Building Your Own AI Army

Ashley Russell, Strategic Performance Management Coordinator at the U.S. Army, talks about her personal experiences of continuous upskilling and scaling teams and the future of AI.

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Ashley Russell

Strategic Performance Management Coordinator, Office of Business Transformation Headquarters, Department of the Army

Ashley Russell currently serves as the Strategic Performance Management Coordinator with the Army Office of Business Transformation. She focuses on operationalizing strategic data and analytics capability objectives and facilitating teamwork on behalf of the Undersecretary in his role as the Chief Management Officer. She has been working for the Army since 2011, driving strategic integration, business process improvement, enterprise assessment capabilities and change management.


Just because you can predict something doesn’t mean that manager knows what to do with that prediction.
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There’s a thousand flowers blooming right now, and leaders out there are really trying to build their analytics cells and they’re each trying to do it. My job is to make sure that … those lakes of excellence, we open it up and we learn what they’re doing.

I’m not a nerd, but I’m a nerd whisperer. I can hear what they’re saying, even though I don’t understand all of it. I can ask a better question and get them to explain it back to me so I can explain it to you.

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