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Leadership Luncheon: Artificial Intelligence (AI) “Friend or Foe” and What You Need to Know

Date: May 16, 2024

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: 200 Wayzata Blvd. W. Wayzata, MN 55391

The Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to join us as we explore artificial intelligence (AI), including the benefits and challenges that impact the business community and beyond. This is the fifth installment in our five-part Leadership Series – January through May.

We are excited to have Dr. John Ebert, Professor, Director of Cybersecurity and Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics Technoology at Saint Mary's University School of Business and Technology keynote this program. He will touch on business applications and what the future holds, security and AI, a real-life GEO AI for retail viability and planning, and how to ensure your business is AI-ready. We hope to see you there!

Speaker bio:
Dr. Ebert is a core professor and program director at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and directs the M.S. in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics (DIGA) and M.S. in Cybersecurity programs. He also oversees the GIS Certificate and Data Engineering Certificate programs as well as the Cybersecurity Management and Cybersecurity Technology Certificate Programs and technology surrounding those fields including artificial intelligence and machine learning.

He has nearly 20 years of applied experience in higher education, government, technology, data, and analytic-related fields and serves as an appointed Land Information Committee member in local government. Prior to his time at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, he worked in local government IT management and geospatial technology overseeing the resource conservation and land information departments.

Dr. Ebert collaborates with regional organizations and national companies including the Mayo Clinic, RetailStat, Allina Health, Arctic Wolf, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – US Secret Service, the Defense Alliance, and has presented research at Google Headquarters as well as the MN GIS/LIS Consortium, Mid-West GeoCON, and a number of local podcasts. In addition, he serves as a regular content contributor panelist for cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI) content hosted by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

He has received numerous grants spanning government initiatives and IT/technology research and is responsible for program administration, technology implementation, developing contracts, fiscal monitoring, grant/research, program accreditation, student research, and facilitating and teaching and learning objectives in the fields of analytics, cybersecurity, data science, artificial intelligence, data engineering, and GIS technology. He also serves as the chair of the rank and promotion committee at Saint Mary’s University and has served on curriculum, assessment, and policy committees as well as is on the higher education board of the MN GIS/LIS Consortium. Dr. Ebert holds a Bachelor of Science in Hydrogeology from Winona State University, a Master of Science in Resource Analysis from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.


Members – don't forget to login to your Chamber member profile when you register to receive the discounted member pricing for this program. Nonmembers are welcome, as well!