Kate O’Neill is a “tech humanist:” a consultant, author, and speaker helping companies, cities, museums, universities, and organizations of all kinds align strategy, data, and culture to make meaningful decisions, navigate change, cultivate purposeful work, and grow with intention. An award-winning strategist with 20+ years of both entrepreneurial and executive experience across technology, marketing, and business operations, Kate’s approach blends exceptional intuition and empathy for authentic human experiences with robust expertise in deploying data and technology to validate and improve on strategic understanding of customers at internet pace and scale. As founder and CEO of KO Insights, Kate develops human-centric, data-guided, and brand-aligned growth and retention strategies for companies and organizations of all sizes and industries.
Previously, Kate was founder and CEO of [meta]marketer, a first-of-its-kind analytics and strategy agency with clients ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 500, across industries ranging from healthcare to software to entertainment. Other prior roles include creating the first content management role at Netflix, leading cutting-edge online optimization work at Magazines.com, developing Toshiba America‘s first intranet, building the first departmental website at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and holding leadership positions in a variety of digital content and technology start-ups. She has a history of pioneering big ideas in the marketing industry: she was an early voice for advocating empathy combined with data to guide experience optimization, and brought a meaningfulness model to marketing strategy.
Kate writes prolifically and contributes to a variety of outlets about a wide range of topics, primarily at the intersection of data, humanity, and meaningful experiences. She has been profiled and quoted in CNN Money, TIME, Forbes, USA Today, Men’s Journal, the BBC, and other national and international media. Her latest book, Pixels and Place: Connecting Human Experience Across Physical and Digital Spaces, launched in September 2016.
Born in Chicago and having lived in San Jose, Düsseldorf, Portland, and Nashville, Kate now resides in New York City, and is energetically involved in a wide cross-section of communities and boards. She served two terms on the Retail Advisory Board for “social think tank” Remodista alongside leaders of top retail brands like Coach, Tumi, and Victoria’s Secret, helping elevate women executives and support retail innovation. She has also served on several national corporate and non-profit advisory boards. Her prior involvements include serving on the executive boards of the Nashville Technology Council and the Nashville Fashion Alliance, on the advisory board to Tennessee State University‘s Business Information Systems department, as a mentor and advisor with startup accelerator Jumpstart Foundry and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. In addition, Kate is a vocal and visible advocate for women in technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership — she was featured by Google in their global campaign for women in entrepreneurship.
Kate has been named a “Woman to Watch in Retail Disruption,” “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year,” “Social Media Strategist of the Year,” a “Power Leader in Technology” and a “Woman of Influence,” along with numerous other awards and recognitions.
She speaks regularly at industry conferences and private events, providing keynotes, participating in and facilitating panel discussions, and leading workshops. For booking, inquire via this contact form.
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