Inside Empowering Beyond Summit 2017

I was recently asked to emcee this year’s Empowering Beyond Summit2017 hosted by Avasant, a leading management consulting firm focused on translating the power of technology into realizable business strategies. The conference theme was “Digital Singularity: Where Technology & the Human Experience Converge.” 

The opening keynote by Avasant CEO, Kevin S. Parikh, set the right tone. Parikh noted, “Digital singularity is changing how we live, work and play. The advent of AI and automation does not mean the end of humanity, but rather the beginning of a new era to free human creativity and deliver the opportunity for all.”

Parikh eloquently stated, “Digital Singularity – it’s where the human experience meets technological omnipresence. What that’s giving us is a tremendous opportunity to redefine how we are going to use technology in the next decade and what type of experience we’re going to have with technology as humanity.”

I interviewed c-suite event speakers from companies like Amazon, Mattel, Estee Lauder, and Jack in the Box, and over 200 senior executives from major tech companies like Cap Gemini, Cognizant, Dell, HCL, IBM, Infosys and TCS  attended this industry-leading event. 

The summit was held at the new Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles, and I got to test drive some of their most technologically advanced cars ever on their 53-acre test track! It was an amazing day where I met influential thought leaders behind some of today’s leading edge technological advances.

Speakers from Amazon and Immersion discussed how to leverage AI, IoT, and automation technologies to enrich the human experience. Some of Avasant’s recent clients talked about their enterprise transformation initiatives and how they had incorporated digital business solutions. A Healthcare CXO panel included the SVP of Digital Health at Flextronics, the CIO of UCI Health, and the Data & Analytics Senior Director of McKesson. The panelists shared how their companies are reshaping healthcare with technology today.

Other speakers included the CTO of Estee Lauder, who spoke about blending digital and human elements, and the CIO of Jack in the Box, who shared his experiences with blending innovation with operational excellence.

All in all, it was an excellent day, and I was excited and proud to be standing with so many movers and shakers and decision-makers in the tech industry, from some of the biggest companies in the world!

Why you should get a job in tech

For me being in the tech sector is one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made so I wanted to let you guys in on five reasons why tech is the place to be right now.

1. There’s always so much going on

You’ll never get bored.  Technology is always changing and something new is always getting released. With so much new information there are so many jobs being created so you might not even end up doing what you started off with.

2. It’s not your typical 9-5

Many jobs in the tech sector let you be the boss of your time-- meaning you get the job done when you feel like it rather than be locked away in office 9-5, five days a week. Remember, you still need to get the job done.

Plus more of the work is project based so you’ll constantly be working on different and creative things.

3. Technology is the future

Let’s be honest, who can go a day without going on their phone. Tech is the norm and it’s going to be an even bigger part of our lives in the future-- so it’s very much here to stay.

4. Job Security and Pay

Sometimes it feels good to get into a field that you know you’re going to have a fulfilling career in and one that’s not gonna die out. Plus, we’re kind of in a tech boom right now so if you’re thinking of applying now would be the time.

5. It’s for everyone

While some might consider technology a boys club, more and more females are joining it and absolutely loving it! From marketing to social media to front end and graphic design--  it doesn’t matter if you speak Python or know Ruby on Rails or have a technical background or not because there are so many different types of jobs and positions available that there’s a place here for everyone.

Let me know if you have any questions! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.