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As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. ~ Bill Gates

Where there is no vision, the people perish. ~ Proverbs 29:18

You don’t need a title to be a leader. ~ Multiple Attributions

In looking up quotes to capture the essence of the group, these three stood out.

As the world progresses, business is becoming more competitive, society is demanding more social consciousness, and employees are demanding higher pay. Many organizations provide little to no support in these areas.

The Agile Leadership Initiative (formerly the Agile Leadership Network - DC) is a community for those that want to build their leadership skills with specific emphasis on Agile and business.

Our top objectives are to:

  1. Provide a forum and community for Agile leaders to get the information they need to successfully adopt and evolve their organizations
  2. Create a network for connecting top leaders with the organizations that need their expertise
  3. Promote positive disruption in business and society

If you are interested in learning leadership skills or participating in the discussions and are willing to do so in a positive way, you are welcome to join!

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Leading AI Change: A Guide for Agile Leaders in AI Transformations

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its sub-domain, Machine Learning, have been developing quickly in the last decade. According to recent studies, more than half of organizations are already using some type of AI/ML or plan to do so in the next three years. Chances are, your organization is one of them and they are either planning for or in the middle of an AI transformation - and the only way that has proven successful in managing this transformation is to use Agile methods.
Business agility is vital for an AI transformation. As an Agile leader, you can lead the change in defining the new value streams and executing the work correctly, in order to meet this challenge. You can accelerate product delivery when you understand the specific risks in AI/ML programs and how to mitigate them.

In this talk, I will speak from my own experience managing delivery for AI/ML programs, and how I applied Agile and Scaled Agile methods to overcome challenges and successfully delivered business products like chatbots, forecasting systems, and personalized recommendations.

Currently a Senior Machine Learning Strategist with Amazon, Zorina works with global customers to find solutions that speed up operations and enhance processes using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Zorina is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University SCS, as a creator and instructor for the “AI for Leaders” and “Agile Project Management” courses within the Project Management Masters program.

Zorina is involved in AI for Good initiatives and working with non-profit organizations to address major social and environmental challenges using AI/ML. She also volunteers with the Zonta Club of Fairfax and as a Vice-Chair of the Artificial Intelligence Committee at AnitaB.org.

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Please note that we have started charging a small fee for events. All fees collected will go to expenses for running the group or will be donated to charity if any excess is accumulated.

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Managing Up

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