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YES 2024 April Meeting

By Annie Chen


On April 28, 2024, our YES members were met with a dynamic blend of inspiration and innovation as members delved into the realms of artificial intelligence and entrepreneurial endeavors during our last monthly meeting at the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center. With credits to Valerie Chew, Kadir Hallac, Assistant Vice President of Data Science at Aetna/Caremark/CVS, graced the gathering as this month’s guest speaker; and so the stage was set for an enlightening exploration of AI's role in shaping the future of business.


Through all of his years of experience, Hallac has consulted on various big data projects that include predictive analytics for multiple industries that include logistics, finance, and healthcare companies. With numerous US Patents and cited publications, Kadir is deeply passionate about making people's lives healthier with the productive and ethical use of Artificial Intelligence technologies. As a seasoned expert in the field of data science, captivated the audience with his insights into the transformative potential of AI across various industries. Drawing from his extensive experience, he elucidated how AI algorithms are revolutionizing decision-making processes, streamlining operations, and enhancing customer experiences. From machine learning to image recognition, Hallac painted a vivid picture of AI's ability to unlock valuable insights from vast troves of data, empowering businesses to stay agile and competitive in an ever-evolving landscape.



As Hallac eloquently demonstrated with Chat GPT and Microsoft co-pilot, the fusion of AI and entrepreneurship holds boundless possibilities. Leveraging AI-powered tools and techniques, budding entrepreneurs can gain a competitive edge by automating mundane tasks, personalizing customer interactions, and uncovering hidden opportunities for growth. Whether it's optimizing supply chain logistics, refining marketing strategies, or enhancing product recommendations, AI serves as a catalyst for innovation, enabling startups to thrive in the digital age. In closing, Hallac emphasized his desire for future generations to have a positive view of artificial intelligence and to be prepared to adopt AI as it takes on a greater role in varying industries.



Following Hallac's enlightening discourse, YES members enthusiastically embarked on their own entrepreneurial journeys during the YES Launch work-on session. Armed with newfound insights and inspiration, they brainstormed and refined their business startup projects. From crafting AI-driven solutions to addressing pressing societal challenges, the YES community epitomized the spirit of entrepreneurship fueled by technological prowess and creative vision.



In conclusion, the April meeting of YES was a resounding success, as it served as a testament to the symbiotic relationship between AI and entrepreneurship; where cutting-edge technology converges with entrepreneurial zeal to forge new frontiers of possibility. With the insights of guest speaker Kadir Hallac, YES members can form new perceptions of AI as an ally and compass to innovation, where the journey ahead holds limitless potential for growth, transformation, and impact. 




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