Kamila Stępniowska

Speaking topics
  • Do you really need AI? – statistics, machine learning & deep learning in large organizations 
  • AI and the future of workflow 
  • Data driven organization – promises and reality 
  • How to fulfill skills gap in a large organization 
  • Soft skills in a software based organization 
  • HRs – as the internal education programs provider 
  • Pro-innovation work culture 
  • Business Development 
  • Customer Satisfaction as the key value in quality based selling 
  • Strategy of growth for a new technologies based business 



Data science, machine learning, deep learning, are no longer a base to create a competitive advantage. Those technologies become the “must-have” solutions for industries such as e-commerce, automobile, manufacturing or sales. Let’s see how “AI” is being used in your industry. What is the state of the art and real possibilities to be unlocked in your products or services? 

Which jobs are going to be done by AI software and robots? What kind of new jobs will rise? What kind of skill set your company should be looking for to adjust to the digital reality? During this talk, you will learn a basic strategy that might be used by the HR team to define crucial opportunities provided by AI and automation. 

For a modern company, being recognized as a data-driven organization is one of the important criteria for success. During the talk, you will be introduced to the main checkpoints and basic strategies used in a data driven organization. I will cover topics such as data that you have already, new data – collection, data storage, data use on an everyday basis, data interpretation (“magic”/ manipulation/useful information), data-driven decisions, decision-makers. 

Re-skilling and up-skilling of the existing employees is one of the most efficient and cheapest methods of fulfilling the skills gap. How to create and implement highly effective re-skilling and up-skilling programs? What are the other methods to provide your company with just the right pool of the skill sets? 

Chief Happiness Officer, or Director of Attracting Talent – those are the positions currently used to name a Hear of HR in the tech bubble. It’s diagnostic. When it comes to highly qualified specialists, we can definitely speak about the employee market. The change is visible in every-day benefits (gym membership, extra healthcare, chocolate Tuesdays) as well as long term benefits – education. Internal learning programs become an important attractors for high-class talents and the reason to stay in a company, longer. During this talk, you will be guided on how to build a flexible, long term educational program (re-skilling, up-skilling) for your crucial types of employees. 

For quality based selling, customer experience is a part of the sales value. The customer is buying a premium product as well as a premium experience. The rule applies both in B2C and as well as B2B. The emotions and feelings experienced by the customer are equally important as the product itself. During the talk, I will introduce you to good practices in contact with a customer and state of the art practices in customer satisfaction measurement. 

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Kamila Stępniowska guides companies to apply AI and new technologies into products and organizational culture. With the experience of working with organizations such as Intel, Loreal, United Nations, as well as leading international expansion of Geek Girls Carrots, she combines knowledge and leadership skills to support companies in their digital transformation paths. After almost a decade working with new technologies her experience includes project management, community building, training development, business development, marketing, and business strategy building. She also collaborates with a global Python communities (PyDataPyConPyDays) and other programmers’ communities. As she lived and worked in both EU and the US she has a deep understanding of cultural differences in business and adaptation strategies. As the founder of Ginger Tech consulting, and Automation & Education community, she is just the right person to provide guidance in AI, new technologies, business strategy and education projects. 



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    Patrycja Sławuta

    Speaking topics
    • Hacking, Rewirig and Upgrading the H:OS (Human Operating System) 
    • Hacking Resilience – How to Stay Sane While Doing Insane Things 
    • The Anatomy of a Hungry Ghost – Psychologist’s Guide to How We Hurt, Heal and Can Harness the Human Spirit 
    • The Psychology of Abundance – When Having Affects Being 
    • Hacking the Corporate OS. The Art and Science of Meaningful Innovation 



    The famous Moore’s law says that the computational power of machines doubles every 18 months. As a consequence, change becomes the only constant. We live in a world of constant hacking, rewiring and upgrading of various systems around us.  

    Same goes for the human OS. Programmed early in our development by powerful forces such as culture, religion and family, this system, more than any other, requires a continuous upgrade to reflect who we are, what we want to become and where we are heading. Come join us for this powerful, immersive and interactive session as we learn how to hack, rewire and upgrade the ultimate supercomputer between your ears – your mind.’ 

    The famous Moore’s Law observes that the computational power of machines doubles every 18 months. As a consequence, change becomes the only constant. We live in a world of constant  hacking, rewiring and upgrading of various systems around us. 

    Same goes for the human operating system. Programmed early in our development by powerful forces such as culture, religion and family, this system, more than any other, requires a continuous upgrade to reflect who we are, what we want to become and where we are heading. Especially if you are an innovative startup business. Companies today are at the forefront of change. Meaningful disruption is embedded in the DNA of every successful company. And so, surviving and thriving becomes a psychological game of mindsets, mental habits and resilience. The most skillful players are able to turn fear into fuel and uncertainty into business opportunities. Resilience, contrary to popular belief, is not robustness, redundancy or even bouncing back. It does not always equate with the recovery of a system to its initial state. Often times resilient systems have no baseline to return to, and so they reconfigure themselves continuously and fluidly to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, while continuing to fulfill their purpose. 


    In the world of scientific research such a characteristic of a system is called dynamic disequilibrium and is widely observed from microbiome systems to human societies to even entire cultures. With such a definition, modest and often/frequent failures are actually essential to many forms of resilience – they allow a system to release and then reorganize some of its resources. The best resilient systems fail gracefully – they employ strategies for avoiding dangerous circumstances, detecting intrusions, minimizing and isolating damage, diversify the resources and re-organize itself in order to heal. 

    Research from various fields shows that a seemingly “perfect” system is often the most fragile, while a dynamic system that is subject to occasional small failures are often the most robust. Resilience, just like the life itself, is messy, imperfect and dynamic. But that’s exactly why we survived as human beings. Resilience is a skill that can be learned, upgraded and perfected. It’s a practice that can be applied at the individual, team as well as organizational levels. 

    We live in an age of anxiety where restlessness and overwhelm keep us up at night, sometimes every night. Faster, better and harder appear to be the new baseline. Everything seems to be getting disrupted, innovated and re-invented on a shorter and shorter cycle. We compete daily against the seemingly perfect lives of social media nirvana. We know more and more yet understand less and less. (The hungry ghosts of our psyches always want more eventually leading to burnout and exhaustion. Or perpetual existential emptiness and sense of purposelessness.) 

     In this immersive keynote we will take a deep dive into the invisible psychological architecture of you. We will also explore the newest science of the human condition, on both individual and collective level – where we hurt, what needs healing and how we can harness world’s most untapped natural resource – your mind. 

    Time, money, love, and meaning are all dimensions of wealth and poverty, both of the wallet and of the mind. Sometimes having plenty of one can result in the lack of another of these (the loneliness epidemic, being time-strapped). Sometimes it feels like we have it all. Why? 

    Join NYC-based behavioral scientist and entrepreneur Patrycja Slawuta to explore the fascinating science behind the abundance and scarcity. In this session will take a deep dive into the psychology of having or having not. Psychological and neuroscience research shows that both abundance and scarcity are states of mind that affect not only how we subjectively see ourselves, but also how we think, feel and interact with others. 

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    Patrycja Slawuta, is Australia-based behavioral scientist. After spending 10+ years in academia, Patrycja founded SelfHackathon, a boutique behavioural consultancy that uses cutting edge scientific research for business innovation. As an expert on the complexity, nonlinearity and messiness of the human nature, Patrycja lectures globally and works with some of the most exciting and disruptive startups and organizations in the world helping them hack, rewire and upgrade.  

    Her latest initiative is called PsychTech, the seamless fusion of psychology and technology. That is – how to leverage human ingenuity with machine intelligence. In her free time she runs ultra marathons, reads scientific articles and meditates. In that particular order. 


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      Michael Ventura

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      Michael Ventura

      CEO & Founder of Sub Rosa, Book Author “Applied Empathy”, Speaker SXSW

      Speaking  topics

      Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership
      How empathy helps create better products


      Empathy is a hot buzzword, but is often hard to incorporate into your business. Companies that do find a way to infuse their business and culture with empathy, are able to more fully understand each other internally in addition to the consumers they serve. So, what’s the one thing many of these companies have in common? The Applied Empathy methodology. Michael Ventura, CEO & Founder of Sub Rosa and author of Applied Empathy, has developed a methodology grounded in tangible tools and practical examples that allow you to truly step into an empathic mindset. In this talk, Michael will describe the various types of empathy, frequent roadblocks to incorporating it within business, and helpful tools and case studies where the Applied Empathy methodology has been used to build stronger and more effective leaders, products, and companies. As technology speeds ahead and machine learning continues to evolve, empathy will play an essential role in bringing humanity into our digital world. Applied Empathy is not just a nice to have, it’s an essential for today’s modern, rapidly shifting landscape. 

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      Michael Ventura is the CEO and founder of Sub Rosa, a strategy and design firm that has worked with some of the world’s largest and most important brands, organizations and start-ups: from Johnson & Johnson, Pantone, and Adobe to the TED Conference, Delta Airlines and The Daily Show. Michael has served as a board member and adviser to a variety of organizations, including Behance, the Burning Man Project, Cooper-Hewitt, and the U.N.’s Tribal Link Foundation. He is also a visiting lecturer at institutions such as Princeton University and the United States Military Academy at West Point. In addition to these pursuits, Michael leads a thriving indigenous medicine practice, where he helps patients address illness and injury of all types on the road to better well-being. Applied Empathy, his first book, was published by Simon & Schuster in May 2018.  


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        Rafał Mrówka

        Speaking topics
        • Leadership (Responsible Leadership, Leading Digital Transformation, SMART Leadership, Leading Change) 
        • Organizational Culture (Leading Organizational Culture Change, Organizational Culture in Digital Era) 
        • From CSR to CSV (Creating Shared Value) 
        • Digital Transformation 

        Jak zmienia się przywództwo we współczesnych organizacjach wobec wyzwań otoczenia? Jak współcześni przywódcy otwierają organizacje na współpracę z interesariuszami? Jak zaszczepiają kulturę otwartości? Jak pobudzają zaangażowanie pracowników każdego szczebla? Jaką rolą powinni w tym procesie pełnić menedżerowie? Kto to jest odpowiedzialny smart leader? 

        Tym zagadnieniem poświęcone będą te warsztaty. Bazować one będą na przykładach głównie ze świata biznesu – nie zawsze jednak przykładach typowych organizacji biznesowych. Uczestników wykładu zaskoczyć mogą studia przypadków organizacji ze skrajnie rozproszonym przywództwem, efektywnie zarządzanych sieci organizacyjnych ze zmotywowanym efektywnym zespołem pracowników nie podlegających standardowym systemom kontroli. Do uczestników przemówią także prawdziwi przywódcy przekazując swoje przesłania.  A wszystko to powinno pobudzić uczestników do refleksji nad ich rolą we własnej organizacji. 

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        Dr hab. Rafał Mrówka jest profesorem w Katedrze Teorii Zarządzania Szkoły Głównej Handlowej w Warszawie, gdzie zajmuje się przywództwem w biznesie, społeczną odpowiedzialnością biznesu, analizą nowoczesnych modeli organizacji i transformacją cyfrową, badaniami satysfakcji i zaangażowania pracowników oraz public relations. Jest on także kierownikiem programu MBA-SGH (program Executive MBA w SGH w języku polskim, według rankingów jeden z najlepszych tego typu programów w Polsce) i wykładowcą przywództwa w tym programie. Jest także  kierownikiem Podyplomowych Studiów Public Relations i Strategicznego Komunikowania w Firmach w SGH.  Jest autorem kilkudziesięciu artykułów i prac naukowych, w tym książek „Przywództwo w organizacjach. Analiza najlepszych praktyk” (Wydawnictwo Wolters Kluwer Polska, Warszawa 2010) i „Organizacja hiperarchiczna – czynniki kreujące, geneza modelu, zarządzanie” (Oficyna Wydawnicza SGH, Warszawa 2013) – rozprawa habilitacyjna, nowe trendy w zarządzaniu, nowe modele biznesowe oparte o wykorzystanie podejścia open source i współpracy w wirtualnych społecznościach. Ukończył kilkanaście szkoleń, w tym zaawansowany szkolenie dotyczące Design Thinking w HPI Academy w Niemczech oraz International Management Teachers Academy w Bled w Słowenii. Wykładał lub przebywał na programach badawczych w Tel Aviv University (Izrael) i Universite Catholique de Lille (Francja). 

        Rafał Mrówka działa także aktywnie na rynku doradczym i szkoleniowym – ma ponad 20 lat doświadczenia w prowadzeniu projektów dla biznesu, jest współwłaścicielem firmy konsultingowo-szkoleniowej IMMOQEE Sp. z o.o. W swojej pracy w konsultingu współpracował m.in. z Umbrella Project (program UNDP – agendy ONZ w Polsce), BIGRAM Personnel Consulting, ITO – United Change Company. Realizował projekty m.in. dla: Hewlett-Packard, Euler Hermes, Tetra Pak, Schneider ElectricWabco, Microsoft, Auchan, EDS, Esselte, Siemens, Allianz, Totalizator Sportowy, Grupa Hotelowa Orbis, Leroy Merlin, Cersanit. Specjalizuje się badaniach satysfakcji pracowników, pobudzaniu zaangażowania pracowników, programach wspierania innowacyjności organizacji, programach rozwoju kompetencji menedżerów oraz budowaniem wizerunku organizacji, osób, produktów. Jest członkiem rady Fundacji Szkoła Liderów kreującej postawy przywódcze w społeczeństwie.  

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          Cristina Dolan

          Speaking topics
          • Digital Transformation 
          • Blockchain – Ecosystems and Economic Layers 
          • Internet of Things, 5G Wireless (Next Generation Connectivity) and Smart Cities and Smart Transportation and Mobility  
          • InsurTech and Fintech Digital Transformation and Evolution as a result of changing needs and Milineals 
          • Careers and Education in Engineering and Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (Topic of Cristina’s TEDx ‘Just Solve It’) 
          • Open Banking 
          • European Payment Services Directive (PSD2)  

          creating new opportunities to serve customers and businesses more effectively.  Changing market needs are driving the evolution of business models which are powered by ecosystems where both incumbents and FinTechs play critical roles in serving new markets cost effectively and efficiently.  Customers are also transforming with different needs and they are demanding new ways of engaging digitally.  This speech will provide an in-depth overview of the Global Open Banking drivers and the various types of financial services being created to serve new markets and growing customer needs. Evaluation of Open Banking solutions that are transforming digital experiences by enabling third parties to develop compelling value propositions while leveraging access to bank resources and putting the customer more in control. Exploration of use cases that are evolving across many different industries to provide insights on the breadth of solutions and business models being powered by data, AI and blockchain.  As financial regulation has been evolving globally, fueled by hyper-innovation, entrepreneurs and businesses need to understand the fundamentals that are powering so many new initiatives. 

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          Cristina Dolan is the co-founder and COO iHuddl, a financial marketplace that mobilizes collective buying power to provide access to investment products and services. She was Co-founder and COO of iXledger (formerly InsureX Technologies), an alternative blockchain marketplace for insurance with an economic layer enabled through utility tokens. As the founder of InsideChains, she has worked with fintech, InsurTech, HealthTech, cyber risk, auto, energy and mobility organizations to digitally transform business models through data, AI and blockchain ecosystems that offer members greater visibility, richer data and new business models.  In addition, she is on the founding team of Additum, which is implementing value-based healthcare solutions in Europe. 

          In the early days of the Internet, MIT Media Lab alumna, Engineer and Computer Scientist, Cristina Dolan, co-founded OneMain.com, which grew to be the tenth largest ISP after a successful IPO. At OneMain, Cristina served as the provider’s Geographic Communities Division President and Chief Strategic Alliances Officer. In only five months, she conceived and built the OneMain cornerstone, Geographic Communities, into a profitable business. At its launch, the company’s IPO became the largest Internet public offering at its time, surpassing Amazon’s and eBay’s respective IPOs. 

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