Automation City: Where Robots Hit the Road
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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is underway. Strong federal leadership from Washington D.C. and Silicon Valley is largely M.I.A. So, local Philly leaders rolled up their hoodie and suit jacket sleeves to assess the impacts of AI and automation on our economy and residents. We will share what Philadelphia City and Tech leaders are doing now to capture opportunities and prepare for challenges. Hint: Not everyone will be a coder! But, what careers and skills will be in high demand? Is re-training a large segment of the workforce actually viable? Who is most at risk and how do we know? Join our panel as they offer information, strategies and tactical ideas to answer these questions.
Gemmell combines policy expertise and political organizing to affect positive change across the enterprise. Prior to this role, in January of 2016, Gemmell joined the administration of Mayor James F. Kenney to lead the design and launch of the PHL Pre-K program. In addition, Gemmell has led successful advocacy campaigns called Pre-K for PA and Fight for Philly, as well as co-founded Education Voters PA. Gemmell is a former public high school Social Studies teacher and a Pennsylvania selection for the James Madison Fellowship.
Tracey is a sought after expert, advisor and advocate for women in technology. She is co-founder and CMO of Philadelphia-based open source software firm Chariot Solutions and founder of TechGirlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring teenage girls to consider careers in technology.
Tracey is a frequent commenter on women in technology-related careers and advises a number of leading companies on their STEM programs. She has shared insights and solutions from the stage at SXSW and the Philadelphia Women’s March and serves as a skilled moderator that is always a champion for the audience. She has been a regular contributor to both Huffington Post and Forbes.
Tracey began her career in retail management and advertising sales, before acquiring child transportation company KangaKab and expanding it to Pennsylvania. As CMO at Chariot Solutions, Tracey is responsible for all of the company’s branding, marketing and sales strategies. Twice recognized as a top place to work in Philadelphia, Tracey has helped grow the company 5x since its launch.
Rick has been building and running enterprise software companies for 20 years. He's currently the co-founder & CEO of Guru, which empowers teams with the knowledge they need to do their jobs. Prior to Guru Rick was the Founder of Boomi, which defined and led a new segment as the industry’s first cloud integration platform-as-a-service. Boomi was acquired by Dell in 2010, where Rick went on to run the Boomi business for Dell, helping grow the organization into the industry leader it is today.
Thom is an experienced business leader and entrepreneur in the creation and development of for-profit and non-profit organizations in both the private and public sectors. He has over thirty-five years of experience with assisting organizations as a senior advisor in the planning and development of business strategy; the launching and expansion of new divisions; and the financing and capitalization of programs. Thom currently serves as a Management Advisor to BASE Architecture, Planning, & Engineering one of the most successful and experienced nationally owned and operated African-American Architectural and Engineering Firms; and to The Alpha Enterprise Group, ranked by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top 100 largest African American owned businesses in America.