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Inspiration and Training to Thrive in the AI Revolution

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Meet TRENT GILLESPIE

3-Minute Intro Video

Trent is a thought leader and professional speaker on creating AI-Powered Leaders and Organizations. Drawing on his experience driving Amazon's global expansion and his long history of technology leadership and innovation, he provides education and inspiration when speaking at conferences and to private groups. 

He is a rare speaker who continues to practice innovation and the use of AI--working daily with companies to learn what works (or not) and then sharing that with his audiences for real, expert, proven advice.

He also provides workshops and training on innovation, and technical concepts separate from and in conjunction with speaking events.

Keynote Presentations ​

Trent provides the following prepared presentations for groups, which are flexible to span between 45-90 minutes depending on Q&A.

  • How to Thrive in the AI Revolution: This keynote speech outlines the likely impact of generative AI on society, individuals, and businesses, drawing comparisons to prior revolutions of its scale. It moves beyond hype to provide attendees specific, actionable steps they can take to begin to use AI immediately to advance their careers, improve their organizations, and become AI-empowered. Customized depending on the audience, from individuals to business executives.

  • Unlock the Secrets to Amazon's Innovation Success: Amazon is one of the best examples of systematic innovation, and its practices for building innovation into its DNA can be studied and replicated. This keynote shares the methods Amazon used to accomplish this, provides an overview of Amazon's famous Working Backwards innovation process, and gives the steps to adopt these concepts at any company. It also includes the importance of building innovative companies due to the impact of AI. This inspiring keynote is best for general business and technology audiences interested in improving innovation and using Amazon as a successful innovation model.

  • Becoming an AI, Innovation and Technology Leader: It's no longer enough to be a technologist or a business leader. For career success, you need to become an AI, Innovation and Technology Leader, who understands business, technology, innovation, AI, and can deliver continual value. Further, you need to understand how AI will impact your role in the future, and set yourself up now to lead AI efforts. This inspirational keynote provides the foundational innovation and AI knowledge to inspire professionals to be more impactful across these knowledge areas.

Custom presentations available upon request. Use the Contact form below to request additional information.

"VERY informative and incredibly aligned with the way we think ...not to mention a delightful peek behind the Amazon methodology curtain."

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"Fantastic, actionable content!"

Executive/Group Presentations and Seminars

Trent provides virtual and in-person presentations and seminars upon request to executive teams and small groups, such as for customer or team events. The above keynote presentations are available, plus: 

1) AI-Powered, Customer-First Innovation that Wins (1 Hour)

This 1-hour presentation is single-focused on how to leverage generative AI to improve innovation processes. It includes training on Amazon's famous Working Backwards process, and how to improve it with Generative AI. It provides insight into how Amazon conducts innovation, to what the future of innovation may look like, and how to set careers and organizations up for success. This is intended for technical, product, and program teams and leaders. It is included when purchasing the related Workshop.

2) Transforming into an AI-Powered Business that Wins (1 Hour)

This 1-hour presentation provides a framework for leaders to understand how generative AI can be used to both reduce costs and increase growth and innovation. It outlines how to begin an AI transformation program, from creating employee policies to how to structure a transformation program, including the most recent best practices and tips from Trent. It shares the 5-step generative AI maturity model, so companies can ensure they identify the right holistic opportunities to make the biggest impact. This is best for company, technology, and HR leaders. This is included when purchasing the related Workshop.

 

3) HR in the Age of Generative AI: A How-To Guide for Leaders (1 Hour)     (See Video Intro Here)

This 1-hour presentation will explore the seismic shift that generative AI is bringing to organizations and the consequent challenges for HR departments. Today's workforce often lacks the skills and structures needed to adapt to an AI-augmented future, and nearly every transformation powered by generative AI will significantly impact HR operations. The presentation aims to address this gap by offering HR leaders a comprehensive framework to not only transform their function but also position their company for long-term success in a rapidly evolving business landscape. This is included when purchasing the related Workshop.

Workshops

Trent provides virtual and in-person workshops upon request.  Standard workshops include: 

1) AI-Powered, Customer-First Innovation that Wins (One-Day Workshop)

Power up your innovation team to create better customer offerings faster than ever with AI. In this workshop, product and innovation teams will learn the fundamentals of using generative AI to improve their innovation processes, learn how to use Amazon's Working Backwards innovation process to refine ideas, and end the course with ideas ready to take to customer validation testing.

 

Key Details:

  • Workshop Length: 1 Day

  • Workshop Location: Onsite or Virtual

  • Best Attendees: Technical Product Teams, Innovation Teams, and Technical Leaders

 

Key Outcomes:

  • Understanding of Using Generative AI to support Innovation

  • Understanding of Amazon's Working Backwards Innovation process

  • Hands-on experience using Generative AI tools and the Working Backwards process

  • At least 1 idea refined and ready for customer validation using the process.

2) AI-Powered Innovation that Wins (Two-Day Workshop)

 

Innovation drives business, and AI puts innovation in overdrive. This course provides attendees foundational knowledge on how to increase innovation effectiveness, and how to do it with AI, using real-world experience, hands-on exercises, and methods available nowhere else. Over the two-day course attendees will understand disruptive vs sustaining innovation, innovation portfolio creation, Jobs-to-be-Done, Amazon’s Working Backwards process, the Desirability-Feasibility-Viability framework, and Assumption-based testing methods to create and validate new ideas. In addition, attendees will use generative AI hands-on for all activities, ending as AI-powered innovators.

 

Key Details:

  • Workshop Length: 2 Day

  • Workshop Location: Onsite Only

  • Best Attendees: Technical Product Teams, Innovation Teams, and Technical Leaders

 

Key Outcomes:

  • Foundational knowledge of critical innovation concepts: types of innovation, innovation portfolios, and related frameworks.

  • Understanding of Amazon's Working Backwards Innovation process, combined with Jobs-to-be-Done and Desirability, Feasibility, and Viability testing.

  • Hands-on experience using Generative AI tools to support innovation.

  • At least 1 idea refined and ready for customer validation using the process.

3) AI-Powered Leadership (One-Day Workshop)

Give your leadership team the shared foundational knowledge and hands-on experience it needs to take advantage of recent advances in generative AI for business. The unique combination of seminar and hands-on labs gives leaders the practical experience they need to understand how generative AI will impact the future of business. Combined with a 5-step transformation plan, leaders will leave with clarity on business, product, and organizational transformation opportunities.

 

Key Details:

  • Workshop Length: 1 Day

  • Workshop Location: Onsite Only

  • Best Attendees: Executive Teams, Technology Leadership Teams, Product Leadership Teams

 

Key Outcomes:

  • Executive-level foundational knowledge of the different types of AI, and the likely impact of generative AI on business.

  • Hands-on experience using Generative AI tools across different roles.

  • Understanding of how to approach strategic and workforce changes due to AI.

  • Understanding of technical constraints and risks associated with AI adoption.

4) AI-Powered HR Leader (One-Day Workshop)                                                           (See Video Intro Here)

Generative AI adoption means that the workforce you manage today is not the workforce you need in the future, and strong HR leaders will be needed to guide the organizational change that is on the horizon. This seminar gives your HR leaders the foundational knowledge and hands-on experience it needs to understand the recent advances in generative AI and how they are likely to impact the workforce and business. It provides the latest guidance on how to begin to transform organizations, looking at related HR policies to reskilling needs, and provides a transformation plan that attendees can adapt to their situation.

 

Key Details:

  • Workshop Length: 1 Day

  • Workshop Location: Onsite Only

  • Best Attendees: HR Leadership Teams

 

Key Outcomes:

  • Foundational knowledge of the different types of AI, and the likely impact of generative AI on business.

  • Hands-on experience using Generative AI tools across different roles, including how to use in HR today.

  • Understanding of the opportunities and risks of generative AI technically and within an organization.

  • A high-level transformation plan for workforce and HR transformation.

Contact us below to schedule or for additional information.

Event Planner Information

If you are interested in booking Trent for a keynote, seminar, or workshop at your event, email him via the Contact Us function or emailing trent@d1innovation.com

The following can be used for marketing or other event materials for your event. Contact Trent for additional resources as needed.

Speaker Detail

Trent Gillespie

Founder and Chief Innovation Officer

Day One Innovation, LLC

https://d1innovation.com

206-672-7350 

 

Bio:

Trent has over 20 years of hands-on innovation and technical leadership experience, including almost 9 years in Senior Leadership at Amazon. During his Amazon tenure, he managed Amazon’s global expansion efforts across all businesses and geographies, ensured Alexa’s AI was both innovative and met global privacy expectations, and led the largest innovation and technology programs for Amazon’s Last Mile Delivery Technology group. Trent now consults, speaks, and trains leaders and their companies on how to leverage AI and drive innovation for growth.  

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