GLSEC 2019

Artificial Intelligence

The theme of our conference this year is "AI".  Join us and learn how artificial intelligence is being embraced and applied to change how industries think, learn, and grow.

May 20, 2019 | Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration is open

$275 general registration

$35 student registration (limited number of tickets!)

See who will be there!

GLSEC19 Speakers


Mary Brown

Inclusion & Diversity Consultant, Spectrum Health

Former Senior Digital Experience Analyst at Priority Health, Mary Brown has a wide range of experience including Human Centered Design, Organization Development, and Learning and Development strategies and methods to improve individual leadership and organizational effectiveness. She is a futurist who focuses is on applied research in technology and society. 

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Hannah Davis

Creator, TransPose

Hannah Davis is a generative musician and researcher based in NYC. She is the creator of TransProse, which programmatically translates text into a musical piece with a similar emotional tone. Her AI music has been played at The Louvre, the BMW Museum, the Fabrica Alta, and others. She is a 2018 OpenAI scholar and is currently working on creating unique datasets for art and machine learning. She is @ahandvanish on Twitter and her portfolio is at

Ryan Johnson

Lead Engineer, TwistThink

Ryan Johnson is a lead engineer at Twisthink with a focus on sensor and AI engineering. Ryan has 15 years of experience leading customer projects and relationships, managing a team of highly capable technologists, and designing innovative product solutions. His expertise includes image and signal processing, computer vision, machine learning, and custom camera design.

For the first 6 years of Ryan’s career, he worked as a vision system product engineer for a tier one automotive company using optics, image sensing and computer vision to automate vehicle functions. At Twisthink, Ryan enjoys using his expertise to serve many companies across a variety of industries including medical, automotive, industrial and consumer.

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Laura Leenhouts

Innovation Group, Newell Brands

Laura takes ideas and dialogue from flat to fully dimensional through Graphic Recording, the practice of using images and text to capture the essence of presentations and conversations in a highly engaging visual format.

An architect by education, she has moved from architecture to R+D to research, consulting to innovation.  While working in innovation my synthesizing, listening and artistic skills coalesced—allowing me to capture thoughts and ideas in real time, creating visual artifacts that create deeper engagement and understanding. During my tenure at different companies, I’ve worked across divisions and segments, helping identify areas of strategic growth for the company and then working to research, design and facilitate workshops that discover new concepts for business growth. 



Tamara Faber-Doty

VP of IT, Consumers Energy

Tamara Faber-Doty is Vice President of Information Technology at Consumers Energy, Michigan’s hometown utility and leader in clean energy.

She is responsible for a team of more than 400 people, and has helped bring innovation such as big data, visualization and automation to the company. She is a board member of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University.

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Janelle Shane


Janelle Shane's machine learning humor blog,, looks at ways that algorithms can surprise and amuse us – even when they fail. Her experiments feature neural networks that try to invent human things like recipes, paint colors and Halloween costumes, to mixed (but hilarious) results. has been covered in the Guardian, the Atlantic, NBC News, Slate, All Things Considered, and more. She has only made a neural network recipe once and discovered that horseradish brownies are about as terrible as you might imagine.

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Vasu Gupta

Cloud Customer Engineer, Google

Vasu is a cloud customer engineer within Google's Customer engineering group with a specific focus and specialization in data and analytics. She has over 8 years of experience in helping clients build their data strategy and roadmap, lead architecture and design workshops, and manage execution of data and analytics initiatives for large enterprise clients. She has led multiple product visioning workshops of how clients can convert their business ideas into viable technology solutions. She is currently working within the Healthcare industry vertical on multiple analytics initiatives that involve migration of machine learning workloads to the cloud.

Gary Coburn

Customer Engineer, Google

Gary is a CE within the Google Customer Engineering group he has come from being purely infrastructure focused by architecting the entire storage and virtualization environment for a global manufacturing company through custom Dev/Ops and application development work and now spending time working in West Michigan to enable enterprise customers to utilize all of the great technology that Google has brought.




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Jared Moore

Assistant Professor, GVSU

Jared Moore is an Assistant Professor in the School of CIS at Grand Valley State University.  His research and teaching are in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence and cyber-physical systems.  

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Matt Jansen

Marketing Technology, GFS

Why does any company exist? Why does it have the customers it does? Knowing answers to those questions aligns everyone toward a common goal and elevates the work that we do to a cause. While finding that purpose is personal to each company, my purpose is solving today, scaling tomorrow.


Jason Sosa

International Speaker,

Jason is an experienced entrepreneur, previously founded a New York city and Singapore venture-backed AI/machine learning company which sold in 2015, also advisor to $20m VC fund, and founding partner of a decentralized ecosystem Blackbox AI and Blackbox Foundation. 

Previous experience includes emerging technology product strategist with Occipital (VR mixed reality headset), InfoScout, IoT, wearables, face recognition, 3D body scanning, and blockchain architecture. Management background blends business, human factors, and technology as 3X CEO, Techstars Alum - the top NYC accelerator, Bloomberg reality TV show, IDA Singapore grant funding, and two previous exits. 

International speaker on the Future of Work and Emerging technologies, Forbes Contributing Writer - Singularity University Global Summit, Women in Tech Keynote, Inman Connect Keynote, ICO CROWD, TEDx, and MIT Enterprise Forum. Also featured in the New York Times, WSJ, Wired, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Techcrunch, and listed as Top 25 NYC startup by Business Insider.

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Rolf Russell

COO, Table XI

Rolf is the COO of Table XI, a Chicago custom software design and development shop.  He mixes managing a consulting organization with working directly with clients to envision and deliver software core to their businesses.  Outside of the office he works with a MRI imaging startup to research machine learning models for prediction of dementia.

Before Table XI, Rolf spent a number of years at ThoughtWorks, an IT consultancy, where he launched the Continuous Delivery practice and founded the South African office.  Prior to that Rolf received an MS in AI with a thesis on applying genetic algorithms to supple chain management.