Don’t Lose Jobs and Revenue to Artificial Intelligence, Build Diverse Teams to Create It

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Some reports predict that nearly 50% of jobs in the United States alone will be lost to automation. While this may cause alarm, it’s an opportunity for the quality of jobs and activation of human potential to improve drastically. To ensure that Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) models enhance communities, as opposed to reinforcing discriminating practices, the design and implementation of this technology must be inclusive.

This discussion includes four key stakeholders that prove 1) the importance of diverse teams in data science, security and privacy, and machine learning teams through a technical 101 of the machine learning development process, 2) how AI/ML can increase human productivity, and 3) how businesses and capacity-providers can prepare vulnerable populations for these new roles.

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Alya Gennaro is a Co-founder and Partner at Aleada Consulting, where she advises clients on privacy, data protection, and information security issues.  Alya has 15 years of consulting experience in data privacy, IT risk management, and internal audit. She serves as a strategic advisor on privacy laws and regulatory compliance. Alya specializes in building and leading global privacy programs, serving as the external Privacy Lead and Data Protection Officer for multinational clients. Alya also works with cross-functional teams to integrate privacy and information security into product development and emerging technology. Alya has managed consulting engagements for national and global companies, across a wide range of industries, including AI/ML, fintech, IoT, medical device and cannabis tech. Alya is a Co-Founder and Board Member for Women in Security and Privacy (WISP), a non-profit organization that aims to help advance women in security and privacy fields. Alya received her Master of Science in Decision and Information Science (MSDIS) from the University of Florida. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk Information and Systems Control (CRISC), and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Rebecka Zavaleta is a Data Product Manager of Data Science, ZEFR. Rebecka is a highly effective Product Manager with a pioneering background in building early-stage companies and products from the ground up. Today, she currently works as a Data Product Manager at ZEFR, a contextual ad tech company. Her day to day involves working with 3 engineering teams, a data science team, a data science infrastructure team and a human in the loop team. These three teams make up the composition of ZEFR’s human-in-the-loop machine-learning pipeline which she is always happy to explain their respective purpose. Rebecka has worked in multiple startups within the following industries: fintech, new media, social geolocation and adtech. She has helped guide startups through growth, acquisitions, rebranding, and pivoting. Throughout her experience she has built products involving web technologies, iOS applications, and machine learning. During her free time Rebecka enjoys working on her stealth-mode fintech product.

Michael Fernandez is the CEO of Threadeo, a software and services company helping companies use artificial intelligence to streamline workflows and create valuable data. As a former programmer and CTO, he brings in-depth technology skills. Michael started his career in investment banking at J.P. Morgan and management consulting at Mars & Co. He’s served as a consultant and advisor to clients including SAP, Cisco, Procore, EY and more. He’s been an executive coach to leaders launching new products, key technologies, and new businesses and serves as a trusted advisor to business leaders facing complex leadership challenges. He has been in the trenches with founders and business owners in the most critical moments in the journey of building and selling a company. His deal experience includes 10+ mergers and acquisitions across tech, food and beverage, e-commerce, and media helping owners sell businesses to high net worth individuals, private equity firms, and corporate buyers. He was selected as one of the Top Emerging Latino Leaders by the San Francisco Business Times. He is a military veteran and earned the rank of Captain; US Army, Special Operations.

Nathalie Figueroa is Development Manager and Head of Communications at NESsT. Nathalie was raised by parents who were rocked to sleep to the melody of rifles and awoke to the light of homes set on fire. As teenagers, they left their war-stricken towns and began to rebuild new lives in post-civil war El Salvador. At 18 years old, her father accessed vocational educational training that enabled him to enter the aviation industry, eventually moving the family to Miami, Florida. This opportunity paved the way for Nathalie to enroll the University of Pennsylvania where she conducted poverty and healthcare research in Brazil, Haiti, India, Israel, and Rwanda, culminating in a Fulbright in Kolkata, India. Every day at NESsT, Nathalie is telling the story of how upskilling youth can transform a person’s life, just like her father’s. NESsT creates employment opportunities for the poorest communities. To date, it has invested in 200 social enterprises and created more than 51,00 dignified employment and sustainable income opportunities. NESsT enterprises train, place and employ people lacking access to dignified employment into roles in high-growth industries, including IT in Poland. Its investments support enterprises with developing their intellectual property through technology, ultimately increasing the impact and valuation of its enterprises.

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