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AI for Leaders

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AI for Leaders: Driving Efficiency, Strategy, and Responsible Growth


Course can be customized for multiple duration formats, from ½ day to 2 day sessions

Who Should Take This Course


Senior Executives, Senior Managers, People leaders, Innovators & Individual Contributors


A passion for innovation, transformation and leadership. No AI background necessary.

Why You Should Take This Course

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Provide a clear understanding of AI fundamentals and current capabilities.
  • Empower executives to create AI Vision & Strategy
  • Facilitated discovery of organization-specific strategic AI applications
  • Build awareness of the ethical, compliance, and safety considerations of AI implementation.
  • Enhance productivity and efficiency through practical AI tools and techniques
Course Outline

Module 1: AI Foundations and Business Applications

  • Understanding AI Fundamentals: Clarify key AI terms (machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, etc.) in business-friendly terms, avoiding overly technical jargon.
  • AI Use Cases Across Industries: Provide real-world examples of AI applications in different sectors (finance, healthcare, manufacturing, retail) to spark ideas.
  • Exercise: Brainstorming AI Potential: Divide into small groups. Have each group pick an industry (aligned with corporate/agency undertaking) and generate 3-5 ways AI could transform it.

Module 2: Building AI Vision & Strategy

  • Strategic Alignment: Emphasize the importance of aligning AI initiatives with overall business goals and objectives.
  • Evaluating AI Solutions: Provide a framework for comparing AI vendors, tools, and their fit within the organization.
  • Data Readiness: Stress the need for quality data, data governance, and the role of data scientists.
  • Change Management: Address preparing the workforce for AI, potential shifts in job roles, and continuous upskilling.
  • Exercise: Drafting an AI Vision Statement: Have groups write a short vision statement outlining how they see AI transforming their organization within the next 3 years.

Module 3: AI-Driven Efficiency and Effectiveness 

  • Process Automation: Explore how AI can automate routine tasks, optimize workflows, and free up employees for higher-value work.
  • Data-Driven Decision Making: Demonstrate the power of AI in analyzing large datasets to uncover patterns, trends, and make better-informed decisions.
  • Predictive Modeling: Explain how AI can be used to forecast future scenarios, enabling proactive planning and strategy.
  • Exercise: Process Mapping: Participants map out a key business process. The instructor then highlights areas ripe for AI-assisted streamlining.

Module 4: Ethics, Compliance, and Responsible AI

  • Bias and Fairness: Discuss the dangers of algorithmic bias and how to proactively address it in AI models.
  • Privacy and Security: Cover best practices for protecting data in the AI era, safeguarding personal information, and complying with regulations (GDPR, etc.)
  • Transparency and Explainability: Highlight the importance of explainable AI models, especially in sensitive sectors.
  • Responsible AI Frameworks: Introduce existing ethical AI guidelines and principles developed by various organizations and governments.
  • AI Risk Management: Identify potential risks related to AI and set the stage for the development of an AI playbook based on NIST and other industry standard frameworks.
  • Exercise: Ethical Case Study Analysis: Present a hypothetical scenario with an AI-related ethical dilemma. Groups discuss solutions, trade-offs, and risk mitigation.

Module 5: AI for Productivity and Innovation

  • AI-Powered Collaboration Tools: Showcase examples of how AI can streamline communication, task management, and knowledge sharing.
  • AI in Product/Service Development: Outline how AI can drive innovation and the development of new offerings.
  • AI’s Future Impact: Briefly discuss transformative technologies like generative AI, and their potential to revolutionize industries.
  • Exercise: Hands-on Use: Walk through some of the advanced features in everyday productivity tools 


  • Q&A Session: Address any remaining questions and encourage participants to reflect on their learning.
  • Reflections: How will the role of leadership evolve in the AI age? 
  • Action Planning: Provide a worksheet for executives to outline what resonated with them and document  the next immediate steps they’ll take to explore AI implementation in their organizations.
  • Resources: Share a list of valuable resources (industry research, white papers, ethical AI guidelines).
  • Consultation: Discuss options for
    • Immersive engagement at team-level to operationalize transformation
    • Monthly mentoring session to operationalize AI innovation
    • Quarterly lunch & learn with industry experts
    • Join the AI Slack community
    • Executive Networking Opportunities with UMBC c4a Board & Advisors (by invitation only)
Is there a discount available for current students?

UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Asynchronous courses are excluded from this offer.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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