Artificial Intelligence: Living in a George Jetson World

Digital Transformation

Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations Lifelong Learning and Alumni in Technology

Join us for an engaging panel discussion on Artificial Intelligence: Living in a George Jetson World  moderated by Efrem Epstein, A&S '90 with digital transformation and artificial intelligence experts Alex Sharpe, Engr '95,  Bill Kirst, A&S '00Kate Sperber, A&S '95 and Dr. Charles Johnson-Bey, Engr '89. 

Explore the connections to the world that George Jetson lived in. Discuss the pace of change with this new technology. Discover the disruptions we are likely to see with artificial intelligence in the future. Learn about the impacts of AI on knowledge workers, laws, creativity, music, and the entertainment industry from experts.

Disclaimer: The perspectives and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) during this program are those of the speaker(s) and not, necessarily, those of Johns Hopkins University and the scheduling of any speaker at an alumni event or program does not constitute the University’s endorsement of the speaker’s perspectives and opinions.

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ABOUT Bill Kirst, A&S '00
Change & Enablement Leader, Storyteller, Podcast Host "Coffee & Change"

As a change management expert, Bill Kirst leads organizations through change with compassion and care. He has worked across a breadth of industries and has helped dozens of clients achieve transformational goals.

Bill’s passion for creativity and innovation runs over into his podcast, Coffee & Change, where his guests share insights on managing change in their daily lives. He’s a creative writer, a storyteller, and a polyglot, having studied six languages during his international travels. He currently resides in Seattle and alongside his work focuses on wellness and mindfulness in his daily life. Bill currently works at Adobe. He is a U.S. Army veteran having served 10 years as a reserve officer in the United States Army. Bill is actively involved in numerous veterans’ programs working with minority veterans and those dealing with PTS. He has a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree from Georgetown.

Bill values giving back and to investing in the next generation of leaders and diverse voices. He sits on the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Council & Board and is also a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals.

ABOUT Alex Sharpe (Engineering '95)
Board Member | Speaker | Interim Executive | Management Consultant

Mr. Sharpe is a long-time Governance, Digital Transformation, and Privacy expert with real-world operational experience. He has run business units and has influenced national policy. He has served on Boards and has advised them. This provides him a pragmatic understanding of the delicate balance between Business realities, Cybersecurity, and Operational Effectiveness. He began his career at NSA moving into the Management Consulting ranks building practices at Booz Allen and KPMG. He subsequently co-founded two firms. He participated in over 20 M&A transactions. He has delivered to clients in over 20 countries on 6 continents. Appearances have included the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Harvard Law School's Forum on Corporate Governance, Johns Hopkins University, ISACA, OneTrust, and Cloud Security Alliance.

Mr. Sharpe regularly writes, teaches, and speaks. Appearances have included the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Harvard Law School's Forum on Corporate Governance, Johns Hopkins University (JHU), ISACA, InfraGard, ASIS, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), RIMS, and the University of Economics and Business.

ABOUT Efrem Epstein (A&S '90)
VP of Communication at Thruways

Currently, Efrem is currently the VP of Communication at Thruways, a SaaS company that enables eCommerce businesses to increase revenue with smart data and AI-driven recommendations. Efrem has spent three decades as marketing/communications professional, including serving as CMO for a company in the digital transformation space.  He’s also believed to have been the only CMO in NYC who had also passed four Society of Actuaries Exams. In his spare time, Efrem enjoys singing Tenor in his local Pop/Rock Choir and rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies and Hopkins Blue Jays from afar.

ABOUT Kate Sperber (A&S '95)
Digital Strategy Consultant

Kate helps organizations transform interesting ideas into viable businesses. She drives sustainable revenue and customer growth by creating digital products that make a difference in daily life — from protecting personal data with enterprise cybersecurity to saving money with personal finance decision tools to connecting employees with evidence-based behavioral health resources. As both a strategist and operator, Kate is known for uniting disparate ideas and people to bring the right solutions to market.

Kate has worked with organizations such as The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, RetailMeNot, and Bankrate. She holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

ABOUT Charles Johnson-Bey (Engineering '89)
Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Charles Johnson-Bey is a Senior Vice President for Booz Allen Hamilton. His responsibilities are to develop and execute innovative technology strategies that position Booz Allen Hamilton as a leader in the development of next-generation solutions that are recognizable and branded in the market. He has over 25 years of engineering experience in developing emerging technologies in the areas of the Electromagnetic Spectrum, Information Warfare, Cyber Resilience, Digital Signal Processing, Prototyping, and Hardware. He is a graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, the engineering high school in Baltimore, MD. He received a BS degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and received both a MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

 Event Date
Thursday, October 26, 2023
Start Time: 6:00pm EDT
End Time: 7:30pm EDT

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