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Leading the way: data and AI for senior leadership


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Sam is Chief Operating Officer at effini, an innovative data and AI solutions company. With extensive technical and strategic experience, she brings an approach for both startups and established organisations to build data into their core strategy, establishing best practice for design, quality and management.

Sam sits on the Scottish AI Alliance Leadership Circle, focusing on Scotland’s AI Strategy. Passionate about diversity within the technology sector, she leads the volunteer group Girl Geek Scotland, and is a co-organiser for the Edinburgh chapter of PyData, a global community for users of open-source data tools for analytics and AI.


This one-day workshop will be delivered in-person and is designed to support senior leadership teams to better understand the nature of data and AI in today’s voluntary sector organisations. From the practical implications and costs, through to ethical considerations, data and AI are changing the way we manage our businesses.

Keeping up to date and knowledgeable is key for senior leaders to ensure they make the right decisions to create a positive growth environment for their teams. Case studies and examples will bring examples to life, and there will be opportunity for discussion and questions throughout. This in-depth workshop is designed to give senior leaders a solid understanding of how to use data strategically to boost their organisation's impact. Key topics include:

  • Understanding the fundamentals of data and AI
  • Building a data strategy
  • Ethical considerations in data and AI
  • Practical data and AI solutions
  • Data literacy and organisational culture

The workshop will be delivered by Sam Rhynas, Chief Operating Officer at effini.

Who is the event aimed at?

Senior leaders (CEOs and directors) who want to get their organisation using data strategically

10:00-16:00, 17 April 2024
John Fitzgerald
Attendance type
In-person only
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