2017 U.S. RETREAT PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES
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LORIEN PRATT, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist at Quantellia
Pratt has been delivering artificial intelligence solutions for her clients for over 30 years. These include the Human Genome Project, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the US Department of Energy, and the Administrative Office of the US Courts.
She is a machine learning pioneer, having led the teams that invented Inductive Transfer and Decision Intelligence (DI). She received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, an innovation award from Microsoft, and the Exemplary Research award from the Colorado Advanced Software Institute. Formerly a computer science professor at the Colorado School of Mines, Pratt often speaks internationally and has given two TEDx talks.
As cofounder and chief scientist at Sunnyvale-based Quantellia, her team offers machine learning, decision intelligence, and full-stack software solutions to clients worldwide. Quantellia subsidiaries provide AI and DI-based banking, health care, and educational solutions.
Previously a leading technology analyst, Pratt has also authored dozens of academic papers, was invited editor for the journals Machine Learning and Connection Science , co-edited the book: Learning to Learn, and wrote the book: Decision Engineering Primer. Pratt’s team is a five-star rated provider with the Harvard Innovation Lab’s Experfy platform, and was recently technology lead for the Buckminster Fuller-inspired Silicon Valley SimCenter. Recently covered on TechEmergence, on the JohnMac radio show, and by Bloomberg BNA, she curates the Decision Intelligence News, leads the LinkedIn DI group, and blogs at www.lorienpratt.com
Founder & CEO - Inqwire, PBC
Jill Nephew is the founder of Inqwire, PBC a company on a mission to help the world make sense. The Inqwire project takes Jill’s background in creating tools and models to help people think about complex systems, and applies it to the mother of all complex systems – the human mind.
The designing of the Inqwire system, required her to attempt to answer a fundamental question: how does technology interact with the mind’s ability to make sense of life, and what are the principles that technology should follow to maximize this ability?
Jill has a diverse science and engineering background that she brings to her work. She has worked as an engineer developing tools, platforms, and software languages to integrate complex systems and help people find solutions to complex, real-world problems. She developed algorithms and models in the area of constraint-based optimization (a subset of A.I.) to help people schedule, plan, and forecast across large enterprises.
She has modeled a variety of complex systems, such as drug binding, motion control, disease kinetics, protein folding and drug binding, atmospheric pollution, human articulated movement, complex fluids, and most recently, personal meaning making.
Co-Founder, Future of Talent Institute
Kevin Wheeler Founder and Chairman the Future of Talent Institute. Kevin started FOTI in 2004 out of his passionate belief that organizations need a more powerful and thoughtful architecture for talent than they have. After a 25 year career in corporate America serving as the Senior Vice President for Staffing and Workforce Development at the Charles Schwab Corporation, the Vice President of Human Resources for Alphatec Electronics, Inc. in Thailand, and in a variety of human resources roles at National Semiconductor Corporation, Kevin has firsthand knowledge of the need for better strategies and approaches to finding, developing and retaining people.
Today, Kevin is a globally known speaker, author, teacher and consultant in human capital acquisition and development, as well as in corporate education. He is the author of numerous articles on human resource development, career development, recruiting, and on establishing corporate universities. He is a frequent speaker at conferences. He writes a weekly Internet column on recruiting and staffing, which can be found at www.ere.net, and he and Eileen have written a book on corporate universities, The Corporate University Workbook: Launching the 21st Century Learning Organization. He serves as adjunct faculty at San Jose State University, the University of San Francisco and on the business faculty at San Francisco State University.
Co-Founder, Future of Talent Institute
Future of Talent faculty member Eileen Clegg, MA, FRSA, is founder of the company Visual Insight that supports Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and government agencies with human-interaction processes and visual communication.
Eileen is also CEO of TTenTT (pronounced “tent”), a new technology company that is visually facilitating online meetings.
She is a book author and is known for her large-scale timeline murals. She has a B.A. in Philosophy from U.C. Berkeley and M.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State University.