Kara DeFrias' passion for creating engaging online and offline experiences has brought her to many exciting places, including the Super Bowl, the Oscars, and most recently, to the White House as a member of the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF). Kara currently works at Intuit, influencing the voice of TurboTax.com and empowering employees to utilize design thinking in their project work as an Innovation Catalyst. 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. Kara lives in San Diego, CA. Secret superhero identity: saving the world from bad PowerPoint, one slide at a time.
Putting on events that inspire others to give back to their communities and the world; being a user advocate; doing more with less; working on stuff that really matters; kicking cancer's butt 3x
Always say yes.
Designing great experiences, theatre, STRM
Carrying a tune.
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. I love this gift we're able to give our coworkers, to inspire them to want to go out and give back to make the world a little brighter.
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