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SUMMIT 2017: Keynote Session Information
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Opening Keynote Session (8:50 AM - 9:50 AM): Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

Keynote Speaker: Margot Lee Shetterly, Writer, Researcher, Entrepreneur 

Based on the NYT bestselling book, Hidden Figures, SUMMIT 2017 will kick off with the captivating and phenomenal true story of the black “human computers” who used math to change their own lives—and their country’s future.  Set against the rich backdrop of World War II, the Space Race, the Civil Rights Era, and the burgeoning fight for gender equality, the session brings to life the stories of the women who worked as mathematicians at NASA during the golden age of space travel, who, over the decades, contributed to some of NASA’s greatest successes.  In this keynote, Margot Lee Shetterly will discuss race & gender equality, career advancement, and show the surprising ways that women and people of color have contributed to American innovation while pursuing the American Dream. In sweeping, dramatic detail, she sheds light on a forgotten but key chapter in our history, and instills in us a sense of wonder, and possibility. 

Writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, which is a top book of 2016 for both TIME and Publisher’s Weekly, a USA Today bestseller, and a #1 (and instant) New York Times bestseller.  Shetterly is also the founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive of the stories of NASA’s African-American “Human Computers” whose work tipped the balance in favor of the United States in WWII, the Cold War, and the Space Race. Shetterly’s father was among the early generation of black NASA engineers and scientists, and she had direct access to NASA executives and the women featured in the book. 


Closing Keynote Session (3:00 PM - 4:15 PM): The Big AHA! How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Human Resources

Keynote Speaker: Jack Uldrich, Global Futurist, Speaker, Author

In the near future, the greatest change will be the accelerating rate of change itself. How will you and your business change? More importantly, how will you and your organization need to change? The answer, in two short words, is: a lot!  In this enlightening, entertaining and educational session, Jack shares insights from his book, Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today. He outlines the ten trends - and especially on Artificial Intelligence - that will transform the human resources world of tomorrow. Jack also identifies concrete actions businesses can take today to future-proof themselves against “the tides of tomorrow.”

Click the image below for a preview of Jack's presentation for SUMMIT 2017!