Optional Sunday Session

Directors’ College Attendees are invited to register for an optional Sunday Session before the Directors’ College opening reception and dinner on the afternoon of June 24, 2018. This session will feature a wine-pairing lunch, tabletop exercises, and a panel discussion on Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Competitiveness.

Topic: Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Competitiveness

Date / Time: June 24, 2018
11:30am | Shuttle departs Westin Palo Alto / Stanford Park Hotel
11:45am  – 12:15pm | Registration
12:15pm – 1:40 pm | Lunch & Tabletop discussions
1:30pm – 1:45 pm | Break (move to SLS classroom building)
1:45pm – 2:00 pm | Tabletop discussion recap
2:00pm – 3:15pm | Panel Discussion
3:15pm – 4:00pm | Optional (informal) conversations with panelists


  • Hon. Michelle K. Lee – Visiting Professor, Stanford Law School; Director, Alarm.com Holdings; Former Director, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and Former Undersecretary of Commerce for IP
  • F. Daniel Siciliano – Independent Director, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; Managing Director, Vista Point Advisors; Chair, American Immigration Council
  • Ari Tuchman – Co-founder and CEO, Quantifind

Session Description: A consensus of reliable scientific literature forecasts that by 2025 as many as half of the tasks performed by white-collar professionals and most managers and executives will be more efficiently performed by artificially intelligent or similarly capable expert systems. This trend will likely upend traditional conceptions of work, alter the basic calculus around procuring and retaining skilled employees, and challenge even the largest companies to redefine how human capital is best utilized within the corporate environment.

At the same time, the development and utilization of AI technologies including machine learning systems (or deep learning built on artificial neural networks) by corporate enterprises promises significant competitive advantage in everything from product design and demand forecasting to logistics and pricing optimization. To function properly and improve overall system performance, these machine learning systems generally require very large amounts of relevant data, which has placed a significant new premium on corporate strategies that generate and collect these types of data in useful quantities. This “data as the new gold” dynamic has the potential to exaggerate “winner take all” outcomes in certain industries (where early gains lead to long-run dominance) and therefore poses an existential threat to companies that fail to take appropriate strategic action.

This special session includes a panel of experts (with a mix of cutting-edge technologists and corporate strategists) who will engage in discussion and exercises to highlight how companies might best address these confounding and rapidly evolving issues.

Location: Stanford Law School (Law School Cafe/Classroom Building) | 559 Nathan Abbott Way

Session Rate: $500. Space is limited, so register early.

* Cancellation policy for the Optional Sunday Session – Cancel by May 1, 2018 to receive a credit voucher applicable to most Executive Education programs offered by Stanford Law School within 12 months of cancellation date (less a $60.00 processing fee). Written notification of cancellation must be sent to rockcenter@law.stanford.edu. After May 1, 2018, all program fees are forfeited.

**Content & Schedule subject to change.