AI: Why It’s Important to Embrace Now for a Sustainable Future

AI is part of our future, so how do learn how it can be used for good? Let’s explore the world of AI with our panel of experts!

About the Webinar:

AI is the buzzword of today. From Chat GPT exploding on the scene, we hear how AI is becoming a part of our everyday lives. AI is part of our future, so how do we lean into it and learn how it can be used for good? Let’s explore the world of AI with our panel of experts!

The intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and sustainability is an incredibly exciting field to explore. With the growing urgency to tackle climate change and preserve our planet for future generations, AI can be a powerful tool in our toolkit. By leveraging AI, we can analyze vast amounts of data to better understand our impact on the environment and develop innovative solutions to reduce our carbon footprint. But it’s not just about technology. It’s about the people and organizations passionate about creating a more sustainable future. Join us with our panel of experts in different sectors to learn how we can collaborate and use AI to amplify our collective impact. The possibilities are endless, from energy efficiency to data and marketing, and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together. In this special 90-minute webinar, let’s learn how sustainability-driven experts can leverage this tool to create a sustainable future so we don’t get left behind.

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About the Presenters:

Becky Migas – Moderator – Becky Migas (she/her) is Founder / Executive Director of Women in Sustainability, an inclusive and action-oriented nonprofit for women (and allies) in the environmental movement that is working together to create a better future for all. WIS CAREs for those that CARE for the planet through an inclusive and collaborative community, advocating for all, providing valuable resources and creating education in all aspects of sustainability. She is also a Pro Trash Talker and loves to educate others on responsible waste disposal.. Becky received her undergraduate degrees from The Ohio State University and is an avid Buckeye fan! She also received her MBA from Missouri State University. When not talking about sustainability or planning events, Becky loves to spend time in nature with her lifelong partner Chris and snuggling with her cat Theremin.

Simon Julien – Co-Host – Simon is the inventor of core technology, Co-Founder, and CEO of Latimer Controls. Latimer Controls uses complex machine learning and artificial intelligence to perform the necessary controls that allow large-scale solar plants to mimic the reliability of fossil fuel generators. Simon graduated from CU Boulder with a BS & MS in Applied Mathematics/Computational Modeling, and has been heavily involved in renewable energy and sustainable technology throughout his career. Simon also frequently participates in events and incentives sponsored by the Black Inventors Hall of Fame and is a consistent advocate for minorities and diverse perspectives growing voices in the energy transition. With the recent commercialized advancements of artificial intelligence and language processing tools, Simon is extremely interested and excited to learn how AI can support sustainability projects and initiatives.

Jane Endacott -Jane is a Content Creator who works with purpose-driven businesses. In her free time she trains in jiu jitsu, writes vampire novels, reads too many books, watches horror movies, and drinks too much coffee.

Omar Kaheel – Omar Kaheel is a Data Scientist at Ascend Analytics, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with an emphasis in Data Science from the University of Colorado Boulder. He has worked on using AI to enhance energy storage modeling, energy market analysis, and carbon removal efforts. Having had roles at Perennial, Hyde Renewables, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Omar has been working towards learning about the various challenges we face with decarbonization and how technology and AI can enable solutions.

Kyle Shannon – Kyle Shannon is a pioneering leader with a career spanning more than three decades, consistently at the forefront of digital storytelling and marketing innovation. As the Co-Founder and CEO of Storyvine, he has transformed the landscape of video storytelling, offering a platform that automates production and empowers clients to create professional, authentic content at scale. His success at Storyvine, however, is just the latest in a long line of transformative ventures.
In the mid-1990s, Kyle co-founded AGENCY.COM, a major player in shaping the nascent digital marketing landscape. As the Chief Creative Officer, he led the company to impressive heights, growing it to over 2,200 employees, achieving $200 million in revenue, and launching a successful IPO on NASDAQ. This influential venture set the standard for modern digital advertising and established Kyle as a pioneer in the space.
As a public speaker, Kyle has delivered keynote presentations at numerous conferences and offers workshops to help organizations navigate emerging technologies. Because of his excitement about generative AI, his friends and family have said he’s been “a bit manic lately,” which he doesn’t vehemently deny.


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