St. Louis: Our Place in the Global Innovation Race

  • 04/08/2024
  • Charles F. Knight Center at Washington University

St. Louis: Our Place in the Global Innovation Race


9:00 am - 10:00 am Frick Forum, Knight Center

Breakfast & Networking

A light breakfast and coffee will be served from 9-10 AM in the Frick Forum of the Knight Center
10:00 am - 10:15 am Emerson Auditorium, Knight Auditorium

Welcome by Emily Hemingway, TechSTL

Emily Hemingway, the Founding Executive Director of TechSTL and Host of ScalePoint, will present the Opening Plenary for the ScalePoint Executive Leadership Series.
Emily Hemingway Emily Hemingway
10:15 am - 11:00 am Emerson Auditorium, Knight Center

AI in Biomedicine: Fact, Fiction, and the Future of Decision Making

Dr. Payne is the Janet and Bernard Becker Professor and Director of the Institute for Informatics, Data Science and Biostatistics (I2DB) at Washington University in St. Louis. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Health Information and Data Science and Chief Data Scientist for the Washington University School of Medicine. He holds additional appointments as a Professor of General Medical Science in the School of Medicine and as a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering.
Dr. Philip Payne Dr. Philip Payne
11:00 am - 11:30 am Emerson Auditorium, Knight Center

Inclusion in the Age of AI: Benefitting humanity with equitable LLM Access

Hear from Easan Selvan, Academic Medical Center Director at Microsoft and Shiv Bharti, Sr. Data & AI Specialist, US Health & Education Industries at Microsoft on how to prioritize inclusion in the age of AI.
Shiv Bharti Shiv Bharti
Easan Selvan Easan Selvan
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Anheuser-Busch Dining Hall, Knight Center

Lunch in Main Dining Hall

Connect with other speakers and attendees over a catered lunch in the Anheuser-Busch Dining Hall.
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Emerson Auditorium, Knight Center

CISA’S Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence

(Presented by: Christopher Cockburn, Cybersecurity Advisor for the US Department of Homeland Security) CISA recently released their roadmap for AI in response to Executive Order 14110 and Christopher Cockburn will share his guidance on leveraging Secure AI.
Christopher Cockburn Christopher Cockburn
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Emerson Auditorium, Knight Center

Beyond the Hype: Preparing your Organization for the AI Revolution

(Presented by: Erik Druker, Data Science Director - Central Integrity at Meta) With the launch of technologies like ChatGPT, DALL-E, and Midjourney, Generative AI and Large Language Models are at the peak of the hype curve. While these capabilities have the potential to revolutionize the way we live and work, their pitfalls are often overlooked. This presentation will explore the ramifications of this new breed of AI solutions and provide advice for leaders considering deploying them within their organization.
Erik Druker Erik Druker
1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Frick Forum, Knight Center

Break with AI Innovation Partners

Enjoy a 15 minute transition break while gathering resources from our AI Innovation Partners posted in the Frick Forum
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Room 220, Knight Center

Breakout Session 1A: Potential Pitfalls in your AI Governance Strategy

(Presented by Marco Kilongkilong, Principal at Slalom)In this session, participants will hear lessons learned in AI governance and some mitigation techniques to combat those challenges.
Marco Kilongkilong Marco Kilongkilong
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Room 210, Knight Center

Breakout Session 1B: AI Integration Strategies: Creating Value Responsibly

(Presented by Jacob Gower, Cloud Data & AI Director at Technology Partners) AI Responsibility from Start to Finish Introduction: The transformative power of AI and its potential pitfalls. Start Right: Importance of data from the very beginning. Monitoring and Maintenance: Ensuring AI deployment safety and fairness as they learn and evolve. Panel Discussion: "Challenges and Triumphs in AI Integration" with guest technology executives who will share real world case studies. Conclusion: A call to action for responsible AI integration in all enterprise endeavors.
Melissa Ingle Melissa Ingle
Jason Weems Jason Weems
Jacob Gower Jacob Gower
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Room 210

Breakout Session 1C: Integrating AI into Healthcare Practices

(Presented by: Ali Ahmadi, CEO of TCARE) Embark on a transformative journey into the dynamic realm of artificial intelligence as we explore the intricacies of integrating and scaling AI innovation. This speaking session delves into the critical aspects of seamlessly incorporating AI technologies into existing frameworks and effectively scaling them to drive cost-savings for risk-bearing entities, such as Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) carriers. Discover practical insights, case studies, and best practices that illuminate the path towards harnessing the full potential of AI to revolutionize how our country supports caregivers from all walks of life. Join us to navigate the challenges, seize opportunities, and cultivate a strategic approach for successful integration and scalable deployment of AI innovations in today's rapidly evolving healthcare business landscape.
Ali Ahmadi Ali Ahmadi
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Frick Forum, Knight Center

Break with AI Innovation Partners

Enjoy a 15 minute transition break while gathering resources from our AI Innovation Partners posted in the Frick Forum
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Room 220, Knight Center

Breakout Session 2A: Reinvent Healthcare work: Unleashing Human Potential with Automation and AI

(Presented by Amit Bhagat, CEO of Amitech) The healthcare industry is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. The current landscape—characterized by skyrocketing healthcare costs, daunting labor shortages, escalating burnout rates, and an aging workforce—demands more than just surface-level solutions. Recent data suggests that 30% of healthcare professionals are thinking about leaving their current jobs and an alarming 50% are reporting feelings of burnout. It's evident that we're on the brink of a workforce crisis. The solution? A harmonized integration of Automation and AI, revolutionizing the healthcare workforce while reducing administrative expenses in ways we've only begun to imagine.
Amit Bhagat Amit Bhagat
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Room 210, Knight Center

Breakout Session 2B: The RAI Maturity Model: Best Practices for Responsible AI in Business

(Presented by Dr. Amy Heger, Microsoft User Experience Researcher in Responsible AI at JeffreyM Consulting) In this session, Amy will present the Responsible AI Maturity Model (RAI MM)—a framework developed to empower organizations to pinpoint their current and aspirational levels of RAI maturity. Based on in-depth interviews and focus groups with over 90 RAI specialists and AI practitioners, the RAI MM contains 24 empirically derived dimensions key to an organization’s RAI maturity. These dimensions each have five levels, going from low (Level 1: Latent) to high (Level 5: Leading) maturity and are organized into three main categories: Organizational Foundations, Team Approach, and RAI Practice. By attending this talk, you will understand the RAI MM's structure and its role in driving AI maturity and be better equipped to foster discussions and strategies that champion responsible AI within your company.
Amy Heger Amy Heger
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Emerson Auditorium, Knight Center

Breakout Session 2C: The Marketing and Sales GenAI Revolution Is Here!

(Presented by: Ed Corno, CTO of IBM) At first glance, generative AI can produce truly spectacular results, but there is more (and in some instances less) than meets the eye. Add to this some hidden challenges that are as impactful as they are easy to overlook, and adopting Generative AI on an enterprise scale quickly becomes a daunting task, especially when dealing with IP and personal or enterprise sensitive data. Organizations should not embrace Generative AI just for the sake of it. The key to success lies in doing it right. This relies on delicately balancing two things. First, relevant and fitting use cases must be identified to ensure taking the right actions. Second, success relies on implementing solutions based on best practices. Or, in short, doing things right. Still, the best time to delve into the vast possibilities brought about by Generative AI is now. Paving the way to meaningful and profitable adoption across marketing, sales, and customer service early is key to securing a first-mover advantage. Navigating the limitations of today’s solutions while at the same time leveraging their power in combination with existing tools, resources and expertise is crucial to stay ahead of the competition.
Ed Corno Ed Corno
4:15 pm - 6:00 pm Anheuser-Busch Dining Hall, Knight Center

Wine & Hors D'oeuvres Reception

Wrap-up the Day 2 Session by connecting with speakers, sponsors, and attendees at our Evening Reception. Beer, Wine, and Hors D'oeuvres will be served in the 2nd Floor Anheuser-Busch Dining Hall.


Ali Ahmadi


  • Time : 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (America/Chicago)