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Zack Kass        

Futurist & Former Head of GTM at OpenAI

Zack Kass is an AI Futurist, keynote speaker, consultant, and the former Head of Go To Market for OpenAI. He has spent over 14 years in the field of AI with companies like Figure Eight, Lilt, and OpenAI. His mission is to ensure businesses and governments are active participants in the AI-powered future by demystifying AI, making it accessible and understandable for everyone, and helping leaders navigate the rapidly evolving environment.

While Head of Go To Market at OpenAI, Kass worked at the helm of the team key channeling OpenAI’s innovative research into tangible business solutions. Kass built the teams responsible for OpenAI’s sales, partnerships, and customer success and served as a personal advisor to countless executives deploying the technology across their business.

Today, he is considered one of the foremost thinkers in Applied AI. His thought leadership and techno-optimist views have been featured in countless publications, such as Fortune, Newsweek, Entrepreneur, AdAge, and Business Insider to name a few. Kass has also advised many top companies on AI, including Coca-Cola, Morgan Stanley, and Agmen.

Beyond the corporate world, Kass is a staunch techno-optimist, an advocate for AI’s potential to revolutionize the human condition and reduce suffering. He works tirelessly to promote the promise of AI, serving as a counter-narrative to the prevailing media cynicism.

Kass received his BA from The University of California, Berkeley, and resides in Santa Barbara, California.

Speech Topics

AI: Humanity's New Dawn

In this presentation Zack will look at the past, present, and future of Artificial Intelligence, and its sweeping implications for the human experience.

Leveraging AI for Good: Unleash AI’s potential to redefine productivity and reinvent employee satisfaction

In this keynote, Zack explores the intersection of cutting-edge AI advancements and their practical applications in the business landscape.

Delve into the current state of AI, its trajectory, and discover how different industries are harnessing this technology to revolutionize efficiency, liberate employees from burnout inducing tasks, and transform work as we know it.

Drawing on his years of expertise linking AI advancements to solve bottlenecks at work, Zack presents an inspiring vision of an AI-enhanced future and offers practical, actionable strategies to ensure your organization is equipped to leverage AI for the benefit of your people.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the current AI landscape and its future trajectory

  • Use AI to alleviate burnout by automating laborious tasks

  • Insight into successful AI integrations across different sectors

  • A blueprint for harnessing AI to reimagine the workplace

The Innovator’s Dilemma: Navigating Our AI Future - Pioneering the path towards an AI-empowered future – The Innovator’s roadmap

Zack navigates the challenges and opportunities that lie at the forefront of AI innovation. He dissects the paradoxical landscape where technology moves at an astounding pace, yet practical, scalable solutions remain elusive.

In this keynote, Zack highlights how innovators can transform these challenges into stepping stones to success in an AI-driven era.

Drawing on his vast experience in AI strategy and implementation, Zack offers a pragmatic approach to future-proofing your business.

He provides a forward-thinking perspective, sharing lessons learned, strategies adopted, and the transformative power of resilience in the face of relentless technological progression.

Key Takeaways

  • Lessons from the frontlines of AI strategy and implementation

  • Actionable approaches to future-proofing your business in an AI-driven world

  • Insights into how innovators can turn these challenges into opportunities

AI Strategy Simplified - Charting AI’s Journey: From Humble Beginnings to Technological Transformation

Zack provides a comprehensive roadmap that charts the trajectory of AI from its humble beginnings to its future potential.

He condenses his vast experience and deep knowledge into a practical guide that demystifies the complexities of AI, offering an insightful perspective on the evolution of this disruptive technology. Delivering pragmatic strategies, Zack demonstrates how organizations can adapt and thrive amidst the rapid advancements in AI.

This keynote arms your leaders with an understanding of AI’s past to leverage its present and shape your future, positioning your organization at the forefront of this technological revolution.

Key Takeaways

  • Get a comprehensive overview of AI’s evolution and its implications for business

  • Demystify AI’s complexity with a fresh perspective on how to implement

  • Insight into how to future-proof your organization amidst rapid AI advancements


AI Futurist Zack Kass Joins UVA McIntire as Executive-in-Residence
mong other important contributions, Kass will develop coursework about the use of generative AI in early careers and leveraging it in the workplace; meet with students via guest lectures, workshops, seminars, and networking events; participate in McIntire signature events; and contribute to research initiatives.

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