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- Award-winning technologist who advises companies on how to implement emerging technologies, especially AI, into their business strategies
- Empowers business leaders to harness the power of AI, voice tech, and digital transformation to build stronger companies
- A passionate champion for AI ethics and literacy who has led teams at AWS, Amazon Alexa, Microsoft AI, IBM, and NPR
- Offers a rare blend of technical background and inspirational storytelling to share valuable insights on the implications of AI on business and leadership
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With a profound passion for technology and its potential to transform business and society, Noelle Russell has dedicated her career to helping organizations uncover the possibilities artificial intelligence presents to their businesses, and guiding them through the intricacies of AI adoption. In her current role, Russell is the global AI solutions lead at Accenture, where she advises companies across industries on how to integrate emerging technologies — including AI, Web3, and the Cloud — into their operations and workplace strategies. She is an award-winning technologist with an entrepreneurial spirit who has led innovative tech teams at NPR, Microsoft, IBM, AWS, and Amazon Alexa, and is among the world’s leading voices on data and AI literacy.
Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Russell is a leading tech and AI practitioner whose expertise and guidance is sought after by the world’s top organizations as they explore the ways they can leverage AI as a competitive advantage and a vehicle for exponential growth. As she leads an immersive deep dive into generative AI and the other emerging technologies that are changing the ways we live, work, and do business, she infuses real-world examples and insights from her own experiences successfully helping clients solve their business challenges through purposeful tech integration. She empowers groups to embrace what technology can do for their organizations and offers actionable takeaways for how to enhance decision-making around technology. As part of her keynotes, Russell also addresses topics such as creating multi-modal, multi-channel experiences, responsible/ethical AI, and inclusive innovation.
At Accenture, Russell is responsible for developing enterprise-scale industry playbooks for generative AI and large language models (LLM). She leads the development of global AI solutions across cloud providers — including Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, and their ecosystem of partners. In her previous roles at some of the world’s leading companies, she worked with clients to guide them in tackling challenges related to healthcare generative pre-trained transformers (GPT), conversational banking, call center innovation with LLMs and GPT, and employee experience. She has built more than 100 conversational AI applications since 2014 and influenced close to $1 billion in revenue for Microsoft AI during her tenure with the tech giant speaking to Fortune 500 executives and running whiteboarding technical sessions. In parallel to her position as Accenture’s AI leader, Russell is founder and chief AI officer at AI Leadership Institute. The institute offers advisory services and workshops for defining generative AI strategy, creating AI-ready cultures, and establishing responsible AI practices within organizations.
Among her accolades, Russell has recently been honored with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for Artificial Intelligence, as well as VentureBeat’s Women in AI Responsibility and Ethics award. In 2023, she was named one of DCA Live’s New Power Women of DC Tech.
The Future of AI in Your Industry. In this session, renowned AI leader Noelle Russell takes a look at how specific industries are evolving due to the implementation of generative and applied AI technologies. As Russell gets groups thinking about AI and how it can be leveraged in support of their business goals, she shares real-life case study applications that demonstrate more than a dozen applied AI models that can be leveraged to optimize business, create game-changing solutions, and power growth. As Russell examines the opportunities that AI presents for organizations, she also considers the risks, challenges, and ethical considerations — focusing in depth on how AI can be implemented to support human ingenuity, rather than replace it. If your organization is looking to successfully expedite innovation and improve the accessibility of its applications, this program is the perfect starting point.
Transforming Industries, Safeguarding Trust: The Responsible Use of Generative AI in Healthcare, Finance, And Retail. Picture a world where AI revolutionizes healthcare, accelerates financial services, and redefines retail experiences. The potential is astonishing, but realizing it demands a careful balance between harnessing generative AI's power and maintaining ethical standards. In this dynamic keynote, AI leader, practitioner, and trailblazer Noelle Russell explores the responsible use of generative AI in enterprise, with a specific focus on healthcare, finance, and retail.
Russell guides audiences through groundbreaking applications of generative AI in these industries, demonstrating its potential to transform operations, enhance customer experiences, and drive growth. However, alongside these benefits come significant ethical concerns, such as data privacy, fairness, and transparency. This session will tackle these challenges and present strategies to manage them effectively. Audience members will walk away with a more in-depth understanding of how generative AI is reshaping their industry and the opportunities it presents for the future, as well as practical guidelines and approaches for collaborating, communicating, and implementing generative AI responsibly within their organizations.
Empowering Inclusive Innovation with Ethical AI: Nurturing Creativity and Protecting Humanity. We’re at a point in time when AI can effortlessly craft enthralling stories, compose stirring symphonies, and designs breathtaking masterpieces. However, this world is more vulnerable than ever to complications caused by deepfakes, misinformation, and privacy breaches. Generative AI holds immense potential, but with great power comes great responsibility.
In this exhilarating talk, AI leader and Accenture’s global AI solutions lead Noelle Russell, will delve into the crucial intersection of innovation and ethics, revealing how to maximize the benefits of generative AI while minimizing its risks. Russell discusses the latest advancements in generative AI, showcasing awe-inspiring applications that demonstrate its revolutionary impact on creativity and problem-solving. But where there's a light, there's a shadow. She also shows audiences the other side of the AI coin — confronting pressing concerns such as fake content, bias, and ethical dilemmas. Key takeaways for attendees include a more comprehensive understanding of the opportunities, challenges, and risks presented by generative AI, as well as a blueprint for developing responsible AI systems, drawn from her real-life experiences supporting companies with their AI strategies.
HumAIn: Empowering Inclusion with Technology. Noelle Russell, Accenture’s global AI solutions lead, has dedicated her career to helping organizations understand AI’s capabilities, as well as how it can be implemented to create revenue-generating opportunities while maintaining the human element within their teams. In this talk, Russell discusses the real, tangible ways artificial intelligence can be utilized every day to improve businesses and the world. In a keynote that blends knowledge, inspiration, and practicality, she walks audiences through what it takes to build solutions that spark growth within organizations and serve more people by creating inclusive teams that are empathetic, courageous, and leverage varying perspectives as the foundation of innovation. She also addresses the implications of building AI solutions that augment human ingenuity in business — thus improving the employee and customer experience.
Who is this talk for?
- Executives and boards
- Company all-hands
- Organizations of all sizes and industries
Key takeaways for the audience:
- Learn how AI is powering your industry
- Get best practices for responsible AI application at scale
- Receive a checklist for choosing your first or next AI project
- Get a cheat sheet for engaging the best AI talent
- Start thinking about the importance of ethical and responsible AI
- Discover how AI for accessibility is changing the world
Navigating Challenges, Embracing Triumphs: Empowering Women in Leadership. Recognized as a trailblazer for women in tech, Noelle Russell leads this inspiring and empowering talk in which she brings to light captivating stories of resilience and success for women in leadership. In this thought-provoking presentation, Russell examines the unique challenges that women face in their professional journeys and guides audiences in discovering the keys to overcoming obstacles with grace and determination.
Through captivating stories, personal anecdotes, and expert insights, Russell guides those in attendance on a transformative journey, uncovering the essential qualities and strategies that pave the way for triumph in the realm of leadership. Drawing upon real-life experiences and research-backed principles, this keynote will shed light on the power of resilience and the profound impact it has on shaping success. This engaging session is designed to empower women in leadership roles, but its valuable insights and strategies are equally applicable to anyone seeking to overcome adversity and biases, navigate complex organizational dynamics, harness their authentic voice, and reach their full potential.
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Noelle delivered in spades. In addition to being highly technical and knowledgeable on Alexa at the product level, Noelle is a delightful person and a fantastic speaker. Noelle put much thought and care into her talk and came prepared. Clearly one who takes her opportunities seriously, she does so with a manner of grace that is both refreshing and rewarding as an event organizer.
Noelle is a dynamic leader in the young voice-first space. She's just as much a sharp, compelling speaker as she is a caring, empathetic example for those around her. It's been a pleasure having her involved with our growing VoiceFirst Events portfolio.
If you would like to get your audience excited about a product, or launch, Noelle is the person to contact. She is wonderful, passionate and has positive energy on stage, not to mention technically versed. She is a breeze to work with and a great presenter.
Noelle is a natural leader in the AI and voice technology space and can talk about the topics at length. But her real talent, even more so, lies in her ability to draw the audience in. She is wicked smart, personable, genuine, and humble and that is why so many in the industry regard her so highly.
I cannot thank Noelle Russell enough for the great inspiring session yesterday. It opened a lot of eyes to the plethora of insights for the AI world and I was personally super impressed by her absolutely precise/concise way of conveying her thoughts in a simplified manner. Overall, it was just perfection to the core.
Who said you can’t have passion AND fire at a conference? Noelle Russell brought just that. We laughed a lot, said “hmm” when she got us thinking, reflected on how legacy gets lost when products come to fruition, and remembered why we are in the game as her experience and passion refueled us all.