Women in AI for social good - AI Forum

Date: 8 June

Time: 5 – 8 PM

Cost: FREE

Venue: AUT

From healthcare, to finance, education and government, artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping every part of our lives. It is also helping solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. However, women account for less than 25 percent of the AI workforce.

Please join our next event to discuss women in AI for social good. Be inspired by Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh’s vision to increase female participation in AI, for the benefit of all. She will be joined by a panel of guest speakers to explore female-led AI that’s good for the world. Join the conversation, network and create valuable connections.

OUR SPEAKERS

Dr. Mahsa Mohaghegh

Dr. Mahsa is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Women in Tech in AUT’s School of Computer, Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences. She is a well-recognised leader in AI and machine learning and is also the founder of the charitable trust She Sharp, a women’s technology networking and learning group, where she works to encourage young New Zealand girls to consider what a career in technology offers. In 2019 she was the Champion Award winner of the YWCA Equal Pay awards, and in 2020 presented with the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Jean Yang

Jean is the VP and co-founder of the Onit AI Center of Excellence. Jean worked as a lawyer before becoming the COO and VP of Legal at McCarthyFinch, a legal AI venture that was acquired by Onit. While there, she helped build the business from infancy to acquisition and lead product and technology development. Jean was named Emerging ICT Leader of the Year 2019 and is a founding executive of LegalTech NZ.

Heather Gadonniex

Heather is a growth-oriented leader passionate about bringing world-changing technologies to market and scaling social impact. She is a data-driven strategist experienced in developing and leading go-to-market, communications, and sustainability initiatives at start-ups and multi-national organizations. Most recently, Heather served as the VP of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Sama, a leading San Francisco based machine learning company focused on producing high quality training data for the world’s leading AI teams. Heather is an active member of Partnership on AI, including spearheading work to create guidelines for ethical data sourcing and enrichment. After spending nearly two decades in San Francisco, Heather recently relocated to Auckland with her family. She is most happy when she’s growing companies that make a positive impact, enjoying the outdoors, and sharing wine and cheese with awesome people.

Nikki McLay

Nikki is a conversational AI writer and developer with a background in design and art. She is also co-founder of IVOW.ai, an award-winning company that has pioneered thinking around the need for machine learning systems to be culturally intelligent and inclusive.

Kirrily Denny

Kirrily is Head of Conversation and Persona Design at Soul Machines. She plays a pivotal role in shaping compelling digital interactions, by crafting engaging conversational experiences for our state-of-the-art Digital People. Her career has covered the creative direction of award-winning campaigns and television productions for prestigious companies around the world including Mediaworks, Television New Zealand, Nickelodeon Australia and National Geographic Channel. She loves rambling along empty beaches and come nightfall, watching a good movie with a single malt whisky in hand!

Jacqueline Comer

Jacqueline is co-founder and chief product officer of Areto Labs, a social enterprise that uses machine learning to build more positive and inclusive online communities. A lover of words and linguistics, she spent much of her career as a journalist, copywriter and creative director, before pursuing her master’s of technological futures and investigating using natural language processing to surface microaggression in text. That work, along with successfully launching an Areto Labs Twitter probot called ParityBOT_NZ, which uses NLP to combat toxicity directed at women election candidates, convinced her to pivot her career to focus on using AI for social good. She loves reading, traveling, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with her partner, daughter and four pet chickens.

Dr. Mahsa is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Women in Tech in AUT’s School of Computer, Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences. She is a well-recognised leader in AI and machine learning and is also the founder of the charitable trust She Sharp, a women’s technology networking and learning group, where she works to encourage young New Zealand girls to consider what a career in technology offers.
In 2019 she was the Champion Award winner of the YWCA Equal Pay awards, and in 2020 presented with the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Jean is the VP and co-founder of the Onit AI Center of Excellence. Jean worked as a lawyer before becoming the COO and VP of Legal at McCarthyFinch, a legal AI venture that was acquired by Onit. While there, she helped build the business from infancy to acquisition and lead product and technology development. Jean was named Emerging ICT Leader of the Year 2019 and is a founding executive of LegalTech NZ.

Heather is a growth-oriented leader passionate about bringing world-changing technologies to market and scaling social impact. She is a data-driven strategist experienced in developing and leading go-to-market, communications, and sustainability initiatives at start-ups and multi-national organizations. Most recently, Heather served as the VP of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Sama, a leading San Francisco based machine learning company focused on producing high quality training data for the world’s leading AI teams. Heather is an active member of Partnership on AI, including spearheading work to create guidelines for ethical data sourcing and enrichment. After spending nearly two decades in San Francisco, Heather recently relocated to Auckland with her family. She is most happy when she’s growing companies that make a positive impact, enjoying the outdoors, and sharing wine and cheese with awesome people.

Nikki is a conversational AI writer and developer with a background in design and art. She is also co-founder of IVOW.ai, an award-winning company that has pioneered thinking around the need for machine learning systems to be culturally intelligent and inclusive.

Kirrily is Head of Conversation and Persona Design at Soul Machines. She plays a pivotal role in shaping compelling digital interactions, by crafting engaging conversational experiences for our state-of-the-art Digital People.

Her career has covered the creative direction of award-winning campaigns and television productions for prestigious companies around the world including Mediaworks, Television New Zealand, Nickelodeon Australia and National Geographic Channel.

She loves rambling along empty beaches and come nightfall, watching a good movie with a single malt whisky in hand!

Jacqueline is co-founder and chief product officer of Areto Labs, a social enterprise that uses machine learning to build more positive and inclusive online communities. A lover of words and linguistics, she spent much of her career as a journalist, copywriter
and creative director, before pursuing her master’s of technological futures and investigating using natural language processing to surface microaggression in text. That work, along with successfully launching an Areto Labs Twitter probot called ParityBOT_NZ,
which uses NLP to combat toxicity directed at women election candidates, convinced her to pivot her career to focus on using AI for social good. She loves reading, traveling, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with her partner, daughter and four pet
chickens.

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