If you caught episode one of LiveWorx 2021, then you know first hand what a treat it is to have Katie host LiveWorx: The Limited Series! Not only does she bring years of knowledge and experience in the tech world but her positive demeanor, high-energy personality, and quick wit make her a rock star host in creating a captivating episode.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Katie and got to know her a bit more on a personal level. Check out the interview below and be sure to tune in to episode two, The New Frontier of Product Development, April 22nd at 10am EDT.
Q: Who is your mentor/hero?
A: My mom is my hero hands down. She is so smart and talented yet constantly learning new things, living life to the fullest, and always full of joy. In this past year when TV studios shut down, she learned DSLR to film my segments and designed all my studio sets. While I can barely keep up with her, I never stop learning from her. Also, she is a costume designer and creates a lot of my on-air wardrobe so it’s so fun to get compliments and give her the credit!
Q: What was the last Google rabbit hole you went down?
A: I would say it was a Duck, Duck, Go, Rabbit Hole! I was tasked with creating the livestream at church and pretty much built a rocket ship workstation in the first row. I started my career behind the scenes and I’m never done learning new technologies for filming and when it comes to tech, I have to bring my A-game!
Q: What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
A: My friend Jen Fulwiler has a fantastic book entitled: Your Blue Flame: Drop the Guilt and Do What Makes You Come Alive. We both share a similar passion for encouraging others to find and hone in on their passion and what drives that inner excitement albeit a side hobby, talent, or work change. Jen is hilarious, and the book is a gem -- I recommend it!
Q: If you were not in your current role, what would you be doing instead?
A: Tech is my background and has been such a big part of my life since I was little but this is a good segue on the above question. The short answer is I would probably have the goal of touring musically! I just launched my first EP. Music has always been a big part of my life. My dad is a drummer, so I always grew up around it. I’ve taken voice lessons on and off for 15+ years and dabble in guitar, piano, and musical software programs.
In the past year, since so much of my work went virtual, I utilized all the time I would have been on a plane (upwards of 300 days traveling) and said, “I might never have time like this to be grounded --I’m going for it.” I’ve humbly worked with some of the most amazing producers and musicians to finally produce an overdue project of a Christian contemporary EP. And yet another industry that has seen such a tech transformation over the years – it’s not lost on me that collaborating remotely with so many talented musicians and producers we put an entire album together.
Q: What do you think we will be talking about in the world of digital transformation and tech in five years?
A: My goodness – not enough time to answer this question! Here are just a few thoughts.
- a growing remote gig economy (and I think we are already starting to see that now).
- an in-car experience that is like an entertainment/ workstation with true self or semi-autonomous safe driving experiences.
- all sized businesses turning to better consumer insights with data analysis and having much more in-depth understandings of their customers.
- more corporate training in augmented reality and I’m hopeful that VR experiences will help as distraction technology in the healthcare space (something I have been passionate about for years).