Brent Leland, founder and president of High G, will present “Artificial Intelligence — Fear or Opportunity” Thursday, Oct. 21.

Professional Women's Connection

The program is being offered by the Professional Women’s Connection Ripon/Green Lake chapter. Networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and presentation at 6.

The event will take place in the upstairs banquet area of Roadhouse Pizza, 102 Watson St.

What is artificial intelligience? The dictionary defines it as the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.

Learn how when combined with other emerging technologies, AI can deliver innovative solutions that transform businesses, disrupt markets and leapfrog the competition.

Leland will introduce the topic and begin to answer the questions that many companies are starting to ask: What is all the hype around AI? Is it relevant yet? What are the fundamentals we need to understand? How can we leverage AI with other disruptive technologies (IoT, Automation, AR/VR, etc.) to create new business models or to optimize our internal processes and capabilities? Where do we start?

Leland is the founder of High G, a boutique consulting firm focused on innovative and technology-enabled growth strategies and chaired the advisory board of Advancing AI Wisconsin.

Prior to his consulting career, Leland was the CIO of Trek Bicycle and earlier in his career held various finance, supply chain, engineering and IT roles for Spectrum Brands (formerly Rayovac), Hewlett-Packard, Loral and General Dynamics.

He holds an master of business arts degree from Stanford and a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida.

He’s also an avid home-brewer and serves on the advisory board of Insight Brewing in Minneapolis.

Reservations must be made by Tuesday, Oct. 19 at noon and may be done by registering at

The dinner will consist of a soup, salad and assorted sandwich buffet with a cash bar.

Dietary requests should be sent to

Member price is $15, while non-member cost is $20. Payment may be made online or upon arrival. Reservations made, but not honored, will be invoiced the cost of dinner selection.

Professional Women’s Connection is a networking group that provides educational opportunities for area business and professional women, focusing on professional growth, personal development and the enhancement of leadership skills.

It is not a fundraising organization. The money for the annual scholarship comes from member dues, enabling current members to give back to the next generation of professional women.

Those interested in joining Professional Women’s Connection may attend as a guest prior to joining the organization. Applications to join Professional Women’s Connection are available through membership chair Cassie Bornick at and also will be available at the meeting.

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