Hello LFW Friends!

Thank you to all who attended last week’s LeadershipOUTLOOK breakfast. Our panelists presented an insightful discussion on Industries in the AI Era. They took us through the advancements and progress AI has had across industries in recent years. We gathered various perceptions of how AI is being used and accepted in academia, medicine, logistics, and for-profit and non-profit businesses.  They also showed us how AI is all around us in applications and devices such as Zillow and Alexa and its uses are growing exponentially and will continue to be interwoven into our lives.

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Our Panelists

Bart  is responsible for identifying emerging technology trends that support BNSF’s business strategy and driving those technologies forward. He also leads BNSF’s newly established Generative AI Community of Practice. Bart has 35 years of technology leadership experience and 29 years with BNSF.
Dr. Nerur is the Goolsby-Alcon Endowed Chair and he is the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee on Business Analytics at UTA. His research has been published in premier outlets such as MIS Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Communications of the ACM, European Journal of Information Systems, and many others. He serves on the editorial boards of Information Systems Research and the Journal of Strategic Information Systems. He has previously served on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS) and the Journal of Association for Information Systems (JAIS). His research and teaching interests include social networks, machine learning/AI/deep learning, text analytics, and graph neural networks.
As CEO, Chris is responsible for Dunaway’s continued success by leading through the core values, instilling a one-heart culture, and ensuring that the company is growing profitably. He provides leadership and direction to the Senior Leadership Team and has a keen ability to analyze the business side of a client’s challenges. As CEO, he continues to set the company’s vision – ensuring we put the right leadership in place to execute that vision.
Robby Dally brings a diverse 17-year tenure at Alcon, navigating through roles in IT, Marketing, Finance, and Strategy before steering the helm of Data Science within the IT organization. His career, enriched by a wide array of experiences, now focuses intensely on Generative AI, reflecting a deep commitment to harnessing cutting-edge technologies to help our patients see brilliantly. A proud two-time Horned Frog, with both undergraduate and MBA degrees, Robby’s multifaceted background empowers him to drive innovation and strategic insights, blending his rich expertise across functions to lead with foresight and precision in the dynamic landscape of data science.
Matt has deep experience assisting nonprofit clients with finance and accounting services, helping align their back office to their mission. As a senior analyst in RSM’s cutting-edge industry eminence program, Matt works alongside the firm’s chief economist and other industry eminence participants to analyze trends and themes affecting the nonprofit industry and shaping middle market businesses and organizations. Matt’s research includes the impact of macroeconomic trends on nonprofit operations and the impacts of AI.


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