Less Machine, More Learning: What You Need to Know Now About AI

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
University of Washington Husky Stadium Don James Center
Whether you’re a marketing executive or a community outreach director; an operations officer or a user experience designer; a curious citizen or an ambitious entrepreneur, Comm Lead Connects is for you. Every year this public conference hosted by the University of Washington Communication Leadership graduate program focuses on a big issue that’s worthy of our collective attention.

This year that topic is Artificial Intelligence (AI).

As AI becomes more present in our daily lives and work, it may also force us to reflect on our very relevance—personally and professionally. This emerging technology promises to fundamentally alter how we communicate, make decisions, incentivize behavior, and spark change. Ultimately, will a machine's algorithms supplant human agency and community? This is no longer the stuff of science fiction.

The conversation around emergent technologies such as AI is (or should be) accelerating within our organizations. What do we need to know? What questions should we be asking of those offering us these new solutions? And what are the implications once these platforms are deployed?

After you attend Comm Lead Connects, you’ll feel confident helping your organization make decisions around AI. You’ll be better positioned to champion the values that are most important to your customers, communities and colleagues in the face of the sweeping changes that are upon us.

You will hear surprising insights from a diverse series of speakers. You will participate in fast-paced, interactive activities that expand both your knowledge and your professional network. By day's end you will:
  • Have a greater literacy in Artificial Intelligence -- what's here now and what's imminent.
  • Understand how to apply the shared values of your own communities and constituents when considering the deployment of this emergent technology.
  • Recognize how new values-driven narratives can bolster trust in this time of acceleration and uncertainty.
It's time to embrace the realities of emerging technology and explore its impacts on how we communicate and how we lead. Join us for Comm Lead Connects 2019.

Hosted by Comm Lead Director Hanson Hosein, the day will include thoughtful opportunities to network designed by the graduate program’s head of partnerships, Molly Schachter. Featured speakers include:
  • Kevin Akeroyd—CEO, Cision
  • Noelle LaCharite—Leading Developer Experience for Applied AI, Microsoft
  • Shankar Narayan—Technology and Liberty Project Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and Theresa Crecelius—American Muslim Empowerment Network, Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS AMEN)
  • Vinay Narayan—Vice President, Product and Operations (Americas), HTC VIVE
  • Elizabeth Scallon—Head of WeWork Labs Northwest
  • Kerry Schimmelbusch—Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft
Additional details to be announced.