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, lively, 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.

Pixels and Place book coverAuthor of several books including Pixels and Place: Connecting Human Experience Across Physical and Digital Spaces, Kate brings depth, breadth, humor, and humanity to data and technology topics. Her wide-ranging personal and professional experiences allow her to connect 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, McDonald’s, Cleveland Clinic, Vanderbilt University, and hundreds of technical and marketing industry conferences, association conferences and annual meetings, corporate events, and more.

Recurring themes are meaningful experiences, the meaning of place, integrated strategy, organizational purpose, culture, alignment, and dimensional data strategy.

Kate has been entrusted to speak to and on behalf of many organizations and brands you know and love, including:

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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:

Past talks have also explored many related themes and topics, such as:

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

Highlights and examples of past keynotes and 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
  • WiMLDS (Women in Machine Learning and Data Science) NYC chapter
  • WordCamp Nashville — Keynote Speaker, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • Student and youth programs: guest lectures at School of Visual Arts in NYC, Belmont University and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN; TWISTER (Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research); etc
  • Startup accelerators and entrepreneurship programs: New Jersey Tech Startups; 36|86 (focused on Southeast startups and culture); The Skillery CO.STARTERS Entrepreneurship program & Food Entrepreneurship program; Nashville Entrepreneur Center; etc
  • Chambers of Commerce: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, etc
  • many *Camps: BarCamp, PodCamp, ContentCamp, ProductCamp, etc

and many, many more

What Event Organizers Say

“She brings a terrific blend of wisdom, humor and humility.”

“She was captivating in telling her story while offering key insights.”

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

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

“Her experience creates an arsenal of expert subjects in which she can share and inspire a variety of audiences.”

“She was easy to work with and interested in learning more about our organization so that she could tailor her remarks to our audience.”

What Audiences Say

“the Peter Drucker of digital business”

“Seth Godin but better looking”

“funny and quirky like Sandra Bullock but with brains by Microsoft”

“really profound and thought-provoking ideas”

“SO inspiring. Can’t wait to read her book.”

“I recommend Kate as a public speaker and guiding light.”

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

Upcoming Speaking Schedule Highlights

If Kate is coming through your town and you’d like to attend an event where she is speaking, or to schedule an appearance for your company, organization, or user group, please reach out!

Barcelona – May 22-25, 2018
D.C. (An Event Apart) – July 30-August 1, 2018
Columbus (Women In Digital National Conference) – September 12-14, 2018
Chicago – October 1-3, 2018
Orlando (An Event Apart) – October 8-10, 2018
Potsdam/Berlin (Innovation Leadership Days) – November 11-12, 2018

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