Boston Chapter Event

Boston Chapter Event

Sci Fi No More: Artificial Intelligence Now

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

5:00 – 6:30PM

Virtual Event


Women Corporate Directors the NACD New England Chapter are presenting a special Thought Leadership event for directors.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are becoming everyday phrases as companies digitize legacy business models and look to innovate. MIT Sloan Management Review estimates that 58% of all organizations foresee modifications to their business models due to AI within the next five years. But do directors really understand these emerging technologies and how they represent both a threat and an opportunity to the franchise? How do we separate the hype from true use cases? 

Some areas in which AI is used today include speech recognition, problem-solving, machine learning and others. However, the impact is not well understood by directors, even as AI’s reach extends to a wide variety of industries ranging from technology and healthcare to industrials (automotive, clean tech, manufacturing, for example).

This program is focused on "the reality" of AI and what directors need to be thinking about, as well as what questions to raise.


Vishal Sunak: As CEO of LinkSquares, Vishal is responsible for developing strategies aimed at assisting both corporate legal and finance teams with the review of their contracts. He works to prevent his customers from having to read each contract one by one. He founded LinkSquares with the goal of building great products to improve how businesses operate. Prior to founding LinkSquares, he held positions in operations and product management at Backupify and InsightSquared. Vishal has a B.S. in Engineering from Northeastern University and a M.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Ed Cuoco: Vice President of AI and Analytics, PTC. Ed Cuoco has spent more than two decades helping organizations develop advanced analytics strategies and data science product organizations. He has led product, analytics & strategy functions for companies in the United States and Europe, with particular focus on Industrial Innovation, Energy, Oil & Gas, Transport and Logistics. He is passionate about the value that can be unlocked by combining data, logic, people and processes.

John Guttag is the Dugald C. Jackson Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at MIT. He leads the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory's Data Driven Inference Group. The group uses advanced machine learning and computer vision to improve outcomes in medicine, finance, and sports. Current research projects include prediction and reduction of adverse medical events, matching patients to therapies and providers, and medical imaging. Professor Guttag has also done research, published, and lectured in the areas of sports analytics, financial analytics, software defined radios, software engineering, mechanical theorem proving, and hardware verification.

From January of 1999 through August of 2004, Professor Guttag served as Head of MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He served as Associate Department Head from Computer Science from 1993 to 1998.

In recent years, Professor Guttag's classroom teaching has centered around helping students learn to apply computational modes of thought to frame problems and to guide the process of extracting useful information from data. His textbook on this topic, Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python, with Application to Understanding Data, is used in online courses that have been taken by over a million students.

In addition to his academic activities, Professor Guttag has extensive industrial experience. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Scientist of HEALTH[at]SCALE Technologies and on the Board of Directors of Frontiir.

Professor Guttag received a bachelor's degree in English from Brown University in 1971, and a master's degree in applied mathematics from Brown in 1972. In 1975, he received a doctorate in computer science from the University of Toronto. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Southern California from 1975-1978, and joined the MIT faculty in 1979.

Professor Guttag is a Fellow of the ACM and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Pamela Reeve: Pam is the former CEO of Lightbridge, Inc., a company she took from founding to public and ran for 15 years. Prior to Lightbridge, she spent 11 years at The Boston Consulting Group in consulting and executive leadership roles. Currently Lead Director of American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT), Chairman of the Board of Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR), and Chair of DentaQuest. Also, member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Mass Technology Leadership Council; Vice Chair of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization Board of Trustees; Chair of Partners Community Physicians Organization, Member of the Partners Board of Directors and Corporation Member of   Partners HealthCare. Appointed by Governors Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker to the Board of the Massachusetts Tech Collaborative. Member of the Board of the New England Chapter of NACD. Appointed by Mayor Thomas Menino as founding CEO of She is Chair of the Commonwealth Institute.

Reeve was chosen as the 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year in Software and Technology by Ernst & Young, 2002 CEO of the Year by the Massachusetts Telecom Council, and has received numerous other leadership recognitions and awards. She was named 2017 Director of the Year by the New England NACD and to the 2017 NACD Directorship 100.

Reeve earned her MBA degree, with distinction, from the Harvard Business School, and received her undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of Georgia Honors Program.  

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11/17/2020 5:00 AM - 11/17/2020 7:00 AM
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