Described by US CTO Todd Park as one of "the baddest of the bada.. innovators," Kara's passion lies in creating engaging experiences, both online and off. Her career has brought her to many exciting places, including the Super Bowl, the Oscars, and the White House. She was a member of the first class of White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, where she served as entrepreneur in residence reimagining the relationship between the people and the government from a technology perspective.
According to her 2nd grade report card, Kara “likes to talk. A lot." Which makes sense that this long-time Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and former journalist would still be working in communications. Kara currently works at Intuit, leading brand and innovation experiences for the corporate communications team. She's also executive producer for TEDxIntuit, and has worked on TEDxSanDiego. Kara earned a BA from Elizabethtown College and graduated summa cum laude from Penn State University with a master's degree. Secret superhero identity: saving the world from bad PowerPoint, one slide at a time.
TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012
Areas of Expertise
Experience Design, Design Thinking, User Experience (web), Scripting, Event and panel moderator, Writing - Creative Content
An idea worth spreading
1) Always say yes. 2) Make your own opportunities - don't wait for things to happen. 3) Help each other shine.
I'm passionate about
Play. Tinkering. Exploring. Laughing, lots. Trying to make the world a better place by working on stuff that really matters.
Talk to me about
Designing great experiences, theatre, STRM
People don't know I'm good at
Carrying a tune.
My TED story
After being a big fan of TED talks for years, I finally got involved through the TEDx program in 2010 by directing the TEDxSanDiego show. I've been on that team ever since, now helping out in an advisory role. I loved the TEDx experience so much that I applied for a license to executive produce my own event at work: TEDxIntuit.