Digital transformation is changing the world and in order for businesses to thrive, they need to change with it. Participants in this series will gain proven strategy tools and comprehensive foresight to create feasible transformation pathways towards success in the era of digital transformation.

July 12, 11:30am-1:30pm: What To Expect From The Great Transformation

We are in the early stages of a new era of technology driven change. Some call it the Fourth Industrial Revolution, others refer to it as the Great Transformation. It is the fastest, and most comprehensive period of change of our lifetime, in fact, it may be the greatest shift in human activity in history. In this seminar you will be introduced to the nature and impact of the Great Transformation with a high level overview of the set of exponential technologies which are driving this change. A more detailed view of each technology will be provided in subsequent seminars.

August 9, 11:30am-1:30pm: Beyond ChatGPT - Generative AI and the Cognitive Revolution

Chat GPT has caused a stir in the educational and business sectors since its public release in November 2022. Microsoft announced its leverage for Teams and Bing, launching the era of mass commercialization of Generative AI Experience the power of Chat GPT. In this interactive workshop learn how the family of Generative AI tools will reshape how we learn, teach, and solve problems.

September 13, 11:30am-1:30pm: The Promises and Challenges of Block Chain 

Blockchain is a frequently discussed topic, but it is not one that is easy to understand.  This seminar will remove this issue by establishing a solid foundation of knowledge.  We will start by looking at the original concept of blockchain in the context of facilitating cryptocurrency transactions.  We will examine the four promises of Trust, Transparency, Security and Efficiency and how they were being achieved.  When Blockchain is applied to other use cases, for example to Trade Finance or Supply Chain solutions, a few challenges related to the technology need to be understood.  We will explore these challenges and also look at technology evolutions, both within the Blockchain family and select alternative Distributed Ledger options.

October 11, 11:30am-1:30pm: Understanding AI Like Never Before

Artificial Intelligence is a term for a family of disruptive technologies which will have the greatest influence on how we will live our lives and perform our jobs in the future.  In fact, it may change entirely which jobs we will perform and how business will be conducted going forward.  This seminar will lift the mystery on what exactly Artificial Intelligence is and allow the participants to not only understand its nature and impact, illustrated in a wide range of use cases, but enable them to explain it to others in simple terms and with powerful examples.

November 8, 11:30am-1:30pm: Preparing for the Great Talent Transformation

The era of the Great Transformation has begun, and disruptive technologies will cause the greatest shift in human activity in history. Wile most companies are currently focused on filling talent gaps, the near future will hold a very different set of challenges. Companies will benefit from understanding the talent impact early and developing talent readiness plans for the digital age. Participants will learn about the various dimensions of a talent readiness plan and explore examples of companies who are ahead in their level of preparation.

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*Light refreshments provided

Our final presentation will be presented virtually via Zoom

Presented by: Oliver Buechse


Oliver Buechse is the CEO of Advancing Digital, providing education and consulting services on Navigating Digital Transformation.  Advancing Digital is an evolution of Advancing AI Wisconsin which he co-founded and led from 2017-2019. Oliver also serves as Executive in Residence – Digital Transformation at the Cofrin School of Business at UW Green Bay since 2020.  He further teaches the MBA course “Waves of Disruption” at St. Norbert College and has been featured keynote speaker throughout the State on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and other disruptive trends.  Oliver spent years in Germany, Austria and California during his time with McKinsey & Company and subsequently as SVP of Strategy for Union Bank and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.  He came to Wisconsin in 2010 as Chief Strategy Officer for Associated Bank.

He is a Board member of the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation, a founding Board member of FINN, the Forum for Innovation, driving improvements to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northeast Wisconsin, a director emeritus of New North and an active member of the New North Business Intelligence Committee.

Oliver holds a PhD in Economic Psychology from Alpen Adria University in Klagenfurt/Austria.  He lives in De Pere with his wife and three of his four sons. 

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