March 26, 2024

Learning from Leaders: Ryan Patel and Lisa Su on AI’s Future

Drucker senior fellow Ryan Patel with AMD CEO Lisa Su at SXSW

Ryan Patel, senior fellow and Advisory Board member for the Drucker School of Management, recently moderated a discussion with Lisa Su, Chief Executive Officer at AMD at South by Southwest (SXSW), focusing on the transformative impact of artificial intelligence (AI). This conversation not only highlighted the rapid advancements in AI but also showcased ethical implications of technology and innovation.

“I think AI is the most important technology that has come on the scene over at least the last 50 years,” Su said. AMD’s approach to embedding AI across its operations shows the vast potential it holds in enhancing productivity and solving complex challenges—a key lesson for those looking to leverage technology in their strategic approaches.

Insights on Purpose-Driven Leadership

Drucker senior fellow Ryan Patel with AMD CEO Lisa Su at SXSW

Su shared her journey at AMD, focusing on making strategic decisions aimed at solving complex problems and enhancing human thriving through technology. She illustrated the significance of setting ambitious goals not just for performance but for purpose, embodying the principles taught at Drucker.

A significant portion of the conversation was dedicated to the ethical development and deployment of AI. “We have a responsible AI team at AMD … making sure that the data that you’re using isn’t biased in some way,” Su said. This emphasis on ethical responsibility in AI highlights the necessity for future leaders to remain vigilant and responsible as AI continues to shape various sectors.

A Call to the Drucker Community

The discussion at SXSW served as an educational tool for the Drucker community, underscoring the critical importance of keeping abreast of technological advancements, fostering innovation, and upholding ethical standards. These themes are integral to the experience at the Drucker School, preparing leaders capable of navigating the complexities of the modern business landscape and driving positive change.

The session exemplified how Drucker School members like Patel engage with and contribute to important industry dialogues, bringing real-world insights back to the academic community. This engagement not only enriches the learning environment but also strengthens the school’s connection to industry trends and challenges.