The Executives' Club Of Chicago

Tools and Weapons: A Conversation with Microsoft President Brad Smith

Date: Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 
Registration and Networking: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Location: American Writers Museum, 180 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
Forum: Business Technology

Brad Smith Headshot

Brad Smith


Chris Gladwin
Co-Founder and CEO

Tech companies have moved fast to manifest the great promise of digital transformation, chasing rapid growth and sometimes disruption as an end in itself. The world has turned information technology into both a powerful tool and a formidable weapon, and today we are at an inflection point. Enormous challenges such as privacy, cybercrime and cyberwar, social media, the moral conundrums of AI, big tech’s relationship to inequality, and effects on democracy, come with no existing playbook.

Microsoft’s Brad Smith believes that when your technology changes the world, you bear a responsibility to help address the world you played a part in creating. Tech companies and governments must work together to address the challenges and adapt to the changes technology has unleashed. And governments will need to regulate technology by moving faster and catching up with the pace of innovation that is impacting our communities and changing the world.

Don’t miss this provocative, compelling conversation that addresses some of the thorniest issues faced by industry and society today. How can the hopes technology offers be protected against the very real threats it also presents? 

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