Speaking & workshops
Mastering the most significant soft skill in the 21st century.
We live in a curious world, and humans are fundamentally curious beings. Why? Because curiosity has an evolutionary purpose. People had to be curious about what was happening around them. Without curiosity, they wouldn’t survive in a changing world.
Today, that world is changing faster than ever before. Technological disruption calls us to learn more quickly than we ever have had to before. So how do we inspire, educate and activate curiosity as a driving force within organisations seeking to thrive today and into the future?
In this presentation, Dr. Kate takes the audience on an adventure to unlock the art of curiosity. What is the science behind the curious mind? What tools can we use to enhance curiosity, creativity and purposeful playfulness? At the heart of this presentation is the unlocking of a curious mindset and as a strategy for life and business.
Audiences will walk away from this presentation with tools, insights and experiences that will enable them to master The Curious Quotient and in doing so enhance the soft human skills that act as the foundation for innovation, creativity, collaboration and connection. After all, technology may be empowering the software, but human curiosity is what fundamentally creates and or changes the game.
- Skills For The Future of Work
- Future Trends and Emerging Tech
- Creativity & Collaboration
Kate has to be one the most engaging keynote speakers I’ve had the pleasure to work with in my capacity as Events Coordinator at the ACS. Not only she is extremely knowledgeable and informative with her presentations but her charismatic nature never fails to leave an impact in those who listen, including myself! I have worked with Kate in multiple events and each of these have been praised by all event attendees, who always look forward to having her again, and again!Alex Mollo, Australian Computer Society (ACS)
Navigating a limitless future as a curious adventure.
In the past, we lived in one world, but today technology has added a virtual layer that has literally created a second life. The veils between the real-world and the digital world are converging.
So how does the emergence of brand new technologies impact human kind personally and professionally. How can a business identify trends today, to create new opportunities tomorrow?
It’s time to get curious about the future.
In this presentation, Dr. Kate takes the audience through a curious adventure into tomorrow. A future redefined by technology – but experienced and moulded by human curiosity. She explores themes from the world of VR, game technologies, digital twins, simulations and 3D interactive data visualisation. The topic is a ‘choose your own adventure’ presentation to unlock your organisations’ ‘Curious Future’.
Audiences will walk away from this presentation with an ability to explore emerging technology and virtual realities through the lens of your particular industry. They come away with a sense of clarity around what’s coming next, and the business opportunities that are emerging with these shifts. Finally, the audience will embrace the curious mindset as a tool to navigate an unknown yet exciting human future.
- Future Trends By Industry
- Future Of Leadership
- Innovation Trends and Emerging Tech
Getting curious about ethically decoding the tomorrow’s new gold.
Data without interpretation is meaningless. However, data with the right interpretation is the key to creating value and opportunity both for business today and into the future. It is time for leaders to get curious about how to ethically apply big data in business.
In this presentation, Dr. Kate will take the audience on a journey into ‘The New Age of Data’ with a specific focus decoding the data using cutting edge visualisation tools such as virtual reality and digital twins to ensure it is used in the most valuable way. Today, any business can collect data, but it is those who analyze and extract smart and actionable insights from data that will succeed. And as consumers become increasingly concerned about their privacy and how their data is used, so too does it become ever more important for companies to make sure their use of data is ethical. In this sense, getting curious about ethical data today will be your superpower tomorrow.
Audiences will walk away from this presentation knowing how to make data useable and human-friendly in order to make informed decisions and to build smarter strategies for the future. Big data is everywhere and intersects with every aspect of business operations. The leaders of tomorrow must be able to translate this new language to meet the needs of both their teams and target markets.
- Future Trends By Industry
- Future Of Leadership
- Innovation Trends and Emerging Tech
It was my pleasure to invite Kate to join me with three other VR/visualisation experts on a panel on ‘3D Graphics in the World Wide Web’ at this year’s International World Wide Web conferenceKate provided thoughtful insight and clear strategic thinking that provided enormous benefit to a room of researchers and practitioners. I would recommend Kate to as someone both qualified to talk to professionals around these emerging topics in a clear, articulate and engaging way.Mark Pesce, Futurist & Inventor of VRML (Virtual Reality Markup Language)
Innovation through strategic inclusion.
If we want to ignite innovation within an organisation, we must also build diverse and inclusive cultures that act as the fuel for curious explorations. It is through a different set of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds that we can develop new ideas. A diverse and inclusive workforce is necessary to enhance collaboration, foster creativity, and guide business strategies.
To ignite innovation within an organisation, we must also build diverse and inclusive cultures that act as the fuel for curious explorations. It is through a different set of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds that we can develop new ideas. A diverse and inclusive workforce is necessary to enhance collaboration, foster creativity, and guide business strategies.
So where do we begin in getting curious about the power of diversity, and intentional about the application of diverse innovation processes? In this presentation, Dr Kate breaks down the role of diversity in the modern workplace. She offers mastery, insights and experience with regards to how organisations can work together to problem-solve and to create shared narratives that cross through gender divides, cultural barriers or language differences.
Audiences will walk away from this presentation with a higher level of self-awareness, and with a focus on becoming conscious of negative biases that may be blocking creative processes. They will develop tools to open up to diversity in culture, creativity and thinking. This, in turn, creates a more inclusive and connected culture, enhancing collaboration and igniting the kind of curious creativity that exists within the world’s leading innovation companies.
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Creativity and Innovation
- Teams and Culture
We recently invited Kate to be our opening speaker on the second day of our annual flagship event, the Women in Focus Conference, Big Thinkers and Change Makers. To say she was outstanding is an understatement. Knowledgeable, professional, engaging, on point, and captivating. Her keynote was exactly what we were looking for, completely fitted our brief, and theme, the audience was enthralled. I would highly recommend Kate for pretty much anything.Ruth Lyons, CommonWealth Bank
Build it your way.
(2 hour standalone workshop or keynote add-on)
Are you looking to build your Curiosity Quotient using creativity and play? Are you looking for a process to get you out of your heads, and into the curiosity zone? The LEGO® Serious Play® methodology is a process designed to enhance innovation, creativity, collaboration and of course, to amplify curiosity.
During this workshop, participants will be asked to use LEGO to explore a specific theme or in response to a critical challenge. The LEGO bricks work as a catalyst – and when used for building metaphors, they trigger processes that enable clarity of purpose, enhanced communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving and much much more. It is through curiosity we can explore and build pathways to new solutions.
Research on LEGO® Serious Play® shows that this kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities. This workshop can be paired with any keynote, and as the participants build the outcomes, the workshop by its very nature is highly customised to meet a specific brief.
For fostering innovation, boosting creativity and preparing for the future.
In this powerful hands on session, Dr. Kate will outline how her life of being professionally curious and an explorer of the human experience has uniquely positioned her to thrive in an uncertain future.
She will share ways you can be more curious and integrate the a curious mindset into your work and life as a tool for being more creative, innovative and fearlessly future ready. You will also experience — through the LEGO® Serious Play® methodology — a tool used by some of the world’s top brands from Virgin Atlantic to IKEA — the power of being curious about others and their ideas and experiences.
- Learn why curiosity is a key 21st century skill
- How to challenge yourself to be more curious to drive outcomes (innovation, creativity, problem solving)
- Experience curiosity about others through the LEGO® Serious Play® methodology
Kate introduced us to Lego Serious Play brilliantly, focusing us on ourselves with amazing energy and enthusiasm. We each took something personal away from the experience and quickly learnt something new about each of the participants. The group took away various impressions from the experience, describing Lego Serious Play as a mindfulness tool and Johari window. A great approach to running visioning workshops, quickly getting on the same page or gelling as a team.Michael Whittaker, Department of Finance (Western AUstralia)