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Fresno Experience Vistage Event

Hosted in Fresno Tuesday, October 17, 2023 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT

Event Overview

Who do you turn to when you need to make the tough decisions? Who challenges you and “questions your answers?” Learn why the Western Region’s top executives turn to Vistage peer advisory groups to take their business to the next level.

Join us at an upcoming invitation-only event for the opportunity to test drive a Vistage group meeting. We’ll tackle real issues and collectively provide new perspectives, ideas and solutions. You’ll have the chance to see the real magic of a group meeting, which isn’t normally open to visitors. Discover how our proprietary process can provide:

  • Honest, agenda-free perspectives from a sounding board of executives in non-competing industries
  • Solutions to critical decisions so you can accomplish more, fix internal issues, or avoid costly mistakes
  • Accelerated growth – member companies grow their businesses at 3x the U.S. average

The AI Whisperer: Handbook for Leveraging Conversational Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT for Business

There is great need and urgency today for business leaders and their teams to understand and responsibly use AI. And despite the great fears out there that AI will take your job and capture your business, it won’t. However, someone who knows how to use AI will. And that’s the point of this speaker session. How do you become an effective “AI Whisperer.” Based on the ground-breaking new book by Severin Sorensen, “The AI Whisperer: Handbook for Leveraging Conversational Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT for Business.” This session is designed for the non-technical business owner, CEO, executive, and team members. Written from the business coaching mindset, for non-technical users, offers 50+ business use cases, 10-20 prompts per case, and more.

Event Speakers

Severin Sorenson

CEO, ePraxis
Severin Sorensen is a 4-time best-selling author (of The AI Whisperer Series, Beyond Excellence, and The Talent Palette) and he is a recognized leader at the intersection of executive leadership, talent acquisition, innovation, and AI application. As the CEO of ePraxis LLC, he's carved out a niche, bringing rigorous AI research to practical talent solutions and his work on SMB innovation and business pivots. His "The AI Whisperer Series" highlights the practical use of AI for business solutions using conversational AI like ChatGPT and visual AI like MidJourney. His latest book, The Talent Palette, four years in the making, provides a playbook for identifying and capturing difference-making top talent and includes hundreds of thought-provoking and engaging behavioral pre-employment questions. Severin is a long-term Vistage community member, with TEC/Vistage CE membership (1999-2004), Vistage Chair (2010-2018) where he facilitated three Vistage groups in Salt Lake City, earning the 2011 Vistage Rookie Chair of the Year Award, and Vistage Speaker (2013-to present). Severin is known for his actionable insights on talent acquisition, where he's shared his expertise in over 350 presentations to Vistage members across continents. Severin has won Vistage Top Performer Speaker Awards for 2020, 2021, and 2022. In his earlier life, Severin founded Sparta Consulting Corporation (1994-2005). This management consulting and security systems integration firm grew under his guidance, and its legacy persists today as part of Interface Security Systems. His capacity to drive business growth hasn’t gone unnoticed. The Kauffman Foundation highlighted his leadership during an impressive 700% growth of his firm from 1995-1999. When it comes to coaching, Severin is pragmatic and methods-based. He mentors CEOs, business owners, and entrepreneurs, helping them reach peak performance. A number of his mentees have clinched spots in the reputable INC 500 and 5000 rankings. Diving deeper into his past, Severin's versatility is evident. He served as a Special Assistant at the White House during President George H.W. Bush's administration (1992-93). On the academic front, he secured an M.Phil. in economics from King’s College, Cambridge, complemented by undergraduate degrees from the University of Utah. In sum, Severin Sorensen combines academic rigor, real-world business experience, and a passion for driving results, making him a valuable resource for CEOs, business owners, and budding entrepreneurs.


DoubleTree Hotel

8:00 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking

8:20 a.m.
Welcome & Introductions

8:30 a.m.
What is Vistage & Program Details

9:10 a.m.
Member Testimonial

9:20 a.m.
Issue Processing

10:00 a.m.

10:10 a.m.
Speaker Workshop and Q&A

11:40 a.m.
Meeting Takeaways

12:00 p.m.
Event Concludes


DoubleTree Hotel
2233 Ventura Street
Fresno, CA