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People Science SIG: Workshop - Ethics in Data and AI for Beginners

  • 07/26/2018
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • 232 West 40th Street, Room 306/307 (3rd fl) New York, NY 10018
  • 9


  • Guests or non-members of ATD NYC can audit ONE Special Interest Group (SIG) for FREE. After that, chapter membership is required. Please note that your registration could be revoked if you have attended a previous SIG event.
  • Member of ATD NYC Chapter in good standing

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A Workshop on Ethics in Data and AI for Beginners

What is data? What is AI? How do they come into existence? How do we use them ethically when the data describes people, and the AI might affect people’s lives?

This workshop will equip talent growth and engagement professionals with the knowledge they need to really “get it” when it comes to data-driven decision making and AI -- how it works, how tools are built, and how to use them well.  We will share how to analyze and refine models of data collection within their own company.

Who are we?

Group Project empowers people with a data-driven, dynamic management software. Teams can map their own capabilities and potential, and leaders can match talent to strategic needs as they come up. It’s a toolset that helps companies grow into an inclusive and adaptive future of work, starting with a clear vision of what their people can really do.

Our mission is to  change the way that people and companies fit together for a future of work where smart business means putting talent growth and inclusion first.

Find out more at groupproject.company

Why do we want to teach this?

We believe those who work in talent-related roles need to understand not just what these technologies offer, but how they work, so that they can make the right decisions for their people at work. We also believe that bias is a parasite, and those who are empowered with knowledge about how bias can show up, are empowered to mitigate it and create a more equitable workforce.

What will participants walk away with?

Participants will walk away with a deep understanding in designing data systems as well as tools to debunk the data systems that exist today. This workshop will allow participants to practice using a critical consciousness when it comes to data collection--what is being measured and perhaps, what is being missed.


Sally Simms, Founder at Group Project

Sally is a systems thinker and humanist, working on the systems that shape how we work, to make them actually work for people. She’s driven by the belief that when every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential, both employees and organizations thrive.

Sally was a founding member of Google's News Lab. While at Google, she picked up the company’s algorithm-driven culture, its culture of always building new data tools, and its best-in-class people operations.  After Google, at transportation marketplace startup Buster, she helped bring a totally offline sector online, modeling its data and improving upon the industry’s existing dynamics with algorithm design.

She created Group Project to do the same thing with workplaces. To bring a real-life black box - the talent make-up inside companies - online, and design smarter dynamics from that wealth of new data.  

Bella Wang, Founding Data Scientist at Group Project

Bella’s a war scholar turned data scientist, skilled in finding meaning in small, human-scale data sets. Her PhD research analyzed the strategy of interstate territorial disputes, using a variety of methods, including game theory, statistical analysis, and case studies, to explain political outcomes. A social scientist and data maven, she’s an all-around student of humanity, combining quantitative and qualitative data to tell stories about human behavior at all levels, from individual idiosyncrasies to the highest of high politics. She’s also pretty schooled on puzzles and games, which applies more than you’d think.

Kyleigh Johnson, Founder's Associate at Group Project

Kyleigh started out in coffee and comedy, and kept the comedy, but now she runs the show in tech. Kyleigh’s early experience with people systems came about when she opened a location for Irving Farm, a fast-growing speciality coffee chain, and redesigned the workflows for inclusion after realizing where operations were failing her diverse team. She found that what she learned studying social work, education, and theater applied readily to supporting people in the workplace. She has also built and contributed to youth engagement programs in the South Bronx, Lower Manhattan, and Abu Dhabi, and stays active in volunteer work. She’s always thinking about redesigning society to better embrace the people that make it up - whether at work, in education, over a great cup of coffee, or in front of an audience.


5.30pm  Doors Open
6.00pm  Presentation by Group Projects
6.45pm  Q&A
7.00pm  Messages from People Science SIG 
7:30pm  Adjourn

Cost:  Free for members, non-members may audit one session, Touro Students may use registration code.

Registration Deadline and Requirements Register before 7/23/2018 


Chair: Syeed Islam (sy@talentmetrics.io)

Co-Chair: Lyndon Llanes (lyndon.llanes@atdnyc.org)

Location: 232 West 40th Street, Room 306/307 (3rd fl) New York, NY 10018

Telephone: 212.479.7397
Email: contact@atdnyc.org

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