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By Drew Fox Jordan • September 25, 2019

Westmont College Hosts Salesforce's Phil Komarny & Gravyty's Adam Martel at Enabling Impact 2019

Our great friends and partners at Westmont College recently invited Gravyty CEO Adam Martel to speak with Salesforce VP of Innovation, Phil Komarny, Fielding Graduate University's Monique Snowden and others to present at the institution's Enabling Impact 2019 event. The group focused on furthering the reach of higher education.

During the discussion, the importance of the ethics that surround artificial intelligence (AI) took center stage. Along with amazing insights from our friends and panelists, Martel took the opportunity to explain how this very discussion drove the creation of the AI in Advancement Advisory Council, or the AAAC. When asked about how Gravyty is deploying AI in an age where not a lot is known about the effects it could have on the industry, he pointed out, “When you set out to change the world, there has to be a moral component.”

When considering the implications of how new technology impacts people vs. the industry, Martel went on to say, “We weren't the right people to be leading that conversation.” The AAAC call on advancement leaders from several different industries to ensure that advancement organizations and staff experience the transformative power of AI, rather than be left behind by it.

The AAAC is a first-of-its-kind organization, committed to open discussion about where AI technology can and should have an impact on advancement. Each member of this volunteer-driven council agrees that AI is already revolutionizing the way fundraising works and have banded together to serve the community by promoting, evaluating, uncovering new use cases, and sharing learnings and outcomes from applying AI in advancement.

Check out the video of the higher ed expansion reach panel and hear about how advancement is adapting to the rise of technology.

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