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Cognilytica’s inspiring, thoughtful, and engaging analysts deliver speaking engagements, workshops, panel participation and moderation, podcast interviews, and other engagements informed by real-world experience and thought leadership. Engage our analysts as keynote speakers, panel moderators and participants, workshop facilitators, podcast hosts or guests, and as experts for field marketing events.

Who We Are

Cognilytica was founded in 2017 by well-known technology and AI researchers Kathleen Walch and Ronald Schmelzer. Through decades of work as technologists and analysts focused on enterprise and emerging technology, Cognilytica developed the industry-leading CPMAI methodology, building upon decades of previous work in CRISP-DM and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).

We’re passionate about helping your organization build effective AI & data systems that can continuously meet organizational needs while staying ahead of emerging best practices and approaches. We combine analytical principles grounded in real-world projects and applications with a unique focus on the people and process side of emerging technology systems.

Kathleen Walch, Managing Partner
CPMAI Certified Lead Instructor

Kathleen is Managing Partner and Founder of Cognilytica. In conjunction with Ron Schmelzer, Kathleen developed the CPMAI methodology, iterating and evolving prior approaches to AI & data project management given the realities of the rapidly changing AI environment. Adopted by dozens of multinational organizations, dozens of government agencies, and NGOs, CPMAI is quickly becoming the standard methodology for AI project management best practices. Kathleen is CPMAI Certified and is a Lead Instructor on CPMAI courses and training.

As an experienced data-focused analyst with a background in marketing, Kathleen’s expertise and experience in project management issues around organizational adoption of data led to the development of the CPMAI methodology. Kathleen is a dynamic presenter, researcher and thought leader on emerging technology best practices. She helped launch the AI-focused working group at ATARC and is the AI working group chair bringing her knowledge, experience, and expertise to help organizations and government agencies apply AI best practices. Kathleen was selected to join OECD’s ONE AI and Expert Group on AI risk and accountability in 2019 at the OECD ONE group launch. She is often invited to present at and keynote industry events. Kathleen is also a co-host of the AI Today podcast, regular Forbes contributor, TechTarget SearchAI columnist, and SXSW Innovation Awards Judge. 

Prior to her work at Cognilytica, Kathleen founded tech startup-up HourlyBee, an online scheduling system for home services where she quickly became an expert in grassroots marketing, networking, and employee management. Before that, Kathleen was a key part of the direct marketing operation for Harte Hanks managing large scale direct mail campaigns for clients including Bed Bath and Beyond and BuyBuyBaby. Managing big data analytics, she created efficiencies in the process saving thousands of dollars and days of processing time from each campaign. Kathleen graduated from Loyola University with a degree in Marketing.

Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner
CPMAI Certified Lead Instructor

Ron is Managing Partner and Founder of Cognilytica. In conjunction with Kathleen Walch, Ron developed the CPMAI methodology, iterating and evolving prior approaches to AI & data project management given the realities of the rapidly changing AI environment. Adopted by dozens of multinational organizations, dozens of government agencies, and NGOs, CPMAI is quickly becoming the standard methodology for AI project management best practices. Ron is CPMAI Certified and is a Lead Instructor on CPMAI courses and training.

Ron is a sought-after expert on AI and data best practices and AI project management. He serves as chair for a number of industry groups focused on AI adoption and best practices, helping launch the AI working group at ATARC. Ron is co-host of the AI Today podcast, regular Forbes contributor, TechTarget SearchAI columnist, and SXSW Innovation Awards Judge. 

Prior to founding Cognilytica, Ron founded and ran ZapThink, an industry analyst firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Cloud Computing, Web Services, XML, and Enterprise Architecture, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in August 2011, which was subsequently acquired by Guidehouse. Ron received a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where his undergraduate advisor was well-known AI researcher Rodney Brooks. Ron also received an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

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