Lauren Ryder 

Lauren Ryder 

Lauren is global thought leader in business transformation, specialising at the intersection of human potential and technological innovation. With 20 years of transformation and change management experience across industries such as Banking, Finance, Telco, and Construction, she now is CEO at Leading Edge Global, where she works with leadership teams in global businesses to deliver enterprise-wide change and capability improvement programs to achieve business growth. 

Lauren passionately advocates for supporting and recruiting women in tech roles, which she believes starts with awareness and education about inclusive leadership. 

Presentation: Leadership in the Age of AI 

Lauren Ryder’s compelling talk explores the transformative impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on organisational structures and work dynamics. Here are the key takeaways: 

  1. The Shift Ahead: Humanity stands at the precipice of an unprecedented technological shift. Enterprise AI, distinct from personal productivity tools, will revolutionise how businesses operate.
  2. Traditional vs. Digital Operating Models: Most organizations follow a traditional model that scales only to a point, constrained by the need for more people. In contrast, digital operating models (e.g., Airbnb, Uber) leverage technology for limitless scalability.
  3. Unlocking Efficiency: Ryder emphasises scaling the traditional model using AI to enhance efficiency. By harnessing vast data sets, businesses can achieve financial viability and productivity akin to digital counterparts.
  4. Creative AI Applications: Ryder shares examples of innovative AI use cases. For instance, an Australian road management company leveraged AI to optimize traffic flow, demonstrating the potential for transformative impact.
  5. Executing an AI Project: As AI reshapes work, a culture of AI becomes paramount. Leaders must prioritise and roll out projects that will create the most business value while navigating biases, ensuring transparency, and driving accountability while embracing AI’s potential.

Lauren Ryder’s talk inspires leaders to embrace AI strategically, fostering a future where technology and humanity coexist harmoniously.