Top Leading Innovators to Present at the 2024 PNC Innovation Summit at the University of Kentucky

Keynote to explore The State of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, Kentucky’s flagship business college, is pleased to announce its collaboration with PNC Bank to host the 2024 PNC Innovation Summit, “The State of Generative AI,” March 20.

This year’s keynote will be presented by Sarah Sanders, co-founder of Native AI and vice chair of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship.

In addition, Mark Liu, director of the MS finance program and associate professor at the Gatton College of Business and Economics, will present “How Machines Learn.”

Now in its fourth year, the PNC Innovation Summit will provide UK students insight into the AI arena, as well as a platform for exploring the challenges and opportunities organizations face in the emerging technologies space.

“As today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders prepare to deliver on the most transformational trends impacting businesses, all of us at PNC look forward to joining the Gatton community for this time of education and enrichment,” said John Gohmann, PNC regional president for Lexington.

PNC also returns April 20 as the presenting sponsor of the PNC Wildcat Pitch Competition, where students will have the opportunity to connect with innovative leaders and compete for $20,000 in seed funding to be awarded for innovative business plans.

“We are delighted to team up with PNC to offer UK students the chance to build their entrepreneurial and networking skills as well as showcase their business ideas for ground-breaking products and services to a panel of judges, including UK alumni, who work primarily in the business sector,” said Simon Sheather, dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics. 

The PNC Innovation Summit is an in-person event, offered at no charge to all members of the UK and Lexington community, and the PNC Wildcat Pitch Competition is available for UK students at the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

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PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit


Since 1925, the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky has been fostering the next generation of business leaders. With a rich history and commitment to shaping the future of business education, Gatton prepares principled leaders for the global economy, produces impactful research, and elevates economic growth in Kentucky and beyond.

In 2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Gatton College #41 among employers nationwide, with over 400 hiring employers. The college is ranked #25 for Best Part-Time MBA Programs/Public Institutions. It’s all made possible by our dedicated team of faculty and staff who make up Gatton’s five academic programs, seven research centers and a $63 million facility that stands ready to support the nearly 5,000 students each year who are eager to learn more, do more and be more.

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