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LORIEN PRATT, Ph.D.

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

Jill Nephew

Jill Nephew

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.

Harold Jarche

Harold Jarche

Principal, Jarche Consulting

Harold Jarche is focused on workplace transformation for the network era. He has been described as “a keen subversive of the last century’s management and education models”. Clients appreciate Harold for his extensive experience and network. His internationally renowned blog is “a beacon of light in the dark landscape of organizational learning”. According to one long-time reader, “Harold is one of the best thinkers out there on things relating to learning and work”. For his clients, Harold helps to identify next practices around collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and innovation, in an increasingly complex networked world.

A graduate of the Royal Military College, Harold served over 20 years with the Canadian Armed Forces in leadership and training roles. Harold began his career as an officer with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He completed his service as a Training Development Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force where he conducted the analysis and design of training for aircrew and technicians on the newly purchased CH146 helicopter.

In 2003 Harold launched his independent consulting practice in Sackville, NB, Canada. He has served a wide variety of clients and has been a speaker at many venues worldwide. As work and learning become integrated in a networked society, Harold sees great opportunities to create new organizational models. We can do better than cubicle farms, cookie-cutter job descriptions, generic work competencies, and routine work. We need to make social networks and communities of practice essential components of all of our workplaces. Being able to understand emerging situations, see patterns, and co-solve problems are now essential business skills. As Harold says, work is learning & learning is the work.

Harold’s preferred workplace is on his bicycle, where he gets his best ideas.

Joy Mountford

Joy Mountford

Global Lead Interaction Design - Ford Motor Company

Joy is a designer of experiences and hopes in doing so that people will gain delightful insights. She is an internationally recognized leader in the field of computer-human interactions and design thinking.

During decades of being an executive in Silicon Valley she has managed many interdisciplinary teams focusing on interface experiences, design thinking, customer research and new product innovation and development.

She is an internationally recognized leader who has built and led world-class design and innovation teams at Apple, Interval Research, Yahoo and Akamai.  

Joy received the SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award, elected to CHI Academy in 2012, and was an Osher Fellow at the SF Exploratorium. She has a 20+ year legacy of supporting the international Design Expo, with sponsors ranging from Apple, Yahoo, Intel, Microsoft and Mattel, which has now reached over 4000 students, many holding highly influential positions both in education and industry.

She also uses her skills to champion diversity and address retention of creative women in leadership positions. She uses observation and humor to offer technology therapy insights for the every person still inside us.

DR. BOB AUBREY

DR. BOB AUBREY

Human Development Expert & Author

Dr. Bob Aubrey has led an esteemed and varied career as entrepreneur, writer, teacher, consultant and representative of international institutions.

He is currently a Senior Advisor for Asia at the European Foundation of Management Development, Chairman of the HR Committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and Managing Partner of Bob Aubrey Associates.

Bob has lived in USA, Europe, China and Singapore and his work has taken him on assignments to more than 25 countries on 6 continents.

He has published 8 management books on the theme of work, learning and human development. His most recent books are Measure of Man: Leading Human Development McGraw Hill (2015); Creating Aspirational Leaders: the Global Workforce Advantage McGraw Hill (2013) and Managing Your Aspirations: Developing Personal Enterprise in the Global Workplace McGraw Hill (2010). He has also numerous written reports and white papers for international organisations.

KEVIN WHEELER

KEVIN WHEELER

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.

EILEEN CLEGG

EILEEN CLEGG

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.

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