Futurist. AI Aficionado. Trusted Business Advisor.


Tuesday, May 21, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Session: The Impact of AI on the Banking, Corporate Treasury & Corporate Finance Sectors
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About Ian Beacraft

Considered one of the top voices in AI and the future of work, Ian Beacraft is a trusted advisor to the world’s most innovative companies. The CEO and Chief Futurist of Signal and Cipher, a strategic foresight and design agency guiding companies through the rapidly changing technology landscape to find meaningful routes to innovation that impact the bottom line, inspire cultural change, and create new products and services.

He’s known as a Gonzo Futurist, actively experimenting with new and emerging technologies before they leave the research lab to understand the implications and applications for the future of work and society at large. Ian is the first person ever to host a globally syndicated news segment as a synthetic human for the Future Report on Defiance Media, featuring his AI digital twin, which streams to over 100 million devices worldwide.




Wednesday, May 22, 11:50 – 1:20pm

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Pat McGann

Don’t miss out on an afternoon of side-splitting laughter when Pat McGann graces the conference stage as our keynote speaker.

Known for his shrewd observational comedy and storytelling, Pat finds humor in everyday life and draws from his own experiences raising his three kids with his lovely wife in the city where he was born and bred, Sweet Home Chicago.

He covers topics from relatable family situations to the absurdities of modern living.

No two performances are the same, as he often engages the audience with his well-honed, improvisational skills and style.  While often sarcastic and cunning, he also has an uncanny ability to uplift audiences and bring people together by making light of the shared quirks and idiosyncrasies that make us all human.

Register today, so you can join your new contacts and colleagues for an afternoon of non-stop entertainment and uproarious laughter.

About Pat McGann

Pat McGann is quickly rising as one of the sharpest stand-ups in the comedy world. A relative latecomer to the scene, Pat began stand up at the age of 31 after realizing he was not very good at selling packaging. He hustled his way to become the house emcee at Zanies Chicago, where he distinguished himself as especially adept at working the crowd. A father of 3 young children, Pat’s appeal stems from his quick wit & relatable take on family.

In 2017, McGann began touring as the opening act for Sebastian Maniscalco, moving with him from clubs to theaters, and arenas, including 4 sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. McGann’s relatively short, but impressive resume, includes performances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival, Gilda’s LaughFest, The Great American Comedy Festival, and the Nashville Comedy Fest. McGann still calls Chicago home.