pete-blackshawSpring Luncheon
with Pete Blackshaw, HBS'95
"Seeing Through the AI Hype"

April 13, 2023.
Lunches available starting 11:45 am. Program begins at noon.
Aynie's Boxed lunches  $16 members, $20 non-members
Virtual* or BYO lunch is free but please RSVP through "Buy Tickets" button
*All registrants will be sent the virtual link the day before the program.

Boxed Lunch Options: choose one from the dropdown list when you register and pay
1.Tree Hugger hearty vegetarian option stuffed in a wrap with fresh Seasonal Veggies, Pickled Red Onions, Aynie’s Hummus made with Organic Chick peas and White Cheddar Cheese.  Box includes  side of the day and cookie. Available as a vegan option upon request.
2. Mildly spiced pulled Buffalo Chicken topped with Aynie’s Bleu Cheese Coleslaw and lettuce. Served in a wrap with side of the day and cookie.
3. Oven roasted turkey breast and cheddar cheese served on wheat with homemade side of the day and cookie.
4. Roast Turkey, Ham, creamy goat cheese and Cranberry Compote grilled on sourdough. Includes side of the day and cookie.


Seeing Through the AI Hype: A Call for Clarity, Perspective, and Mindfulness 

As a society, we have a tendency to get swept up in the hype and excitement surrounding new technologies, often overlooking their limitations and challenges in the process. But to truly take advantage of this "AI Moment," we need to approach it with clarity, perspective, and mindfulness. In this session, Pete Blackshaw, CEO of startup catalyst Cintrifuse, will provide an informed and nuanced perspective on AI technology, exploring its current state, its potential impact on society, and the ethical and trust considerations that must be taken into account. Building on a recent Ad Age column, Pete will also discuss how models like ChatGPT are playing an increasingly important role in helping us separate truth from fiction in the digital world, even serving as valuable "BS detectors" for brands and leaders. 


About Pete Blackshaw

Pete Blackshaw (HBS ’95) is a recognized author, visionary, startup ecosystem leader, and climate-tech expert who’s held top digital positions at Nestle, P&G, and Nielsen.  He’s the author of Satisfied Customers Tell Three Friends, Angry Customers Tell 3000: Running a Business in Today’s Consumer-Driven World (Random House), an Advertising Research Foundation “Great Minds” recipient, and a two-time juror for the Cannes Innovation Lions.   As CEO of Startup Catalyst and Fund Cintrifuse, he’s dedicated to making Greater Cincinnati the #1 startup hub in the Midwest and a top innovation center in the country.  You can see him in action on Twitter at @pblackshaw. 

TAFT CENTER: A longtime resident of downtown Cincinnati, Taft expanded its presence with the Taft Center, an innovative, multi-functional reception space overlooking Fountain Square. Taft, its clients, and other stakeholders can enjoy “front porch” city views as they partake in meetings, seminars, social events, and community causes. The firm’s active involvement in local civic and community organizations helped inspire the multi-purpose space.
Located on the second floor of the US Bank Tower, the 7,000-square-foot Taft Center serves as a meeting and conference site, as well as a reception space for networking events and mixers hosted by Taft clients and guests.
From Fountain Square, dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows offer illuminated views of the 1,200-square-foot “Living Room,” an expansive space equipped with wireless internet and movable seating. Beyond are private meeting rooms of varying sizes, fitted with high-tech electronics for international conferencing. A large lobby and 600-square-foot catering kitchen allow The Taft Center to accommodate guests with a variety of services.

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12:00PM - 1:15PM Thu 13 Apr 2023, Eastern timezone


Taft Center, US Bank Tower, 2nd floor
425 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Look Who's Coming:

Marcy Taylor
Mark Duesenberg
Camille Jones
William Ivers
Benjamin Campbell
Joseph Dehner
Daniel Cunningham
  Long-Stanton Group
Cedric Vogel
Daniel Perez
Edward Horgan
Leo Chan
Bert Baker
Eric Menzel
  Vale Inc
Roxanne Qualls
Ty Moore
Daniel Fleming
Kerry Hastings
Jody Yetzer
Thomas Broge
Mark Duesenberg
Colin Kegler
Thomas Broge
Radford Ewing
Roseann Hassey
Guest of Roseann Hassey
Gillian Sella
George Welsh
Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney
Jazmyne Reid
Michael Beck
Francis Russell
Alexandra Harsacky
Gary Heaton
  Drive Electric Cincinnati
Connor Heaton
  Strategic Resource Mgt
Shalini Gupta
Samuel Huttenbauer
Lori Nuckolls
Megan Prado
Elise Foster
... a total of 40 guests.
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