Demystifying Artificial Intelligence for Clarity in the Lunar New Year
Bridge the gap between the promise of AI and utilization at your company.
Directors are ready to move beyond the technical explanation of AI to how it matters to them in the boardroom and what they should be looking for when management discusses strategic initiatives. This discussion will provide a clear perspective on what management is facing pertaining to the pace of digital change, and the questions directors should be asking of management in the boardroom.
Attendees will accomplish these three things:
Discover the three core components of AI and how to apply them to your business.
Learn how companies and CEOs are deploying AI to gain a competitive advantage.
Discuss how to leverage your data as an asset to take decision-making to the next level.
Board Director: Recology, OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG), Tanimura & Antle, NACD Northern California, and Pacific Coast Banking School
Christa Steele is an experienced CEO, board member, and well-known speaker and thought leader of digital disruption and corporate governance in the new digital age.
She currently serves on the boards of directors of Recology, OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG), Tanimura & Antle, NACD Northern California, and Pacific Coast Banking School.
Until recently, Steele was a partner and board member of FIG Partners, a highly successful investment bank with 10 locations across the United States. In April 2019, FIG Partners was acquired by Janney Montgomery Scott.
Prior to board directorship, she became the youngest CEO in the United States to lead a $3.5 billion asset size bank located in the San Francisco Bay area. As a former CEO with $500 million in market cap, she led the improvement of core earnings 43% in a single calendar year, doubled the bank's value in less than two years, and successfully led its sale for a premium in 2015. Steele was recognized by The San Francisco Business Times as a Most Influential Leader in Bay Area Business and Crowe Horwath for driving significant financial performance improvement. In October 2019, she was identified by Private Company Director Magazine as a North America Director to Watch.
Steele qualifies as a financial and audit expert from time served as CEO overseeing the financial complexities of a financial institution. She is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and holds an MBA from University of Southern California and an undergraduate degree from California State University Sacramento.
Tom Mescall has more than 30 years of experience in management consulting, software development, and public accounting. He has grown Armanino’s Consulting team from an ancillary service line in 2004 to an award-winning, high-growth practice area for the firm today. He has defined the consulting strategy to be a trusted partner of CFOs, enabling them to become strategic business leaders within their organizations.
Armanino’s Consulting organization helps CFOs increase their influence across their organizations and introduce innovative solutions to their mission-critical challenges. Mescall leads his Armanino team with an entrepreneurial approach, combining management consulting and technology solutions to meet the challenges of the CFO organization. His department’s key services include strategic advisory, artificial intelligence, business software implementation, cloud accounting, outsourcing, business exit preparedness via IPO and mergers and acquisitions, technical accounting, and talent management for a wide range of industries.
Mescall has managed multiple strategic acquisitions over the last 15 years to increase the firm’s client service offerings and market share. Armanino’s consulting practice has an annual growth rate of more than 15%. Mescall’s team maintains key technology partnerships with Microsoft, Sage Intacct, Adaptive Insights, Salesforce, and more, consistently winning multiple leadership awards such as the Microsoft Inner Circle award and Adaptive Insights and Sage Intacct Partner of the Year awards.
Mescall has significant experience with ERP, ecommerce, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, and CRM systems. He is a sought-after speaker for programs focused on these technologies, their future trends, and their impact on strategic planning for growth-oriented companies.
Ryan Prindiville heads the Strategy and Transformation consulting practice at Armanino, providing management consulting, assessments, and roadmaps for clients in all the company’s business segments. He also leads Armanino’s Data Analytics Consulting practice. Prindiville has extensive business, technology, cybersecurity, and operations leadership experience in Fortune 50, mid-market, and entrepreneurial environments, and he has led global teams in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Prindiville has held line leadership and consulting roles in a range of industries, including retail/consumer goods, entertainment, hospitality, technology, healthcare, biotech, and financial services. His multifunctional experience includes strategy, technology, product commercialization, innovation, operations, solution delivery, process improvement, and management consulting. His areas of expertise include strategy, transformation, and technology consulting; business architecture and process improvement; M&A integration (teams, systems, and processes); organizational development, facilitation, and team building; product development and innovation; solution development; project and program management; and software architecture, implementation, and development.
Prindiville is a certified Six Sigma/Lean Master Black Belt. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Multidimensional, strategic and transformational human capital expert. Has worked successfully and directly with CEOs and Boards as a global Chief Human Resources Officer and for companies ranging from major global brands in the Fortune 500 to Pre-IPO businesses needing to scale. Growth track record, advising, mentoring and guiding HR strategy and operational elements of acquisitions – from due diligence through full integration – and divestitures. Compensation expert, many years working directly with Board Comp Committees. Most recently leading Medidata’s HR, Real Estate and Facilities global team, a SaaS based publicly traded company and was an Officer of the Company.
Serves on the Alteryx Board of Directors and concurrently serves on the Compensation and Nom/Gov Committees. Joined Advent International as an Operations Advisor working with CEO’s and HR leaders to enhance the value creation of the business.
Before Medidata, Eileen spent five years with Rovi Corporation, a publicly traded digital media entertainment software and services company, where she managed all workforce and human resources activity for 2,500 employees worldwide. During her time with Rovi she managed 19 acquisitions and divestitures and focused on the cultural integration of each. Eileen has held the top Human Resources position for the past 20 years including her previous roles at Caspian Networks, Inc., Exodus Communications, AppGenesys, Inc., and Apple Computer. In these roles she reported directly to CEO’s and President’s and has served as their trusted advisor and coach, helping them transform their companies to achieve their mission and growth objectives. She also held senior HR leadership roles at Charles Schwab, Tandem Computers and Hewlett-Packard.
In partnership with Committee Chairs Eileen has managed the Compensation Committee’s for Medidata, Rovi, Caspian, Exodus and Apple. Her extensive global experience includes Asia and Europe where she has managed significant workforce issues including union threats and Works Council negotiations.
Concurrent with her assignment at Rovi, Eileen provided HR consulting to GI Partners, Private Equity firm, to assist in their assessment and performance standards for Partners and Associates.
Eileen received her MS in Technology Management from Pepperdine University a BS in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco and completed the 2016 Directors’ College at Stanford Law School. NACD Governance Fellow as of April 2018.