The 2024 GW Business & Policy Forum: Imagining the Future With AI



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Policy and Industry Leaders Imagine the Future With Artificial Intelligence

April 2, 2024


An artificial intelligence boom is underway and accelerating at an exponential magnitude. The developments in big data and machine learning have now led to large language models that are rapidly paving the way toward the emergence of artificial generative intelligence (AGI).

What mechanisms and frameworks should we use to prepare for the future? How should these innovations materialize in markets around the globe? What safe and ethical practices could government and business leaders follow when integrating AI into their operations? During this second annual GW Business & Policy Forum, leading experts and practitioners and leaders from the private and public sectors will convene to discuss these questions and others that society must address, juxtaposed with the transformational benefits of AI for our economic and social welfare. Join us for the 2024 GW Business & Policy Forum: Imagining the Future with AI.


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The GW Business & Policy Forum draws from three primary areas of distinction for the university:


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Our Reputation as a Research and Teaching Institution 

Explore the dominant forces in emerging technology


Bridging our partnership and collaboration with government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the 2024 GW Business & Policy Forum brings together a wide variety of public and private sector backgrounds to discuss the most critical issues in artificial intelligence.

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Our Location in Washington, D.C. 

Experience the convening power of the largest university in the nation's capital


As a preeminent, comprehensive global research university located in the heart of the U.S. capital, the George Washington University is uniquely suited to attract and convene the world’s top leaders in government, business and technology. By bringing together policy makers and industry experts from around the world, GW provides an unprecedented forum to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues, and encourages platforms to address them in unexpected, thought-provoking ways.

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Our Commitment to the Dissemination of Knowledge and Ideas 

Take advantage of a truly hands-on ideas forum


Forum attendees will not only hear from several of the most influential figures in artificial intelligence, but also enjoy a premier networking opportunity to engage with key players, collaborate on integrating new technologies, and act to manage AI risks.






Michael Akinwumi

Michael Akinwumi

Chief Responsible AI Officer, National Fair Housing Alliance

Read Dr. Akinwumi's Bio

Dr. Michael Akinwumi is the chief responsible AI officer at the National Fair Housing Alliance, leading the development and implementation of AI policies that ensure security, safety and trustworthiness of AI solutions in housing and lending. His work involves strategic oversight, stakeholder engagement, and advocacy for ethical AI practices. Previously, he specialized in governance engineering and machine learning in fintech, banking, and insurance. He is committed to living a life dedicated to serving others.

John Carlson

John Carlson

SVP, Cybersecurity Regulation and Resilience, American Bankers Association

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John Carlson is the SVP of cybersecurity regulation and resilience at the American Bankers Association (ABA). Prior to ABA, Carlson served in a variety of private and public sector roles in cybersecurity, op risk, regulatory compliance, public affairs, strategic planning, and management, including AWS, FS-ISAC, BITS, Morgan Stanley, OCC, OMB, and Federal Reserve. Carlson received a MPP from Harvard University and a BA from the University of Maryland.

Brian Donnellan

Brian Donnellan

President & CEO, Bright MLS

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Brian Donnellan is the president and CEO of Bright MLS, the Mid-Atlantic multiple listing service that spans 40,000 square miles throughout Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Bright MLS’s approximately 104,000 real estate professionals serve more than 20 million consumers and completed approximately $121B in residential real estate transactions during 2022.

Kristie Grinnell

Kristie Grinnell

SVP & CIO, DXC Technology

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Kristie Grinnell is the senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for DXC Technology. She is responsible for leading business transformation including defining IT strategy for new digital capabilities and streamlining current operations. Kristie is a transformation executive with almost 25 years of experience driving change in public and privately held professional services companies. She has led four major IT transformations while overseeing changes to enterprise-wide technology, cyber and risk management, culture, skills and behaviors.

Matt Hayden

Matt Hayden

Vice President for Cyber and Emerging Threats, GDIT

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Matt Hayden serves as GDIT’s vice president of cyber and emerging threats. As a senior cyber executive within GDIT’s Intelligence and Homeland Security division, he is responsible for fostering trusted relationships with industry partners and key cyber executive government leadership, delivering cyber growth strategies, and advancing the company’s cyber thought leadership.

Joel Minton

Joel Minton

CTO, Google Public Sector

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Joel Minton leads the Office of the CTO for Google Public Sector, a U.S. team of technology executives and senior engineers. Joel engages with US government executives to deliver new technology, maximizing technical capabilities and constituent outcomes. Prior to Google, Joel worked in the White House founding and delivering, a government identity platform. He has 25 years experience leading engineering teams at leading Silicon Valley companies.

Mark Newsome

Mark Newsome

Vice President and Managing Client Partner, Veterans Affairs & Military Health, IBM

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Mark Newsome is the vice president and managing client partner for the Veterans Affairs and Military Health System within IBM Consulting. Mark is an IBM Industry Diamond/Industry Academy member, and a Fellow with the IBM Center for The Business of Government. Mark served 25 years as a U.S. Army Medical Service Corps CFO and Army Medical Congressional Budget Liaison with ASA (FM&C), Pentagon. He is an adjunct professor for the Master's of Healthcare Administration program at the George Washington University.

David Rubenstein

David M. Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, The Carlyle Group

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David M. Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-chairman of The Carlyle Group. He is a 1970 graduate of Duke University and a 1973 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Rubenstein is the chairman of many educational and nonprofit boards. He is an original signer of The Giving Pledge and the host of The David Rubenstein Show, Bloomberg Wealth with David Rubenstein, and Iconic America: Our Symbols and Stories with David Rubenstein.

Nicholas Schmidt

Nicholas Schmidt

CTO, SolasAI

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Nick Schmidt has deep expertise in the domains of algorithmic fairness and explainable AI. His pioneering work in data science includes devising techniques to measure, understand, and counteract bias and discrimination in algorithmic decision-making. Nick's contributions have found their way to some of the nation's leading lenders, fintechs, and insurance providers — enabling them to pave the way for more equitable outcomes for their clientele.





There are a variety of registration options for attendees to chose from. GW alumni receive a discounted rate. Students, faculty and staff can attend free of charge.

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Plan Your Visit

The 2024 Business & Policy Forum will be held on GW's Foggy Bottom campus in the Jack Morton Auditorium at 805 21st Street NW.

Our Foggy Bottom campus is conveniently located in the heart of Washington, D.C., close to three major airports — Ronald Reagan Washington National, Washington Dulles International, and Baltimore Washington International — as well as Union Station, from which you can take the bus or train. The Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro stop is located right on campus, with service to the the Orange, Blue and Silver Metro lines. Taxis and rideshare programs are available throughout the city, and there are more than 4,000 bikes and 500+ bike stations around the District; visit Capital Bikeshare for maps and details on how to access a bike.


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Directions & Accomodations

From Ronald Reagan National Airport

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., the George Washington University School of Business is easily accessible by taxi, rideshare, bus or subway (Metrorail) from the region's airports.

From Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), take the Blue Line of the Metrorail from the Ronald Reagan National Airport Station to the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station.

From Dulles International Airport (IAD), take the Silver Line Express bus to the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station, and then take the Silver Line to the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station. You may also take the Washington Flyer private bus service directly to many downtown hotels.

From Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), take the Super Shuttle or Amtrak train directly to Union Station in downtown Washington, D.C., then take the Metrorail Red Line from Union Station to the Metro Center Station and transfer to the Blue, Silver or Orange Lines to go to the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station.

By MetroRail (Subway)

The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail Station is located on campus. It offers access to Metrorail’s Blue, Orange and Silver lines. For more information on Metrorail, visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The GW School of Business is located in Duquès Hall, just two blocks from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station. Upon exiting the station, you will find yourself on 23rd Street NW. Walk directly across 23rd Street NW onto I Street NW. Take a right onto 22nd Street NW and walk South approximately two-and-a-half blocks. The main entrance to Duquès Hall will be on your right on 22nd Street NW halfway between H Street and G Street NW.

By Car

From North:

  • Take Interstate 95 South to Interstate 495 North toward Silver Spring/Northern Virginia
  • Take Exit 33, heading south on Connecticut Avenue for about nine miles
  • Turn right onto Florida Avenue (just past the Washington Hilton) and then turn left immediately onto 21st Street NW
  • The visitor entrance to the G Street Garage is on the left between G and F Streets NW

From Northwest:

  • Take Interstate 270 to Interstate 495 North toward Silver Spring/Northern Virginia
  • Follow directions as shown above in “From North”

From West:

  • Take Interstate 66 or Route 50 to the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge
  • Cross the bridge and exit left at E Street NW, then again at Virginia Avenue NW
  • Stay to the left, following signs for 23rd Street NW
  • Turn left onto 23rd Street NW and continue a few blocks to campus
  • Turn right onto H Street
  • The visitor entrance to the University Parking Garage is on the left on H Street between 23rd and 22nd Streets

From South:

  • Interstate 95 to Interstate 395, Arlington Memorial Bridge Exit
  • Cross the bridge and stay to the left at the Lincoln Memorial
  • Turn left onto 23rd Street NW
  • Turn right on H Street
  • The visitor entrance to the University Parking Garage is on the left on H Street between 23rd and 22nd Streets

Where to Park

University Parking Garage

Access on H Street NW between 22nd and 23rd Streets NW. Located under the Science and Engineering Hall.

Hours: Open 24 hours a day

This is a self-service garage for visitors. This garage only accepts MasterCard, American Express, and Visa for payment. Rates:

  • 1 hour: $10
  • Up to 2 hours $16
  • Daily Maximum: $22
  • Weekend Daily Maximum: $12
  • Evening Maximum Rate (after 5 p.m. until midnight): $10

G Street Garage

Access from both 20th Street NW and 21st Street NW between F and G Streets NW.

Hours: Open 24 hours a day

This is a self-service garage for visitors. This garage only accepts MasterCard, American Express, and Visa for payment. Rates: see University Parking Garage rates.

University Student Center Garage

Access on H Street NW between 21st and 22nd Streets NW.

Hours: Open Monday–Friday from 7:00 a.m. to midnight. Closed on weekends and holidays.

This is a self-service garage for visitors. This garage only accepts MasterCard, American Express, and Visa for payment. Rates: see University Parking Garage rates.

Elliott School Garage

Access on 19th Street NW near E Street NW.

Hours: Open Monday–Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Closed on holidays and weekends.

This is a self-service garage for visitors. This garage only accepts MasterCard, American Express, and Visa for payment. Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $10
  • Up to 2 hours: $17
  • Daily Maximum: $26
  • Evening Maximum Rate (5 p.m.-11 p.m.): $14

Ambulatory Care Center Garage

Patients and visitors of the George Washington University Hospital and of the Ambulatory Care Center are welcome to park at the Ambulatory Care Center Garage. In the event that this garage is full, patients may park at the other university visitor parking locations.

For more information, visit GW’s transportation website.

Discounted Hotels and Lodging

There are many options for accomodations across the D.C. area.