2017 Annenberg Lecture Series
The Annenberg Leadership and Management Speaker Series is an integral part of Harvey Mudd College’s commitment to encouraging students to lead with integrity. Funded by the Annenberg Program Endowment for Leadership, this series brings to campus accomplished individuals who are recognized, world-class leaders in their fields of endeavor. The lectures provide an engaging forum for senior executives to address pertinent leadership issues and to share their insights with the Harvey Mudd community.
Admission to this public lecture series is complimentary. Lectures are held on campus in the Wayne ’73 and Julie Drinkward Recital Hall of the R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, 301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, California, 91711. A dessert reception follows each lecture.
Monday, October 30, 7 p.m.
“Marketing Experiences With Machine Learning – Fairness and Accuracy”
A growing portion of company communication to customers today depends on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Brands are heavily invested in technologies that automatically find consumers and dynamically create messages for those consumers, without human involvement. Programmatic technologies decide where to place ads, dynamic creative decides what that message looks like, cognitive and conversational technologies are starting to present a “voice” of the consumer. Ray Velez will consider the question: How do we provide the leadership to ensure that our messages and choices align with our values when algorithms decide who and what to message?
Chief Technology Officer, SapientRazorfish
At SapientRazorfish, the world leader in helping global brands drive customer obsessed business transformation, Ray Velez manages the company’s capabilities in web cross-platform technology architecture and development and oversees the technology community across the company. He is known widely for his ability to rethink and shape business organizations in a new age of customer empowerment and has built a strong track record in software technology architecture and engineering, working with and deploying a wide spectrum of intelligent platforms. Velez is the co-author of the best-seller Converge: Transforming Business at the Intersection of Marketing and Technology, which explains how to transform an organization’s business model around the consumer by breaking down silos and applying principles of software-enabled agile approaches. Prior to joining SapientRazorfish almost two decades ago, Velez was a systems architect and technology director at Scient, where he worked with clients ranging from Citibank to Ford Motor Company to the National Football League. He was a technology team leader at Cambridge Technology Partners and worked on projects ranging from building the life-critical call center for Lifeline Systems to decision-support data warehouses for Hasbro and Unilever. Anything outdoors is Velez’s passion, whether biking, skiing or hiking with the family. Over the years, he’s enjoyed mountain bike and ski racing and competed in the La Ruta de Los Conquistadores race in Costa Rica. Velez studied computer science and philosophy at Boston University, looking to bring the answered and unanswered together.