Dr Catriona Wallace has been recognised by the Australian Financial Review as the Most Influential Woman in Business & Entrepreneurship.

Catriona is an expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence and is an Adjunct Professor, keynote speaker, Chair of an AI VC fund and an Executive Director of Gradient Institute, a Responsible AI research institute.

As the founder of one of the first Artificial Intelligence companies to list on the Australian Securities Exchange, Catriona has truly lived the life of an entrepreneur and CEO in the emerging technologies field. Indeed, Flamingo AI was the second only woman-led (CEO & Chair) business ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Based on her extensive experience in AI, and working between the US and Australia, Catriona delivers keynote speeches globally on topics including Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation, Responsible Technology, the Future of Work and Diversity and Inclusion.

Catriona’s rare experience as one of the first women leaders in advanced technology means that she is ideally suited to present on these important and highly topical subjects and does so in a way that is highly accessible and informative, non-technical, engaging and inclusive.

This unique skill set has also seen Catriona invited to Co-Chair Sir Richard Branson's B Team's AI Coalition, to sit on the Federal Government’s AI Action Initiative team as well as achieve significant industry awards. She has been achieved Advance Australia’s highest award in Technology & Innovation for Australians working abroad, she has been named among the Top 9 Female Entrepreneurs by the Sydney Morning Herald and Top 30 Women redefining business by Womens’ Agenda and as one of the top AI speakers, globally, by Onalytica. Catriona was also inducted into the Royal Institution of Australia acknowledging her as one of Australia’s most pre-eminent scientists.

With a burning passion for and deep knowledge of Artificial Intelligence Catriona believes that sharing knowledge about the responsible use of technology and is her true path and purpose.

Catriona is also a philanthropist, human rights activist and mother of five.

Speaking topics

United Polarity

Dealing with Polarisation in the Workplace  

We live in a world that is highly polarised. Young people think this is the first time this has happened – they are experiencing Government intervention, vaccination mandates and control. Yet this is not the first time our generations have faced global upheaval and polarisation. Indeed, it has happened at least 33 major times in the last century. 

When polarisation happens, it is usually your tribe polarised with another. This time the polarisation is within the tribe. Work colleagues, teammates, families, friendships, relationships – all are experiencing polarisation within their own tribes.  So, what happens to a team or an organisation where there is a high level of polarity? How do you manage through this? 

In this presentation, Dr Catriona Wallace, explores the concept of United Polarity, where the existence of polarised positions, although seemingly counter, actually can work to produce a stronger team. 

Key Takeaways: 

  • Understanding polarity 
  • Developing practices to manage polarity within teams 
  • Utilising polarity to forge stronger bonds and create stronger teams 
  • How to reduce organisational angst and friction 

Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation

AI is the fastest-growing tech sector in the world, driving the digital transformation of both public and private sector organisations. Leaders are asking what is the best way to transform operations to leverage AI and other emerging technologies such as blockchain, IoT, cybersecurity, 5G, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality? And what role do humans play in a digitised business and economy? The need for this knowledge has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Dr Wallace presents the state of the market for AI and emerging technologies and shares how organisations should think about the Digital Transformation of their current operations and people.

Key takeaways:

  • State of the emerging technology market
  • Briefing on the AI sector
  • Models for Digital Transformation
  • How to manage Humans, processes and ethics
  • Expected benefits and costs of technology-led transformation
  • Future-proofing

Responsible Technology & the AI Ethicist

As evidenced in the hit film, ‘The Social Dilemma’ big tech is controlling much of what we consume, read, like and do. But does the technology sector have our best interests at heart? Are the commercial drivers for technology not aligned to individual and society’s values? And who is regulating this largely uncontrolled sector and what can we do about it? In this presentation, Dr Wallace discusses the role of big tech, the good and the bad, and how models of Responsible Technology with Ethics and Human Rights at its core and the rise of the ‘Ethical Leader’ must be the way forward.

Key takeaways:

  • The role of Big Tech, AI and Algorithmic Decision Making
  • Regulation and control of AI and emerging tech
  • Models of Responsible Technology
  • Ethics & Human Rights technology Frameworks
  • The attributes of the Ethical Leader

The Future of Work

  • Human + Machine
  • The Dangers of Gender Bias
  • Educating for the Future

AI is now the fastest growing technology sector globally, expanding in investment 12-fold over the next 5 years. AI is expected to replace 1.8 million jobs and it will generate 2.3 million jobs in the next 12 months. But whose jobs are these? And how do organisations gear up for having digital employees as well as human employees? Dr Wallace presents a discussion on the Future of Work that is AI-driven where machines augment human workers and automate work functions. Is this all going to be good? What could go wrong? Dr Wallace presents the skills and capabilities that leaders and organisational designers, operations, HR professionals and Educators need to know about the coming of the human+machine era.

Key takeaways:

  • State of the AI market
  • The changing nature of jobs: AI-augmented and automated work
  • Workplace risks through gender bias
  • Skills needed for managing the new era of human+machine
  • The attributes of an AI & digital savvy leader
  • Characteristics of an Ethical Technology Leader

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Women in Leadership
  • Gender Bias in Code
  • Women in STEM
  • The Heroine’s Journey
  • Learning Consent (teaching sexual consent and other consent models)

Dr Catriona Wallace shares her story of being a leader of an Artificial Intelligence company in the US and Australia, seeking investment and being one of the few women leading a Listed technology company. Catriona, using humour and real-life examples, will share her experiences and unconventional ways of navigating difficult environments in order to achieve her goals, including raising her five children along the way.
Dr Wallace draws on the broad field of Diversity and Inclusion to create bespoke presentations that will align with your brief, audience and organisation.

Key takeaways:

  • Models for Women in Leadership and in STEM
  • How to program and/or code ethically
  • The Heroine’s Journey model – navigating women’s career experiences
  • Models for Women of Power and the Good Men who support them
  • Technical training in sexual consent and other consent models

Testimonials

A highlight of the afternoon. We were all inspired by Catriona's wisdom on so many issues. Australia needs hundreds more inspirational leaders like Catriona for our future.
Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute

Catriona is the real deal in innovation and business today. She provides invaluable insights and brings her real-life experience and intelligence to the discussion.
Australian Financial Review

One of the best presentations that I have seen. Dr Wallace used audience participation and her own personal story as a woman to highlight the challenges and opportunities in the tech industry. We would certainly ask Dr Wallace to present again at any of our future events to students and alumni.
UNSW Business School and Director, AGSM UNSW Business School

Catriona has made a valuable contribution to CUA as both as a partner and as an educational speaker.
CUA Health

Catriona Wallace provided a memorable experience for our first AI Masterclass at Upward Hartford. Dr. Wallace engaged the audience from start to finish, encouraging active participation throughout the session and inspiring direct collaboration among participants. The content was informative & accessible for all levels of industry knowledge and experience, which is especially important for a hub such as ours that attracts tech experts, students & entrepreneurs across industries. We so look forward to welcoming Catriona back for future sessions.
Upward, Hartford

Dr. Catriona Wallace is among the most dynamic speakers that have graced our stage at the Auto Insurance Report National Conference in our 22 years. The audience was interested in her general topic of artificial intelligence, but it was essential to quickly go from the general to the specific, and tell them what AI meant to auto insurance. Dr. Wallace delivered wonderfully on both points.
Brian P. Sullivan, Chairman, Auto Insurance Report National Conference

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