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Keynote Highlight: Shawnna Hoffman

June 27, 2018

Shawnna Hoffman, her co-leader Mr. Kuhn, and their IBM Cognitive Legal team, build Watson based Artificial Intelligence solutions and Blockchain solutions for lawyers world-wide. 

Ms. Hoffman serves as the Global Co-Leader for the IBM Cognitive Legal Practice driving global strategy and execution across clients, legal markets and internal groups. She was certified as an IBM Thought Leader in the capability of Consulting in 2015 and has two patents pending. Beyond all of this, she has co-authored the book "eDiscovery Plain & Simple" (ISBN-13:97814394079). She is also the Co-Founder of Diversity in Blockchain founded at the MIT Legal Forum for AI & Blockchain in 2017. She is also the Co-Founder of the non-profit Women in eDiscovery which has grown to over 5,000 members since its founding in 2007.

In an effort to give back to her community Ms. Hoffman has co-founded and serves on the Board of the Community Hope Center of Osceola County. Through this, over 20,000 homeless families have received support since its inception. Because of this, the Community Hope Center has received multiple awards and most recently was presented with the Bob Allen Award from the Walt Disney Company and the Good Neighbor Award from Bank of America. To articulate her impact further it is good to note that the movie "The Florida Project" was inspired by The Community Hope Center and featured scenes taken at their main location. 

Shawnna's specialties include: Cognitive, Artificial Intelligence, Smart Contracts, Blockchain, Watson, Cybersecurity, Big Data & Analytics, Box, MobileFirst, Business Strategy, eDiscovery, Computer Forensics, Records Management, Information Governance, Defensible Disposal, Litigation Readiness, Brexit, Consulting, Negotiations, Sales, and Diversity in the Workplace.


The Southern Data Science Conference is ecstatic to have such an experienced and influential member of the data science community delivering one of our keynotes. This will be one speech you definitely won't want to miss.



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