speaker to Discuss Cyber Security

First published in the Jan. 26 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Ron Sarian, adjunct professor of information privacy at the USC Gould School of Law and global chief privacy officer for Ingram Micro will speak to the USC Trojan Affiliates about cyber security on Thursday, Feb. 2, at a private home.
The meeting will begin with social time at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m.
After spending more two decades as an AV-Preeminent rated Los Angeles business litigator, Sarian was recruited to become general counsel for eHarmony in 2013. There, he provided strategic legal advice to the C-Suite and assured global compliance in all areas of data privacy, including GDPR. He implemented robust, best practices cybersecurity measures, including incident response plans, as well as privacy policies, terms of service, safety tips and disaster recovery plans.
After five productive years at eHarmony, Sarian became general counsel at OilR, an early stage blockchain stable coin company, where he advised in areas such as Whitepaper, intellectual property, corporate structure, contracts, securities, SEC and FINRA issues, KYC/AML, and capital raising.
Sarian concurrently joined Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, a national top tier law firm, where he specialized in information privacy and ADA, Title III website access law, and chaired their Digital Workplace and Data Privacy Practice Group.
Sarian was asked to join the faculty at the USC Gould School of Law in December of 2021 as an adjunct professor of information privacy law. He has just finished teaching his second semester and will return for the spring semester.
In November of 2022, Sarian was recruited to join Ingram Micro, a multi-national Fortune 100 tech company, as its global chief privacy officer. There, he is in charge of all privacy compliance worldwide.
As a nationally recognized thought leader, lecturer, panel member in privacy, cybersecurity and information governance, Sarian has served as a keynote speaker and faculty member for ALM Legaltech and CyberSecure, the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel All Hands Meeting, among others. His select panel discussions have included Cybersecurity: Bloomberg Big Law Business–West, DLA Piper’s Global Perspectives on Emerging Trends in Cybersecurity Roundtable, the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute, the Peer 150 Cyber Attic at Google Ventures, and the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity panel. Ron’s profile has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the Recorder, Corporate Counsel and Modern Counsel.
He has been published more than 33 times, including in CIOReview, the Cybersecurity Law Report, the Risk Management Monitor, SHRM and Lexology. His publications have focused on privacy and cybersecurity. He also has four published legal opinions from his years as a business litigator covering privacy, regulatory, jurisdictional and federal consumer class action issues.
Ron has been married for 37 years to his wonderful wife, Trojan Karen Nahigian Sarian, and they have three successful Trojan children to boot!
USC Trojan Affiliates, a women’s organization located in the San Gabriel Valley, supports the University of Southern California and welcomes all interested women to attend its meetings and events. All women parents, alumni and friends of USC are encouraged to attend. Men, are of course, welcome to attend the meeting as well. The group usually meets five times a year at various homes and locations within the San Gabriel Valley and hosts additional social and cultural events while raising needed scholarship funds for USC students.
It currently supports 10 students who attended local San Gabriel Valley high schools. The application deadline for the 2023-24 year is Feb. 1, and additional information is available via email at
USC Trojan Affiliates is in its seventh year of contributing money to its first scholarship endowment fund of $100,000, (now well over the initial funded amount) using these dollars to support its scholars. Money is also raised from selling unique USC products ― jewelry, scarves, clothing, tablecloths, aprons, handmade signs, and more. Members also volunteer at the Pasadena Showcase House to earn funds and participate in the USC Day of SCervice, USC Homecoming, Town and Gown of USC Boutique, Swim With Mike, Trojan Affiliates Holiday Boutique, and other programs to support the University and its students.
If a community member has an interest in being a speaker at an upcoming Trojan Affiliates meeting, please contact Program Chairman, Jacqueline Goodman, at
Second year Trojan Affiliates President Ann Palmer of Sierra Madre, looks forward to welcoming prospective members to this meeting.
For information, reservations and the location for the meeting, contact Trojan Affiliates Reservations Chairman Sarah Sismondo by Jan. 31, at or (626) 303-7284.

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