AI Ethics Advisory Board

Arena Analytics launched an external AI Ethics Advisory Board – the first human resource technology firm to do so.   Arena’s independent Advisory Board brings together experts from academia, technology, human resources, and ethics.  The advisors met on January 12, 2021 and will continue to meet monthly. They are focused on developing thoughtful and practical guidance to help Arena manage competing ethical obligations.  They are also aiming to prove out the idea that ethics can be embedded in operations.

With this extraordinary group in regular communication with each other, providing guidance to Arena’s leaders and team members, we believe we can integrate ethics into our operations. Instead of placing a filter on a polluting smokestack, we are aiming to change the inner workings so fundamentally that there no longer will be a metaphorical smokestack to filter.

Myra Norton, President/COO of Arena Analytics

As the market leader in applying predictive analytics and machine learning to the hiring process, Arena has long been committed to reducing bias and helping organizations to fairly hire, promote, and manage their workforce.  With a recent break-through in leveraging adversarial networks to significantly reduce algorithmic bias, the company is looking to deepen its understanding of the ethical risks and opportunities related to its evolving technological capabilities .

Recent studies published in the Harvard Business Review have highlighted the importance of going beyond current approaches to ethical AI.  The common tactic of creating high level AI Ethics principles (ex. Google and Microsoft) has little impact: “seeming coalescence around a shared set of abstract values actually obscures widespread misalignment.” Academic approaches fall short as well as they “do not speak to the highly particular, concrete uses of data and AI [translating] to the absence of clear directives to the developers on the ground and the senior leaders who need to identify and choose among a set of risk mitigation strategies.”

Arena’s board recognizes these potential pitfalls and is, therefore, taking on the more impactful approach of “operationalizing data and AI ethics.”

The board is led by John Sumser, the leading analyst of AI in HRTechnology and founder of HRExaminer. “AI in the HR world is a particularly important arena. Tools that evaluate, recommend, and directly impact human beings are different than tools that recommend products or automate processes. A much higher ethical standard is required when the objects of AI are human. Arena is leading the way with this first ever advisory board,” says Sumser. “This is the very best way to simultaneously improve the quality of product design while keeping an eye on unintended consequences and managing to mitigate bias. “

Board Members

Kate Bischoff, Management-side employment attorney and human resources consultant.  Prior to starting her own business, Kate served as the HR Officer for Consulate General Jerusalem and U.S. Embassy Lusaka, Zambia.  Kate has been recognized by The New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio, and other journalistic sources as a leading authority on harassment, technology in the workplace, and employment law.

Cheryl Boyer, Director of Diversity Services for Berkshire Associates, solving client’s business issues as they relate to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, evaluating companies’ DEI related metrics and progress. Prior to joining Berkshire, Cheryl was Vice President of Human Resources for LifeBridge Health, a regional health care system. As President of the Maryland Association of Affirmative Action Officers (MAAAO), Cheryl leads the association’s efforts to advance equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. She also serves as a Board Member for Thread, Inc., an organization based in Baltimore, MD,  that harnesses the power of relationships to create a new social fabric of diverse individuals deeply engaged with young people facing the most significant opportunity and achievement gaps.

Meredith Broussard, Professor of Data Journalism, NYU and the author of the book Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. Her research focuses on the role of artificial intelligence in journalism. She was previously a features editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a software developer at the AT&T Bell Labs and MIT Media Lab. 

Jill Finlayson, Director of the University of California’s Women in Technology Initiative and a lifelong advocate for women in the technology sector and equitable workplaces. As someone who worked at eBay in its early days, mentored global technology startups and TechWomen, and now runs the Women in Tech Initiative, she utilizes her technical background in conjunction with her ethical perspective to break down barriers to the equal participation, persistence and advancement by women and others with under-included identities in the technology sector.

Anne Hill, Ethics Professor, interfaith minister and Delay Claims Analyst in the construction industry. Hill runs her own music label, has been published in multiple books and articles, and hosts the Dream Talk Radio podcast. She served on the faculty of Cherry Hill Seminary for ten years, where she developed and taught the master’s degree core course on Ethics and Boundaries.  Hill has worked on ethics and accountability systems in spiritual traditions since 1994, and believes that no matter what we do for a living, defining and acting according to our core values is essential for health and success.

Jamar Johnson, Director, Delivery Assurance, HR Digital Technology Strategy, Comcast, responsible for the overall health and integrity of Comcast’s human resources information systems (HRIS); National Lead (Chair) of Comcast’s Black Employee Network (10,000+ members), fostering a culture of inclusion within the workforce. Under his leadership, BEN’s membership doubled and member engagement increased by 33%. Johnson serves on the board of directors for Uplift the Center for Grieving Children.

Katrina Kibben, CEO and founder 3 EarsMedia, a firm dedicated to teaching recruiters to be better communicators and writers. Kibben has also spoken at events around the world and written for Fortune, The Chicago Tribune and many other digital publications.

Michael Krupa, Senior Director, People & Communities, Cisco, leading the global Strategy and Transformation team focused on defining the People & Communities functional strategy, operating model and driving strategy for AI and AI/Ethics. Prior to joining Cisco, he was Partner and CIO at Mercer, for the Talent line of business where he managed a portfolio of revenue generating HR technology solutions and drove a multi-year technology strategy.

Victorio Milian, HR Consultant, photographer, writer, humareso, he works with clients to design strategies through which their HR processes effectively support the organization’s objectives. Milian has spent his 20+ year HR career in the fashion retail, restaurant, and non-profit industries. His thoughts on workplace matters have been quoted in digital and other publications. It’s his ongoing mission to help organizations build systems that value people for who they are, along with what they can do.

Joey Price, CEO Jumpstart HR, and host of ‘Business, Life, and Coffee‘ Podcast. Price spends much of his time solving HR challenges in the following areas: Workplace Culture, Small Team HR Ops, and HR Tech. He is an advisor to the HRM Department at the Forbes School of Business & Technology. Price is a recent HR Executive Magazine Top 100 HR Tech Influencer, SHRM Top 30 Under 30 award winner, and frequently cited HR and Startup Thought Leader in publications such as Forbes, HR Magazine, Businessweek, Money Magazine, and more.

Tamara Rasberry, Owner of Rasberry Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in developing strategies for inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging with a focus on addressing mental health in the workplace. She is a member of the National Diversity Council and is passionate about going beyond representational diversity to creating inclusive and psychologically safe workplaces that put people first while still reaching strategic goals. Tamara’s thought leadership on mental health and diversity & inclusion have been sought and shared by multiple mainstream media outlets including Forbes, SHRM HR Magazine, WorkHuman, Ultimate Software and the New York Times.

Richard Rosenow, Sr Manager, Talent Acquisition Analytics, Uber. Previously a part of the People Analytics team at Facebook, Rosenow has held HR roles at the YMCA, GE, and Citibank. He’s an in-demand blogger, speaker, and connector in the People Analytics space and through those platforms he seeks to break down barriers to entry for professionals and companies looking to get started in their People Analytics journey.