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Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Tech: the Good, Bad, and Misunderstood


Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) the most over-hyped thing since the last over-hyped thing? AI and other emerging tech are being marketed to nonprofits as a silver bullet for list growth, advocacy, and programs. But what’s the actual ROI? This session will cut through all of the hype and give digital strategists and campaigners the down low on the where and when you can use tools that rely on machine learning and artificial intelligence to help you make strategic decisions that impact your advocates, supporters, and volunteers. We’ll breakdown the good, the bad, and the misunderstood of AI and emerging tech including how to best use constituents data ethically and how to use deep learning to help solve social justice issues in a time when we’re fighting to defend democracy and our data leading up to the 2020 Presidential elections.

Learning Outcomes

  • Hype and theoretical vs. how AI and emerging tech is being used effectively to help nonprofits scale advocacy, programs, campaigns.
  • How to use constituent’s data ethically and ensure business logic is not being driven by biases.
  • Implications of new regulations and how they will impact how charities collect and use data.

Target Audience

Digital strategists, advocacy campaigners, and fundraising staff who want to learn the skill-sets required to use AI and emerging-tech effectively.




Shireen Mitchell


Stop Online Violence Against Women

Shireen Mitchell is an award-winning technological woman of color, founder, author, speaker, social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, advocate, diversity analyst, and a political, digital & social strategist.

She is a native New Yorker playing video games, designing BBS boards and gopher sites prior to the Web going worldwide. As an early adopter and one of the few women of color web designers in the early 90’s, She’s been involved with tech and social networks for over 30 years.

Shireen is a serial founder. Digital Sisters/Sistas Inc. is the first organization to focus on women and girls of color in tech and online access. She created the first women of color web multimedia management firm (MHG). Her recent projects are Tech Media Swirl, Stopping Online Violence Against Women & Human First Tech.

In some of her more interesting roles she was the manager for a site that was sold to Netivation and ended at She created the game TechnoDemic, a multimedia competition to help youth learn technology and programming terms.

Shireen has organized various tech events around the country and/or on planning committees: the Digital Community, Techno Rodeo, Feminism 2.0, She’s Geeky DC, Geeky Girls Night Out, Nonprofit 2.0, Computers, Freedom and Privacy, Gov20 Expo, and others.

As an author she’s written “Gaining Daily Access to Science and Technology” in the book “50 Ways to Improve Women’s Lives” and “Access to Technology: Race, Gender, and Class Bias,” The Scholar and Feminist Online.

Media engagements include WETA, KPFA, WORT, NPR, EWTN, NBC4 & Grit TV.

Shireen has been named one of the Fast Company’s The Most Influential Women in Technology, DC Tech Titan, DC’s Top Ten most influential in Social Media, The Root 100: African-American Leaders of Excellence and GovFresh’s 100+ Women in Government & Tech. I’ve been awarded the Social Citizen: Apps for Democracy DC, Rising Star: Woman of Color in Technology, and Heroine in Tech.

Allyson Kapin


Rad Campaign

Allyson was named one of the “Most Influential Women in Tech” by Fast Company, a “Tech Titan” by the Washingtonian, and “one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter” by Forbes for her leadership roles in tech.

As cofounder of Rad Campaign, she has helped 100+ nonprofits, foundations, and philanthropists build hard-hitting campaigns and award winning websites focused on increasing advocacy, donations, and community engagement. Her web campaigns have been recognized with several prestigious web awards and featured on several top media networks ranging from CNN to NPR to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and BuzzFeed.

She is passionate about the intersection of social change with online technologies and social communities, a topic she deeply explores in her nonprofit bestselling book Social Change Anytime Everywhere, co-authored by Amy Sample Ward of NTEN. The book is an action-oriented guide that shows nonprofits how to build an advocacy and donor base and mobilize their communities through multifaceted campaigns, and by integrating online channels with offline tactics.

As founder of Women Who Tech, Allyson has built one of the largest global programs to help close the gender funding gap. Women Who Tech provides capital, mentoring, direct access to leading investors, and other resources for women-led tech startups and who are creating the most innovative tech companies.

Recently, Allyson cofounded the W Fund, a VC firm directly investing in outstanding tech startups led by innovative and diverse founders.

Allyson is on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters. She has also sat on advisory boards for Anita Borg Institute, Tim O’Reilly’s Gov 2.0 Expo, and NTEN’s NTC Committee. She speaks at conferences globally ranging from SXSW to Personal Democracy Forum, BBCON, etc. She’s a contributor to Forbes, Fast Company, and Quartz.

Beth Kanter

Master Trainer, Speaker & Author

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit

Beth is internationally recognized thought leader in networks, digital transformation, philanthropy, wellbeing in the workplace and training. Beth has over 35 years working in the nonprofit sector in capacity building and has facilitated trainings for thousands of social change activists and nonprofits on every continent in the world. She is an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop leader. Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media,” Beth was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 2009-2013. She author of the award winning Networked Nonprofit Books and The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout ( published by J.Wiley. Her clients include foundations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. For an overview of Beth’s approach to designing and delivering workshops for nonprofit professionals, please see:

Cameron Stoll

Counsel and DPO

Blackbaud, Inc.

As Counsel at Blackbaud, Cameron Stoll represents Blackbaud in the areas of privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity law. Cameron has been appointed Data Protection Officer (DPO) for Blackbaud’s European subsidiaries and works to ensure Blackbaud’s compliance with GDPR. She is accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as a Certified Information Privacy Professional with respect to both US and EU laws (CIPP/US and CIPP/E) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). Prior to Blackbaud, Cameron worked in private practice with Womble Bond Dickinson as a member of the Privacy and Data Protection team, and of the Intellectual Property Transactions team.





March 24, 2020


10:30am – 11:45am



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