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IEEE WIE Emerging Innovation & Entrepreneurship Series: Innovation and AI

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Talk Title: Innovation and AI

Talk Abstract: Innovation is a critical requirement in every organization while Generative AI is the order of the day.
Hear from practitioners about the need for science-backed innovation and how generative AI is changing the world as we know it.


  1. Kimberly Williams – Generative AI and Data Platform @Microsoft | Product Development | Product Management | Passionate for the intersection of AI and scientific discovery 
  2. Jayshree Seth – Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate at 3M

Moderator: Kumudhini Ravindra  – Chief Mentor @ Blue Lotus Inc.

What You Will Learn:

  • Understand the latest trends in AI and their implications for innovation.
  • Gain insights into practical applications of AI across different industries.
  • Learn strategies for integrating AI technologies to enhance business outcomes.
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities in AI-driven innovation.
  • Network with industry leaders and peers passionate about advancing technology and innovation.Who Should Attend: This session is perfect for professionals, students, and enthusiasts interested in the intersection of AI and innovation, seeking to explore new trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field.

Registration: Secure your spot by registering here. Don’t miss this chance to gain actionable insights and connect with leaders shaping the future of AI and innovation.


Kimberly Williams is a high-energy leader with over 20 years of experience in program and product management, strategic leadership, and scientific research. Her career has been dedicated to driving innovation across various industries, with a recent focus on emerging technologies like Generative AI and low-code development.

Most recently, Kimberly held senior product positions at Microsoft, where she spearheaded strategic initiatives in areas like Copilot – powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT – and Microsoft Fabric, a unified data platform for AI. She has a proven track record of delivering successful programs, fostering collaboration, and leveraging technology to bring to market impactful products and experiences that delight customers.

Prior to Microsoft, Kimberly’s experience spans from research and development (R&D) to managing cross-industry partnerships. She held key roles at Gartner, PepsiCo, and the Innovation Research Interchange (IRI). At PepsiCo, she partnered with executives to define innovation strategies, while managing multi-million-dollar project portfolios and diverse scientific teams. At IRI, she led their flagship program, fostering collaboration and best practices in managing R&D and technology innovation across industries.

Kimberly is a strong advocate for women in technology (STEAM) and a champion for leveraging technology for positive change. She is a sought-after speaker and enjoys mentoring future generations of leaders.

Jayshree Seth – Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate at 3M

Jayshree Seth is a Corporate Scientist at 3M and currently holds 80 patents for a variety of innovations, with several additional pending. She joined 3M in 1993 after an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, New York.

She is a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from her alma mater REC Trichy India, now NIIT Trichy, where she earned a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering. Jayshree was appointed 3M’s first ever Chief Science Advocate in 2018 and is using her scientific knowledge, technical expertise and professional experience to advance science and communicate the benefits of science and the importance of diversity in STEM fields to drive innovation. She is also a member of Carlton Society which is the 3M Science and Innovation “Hall of Fame.” Jayshree is the fourth woman and first female engineer to be inducted.

In 2020, she was awarded Society of Women Engineers (SWE) highest Achievement Award. She is also the first-ever winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the new Female Thought Leaders of the Year – category in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2021. Jayshree was featured in a docuseries titled Not the Science Type that premiered during the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and accepted for Brand Storytelling Showcase, a sanctioned event at Sundance Film Festival. She is the author of the books, The Heart of Science – Engineering Footprints, Fingerprints, & Imprints, and The Heart of Science – Engineering Fine Print published by the Society of Women Engineers, and all sales proceeds go to a scholarship for underrepresented minority women in STEM. She is a sought-after speaker, globally, on a multitude of topics such as innovation, leadership and STEM advocacy and has featured in local, national and international media.

Jayshree has served on the CEOs Inclusion Council, chaired the 3M Asian Employee Resource Group A3CTION and serves on the Steering Committee for 3M Technical Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF). She also serves on the Board of the Science Museum of Minnesota, Engineering Advisory Council for Clarkson University, AAAS Industry Advisory Council, Advisory Board for Innovation – The Conference Board, and Advisory Group of Aspen Institute Our Future is Science program.
Jayshree has two adult kids, and her husband also works at 3M.

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