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 Speaker Drue Kataoka

Drue Kataoka

Artist, CEO & Activist

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  • Languages Spoken
    English
  • Travels From
    California, USA

Suggested Keynote Speeches & Programs

  • Getting an Edge in your life & career through Creativity
  • The Coming Virtual Reality Renaissance & how it will transform our lives & work
  • My Personal Journey: From Samurai Roots in Japan to Artist/Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley

Drue Kataoka, In Brief

Drue Kataoka is a top innovation and creativity speaker, artist, technologist, and the founder and CEO of Drue Kataoka Studios. Drue’s story of building a thriving practice spanning art, technology and creativity, right in the heart of Silicon Valley, is both inspirational and insightful. 4-time speaker in Davos. Named a Young Global Leader & a Cultural Leader by the World Economic Forum. Recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research & Education Institute Award for her social activism & impact. Covered by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Fox News, Telemundo, Wired, Barrons, Le Monde, Deutsche Welle and others.

Why Drue Katoaka?

A woman at the intersection of tech & creativity, Drue delivers a high-energy keynote experience that lets you discover your inner creative powers & imagination, regardless of your background or the nature of your work.  Drue effectively brings together left & right brain with the latest tech trends in a compelling narrative, weaving in actionable insights.  One of the very few 4-time cultural speakers at the WEF’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Drue’s sessions have consistently delighted and inspired global audiences.  Among the few successful women in contemporary art (a field dominated by men, despite the fact that the majority of art school graduates are women), Drue’s story of building a thriving art practice spanning technology and art, right in the  heart of Silicon Valley, is both inspirational and insightful.

About Speaker Drue Kataoka

Drue Kataoka is an artist-technologist-activist & CEO of Drue Kataoka Art Studios.  Creating in both material art genres such as steel sculpture and painting as well as new technologies such as virtual reality, she is known for her interactive and reflective visual mazes and experiences, which distort the perception of space-time.  Her relativistic artwork Up! was featured in the first zero gravity art exhibit at the International Space Station.  She is Artist in Residence at Google and is part of Facebook’s Oculus Launchpad, and her distinctive Virtual Reality creations have been widely featured around the world.

Named a Young Global Leader & Cultural Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Drue presented a solo exhibition at the WEF in Davos and has presented at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016.  She is currently a member of the WEF’s 2018 Steering Committee on VR/AR/AI for the Creative Economy and is a contributing author to the book Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  Drue has been invited to speak in Tokyo, New York, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, Oslo, Ulaanbaatar, Abu Dhabi, Yangon, Beijing, Geneva, Puerto Vallarta and more for multiple organizations, corporations and governments.

The tragic events of 9-11 provoked Drue to endow a youth scholarship through the sale of one of her artworks.  Since 2001, 24 recipients have benefitted from The Rotary Drue Kataoka Art Scholarship.

Drue’s art has been featured on CNN, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Deutsche Welle, CNBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, NY1, Telemundo, Barrons, Wired, Blackbook, Gentry and others.  Graduate of Stanford University. Recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute Award for her extensive social impact work.

 

Testimonials 6

  • “The inimitable Drue Kataoka has a brilliant perspective on the cross-over effect of technology and art, and articulates a unique and compelling understanding on how society can benefit during this tumultuous but exciting dawn of the fourth industrial revolution. On stage in Davos during the World Economic Forum in 2018, I had the pleasure of moderating a live panel discussion in the CBNC studio on Artificial Intelligence with Drue and she not only enthralled the audience with her viewpoints but was also simply a standout speaker.  She has a grounding effect on complex topics like Artificial Intelligence and her passion for bettering all communities comes through loud and clear. As an artist and a technologist, Drue is truly a next generation speaker that will connect with your audience and leave them wanting more.”

    David Ahrens

  • “Drue Kataoka is an artistic force of nature.”

    Wynton Marsalis

    9-time Grammy winning Artistic of Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC

  • “Drue’s artistic talent is matched only by her fascinating experiences and outstanding storytelling. She came to Dent prepared and delivered a wonderful and inspiring talk. In our survey, attendees gave her session one of the best ratings we’ve ever seen, saying they were “moved to tears,” and “blown away” by her talk.”

    Jason Preston

    Co-Founder Dent The Future

  • It was a privilege to have Drue address our audience of 3,000 teachers on the occasion of the Qudwa Global Teachers Forum in Abu Dhabi in 2017. Her message on the role of creativity as the most valuable skill of tomorrow was a great source of inspiration to many of our participants. This message resonated deeply throughout the two days of the Forum.  Post-Qudwa, we also received a lot of positive emails from participants confirming that Drue transformed their perspective on teaching. Drue truly contributed in making the Qudwa Global Forum an incubator for new ideas and approaches to teaching and it was a real pleasure for all of us to welcome her in Abu Dhabi.”

    R. Attar

    Office of Strategic Affairs, Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

  • “We were honored to have Drue Kataoka as our keynote speaker for Stanford Career Education’s brand launch event. Drue pulled us in with illustrative stories about her personal career journey that immediately equalized and created a sense of connection amongst the diverse audience. The packed event included over 300 students, higher-ed staff and faculty, and industry partners. She shared the importance of happenstance and community building within the intersection of art and tech. I particularly liked when she challenged everyone to visualize their own unique career paths and invited us to share and continue the discussion with each other. “

    Vicky Chung

    Manager of Branding and Digital Communities, Stanford University

  • “There are few people who are capable of presenting in a way that moves, inspires, and educates. Drue Kataoka is one them.  Her unique talents spanning art and technology provide an amazing lens on leadership and personal/professional development. Her presentations are deep, original and thoughtful. If you are interested in having a speaker who lifts the audience to new levels and makes them think in new ways, you have to have Drue Kataoka on your list.”

    Tatyana Kanzaveli

    CEO, Open Health Network

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