About Kate O’Neill

Kate O’Neill is a strategist and futurist who is helping business and humanity prepare for change at exponential scale, such as with emerging tech, big data, climate change, and more. She does this by guiding business and civic leaders to be both successful and respectful with human-centric data and technology, and by helping people better understand the human impact of emerging technologies.

Kate’s expertise in data-based business models, integrated experience strategy, and human-centric digital transformation comes from more than 20 years of experience and entrepreneurship leading innovations across technology, marketing, and operations in category-defining companies. She was one of the first 100 employees at Netflix, where she created the first content management role and helped implement innovative dynamic e-commerce practices that became industry standard; was founder & CEO of [meta]marketer, a first-of-its-kind analytics and digital strategy agency; developed Toshiba America‘s first intranet; led cutting-edge experience optimization work at Magazines.com; and has held leadership and advisory positions in a variety of digital content and technology start-ups.

picture of Kate O'NeillKate is now founder and CEO of KO Insights, a strategic advisory and consultancy firm committed to improving human experience at scale. Through KO Insights, Kate speaks, writes, advises, and advocates for the future of humanity in an increasingly tech-driven world. Her insights help corporate and cultural leaders re-think how to succeed long-term by taking a human-centric approach to digital transformation and readiness for the future.

Whether in convention centers to audiences of thousands or facilitating a private virtual executive retreat, Kate is a warm, dynamic, and thought-provoking speaker who has delivered hundreds of keynotes (and virtual keynotes!) at industry conferences and private events around the world, including for corporate giants like Google, IBM, Adobe, Cisco, Etsy, Coca Cola, Getty Images, McDonald’s, Comcast, and Kelly Services; as well as educational institutions including the University of Cambridge and Yale University; professional associations like YPO and SHRM; industry conferences like INBOUND and UX Australia; cities such as Amsterdam; government and independent agencies like the USPS; cultural institutions; and a wide variety of NGOs and IGOs.

In addition to delivering galvanizing keynotes, she moderates and participates in lively panel discussions such as for the United Nations COP25 Climate Change Conference, and facilitates transformative executive workshops and retreats for Fortune 500 companies as well as non-profit boards. 

Author of 4 books including her latest, “Tech Humanist” (which was featured at CES 2019), Kate’s written insights and expertise have been included in outlets such as WIRED, CMO.com, and USA Today, and she has appeared as an expert commentator on BBC, NPR, Marketplace, NBC, and a wide variety of other national and international news media.

“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


Named to the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar, a global ranking of management thinkers, Kate has also received numerous other awards and recognitions throughout her career such as being named “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year,” a “Power Leader in Technology,” a “Woman of Influence,” and more.

Kate has also been a longstanding vocal and visible advocate for women and underrepresented people in technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership. She was featured by Google in the launch of their global campaign for women in entrepreneurship.

Born in the Chicago area and having enjoyed years of living in Silicon Valley, Portland (Oregon), Düsseldorf, and Nashville, Kate now calls New York City home.

tl;dr bio version: 

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

Representation and Booking

Kate is proud to be represented by:

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If your company has an existing relationship with any of these leading bureaus, you’ll find it simple to work with Kate through them.

For direct booking, please inquire via this contact form.

Press Inquiries, Event Bios, Stage Ready Intros, Headshots, etc

For press inquiries, please see the Press Kit. For bios edited for press and event listings, including stage-ready intros, please visit the Press and Events Bios page.

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