Wes Shields

Wes Shields

Linkedin Top AI Voice | AI Strategist, Speaker & Instructor| US Navy Supply Officer | Promoting the Science of Informed Decision making through Data Analytics and AI technologies

New York City, New York, United States

Wes Shields, Principal and founder of Synthminds.AI, leads a team of 15 experts, propelling clients' AI strategies and objectives with ethical and innovative solutions. Under his stewardship, his full-service Artificial Intelligence agency provides bespoke services that exceed their strategic needs to an extensive list of clientele from academia to various industries including aviation, customer service, legal, marketing, logistics, education and technology. He was named one of the first 18 global “OpenAI Experts”, an endorsement awarded and recognized formally by OpenAI. Shields' exemplary work has earned him and his Synthminds team the "Expert-Vetted" AI Consultant accolade from Upwork, a title conferred on the top 1% of the 18 million professionals on the platform.

Recognized as an accomplished strategist and speaker in the field of AI, he is also the host of the popular podcast, 'How to Talk to AI.' He has a notable presence on Promptbase.com, the premier prompt sales marketplace, where his prompts rank him amongst the top 200 worldwide.

Shields possesses an impressive academic portfolio, holding an MS in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, an MBA from the Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary, and a BS in Economics from the esteemed United States Naval Academy. His contributions to academic research, particularly in the domains of complex network science and logistics technology integration, have been published and recognized, earning him graduate certifications from both the Kegan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the Naval Postgraduate School.

For more insights into his professional pursuits and areas of interest, visit https://synthminds.ai/.

Area of Expertise

  • Business & Management
  • Government, Social Sector & Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Transports & Logistics
  • Media & Information
  • Physical & Life Sciences
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Consumer Goods & Services
  • Arts
  • Health & Medical
  • Finance & Banking
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Law & Regulation
  • Manufacturing & Industrial Materials


  • Artificial Inteligence
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Developing Artificial Intelligence Technologies
  • Democratized Artificial Intelligence
  • Legal Artifical Intelliegence (AI) Tool
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
  • The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Trends and Transformations
  • Chatbot
  • Build Chatbot from Zero to One
  • Data Science (AI/ML)
  • Data Science
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Engineering
  • Data Visualization
  • Data Management
  • Database
  • Analytics and Big Data
  • Personal Branding and Networking
  • Military
  • warehouse management
  • warehouse organization
  • warehouse technology
  • Military Transition
  • Neural Networks
  • Professional Networking
  • All things data
  • Data Science & AI
  • chatgpt
  • podcasting
  • Data Platform
  • Business Networking
  • logistics
  • Content Management
  • Podcast
  • How to Leverage Content Creation
  • Enterprise Content Management
  • Content design
  • Entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Change Management
  • Development
  • Backend Development
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analyst
  • Business & Innovation
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Software
  • Business & Management
  • Business Analysis
  • Business Leadership
  • Business Agility
  • Business strategy
  • Business Transformation
  • Business Growth
  • business development
  • Business Process Management
  • Business Communications
  • Small Business Digital Marketing
  • Business Productivity
  • CRM for Small Business
  • Data Operations
  • Cloud Operations
  • Design Operations
  • IT Operations
  • Cyber Operations
  • Machine Learning Operations
  • People Operations
  • Azure Operations
  • endpoint operations
  • Revenue Operations
  • Customer Service
  • customer focused
  • customer empathy
  • Customer Centricity
  • Customer Success
  • Customer journey mapping
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Customer Identity and Access Management
  • Customer data analytics
  • Customer development
  • Customer Understanding
  • AI and Customer Experience
  • Microsoft OpenAI
  • Artificial Intelligence of Things
  • Operations Management Suite
  • Artificial Intelligence and machine learning
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Cybersecurity
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Artificial Intelligence and its impact on our IT ecosystems
  • 3D Printing
  • 3D Computer Vision
  • Design Thinking
  • Design Systems
  • API Design
  • UX Design
  • UI/UX Design
  • Product Design
  • Design
  • Software Design
  • AI in Fitness
  • AI & Music
  • AI in Health
  • AI Bias
  • AI Ethics
  • Design Patterns
  • Design Sprints
  • Database Design
  • App Design
  • Service Design
  • Customer Experience
  • 3D Design
  • Customer Centered Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Design Leadership
  • ADHD in tech
  • Autism ADHD Education Disabililty Families Challenging Behaviour Social Enterprise
  • Education
  • digital platforms in education
  • early childhood education
  • online education
  • Future of Education
  • digitization in education
  • Computer Science Education
  • IT Instruction and Education
  • Educational leadership
  • Educational Technology
  • Domain Driven Design
  • Web Design
  • Higher Education
  • adhd
  • STEM Education
  • Children Education and Technology
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Veteran

Empowerment in AI: Female Veterans Redefining Tech Leadership

Join us for a powerful and inspiring panel discussion featuring Emily McMahan, Maili Neverosky, and M. Alejandra Parra-Orlandoni (Mapo), as they share their trailblazing journeys in AI and technology. This panel celebrates the empowerment of female veterans who are redefining leadership roles in the tech industry, drawing parallels between their military experiences to their roles in AI venture capital, technology and ethics.

Emily McMahan: Emily's transition from a military police officer and West Point graduate to a leading investor in AI and technology exemplifies the empowerment and resilience of female leaders. Her work at AIN Ventures showcases how women can drive innovation and shape the future of technology.

Maili Neverosky: As the Chief Growth Officer at Conveyer AI, Naval Academy graduate and veteran, Maili's Naval background and leadership highlight the significant contributions of women in tech, particularly in AI technology sectors. Her story is a testament to the power of diverse leadership in advancing the field.

M. Alejandra Parra-Orlandoni (Mapo): Mapo's journey from the Naval Academy to MIT to Harvard to now the VP of Ethical Innovation & Privacy at Takeda, along with her experiences at Meta and McKinsey's Quantum Black, illustrates the vital role of women in shaping ethical and responsible AI practices. Her leadership journey is an inspiration to women aspiring to make a mark in technology and AI.

Moderated by Wes Shields, an AI entrepreneur and explorer with deep military tiers, this panel will not only explore their unique journeys from military service to influential roles in AI but also highlight how these female veterans are carving new paths and setting standards in tech leadership. Our aim is to inspire and empower, underscoring the critical importance of female voices in shaping the future of AI and technology.

Asking AI the Right Questions: ChatGPT's Role in Transforming Data Science Learning and Under

This talk offers a groundbreaking perspective on how non-technical users can harness the power of Operations Research and Data Science through AI, particularly using ChatGPT, by asking the right questions…and no math or code. We will explore how, with the right guidance, prompt engineering and agentic creation, non-technical individuals can achieve results that were once only possible for those with deep technical expertise.

Empowering the Public Sector: Generative AI in Organizational Learning

In an age where technology and governance intertwine seamlessly, the potential of Generative AI to elevate the learning curve within governmental organizations stands unparalleled. This speech aims to delve deep into the transformative power of AI tools, like GPT-4, and their capability to tailor to the unique needs of distinct government departments.

Key Takeaways:

Current Challenges in Web-Based Training: We'll delve into the pressing issues the federal government faces in its current web-based training strategy. The fragmented landscape of online training resources, coupled with a lack of tailored solutions, often leaves governmental departments with inadequate or mismatched training modules, not meeting the ultimate intent of any training--to increase personnel readiness. Addressing these challenges head-on, we'll explore potential AI-driven solutions to bring about a more cohesive and effective training ecosystem within the government.

Personalized Learning Agents: Understand the monumental shift AI brings in by catering to individual departmental requirements. Tailoring learning can significantly impact the efficiency and efficacy of training and onboarding processes within the public sector.

Practical Implementations & Demonstrative Case Studies: Drawing from real-world applications, attendees will gain insights into the successes and challenges faced by governmental organizations globally. These case studies provide a roadmap for integrating AI-driven pedagogical tools in public sector institutions.

Government leaders and officials will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to reconsider and reshape their existing educational and training strategies. By embracing AI's potential, they can ensure that their departments are primed for the future, fostering an environment of continual learning and adaptation.

GovAI Summit Sessionize Event

December 2023 Arlington, Virginia, United States

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December 2023 Arlington, Virginia, United States

VOICE 2023 Sessionize Event

September 2023 Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

Wes Shields

Linkedin Top AI Voice | AI Strategist, Speaker & Instructor| US Navy Supply Officer | Promoting the Science of Informed Decision making through Data Analytics and AI technologies

New York City, New York, United States

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