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Talking Tech in Chicago

Thursday, March 21 | 6:00pm 8:30pm

Talking Tech in Chicago

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t just a hot topic—it’s a rapidly changing and transformative technology that’s impacting how people communicate, learn, and do their jobs. Join the Wisconsin School of Business and the School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences at UW–Madison for Talking Tech in Chicago, an in-person event where panel experts will discuss AI’s impact on the future of work, and the evolving role of the tech professional. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn and network with Badger alumni and students.

Hosted by the Wisconsin School of Business and the School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences at UW–Madison.

All alumni and students are welcome to attend.

Schedule of Events

6:00–6:30 p.m. | Students and alumni networking, drinks, and appetizers

6:30–7:15 p.m. | Panel discussion and Q&A

7:15–8:30 p.m. | Student and alumni networking


Jay Laabs
Jay Laabs, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Spaulding Ridge

Jay Laabs (BBA ’98) is the founder and chief executive officer of Spaulding Ridge, a global business-technology consultancy focused on cloud computing solutions. A noted technology and professional services entrepreneur, Laabs is also an early-stage investor and advisor to many Fortune 500 CFOs and CIOs.

Kelley Burke
Kelley Burke, Azure Technical Sales Director, Microsoft

Kelley Burke is Azure technical sales director for Microsoft’s West and Midwest regions. She has over 23 years of sales, strategy, and technical consulting experience in Microsoft’s Enterprise Software and Cloud Services business.

Blaine Hoak
Blaine Hoak, Ph.D. Student in Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Blaine Hoak (PhD ’25) is a computer science PhD student at UW–Madison focusing on evaluating and advancing the security of machine learning models. Hoak’s research involves understanding, designing, and defending against sophisticated attacks that expose worst-case failures of machine learning models.

Location and Parking Information


Microsoft Technology Center
200 East Randolph Drive, Suite 200
Chicago, Illinois 60601 United States

Upon arrival to the Aon Center Parking Garage, you will need to check in at the security desk, show a photo ID, and get a one-day paper badge.

Main entrance off Randolph Street, LL South | If you arrive via the Randolph Street entrance: Take the escalator to the Mezzanine Level (upper lobby) to access even number floor elevators. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor.

Main entrance off Columbus Drive, Upper Lobby North | If you arrive via the Columbus Drive entrance: You will already be on the Mezzanine Level (upper lobby). Take the elevator to the 2nd floor.

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