Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Artificial Intelligence: Navigating Our Future

Stevenson School welcomes experts in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) to our Pebble Beach campus.
Hosted by the 2024 Symposium Committee

Featured Speaker

Ayori ‘Selfpreneur’ Selassie
Founding General Partner and Managing Director, Life Model Ventures

Our Featured Speaker Ayori Selassie will give a 90-minute workshop designed for people with no prior experience or technical knowledge of AI or technology (AI Newbies) who want to learn how to harness the power of AI to enhance their daily lives and design an empowered future.

In this workshop, students will learn the basics of AI and explore its many applications in everyday life. The workshop will cover the benefits and challenges of using AI to simplify tasks, make plans, improve communication, and increase productivity. Students will also learn about the potential impact of AI on personal privacy and discuss strategies for using AI responsibly.

Ayori ‘Selfpreneur’ Selassie is an Investor, entrepreneur, and advisor in the field of Data and AI (Artificial Intelligence), is the patented inventor behind Life Model Canvas®, the creator of Life Model Design, a framework to live a better life. Ayori is the Founder and CEO of AI Newbies, where she produced podcasts, AI training and workshops to make AI more accessible to non-techies.

Ayori currently leads Product Marketing for Salesforce’s Platform and Heroku portfolio. At Salesforce Selassie both founded and served as President of BOLDforce, an Employee Resource Group which greatly influenced the culture of inclusion at Salesforce.  Ayori has held roles in Product Management, Marketing and Solution Engineering at Salesforce, and received several honors such as Global Woman of the Month, and the Rockstar Volunteer award several years in a row.
As an entrepreneur in addition to leading AI Newbies, Selassie is the founder of Selfpreneur.com, a company whose mission is to create a new model for the future of work, empowering individuals to create and grow their own businesses with Life Models. Selfpreneur produces several ground breaking podcast such as; “Selfpreneur”, “Life Model, Remarkable Leaders Throughout Time”, “Thrive in Uncertain Times”, and “Connect Our Roots”.
Ayori’s investment thesis centers on helping leaders launch, grow and scale life, business and society-changing products, services and experiences through direct investment and advisory support. Her investment syndicate Life Model Ventures focuses on Pre-seed to Series A investments in AI and Future of Work.
Selassie is an award-winning, globally recognized thought leader, entrepreneur, philanthropist and innovator. She publishes content on TheSelfpreneur.com to share perspectives and stories on disruptive social innovation in the Age of the Selfpreneur and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

A unique leader, Selassie was homeschooled by her mother from grade school through middle school, self-learned to code at age 11. Selassie was self-taught through high school while running first black owned computer shop in Oakland at age 16 with her brother where she demonstrated extraordinary conviction as an autodidact engineer, initiative, people skills, and proven ability to deliver exemplary results for customers, leading rise from a life of poverty and hardships in Oakland, CA to success in Silicon Valley, the most competitive innovation economy in the world. Selassie’s credits challenging life experiences as the inspiration behind the Life Model as well as a persistent drive to help people around the world achieve the types of financial, health, relationship and personal success that enabled Selassie to thrive in an increasingly competitive society.

Selassie leverages over twenty years of software engineering, technology and consulting experience serving as a trusted adviser to CXO’s in enterprise business. As the leader of GTM for the Einstein Platform suite of products Selassie authored The Big Book of Customer Predictions and is the mind behind the Einstein AI Strategy Toolkit and the Einstein Intelligent App Workshop. Selassie spent the past ten years working at Salesforce delivering cloud business solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Selassie cemented a reputation in big data early in their career while developing the Bill Estimation What-If Engine at Schneider Electric prior to joining Salesforce.

The trail of innovation continued with Selassie progressing to Product Manager at Salesforce implementing the first machine learning solutions for HR at Salesforce before making a career shift to solution engineering, taking rank among the top 5 performing platform consultants in the U.S delivering cloud business solutions to Fortune 500 companies and retiring over $25M in Annual Contract Value in just 3 years.

Selassie has since served as an advisor and mentor in the Salesforce Incubator, lead strategy for the Einstein Partner initiative for Services Implementers (SIs), and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and was an Entrepreneur in Training at Salesforce Ventures.

Selassie is widely recognized as a champion for equality as the founder of BOLDforce, Salesforce’s Ohana (Employee Resource) Group for employees of African descent where she served as President, and as an early influencer to CEO Marc Benioff and Chief Equality Officer Tony Prophet in the formation of Salesforce’s award-winning Office of Equality and initiatives. Selassie spent twelve years working at Salesforce as a top performer across Product Marketing, Sales, Product Management and Information Technology.

Keynote Speaker

Brett Goldstein
Special Advisor to the Chancellor at Vanderbilt University

This keynote will offer an insightful overview of Generative Artificial Intelligence, exploring its strengths and weaknesses while showcasing examples of its applications. Although the presentation will touch on technical aspects, the emphasis will be on the complexity of the technology and the increasingly accessible use cases, highlighting its potential for widespread impact.

Brett Goldstein is a disruptive innovator known for breaking bureaucratic silos across industries from the Department of Defense to Silicon Valley. He has provided counsel to Cabinet Secretaries and C-suite executives in a variety of content areas, including national security, finance, artificial intelligence, and data analytics. He is also an advisor to several early and mid-stage start-ups. Throughout his career, Goldstein has served in a range of mission-driven leadership roles across government, the private sector, and academia. He is deeply committed to improving government through data and technology.

Goldstein began his technology career at OpenTable, where he helped grow the company from an early-stage startup to a multinational corporation. Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he joined the Chicago Police Department where he earned the rank of Commander. He became a leader in Chicago’s municipal government, serving as the first municipal Chief Data Officer in the nation, and later assuming the position of the city’s Chief Information Officer. In these roles, Goldstein was critical in leading successful efforts to use data and technology to improve the lives of Chicago-area residents. To accomplish this, he established one of the premier analytics programs in the country, accelerating Chicago’s growth as a global hub of innovation and technology.

Most recently, he served as the Director of the Defense Digital Service where he ran a team tasked with solving critical technical and national security issues facing the Department of Defense, reporting directly to the Secretary of Defense. He also served as Special Advisor to the United States Department of the Navy where he provided technical expertise on special projects, including overhauling the Navy’s personnel and manpower systems and infrastructure, developing data analytics and machine learning with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and using commercial technology and algorithms to improve force protection for service members in Afghanistan as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission.

Goldstein also co-founded and served as Managing Partner of Ekistic Ventures, a venture capital fund dedicated to cultivating a portfolio of technology start-ups that bring new solutions to critical urban problems. Prior to his work at Ekistic, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of GCM Grosvenor, a global investment and advisory firm.

Academically, he has served as a Senior Fellow and Special Advisor for Urban Science at the University of Chicago, and as a Senior Advisor to the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. He also held a fellow appointment at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is currently a Special Advisor to the Chancellor at Vanderbilt University.

Goldstein holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Government from Connecticut College. He has received numerous recognitions and awards, and is a sought-after speaker in national and international forums. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, three children, two dogs, and a fledgling hive of honey bees.

Closing Experience

Sohan Choudhury, co-founder and CEO of Flint AI

Sohan Choudhury is the co-founder and CEO of Flint, a startup that recently went through the Y Combinator accelerator. Flint is an AI platform for independent schools that allows every student to get 1-1 tutoring. Before founding Flint, Sohan built a video chat company and studied Computer Science at Georgia Tech, where he was a Stamps Presidential Scholar.

Schedule & Abstracts

Students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on exercises and explore AI-powered tools and resources relevant to their own lives. By the end of the workshop, students will have a better understanding of AI and how it can be used to improve their daily lives.

Presenter’s Bios

Jason Bates, Google

Jason Bates


Jason Bates is an operations leader with over twenty years of global experience in high growth market leading companies. At Google, Jason leads a portfolio of programs which are accelerating the delivery of global networking in support of Google’s machine learning and artificial intelligence roadmap. In his talk, “Powering AI with ML Infrastructure” he will provide foundational knowledge on cloud computing infrastructure, the difference in CPU and GPU, the importance of network in high performance computing, and the difference in ML model training and serving.

Yaa Boakye ’07

Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist

Yaa Boakye is a registered dietitian nutritionist and a Stevenson alumna (C/O 2007), known for integrating her health and wellness expertise with cutting-edge digital marketing and AI technology. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nutrition and Dietetics from Dominican University, she continues to be a passionate advocate for health and wellness, now with a tech-enhanced approach. Currently pursuing an MBA at Chicago Booth, with a focus on Strategic Management, Marketing Management, and Entrepreneurship, Yaa is deeply involved in transforming healthcare communication through AI. In her recent role at Walmart Store No. 8, now part of Walmart Health and Wellness, she has been pivotal in developing health and wellness products, utilizing AI and machine learning to create engaging customer experiences. Yass is also the first owner of a custom-built prescriptive AI tool with Creatrix SaaS, which uses advanced analytics to predict and tailor marketing strategies, Yaa is dedicated to blending empathetic, data-driven approaches in healthcare marketing. Her work exemplifies the harmonious partnership of AI with human insight, ensuring technology serves as a complement to enhance wellness communication.

Matt Condino

Matthew Condino

Staff Robotics Engineer @ Bear Flag Robotics

Mr. Condino is a robotics software engineer who has worked in the mobile robotics industry for 5 years. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara University, and worked in the Robotics Systems Laboratory for 4 years throughout college. While employed at the lab, he worked on a variety of projects including robotic testbeds for anomaly management research, software and hardware to control satellite dishes used for CubeSat communications, as well as a capstone project to design a robot that autonomously mapped and explored its environment. In industry, Matt was a key contributor for 3 years at FarmWise Labs, developing calibration procedures, control loops, and planning algorithms for an autonomous vegetable weeding machine. He is currently employed as a Staff Robotics Engineer at Bear Flag Robotics, where he works on localization for autonomous tractors, among other projects such as vehicle simulation, automated testing, and software optimizations.

Dan Cath

Dan Cath

Strategic Deals & Partnerships, Apple

Dan Cath has 18 years of Technology & Ecosystem Partnerships experience across large, medium, and small companies. Currently at Apple enabling early-stage technology hardware, software, services, and AI partnerships for Vision Pro. 12+ years at Google delivering bespoke partnerships + scaled ecosystem launches spanning Google Search, Maps, Google Research, Brain/TensorFlow, Android, Local, Travel, Android, Ads, Chrome, and X. Technology incubation at Volvo Cars R&D focused on new mobility partners, in-vehicle AI, and AI Eng team management. iOS user since iPhone 3G and MacOS user since 17″ PowerBook. Dan lives in San Jose, CA with his wife and son, and loves getting outdoors, exploring the Bay Area, enjoying classic Sci-Fi films, and discovering new types of cuisines.

Sohan Choudhury

Co-founder and CEO of Flint

Sohan Choudhury is the co-founder and CEO of Flint, a startup that recently went through the Y Combinator accelerator. Flint is an AI platform for independent schools that allows every student to get 1-1 tutoring. Before founding Flint, Sohan built a video chat company and studied Computer Science at Georgia Tech, where he was a Stamps Presidential Scholar.

Aiden Donohue

Aidan Donohue ’15

Founding Engineer at Raylu

Aidan is the Founding Engineer at Raylu, an LLM chat assistant startup, where he builds safe, performant, and reliable artificial intelligence systems based on LLMs—the underlying technology that powers ChatGPT. Prior to joining the founding team at Raylu, he worked at a hedge fund building trading systems and a machine learning ops company helping researchers develop next generation AI technologies. Aidan graduated from Stevenson in 2015 after which he attended Stanford University to study computer science and artificial intelligence. In his free time, he trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and sings in a death metal band.

Wan Huh, Data Scientist

Wan Huh ’08

Data Scientist at Google

Wan Huh is a Data Scientist at Google. In his current role, Wan is a member of a central Data Science team driving ML infrastructure improvements across all of Alphabet. Previously, he led similar Data Science efforts across both high-growth start-ups and large tech companies, including Jet.com, Walmart, and Waymo.

Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Wan graduated from Stevenson School in 2008. He holds his MBA degree from UC Berkeley Haas and his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from New York University. Outside of work, he enjoys watching European football games (go Arsenal!) and exploring the Bay Area with his two daughters.

Gianna Jackson ’95

Senior Vice President of Sales at InMoment

Gianna Jackson is a seasoned Silicon Valley technology executive, boasting over 25 years of experience in driving revenue growth with companies including Interwoven, OpenText and HP. Currently serving as the Senior Vice President of Sales at InMoment, she was hired to be a change agent for the organization. Gianna sits on several CEO Advisory Boards and serves as a Board Member of CASA of Monterey County.

A native of the Monterey Peninsula and an alumna of Stevenson, Gianna and her family returned to Carmel a decade ago to raise her daughters, who are now proud members of the Stevenson Class of 2029 and 2030.

Gianna’s leadership style is marked by a commitment to innovation, excellence, resilience, and continuous improvement. She is respected for her ability to foster these values in both her professional and personal endeavors.

Chuyen Nguyen

Senior Machine Learning Scientist at General Dynamics Technology (GDIT

Dr. Nguyen is a senior machine learning scientist  with General Dynamics Technology (GDIT) and in collaboration with US Naval research Laboratory (NRL). She has experience as a machine learning scientist with more than 10 years in model developments. She developed two machine learning systems to understand and capture coastal resilience to sea level rise, and published 3 peer-reviewed scientific literatures as part of her PhD education at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.

Dr. Nguyen also has served as associate editor and peer reviewer for AMS Artificial Intelligence for the Earth Systems journal since 2020, and reviewed nine publications. She is a member of NSF AI Institute for research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography (AI2ES), actively involved and outreach with machine learning community. She is supporting the NRL program outreach to universities and the machine learning community, and has recruited high school interns to support NRL Monterey research directives.

David Rosenberg

David Rosenberg

Digital Music Executive at Twitch

David Rosenberg is an experienced digital music executive with over 18 years of experience leading innovative music startups and large digital streaming services through the complexity of music licensing and business strategy. He currently oversees record label licensing and partnerships for Twitch (twitch.tv). Prior to Twitch, David has been the general counsel and head of legal for some of the most innovative streaming businesses in the Bay Area including Beats Music, Napster Inc (formerly Rhapsody International), and Live365 Inc. David has also led multiple business units including the global strategic partnerships team for Google Play, the content team for Zoom Inc, and the business strategy for his own startup – Gimme Radio. David is a graduate of Duke University, holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a JD from Hastings College of Law. He is also a proud parent to a Pre-K student at Stevenson.

Jennifer Rice

Jen Rice

Technical Program Management and Engineering Operations at Airbnb

Jen Rice is currently leading Technical Program Management and Engineering Operations at Airbnb. Since 2014, she has driven a large number of changes through its mobile, online security and infrastructure teams. Prior to Airbnb, Jen has worked with technical teams in a number of Silicon Valley companies including the San Francisco 49ers, Shazam, Yahoo and Cisco.


Romina Marazzato Sparano, MAT, CT

President Plain Language International Inc.

Romina Marazzato Sparano, MAT, CT works towards better outcomes as a founder, consultant, educator, and practitioner. She has over 20 years of experience in technical writing and localization. She has studied biochemistry, linguistics, translation, and information literacy at Universidad de La Plata (Argentina), Occidental College, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), and University at Buffalo.

She founded Plain Language International Inc., a leading provider of plain language and multilingual content for transparency and inclusion, specialized in medical localization and health literacy for the public and private sectors (for companies and agencies including GE Medical, Medtronic, United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health); launched the Plain Language Research Special Interest Group to foster evidence-based implementation of plain language; co-founded the multilingual Plain Language Academies, winner of the 2022 Cheryl Stephens Innovation Plain Language Award); and designed, launched, and chaired the Master of Arts in Translation/Localization Management program at MIIS (a leading program in localization training worldwide and a top talent producer for companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle).

She has served in various leadership roles at organizations such as ACES (the Editing Society, in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee), American Translators Association (in the Standards and Divisions Committees and the Science and Technology Division), The Institute of Localisation Professionals (as Vice-president), and Spanish Editors Association in the US and RedACTE (the International Network of Spanish Editing Associations) (as Founder and Board Member).

Currently, she is a Board Member at Plain Language Association International and judge for the ClearMark Awards (for Canada, the US, and Mexico) and the Plain Language Awards (for Australia and New Zealand). She contributes to language standards development at ASTM International and ISO (International Organization for Standardization). She is pursuing research on writing strategies for plain language, use of Large Language Models (LLMs) for plain language, and on quality evaluation of plain language output by humans and LLMs.

Catherine Stihler

Global Ambassador to the Global Blockchain Business Alliance (GBBC)

Catherine Stihler is an acclaimed international leader in politics, technology, and public service. With over 20 years of experience at the highest levels of European decision-making, she offers unparalleled insight into effective governance.

As one of Scotland’s longest-serving parliamentarians, Catherine built a reputation for principled leadership and consensus-building. Her forward-thinking approach helped advance open technology globally as Chief Executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation and Creative Commons. She has lent her expertise in public interest AI, advising bodies like the World Economic Forum to ensure technology develops responsibly and equitably.  

A dedicated public servant, Catherine made history as only the second woman Rector of the University of St Andrews since 1413. Her talents have not gone unrecognized. She was honored as an Officer of the British Empire (OBE)  in 2019 and inducted into the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2022.

Now, as a Global Ambassador to the Global Blockchain Business Alliance (GBBC), Catherine continues to leverage her experience and vision. With board positions in both private and public spheres, she bridges divides to provide sage guidance on complex issues at the intersection of technology, ethics, and policy.

Rob Toews

Rob Toews

Partner at Radical Ventures

Rob Toews is a Partner at Radical Ventures, an AI-focused venture capital firm, and leads Radical’s Bay Area office. He also writes a regular column in Forbes about the big picture of artificial intelligence.

Rob was previously a VC at Highland Capital Partners, where he led Highland’s AI investing efforts. Before becoming a venture capitalist, Rob spent many years in the world of autonomous vehicles. He helped lead the strategy team at Zoox, an autonomous vehicle startup acquired by Amazon for $1.3 billion. Before that, he worked on autonomous vehicle policy as a staffer in the White House under President Obama. He started his career in management consulting at Bain & Company.

Rob holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from Stanford.

Luiz Gabriel Vasconcelos

Engineering Manager at Globo

Luiz Gabriel Vasconcelos graduated in Electronic and Computer Engineering at UFRJ/Brazil, with a Masters in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Signal Processing at COPPE/Brazil, he has more than 15 years of experience in innovation, technology and product development. Today he leads the Engineering structure of the No.1 Soccer Fantasy Game in Brazil, and before he co-founded Globo’s operation in the Silicon Valley as well as led multiple Engineering teams in the Media & Entertainment space. He is a Stanford alum and won a Silver Lions at Cannes in the Technological Innovation category.

Kyle Willis

Career Consultant

Kyle is a career consultant, working to address clients’ problems that do not have a simple answer. He has helped a number of different organizations tackle challenges that arise when they try to transform digitally and implement new technologies for their operations. Graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in Economics and Spanish, he has applied these skills in both his consulting work and while living abroad in Chile. Beyond his professional life, he has been a lifelong competitive golfer, including playing in college, and has always had a keen interest in developments that would impact both the amateur and professional golf landscape. He is a member of the Stevenson community, with his wife Katie teaching at the Carmel Campus and his son Finn a Kindergarten student.

Dr. David Zhu

Co-founder of Pocket AI

Dr. Zhu received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence. While at Stanford, he co-founded Nomadic Technologies which provided robots to top universities and AI research centers around the world. With members of the AI Lab, he co-founded the Motion Factory which pioneered the use of robotic algorithms in computer games.

After 20+ years in the high tech industry, he returns to education as a co-founder of Pocket AI with the mission to make AI education accessible for all students. He is a lecturer at Stanford University and Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, as well as a USACO (USA Computing Olympiad) coach. He also teaches the popular “Intro to AI with Games & Puzzle” series and the “AI For Robots” series at The 5th C Academy.