Artificial Intelligence: Its Meaning, Utility and Significance for Entrepreneurs

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

February 10, 2020: 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Panel of artificial intelligence experts discuss current applications and future impacts of this emerging technology


National Louis University
Room 310
850 Warrenville Rd
Lisle, Illinois

Driving Directions:

Find driving directions here.

Event Details

The promise of A.I., in its systematic, efficient, and subtle application of data for accurate decision making, is vast. But where is the line properly drawn between its developing reality and visionary hype? And especially for small business, is it relevance that of the pioneer being the one gets the arrows or an available first mover advantage that ignored results in a long-term compounding detriment?

This month will feature an expert panel whose in-depth exposure to A.I. will set the stage for a discussion of both its conceptual foundations and practical implications. Hearing them will inform you on what companies are now doing with related processes and technologies, the impacts on business processes, and the trends to expect looking ahead. So join us for an overview that definitely will prove informative.


Entrepreneurial Roundtable Member $15.00 Fee as of 2/5/2020 $20.00

Member Guest $15.00 Fee as of 2/5/2020 $20.00

Chicago Booth Alumni & Students $15.00 Fee as of 2/5/2020 $20.00

General Public $20.00 Fee as of 2/5/2020 $25.00


Register Online

Registration is required
Payment In Advance Only
No credit cards at the door, only cash and checks.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, must do so by Wednesday, February 5. There is a no refund policy for late cancellation attempts or for no shows.
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Deadline: 2/10/2020

Speaker Profiles

Brian Clark (Panelist) '17
CEO/co-founder, Ascent RegTech

Brian has a wide breath of financial regulatory compliance experience and previously served as a Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel. He started Ascent in 2015, using A.I. to help customers digitalize and automate their compliance programs. An Eagle Scout, his education includes BA from U Illinois, JD from DePaul U and MBA from Chicago Booth.

Diag Davenport (Panelist)
PhD Candidate, Chicago Booth

Diag prior to graduate school at Booth was a litigation consultant and data analyst for a variety of organizations from start-ups to the Federal Reserve. His research focus is on the intersection of Big Data and behavioral economics, blending theoretical, experimental, and field methods to predict choice. His education includes BA from Penn State U and MA from Georgetown U.

Estelle James (Panelist)
Managed Business Services,, Robert Half/Protiviti

Estelle has worked in specialist interim staffing and consulting for the past 16 years. She provides insights to C-suite executives and PE/VC firms on the future of work post-digitalization and updates global leadership on evolving trends from her firm's AI/RPA global center of excellence based in Chicago. A native of the UK, she earned LLB-Honors University of Liverpool.


Greg Gocek, '85 
Booth ER Chairman

Other Information

Pre-event networking with light refreshments will occur at ground floor lobby 6:15 - 7:00 PM. Group then proceeds to third floor for presentations.

When possible, speaker slides are posted online at ER website as post-event reference.

Dress is business casual