Live from the Hill: What You Need to Know About Data and Regulation Now

Live from the Hill on Data with Leigh Freud and Sheila Colclasure

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Sheila Colclasure

Global Chief Digital Responsibility & Public Policy Officer



As Global Chief Digital Responsibility and Public Policy Officer, Sheila leads the global data policy and digital responsibility strategies for Interpublic Group (IPG) ensuring that data and digital technology are used ethically and accountably across the enterprise and with IPG clients. This means ensuring data and tech are used in ways that serve people. She helps ensure practices operating at the leading edge of digital technology are consistent with principles of responsible, respectful, proportionate and fair data use. Sheila is responsible for public policy engagement with regulators, policy groups, clients, and other key stakeholders globally, advocating for ethical advertising and marketing practices, in ways that earn trust. She is an advisor on the development and deployment of data-driven and digital solutions and services.  She is a trusted thought partner, advisor, and reputational champion for IPG companies.   Ms. Colclasure is a recognized global thought leader on applied data ethics, accountable data governance and human-centered digital responsibility.  Sheila has extensive knowledge of laws and societal expectations governing the collection and use of information, with particular depth in the rapidly evolving data-driven advertising and marketing ecosystem and ethical AI.  She is sought out by policy makers, regulators, and government agencies for her views on data integrity and how to address the complexity of operationalizing and harmonizing next-generation data governance for the global digital data-driven ecosystem. Sheila is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, Silver Apple Honoree (MCNY 2022),  “20 Top Women in Media and Adtech – Data Demystifier” (2022), and by CSO as one of the “12 amazing women in security” (2017.) 

Leigh Freund

President & CEO


Leigh Freund is President & CEO of the NAI, a non-profit organization that is the leading self-regulatory association dedicated to responsible data collection and its use for digital advertising. Leigh leads the organization’s growth and helps set the agenda and strategic priorities. Leigh joined the NAI in 2015 after an eleven-year career at AOL Inc., where she served as vice president & chief counsel for global public policy. Leigh brings more than a decade of substantive expertise in privacy, advertising, and public policy in the digital sector to her work at the NAI. She has first-hand knowledge of the tremendous contributions third parties have made in the digital advertising space and she is a passionate believer in strong self-regulation. During her time at AOL, Leigh led the company’s public policy efforts and was a leading voice on global digital and technology policy. Prior to that role, Leigh headed up the AOL advertising legal team and worked with AOL’s privacy team to promote and develop responsible use and collection of data, and ensure compliance with the industry’s self-regulatory programs. Before joining AOL in 2004, Leigh worked at K&L Gates and on Capitol Hill with Rep. Fred Upton from her home state of Michigan. Leigh holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Kalamazoo College and a J.D. from Georgetown University. She is an active participant in several industry organizations devoted to compliance with key regulatory initiatives and principles.

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