Kate O’Neill, “Tech Humanist” and Keynote Speaker on Human-Centric Digital Transformation + the Future of Meaningful Human Experiences

If your event needs a bright, charismatic, easy-to-work-with keynote speaker on innovative topics related to strategy, data, technology, and the human experience, you’ve come to the right place.

Kate O’Neill speaks about meaningful growth and digital transformation through aligning business purpose, culture, and data strategy, and about how data and technology are shaping the future of our experiences as humans.

Author of several books including Pixels and Place: Connecting Human Experience Across Physical and Digital Spaces, Kate brings depth, breadth, and humanity to data and technology topics and connects with audiences from engineers to artists, from students to senior executives. An award-winning entrepreneur, author, technologist, and strategist with a diverse and accomplished background in analytics, marketing, and linguistics, Kate has spoken for Google, Vanderbilt University, and dozens of technical and marketing industry conferences, association conferences and annual meetings, corporate events, and more.

Recurring themes are meaningful experiences, purpose, culture, alignment, dimensional data strategy, and organizational sophistication.

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Key Audiences:

Executive / Tech Futurism / Marketing / Strategy / User Experience / Content Strategy / Customer Experience / Brand Strategy / Entrepreneur / Business Owners

But Also:

Highly Technical / Software / Hardware / Operations / Highly Creative / Writers / Artists / Musicians / Student / College / Youth / Futurist / Trends / General Audience / Social-Minded / Humanitarian / Advocates / Activists  / Cities / Government / Colleges / CVBs / CofCs / place makers and place marketers / Women in Tech / Women Leaders / Women in Business / Women Entrepreneurs

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Primary Topics:

Additional topics from past talks:

  • How Meaningful Tech Can Empower Humanity
  • Data and Digital Culture
  • How Meaning Empowers Creativity
  • Metadata and Meaning: What Creators Need to Understand about Metadata and Digital Marketing
  • Art and Technology
  • Developing a Meaningful Marketing Strategy
  • Meaningful Stories
  • The Meaningfulness Revolution: How the User Experience Mindset is Changing Marketing
  • Creating Meaningful Customer Relationships
  • Digital Sophistication: Strategy, Digital Data, and Behavioral Insights
  • The Human Connection: Persuading Through Caring, Empathy, and Emotion
  • Draper vs. Drucker: Why Mad Men Hate Metrics, and How Marketing Optimization Can Make Peace
  • The Keys to Value: Developing a meaningful value proposition
  • Truly Smart Marketing: How Leading Companies Are Using Online Intelligence to Inform Customer Development
  • Developing a Meaningful Social Media Strategy
  • Ecommerce & Usability: Improving Website Conversions
  • It’s the Searcher, Not the Search: Meaningful Search Marketing Today
  • Developing a Meaningful Content Strategy
  • Measuring What Matters: Meaningful Marketing Analytics
  • Meaningful Growth
  • Meaningful Marketing for Startups
  • Digital Marketing Strategy for Startups
  • Best Relationship with Most Customers
  • Creating Meaningful Customer Relationships
  • Decisions With No Data and Change You Can’t Control (See Also “Life”)
  • The Science of Marketing
  • The Meaning of Place
  • Ecosystem vs. Landscape: The Evolution of Nashville’s Tech Community
  • Leading with Strength
  • Women and Entrepreneurship: Thinking Bigger and Bolder
  • Why Meaning Matters: How Empathy, Metaphor, and Relevance Frame the World and Can Change the World
  • Social Justice and Tech
  • Digital Marketing Trends (for CEOs or CMOs)
  • Privacy, Data, and Our Digital Future

Highlights and examples of past events:

  • “The Future of Operations Summit” — keynote speaker on transformation, automation, integration for HfSResearch, September 2017
  • O’Reilly Strata + Hadoop conference, London, June 2016
  • Institute of Directors Digital Summit, London, November 2016
  • Google #40Forward initiative global launch featured guest speaker, 2014
  • Arizona CIO/CTO Forum — Keynote Speaker, October 2017
  • IDEAlliance webinar series in partnership with USPS, 2014
  • “Funny As Tech” — expert panelist for comedy show, September 2017
  • Converge UX conference, Seattle, 2017
  • CIVSA national conference — Keynote Speaker, 2015
  • Franchise Business Network — keynote at annual meeting, 2015
  • The CMO Club — Nashville chapter meeting featured speaker, 2014
  • World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, 2012
  • Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Empathy & Innovation Summit, 2011
  • WordCamp Nashville — Keynote Speaker, 2014
  • Vanderbilt University, guest lecture
  • Belmont University, guest lecture
  • General Assembly, New York NY — recurring
  • GIANT, Charleston SC, 2015
  • Delight, Portland OR, 2014
  • Stella Parton’s Red Tent Conference, 2014
  • Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Conference, 2014 — digital marketing strategy for media
  • Thrive Conference for NAWMBA, 2014
  • PRINT Conference, Chicago IL, 2013 — digital marketing strategy
  • Americana Music Conference, 2013 — led panel on digital marketing
  • Conversion Conference
  • MarketingSherpa
  • BarCamp Nashville
  • PodCamp Nashville
  • 36|86 – focused on Southeast startups and culture, 2015
  • Who Knew Nashville, 2015
  • Artober panel on technology and art, Nashville TN, 2013
  • re:Write workshop, 2015
  • PubCon, Las Vegas NV, 2013
  • Online Marketing Conference
  • Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Nashville TN — recurring
  • The Skillery CO.STARTERS Entrepreneurship program, Nashville TN
  • The Skillery CO.STARTERS Food Entrepreneurship program, Nashville TN
  • TWISTER (Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research)
  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Williamson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Empower Women, Nashville TN

What Audiences and Organizers Say

“She brings a terrific blend of wisdom, humor and humility.” — former event organizer

“She was captivating in telling her story while offering key insights.” — former event organizer

“one of the smartest and most forward-thinking people in the interactive marketing space” — former event organizer

“She really made us think – but also gave us concrete takeaways we could use in our business.” — former event organizer

“I suggest if you have not had the chance to hear, or even meet, Kate you need to make it your purpose to do so.” — former event organizer

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