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Keynote Title: Unlocking Competitive Advantage with Generative AI

 

With two ongoing wars, collapse of big companies, and inflation, the economy today is going through a turbulent time. How do you survive? How can you have a turnaround as a business? Companies no longer have the luxury to spend money on low return projects. In this keynote, Sharon will teach businesses how to do more with less. We'll dive deep into the transformative effects of AI on business and explore the tremendous opportunities and challenges it presents. You'll discover how businesses of all sizes can leverage AI to gain a competitive edge, streamline processes, automate tasks, and make data-driven decisions that drive growth and profitability. Those who listen to this keynote will come out ahead.

Session takeaways:

  • Understand the difference between hype and reality when it comes to AI and its potential for business.

  • Learn about practical and impactful use cases of AI in various industries and business functions.

  • Gain insights into how AI is being used to streamline processes, optimize operations, and drive revenue growth.

  • Discover the key challenges of AI adoption in business and how to overcome them, such as data quality, privacy concerns, and organizational change management

  • Learn about the skills and competencies needed to succeed in the age of AI, and how to cultivate them in yourself and your team.

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Why Sharon

Deep Expertise 

Unlike some speakers who simply report on the latest trends, Sharon has worked in the trenches in one of the largest ecommerce and AI companies in the world. She has built marketplaces, presented to Heads of State, and advised CEO's on digital strategies. She is regarded as an expert in her field, highly sought after by intelligence agencies, investment institutions, brands and retailers.

 

She has a talent for breaking down complex concepts in digital ecosystems into simple to understand and relatable language, enabling her audience to instantly connect with her material.

Industry-specific AI Keynotes

AI in Healthcare: A New Era of Precision, Efficiency, and Empathy

 

The dawn of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare isn't just about futuristic robotics or complex algorithms; it's about the reinvention of healthcare delivery, diagnosis, and patient care. In this enlightening session, Sharon outlines major shifts in generative AI that will transform healthcare: image recognition, NLP and chatbots. She will share examples from US and China and how pioneering organizations have used AI to improve healthcare. She shares how AliCloud’s image recognition technology is able to detect anomalies in X-rays, MRI, and CT scans with high precision; how Insilico uses generative AI for drug discovery and development; and how NLP can be used to keep patient records where spoken words are converted into written text. Healthcare executives will walk away from the session with a timely sense of actionable items to implement in their organizations.

 

 

Session Takeaways:

  • How companies like OpenAI, Microsoft, and Nvidia can shape our lives in the next decade

  • Understand the difference between hype and reality when it comes to AI and its potential for business

  • How image recognition, NLP and chatbots can decrease healthcare opex costs

  • Case studies from around the world on innovative implementations of AI in healthcare

  • A new mindset to adopt to navigate new technologies that impact our economy

How AI will disrupt ecommerce and retail

 

The rapid growth of e-commerce, fueled by advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), is transforming the retail landscape, impacting various aspects of the industry. AI is revolutionizing personalization and customer experience through tailored product recommendations and improved customer service. It streamlines inventory management and optimizes supply chain processes while enhancing cybersecurity and fraud prevention. Additionally, AI plays a crucial role in payment processing, pricing strategies, visual search, social media marketing, sentiment analysis, content generation, and the integration of virtual and augmented reality technologies. By understanding these AI-driven developments, senior executives in large retail and e-commerce businesses can prepare their organizations to thrive and remain competitive in an increasingly AI-driven retail landscape.

 

​Session Takeaways: 

 

  • Trends in AI that will improving customer experience and foster loyalty

  • AI-driven tools, leading to cost savings and increased efficiency

  • Frameworks to think about other technologies that disrupt the retail industry

  • Clarity and direction on immersive and interactive shopping experiences, setting businesses apart from competitors

AI in State and Local Government: Pioneering Efficiency, Compassion, and Progress 

 

The fusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into state and local governance is not just about automation or efficiency—it's about transforming the very fabric of governance, making it more responsive, fair, and innovative. In this session, Sharon will delve deep into the transformative potential of AI, from personalized public services to data-driven decision-making. She will introduce the major AI innovations that are being used today and take attendees on a tour of how different governments around the world are implementing these solutions to better the lives of their citizens. Starting from the bustling streets of Hangzhou, where computer vision has become a pivotal tool to combat crime, to the high-tech healthcare facilities of Tokyo, which use AI to offer impeccable care to its silver-aged citizens, and finally to the classrooms of New York, rejuvenated by Khan Academy’s Khanmigo bot, the journey showcases the myriad ways AI is redefining education. Through this session, governance leaders will be equipped with actionable insights, aiding them in harnessing the full potential of AI for the betterment of their communities. 

Session Takeaways:

 

  • How companies like OpenAI, Microsoft, and Nvidia can shape our lives in the next decade

  • Understand the difference between hype and reality when it comes to AI and its potential for business

  • How image recognition, NLP and chatbots are being used by governmental bodies to better public safety, healthcare and education 

  • Gain insights into how collaborative efforts between tech companies, governments, and the public can co-create an AI-driven future that resonates with community values.

  • A new mindset to adopt to navigate new technologies that impact our economy

China’s rise in AI: From the world’s factory to the world’s AI lab

 

After nearly four decades as the “factory of the world,” China today is stepping into a new role in the global economy: as a hub for innovative applications of artificial intelligence. $15.7 trillion in global wealth AI is expected to generate by 2030, a full $7 trillion will occur in China alone. From the rise of Tik Tok, Shein, to now Temu, China has pivoted from exporting physical products to software and it is doing it well. With the initial launch of the Ernie bot from Baidu, a rival product to ChatGPT, China has set its sight in becoming the AI lab of the world.

 

Why was the country able to develop so quickly? What principles can we borrow from innovations in the east to apply to the west? And more importantly, how should a company prepare for and navigate this new world? As someone who is able to understand both eastern and western perspectives, Sharon Gai, has worked at the top companies of US and China. Her keynote shows culture fluid perspectives and case studies in innovation from both regions and strategies for organizations to adopt to navigate this new AI world.

Session Takeaways:

  • The key macro-trends that are disrupting our world today

  • Five key strategies today’s most successful players are adopting to prepare for tomorrow

  • Examine key factors driving China's growth, such as domestic consumption, infrastructure development, and technological advancements

  • Explore China's role in the global trade landscape and its impact on international supply chains

  • Discover emerging sectors and industries in China that offer lucrative business opportunities for international companies

  • Gain insights into strategies for managing risks and establishing successful long-term partnerships in the Chinese market

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Mindset on AI

The Red Pill or Blue Pill: Navigating the Dichotomy in AI

 

AI is no longer a futuristic concept reserved for science fiction movies. It's already here, and it's rapidly changing the way businesses operate, compete, and grow. From machine learning to natural language processing, AI is revolutionizing the way we work, transforming the very fabric of industries across the globe. In this keynote, we'll dive deep into the transformative effects of AI on business and explore the tremendous opportunities and challenges it presents. We will discover how businesses of all sizes can leverage AI to gain a competitive edge, streamline processes, automate tasks, and make data-driven decisions that drive growth and profitability. We will also unravel the intricate web of anxiety, social isolation, and job displacement that may arise from these technological advancements. You will leave this keynote with a new mindset, with insights and perspectives that will enable you to navigate the complex landscape of AI, make informed decisions, and position your organization for success in the future. Now the question is, will you take the red pill or blue pill?

 

Session takeaways:

 

  • How companies like OpenAI, Microsoft, and Nvidia can shape our lives in the next decade

  • Understand the difference between hype and reality when it comes to AI and its potential for business.

  • AI’s impact on local communities and how to use it to develop local economies

  • Learn about the skills and competencies needed to succeed in the age of AI, and how to cultivate them in yourself and your team

  • Examine the potential negative consequences of AI on mental health, including increased anxiety, social isolation, and job displacement

  • A new mindset to adopt to navigate new technologies that impact our economy

Ecommerce and Retail

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Keynote title: What brands can learn from ecommerce in China, the world’s largest consumer market 

One in two retail transactions in China is done online making the Chinese ecommerce market the most advanced in the world. Livetreaming, social commerce, virtual influencers, NFT drops, metaverse experiments are occurring on a daily basis in China. Naturally, local platforms such as Tmall, JD and now Tik Tok are changing the way consumers interact with brands online. Evolving from a sales channel, to a marketing channel and now to an entertainment channel, these ecommerce platforms have evolved how brands are discovering their consumers online. This keynote will go over some of the most recent trends to emerge from ecommerce in China.

 

Session takeaways:

  • A deep understanding of the innovations coming out of Chinese technology companies and the impact they are having on the global market

  • Frameworks to think about innovation

  • Be able to analyze and evaluate the strategies and business models of these companies and to apply them to different situations and projects around the world.

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Resilience

Keynote title: How to build resilience in chaos 

In Nassim Nicholas Taleb's book, Antifragile, he spoke of three mythological creatures. The Roman myth of Damocles describes a fragile situation: a single horse hair suspends a sword over Damocles' head - shocks will have catastrophic results. The legend of the Phoenix describes a mythical bird that rises from the ashes after its destruction. The phoenix is robust because it returns to its original state after a shock. Finally, the myth of the Hydra describes a multi-headed serpent with a special power: each time a head is cut off, two grow back in its place. The Hydra is antifragile because shocks make it stronger. 

 

Resilience is the ability to withstand, recover, and bounce back in the midst of stress, chaos, and ever-changing situations. Being resilient is especially important in today's VUCA world, where everyone is worn down, uncertain about the future, reactive, and short-tempered. The good news is that resiliency is a skill that can be learned and improved with practice. In fact, to be an effective leader today, this is an essential skill for career success. This keynote is filled with specific, practical frameworks and tools to boost your mental toughness when facing fast-paced, difficult, ever-changing, and ambiguous situations.

Session takeaways:

  • Be equipped with tools used to cope with ongoing stress so it doesn't affect your personal life or health

  • Keeping yourself and your team motivated for the long road of change initiatives and shifting priorities

  • Instead of fearing change, learning how to embrace change

  • Remaining poised under pressure: how to instantly calm yourself and others from frustration or anger

Cultural Intelligence

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Keynote title: Culture Fluid, How to be a bridge in a divided world  

So there is EQ and IQ, but ever heard of CQ? CQ stands for cultural intelligence and is the ability for someone to navigate different cultures, whether at work, at home or generally in society. If you’ve moved countries, been an expat, been on an exchange, learned a new language or just travelled abroad, most likely you’ve been met with some sort of cultural shake-up. Being culture fluid enables us to traverse between cultures more easily by being more empathetic to those from another culture, a skill that is more and more needed in an increasingly globalized world.   In this workshop, Sharon will take the audience through her journey of growing up as an immigrant, and then returning to her birth country to work for the largest local internet company. Sharon Gai shares stories of work place micro aggressions she has experienced in both places and what she did in each instance. 

Session takeaways:

  • Learn how to be the bridge in a team with different cultures

  • Cultural intelligence and its importance in the workplace

  • How to take advantage of diverse cultures in teams 

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Future of Work

Empowering the Workforce of Tomorrow: Reskilling in the AI Era in L&D

A recent study on the employees of consulting firm BCG showed an increase in productivity of their workers by 40%. The introduction of Artificial Intelligence into the workplace has transformed traditional work dynamics, necessitating a shift in skill sets and process flows. As AI systems increasingly perform tasks that once required human intervention, the question arises: How do we prepare our workforce for the future? And how do we marry AI capabilities with human strengths in the evolving workflow? In this workshop, we'll delve into the importance of reskilling initiatives and demonstrate how organizations can integrate AI seamlessly into their processes through a three-pronged approach: people, process, and technology.

 

Session Takeaways:

 

• Insights on Reskilling: Grasp the importance of reskilling in the AI age and discover actionable strategies to prepare the workforce for tomorrow's challenges.

• Human-AI Synergy: Understand the principles of fostering a harmonious relationship between AI systems and human teams.

• Process Optimization: Gain knowledge on integrating AI into work processes without compromising efficiency or human value.

• Technology Selection & Implementation: Learn about the vast array of AI tools available and the key considerations when implementing them in your organization.

• Future-Proofing Strategies: Equip yourself with a vision and plan to stay ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving landscape of AI in the workplace.

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