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Equity in Tech Summit

October 10, 2023 -12:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Milwaukee’s Equity in Tech Summit will return for the second year for Wisconsin Tech Month 2023 with a focus on AI!

Milwaukee’s Equity in Tech Summit returns for the second year for Wisconsin Tech Month 2023! Presented by Milky Way Tech Hub, this half-day conference provides leaders with the tools, trainings, and connections needed to build a more inclusive, equitable tech workforce.

This year’s conference will respond to the central theme, “How can AI advance our collective efforts to increase equity in the tech sector?”

Speakers will dive deep into the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence in driving economic inclusion and sustainable solutions to bridge the racial wealth and achievement gaps in our city, while also addressing key practical and ethical concerns around AI tools.


Welcome Remarks: Nadiyah Johnson, Milky Way Tech Hub; Benjamin Juarez, Latinos in Tech; Anju Gupta, Northwestern Mutual (Milwaukee, WI)

Opening Keynote: ‘Building an Inclusive Tech Ecosystem’

Lili Gangas, Chief Technology Community Officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact (Oakland, CA & Miami, FL)

Breakout 1B – Room C2H: ‘Responsible AI Leadership – Part I Talk’

Sarah Alt, Chief Process & AI Officer at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP (Milwaukee, WI)

Breakout 1C – South Auditorium: ‘The Human Side of AI – Nurturing Soft Skills in the Age of Automation’

Chytania Brown, Employ Milwaukee & Thami Hastings, EveryoneOn (Milwaukee, WI)

Breakout 2A – Room C2J: ‘Predictive Analytics in Professional Development and Talent Management’

Lisa Proeber, The Middle Six (Milwaukee, WI)

Breakout 2B – Room C2H: Leveling the educational landscape by embracing AI for creative learning’

Shamit Surana, Halokeys (Milwaukee, WI)

Breakout 2C – South Auditorium: Fostering Inclusion and Belonging through AI’

Benjamin Juarez, Co-Founder and CTO, Rivet and Co-Founder, Latinos in Tech (Milwaukee, WI)

Breakout 3A – Room C2J: ‘Responsible AI Leadership – Part II Workshop’

Sarah Alt, Chief Process & AI Officer at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP (Milwaukee, WI)

Breakout 3B – Room C2H: Leveraging AI for Equity in Sports’

Derek Hyde, Milwaukee Brewers (Milwaukee, WI)

Breakout 3C – South Auditorium: ‘Fair and Ethical AI & Analytics: A survey of multi-disciplinary research of equity in tech & data’

From the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute (NMDSI):

Michael Zimmer, Marquette University; Maria L. Goranova, UW-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI); Gerardo Mares-Aguilera, Marquette University; (Milwaukee, WI); Joshua-Paul Miles, Marquette University; (Milwaukee, WI)

Closing Keynote:Reshaping the Narrative Using Data’

Yeshimabeit Milner, Founder of Data for Black Lives (New York, NY & Miami, FL)

Closing Remarks: Nadiyah Johnson, Milky Way Tech Hub; Benjamin Juarez, Latinos in Tech; Kisha Keeney, Northwestern Mutual (Milwaukee, WI)

In addition, the conference will include:

      • Networking opportunities
      • Light snacks and refreshments during the day and appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks at a post-event social hour
      • Tactical AI use cases, best practices, and success stories

Attendees will walk away with applicable, real-world AI knowledge needed to remain relevant and competitive within the Midwest and across the US.

Get your tickets today!



October 10, 2023
12:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Northwestern Mutual
805 East Mason Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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