Winning the AI talent race

Abstract: Globally, demand for AI skills continues to outpace supply resulting in an arms race to hire and retain scarce talent. In the last 18 months alone, the number of open positions on LinkedIn increased by 2x for AI roles and 10x for ML Engineer roles. In response, companies are adapting by looking internally to build proprietary talent pipelines through skills development and retraining programs. This presentation will share insight, best practices, and lessons learned from company leaders who have built consensus for and ultimately launched AI skills development programs at growing startups as well as large Fortune 500 organizations.

Bio: Gautam is CEO & co-founder of Springboard, a rapidly-growing workforce development company focused on digital economy skills like AI & Machine Learning, Data Science, CyberSecurity, and UX Design. Springboard has trained over 200K professionals, helping digital economy aspirants get job-ready with 1:1 mentorship from industry experts. The company also collaborates with Fortune 500 companies and startups as a training and talent partner.

Gautam spent the first decade of his career working on technology, data, and strategy at InMobi, Bain & Company, and Capital One. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, and studied engineering at IIT Delhi.