About Kate O’Neill

Kate O’Neill is helping humanity prepare for a more technology-centric future by teaching business how to be successful with more human-centric data and technology.

As an expert on meaningful experience strategy, Kate is an executive consultant, keynote speaker, author, and “tech humanist” who advises corporate and cultural leaders — whether one-on-one, in board rooms, or in convention centers — on how to take a human-centric approach to digital transformation.

Her message to leaders is: use strategic purpose, guided by data, to create operationally-aligned experiences that are both profitable and meaningful. She walks clients and audiences through the process, which relies on articulating and executing a strategy that aligns their own organizational purpose and culture with the momentum of emerging technology and societal trends. This strategic focus prepares them to: navigate near-constant change; manage evolving expectations; model their business in meaningful data to measure effectively; build actionable understanding of their market at internet pace and scale; automate where it makes sense to do so; innovate relentlessly; and achieve sustainable growth and results — all while creating better experiences for the humans on the other side of the transactions.

Kate’s approach to creating order in this chaos draws from her 20+ years of experience as an award-winning entrepreneur and executive in roles spanning technology, marketing, product, sales, creative, and operations across a broad range of industries. She exposes patterns in complexity and brings what’s meaningful into clearer focus through a combination of top-tier business savvy, deep knowledge of data and technology trends and forecasts, keen behavioral insights, insatiable curiosity, and a firm belief in the aligning power of organizational purpose and culture. Kate’s ability to glean insights that resonate from across her wide-ranging professional and personal experiences are her key asset: she is truly an expert generalist.

“I definitely recommend Kate as a keynote speaker at any type of professional event. Her experience creates an arsenal of expert subjects she can share to inspire a variety of audiences.” — event organizer

She’s been described by keynote audiences variously as “the Peter Drucker of digital business,” “the Tony Robbins of digital strategy,” “Seth Godin but better looking,” and “funny and quirky like Sandra Bullock but with brains by Microsoft.”

As founder and CEO of KO Insights, Kate guides the development of human-centric, data-informed, and brand-aligned growth and retention strategies for companies and organizations of all sizes and industries. Her clients and audiences have included leaders and cross-functional teams from major retailers, well-known consumer brands, multinational corporations, high-growth startups, smart city projects, top universities, museums, and non-profit organizations.

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. She also created the first content management role at Netflix, led cutting-edge online optimization work at Magazines.com, developed Toshiba America‘s first intranet, built the first departmental website at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has held leadership and advisory positions in a variety of digital content and technology startups. She has a history of pioneering big ideas: she was an early voice for advocating empathy combined with data to guide experience optimization, and brought a meaningfulness model to marketing strategy.

“She’s fantastic to work with and delivers measurable value.” — client

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Kate writes prolifically and contributes to numerous outlets on an eclectic array of topics, but her primary focus is the intersection of data, humanity, and meaningful experiences. Her latest book, Pixels and Place: Connecting Human Experience Across Physical and Digital Spaces, launched in late 2016.

Born in Chicago and having lived in San Jose, Düsseldorf, Portland, and Nashville, Kate now lives in New York City and is characteristically overcommitted to a diverse cross-section of communities, groups, 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.

Kate has been profiled and quoted in CNN Money, TIME, Forbes, USA TodayMen’s Journal, the BBC, and other national and international media. She has long been a vocal and visible advocate for women in technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and was featured by Google in their global campaign for women in entrepreneurship.

She 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,” among numerous other awards and recognitions.

An engaging and dynamic speaker, Kate appears frequently at industry conferences and private events, providing galvanizing keynotes, moderating and participating in lively panel discussions, and facilitating transformative executive workshops and retreats. For booking, inquire via this contact form.


tl;dr version: 

Kate O’Neill is helping humanity prepare for a more technology-centric future by teaching business how to design data-driven experiences that are both more profitable and more meaningful for humans.

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You can connect with Kate on:
Twitter: @kateo
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/kateoneill
Facebook page: facebook.com/kateoneillpage
Medium: https://medium.com/@kateo

Email: kate@koinsights.com

Speakermatch listing: https://www.speakermatch.com/profile/kateoneill/
Speakerpedia listing: https://speakerpedia.com/speakers/kate-o-neill

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