Neil Sahota Featured Keynote Speaker Neil Sahota Banner IBM Master Inventor, AI & Technology Expert, Author
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Tags: Gravity's Exclusives / Business / Future of Work / Environment & Sustainability / Artificial Intelligence / Investing & Venture Capital / Emcees & Moderators / Entrepreneurship / Future Trends / Startup / Team Building / Innovation / Social Change & Issues / Technology


Neil Sahota (萨冠军) is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (UN) Advisor, Artificial Intelligence (AI) subject matter expert, Faculty at UC Irvine, and author of Own the A.I. Revolution. With 20+ years of business experience, he works with organizations to create next-generation products/solutions powered by emerging technology. His work experience spans multiple industries including legal services, healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication, and government. Moreover, Neil is one of the few people selected for IBM’s Corporate Service Corps leadership program that pairs leaders with NGOs to perform community-driven economic development projects. For his assignment, Neil lived and worked in Ningbo, China where he partnered with Chinese corporate CEOs to create a leadership development program.

In addition, Neil partners with entrepreneurs to define their products, establish their target markets, and structure their companies. He is a member of several investor groups like the Tech Coast Angels and assists startups with investor funding, also serving as a judge in various startup competitions and mentor in several incubator/accelerator programs. Neil currently hosts Changing The Story podcast, where he focused on the stories of people who have innovated and disrupted their industries and domains to show people the “how” so audiences can learn, be inspired, and take action.

He actively pursues social good and volunteers with nonprofits. He is currently helping the Zero Abuse Project prevent child sexual abuse as well as Equilibrium to engage youth culture in sustainability initiatives.


The Hype and the Real Power of AI / What Should I Be Doing with AI?

This is an introductory presentation on AI – what it is, can and cannot do, and how the technology can be really applied for business problems. Neil also dives deeper to answer the common question: My organization needs to do something… but what? 

Neil gives a customizable and tactical framework that will also guide organizations and individuals to apply a repeatable method to understand how they can use AI for their specific needs.

Responsible AI: Truth, Trust, and Ethics

This talk dives into the ethical issues, need for policy/regulation/legislation, and how to build trust in the technology.

AI for Social Good

AI is a powerful tool for business and social good. Learn how to leverage AI for social enterprise/social entrepreneurship. Understand real-world examples on how AI is already helping us with major social issues, and more importantly, how you can do the same.

Uber Yourself Before You Get Kodaked

If you’re not trying to disrupt yourself, then someone WILL disrupt you. This talk gives you the tools to “see the forest from the trees” to keep your organization at the forefront as a leader and innovator.

Want to Be an Innovator? Step One: Build the Mindset & Culture

Looking for that game changer moment? It doesn’t happen randomly. Learn Neil’s tactical, repeatable framework that has been successfully used by Global Fortune 500 companies to identify and execute your game changing opportunities.

Social Enterprise / Entrepreneurship: Establishing the Mindset

We live in a world where positive social impact is crucial to retaining customers and talented employees. However, it is difficult to break the traditional thinking and culture of commercialization to discover complementary social good opportunities. This presentation will show how to overcome this challenge and build a sustainable mindset and corporate culture to foster opportunities to commercialize and do social good at the same time.

The Future of Work: Be the Driver Rather Than the Passenger

It’s estimated that 40% of the jobs that exist today will be gone in 12 years. How do you prepare for this transformation of work? How do you anticipate what the jobs of tomorrow will be? This talk helps you understand the changes that are coming as well as the knowledge and skills that will be needed for the future of work. More importantly, it shares how you can define what the future of work will be for your industry rather than worry about how and when the change will occur.

Workshop: Tactical Learning with Actionable Next Steps

This tailored workshop is made for businesses of all industries and sizes looking to innovate either internally or externally. Neil works with teams of all levels (C-level executives, to people on the ground, and mixed groups) through the different stages of Ideation, Transformation, Implementation, and Intrapreneurship Culture Building.

  • Participants will walk away with a completed deliverable and actionable plans
  • Leverages collaboration through group work among the participants 
  • Hands-on experience
  • Opportunity for participants to showcase their thought leadership as well as learn from each other
  • Builds an ongoing community among the group members to help each other
  • Provides tangible artifacts that participants can immediately use to produce a new product/service/solution

Ideation (Length: 4-8 hours)

  1. Develop feasible ideas/use cases/opportunities for the organization;
  2. Define the preliminary scope for the identified initiative/project.

Transformation (Length: 8-16 hours)

  1. Build the roadmap to turn the opportunity into a solution/service;
  2. Includes focus on organizational change management and skills development to drive adoption internally and externally.

Implementation (Length: 8-16 hours)

  1. Tactical plan on how to build the solution/service.

Intrapreneurship Culture Building (Length: 8-16 hours)

  1. Foster a culture of innovation;
  2. Learn how to “think differently”;
  3. Define and quantify value propositions.