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Karla Starr    

Expert on Human vs. Artificial Intelligence & Data-Driven Decision Making; Author of "Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others"

Karla Starr has written for O, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times, and appeared on CBS Sunday Morning as an expert on luck. The recipient of a Best Science/Health award from the Society of Professional Journalists, she lives in New York and spends an inordinate amount of time lifting heavy things. Her first book, Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others, was published in 2018.

She has since co-authored The Hilton Effect with Made to Stick co-author Chip Heath. Starr currently helps organizations foster lucky traits in their employees and business practices.

Speech Topics

Using Numbers to Nudge: How to Use Data to Influence Behavior

In a world increasingly driven by data, understanding how to utilize numbers to influence behavior is becoming a vital skill for leaders, marketers, and policymakers. In this engaging talk, I'll explore the psychology of decision-making and how data can be employed as a powerful tool for persuasion.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the underlying psychological principles that drive human behavior and decision-making.
  • Learn how to present data effectively to create compelling narratives that drive action.
  • Explore case studies of successful behavior change interventions using data-driven approaches.
  • Gain practical tips and techniques for incorporating data into your strategies for influencing behaviors.

Design Thinking for Data: Applying Human-Centered Design to Improve Data Communication

Effective data communication is crucial for decision-making, problem-solving, and creating meaningful change. In this insightful presentation, we will discuss how applying human-centered design principles can enhance data communication, making it more accessible, understandable, and actionable.

Key takeaways:

  • Discover the fundamentals of human-centered design and its importance in data communication.
  • Learn how to apply design thinking to create data visualizations and presentations that resonate with your audience.
  • Understand the role of empathy in data communication and how to create a more user-friendly experience.
  • Gain practical tools and techniques to improve your data communication skills.

The Value of Being Human: What Data and AI Can’t Replace

As artificial intelligence and data-driven systems become increasingly prevalent, it's essential to recognize the unique value that human skills and qualities bring to the table. In this thought-provoking talk, we will examine the irreplaceable aspects of human intelligence and how they complement technological advancements.

Key takeaways:

  • Explore the limitations of data and AI in decision-making, creativity, and interpersonal communication.
  • Understand the importance of human intuition, humor, design, ability to surprise, empathy, and adaptability in the age of AI.
  • Learn how to leverage human strengths to create more effective teams and organizations.
  • Gain insights on how to prepare for a future where humans and AI work collaboratively.

How to Be Perfect: Challenging the Self-Help Industrial Complex

The self-help industry promises quick fixes and life-changing transformations, but is the pursuit of perfection truly beneficial? In this eye-opening presentation, we will examine the pitfalls of the self-help industrial complex and discuss how to foster genuine personal growth and well-being.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the limitations and potential harms of the self-help industry's focus on perfectionism.
  • Explore alternative approaches to personal development that prioritize self-compassion, authenticity, and resilience.
  • Learn how to cultivate a growth mindset that embraces imperfection and values progress over perfection.
  • Gain practical strategies for nurturing your mental health and well-being in a culture that often promotes unrealistic expectation

Preparing for an Unknown Future: Lessons from Evolution

How can we prepare for an uncertain future? We don’t have to guess. Organizations and people have billions of years of data on which species thrive during extreme, unpredictable change. What can we learn from the species that thrive and go extinct during sudden, random shifts?

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