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Ep 15: Building Better Connections with Kat Vellos

Todays conversation is around connection. Around 60% or so of Americans were reporting, feeling lonely on a regular basis. What do we do when we don’t have the physical connection in a socially distanced world. In this episode my guest is Kat Vellos, creative, facilitator, and author of the book, We Should Get Together.

We dive into her journey from designer to entrepreneur, the importance facilitation and the four seeds of connection so you want to stay tuned in.

Ep 15: Building Better Connections with Kat Vellos


Kat Vellos

Kat Vellos is the author of We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships and Connected from Afar: A Guide for Staying Close When You're Far Away.

She is a user experience designer, speaker, author and community creator. Her work crosses disciplines, but is almost always focused on helping others thrive by having more creative and connected lives.

As a user experience designer, she’s worked for Slack and Pandora, as well as with the creators of Siri designing the first iteration of Samsung’s Bixby. Kat has been profiled in Forbes and quoted in FastCompany for her work as the founder of Bay Area Black Designers which is a professional development community for Black designers and UX researchers.

She’s researched, designed, and advised on the user experience of countless flows in digital products serving millions of people. She’s now turned her UX expertise towards combating the loneliness epidemic, by helping millions of people experience greater fulfillment in life through the cultivation of thriving platonic relationships.

Her experience with facilitation and interpersonal dynamics runs deep. Over the last twenty years Kat has created, run, and mentored a variety of communities focused on everything from spoken word poetry to photography to digital design to authentic connection and friendship. She’s the creator and facilitator of Better than Small Talk, an immersive experience of authenticity and connection that’s been held in Seattle, Oakland, and Berkeley.

Her interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Thrive Global, Yahoo Lifestyle, Authority Magazine, Fatherly magazine, Design Feast, Holiday Matinee, Immensely Social, Open Review Quarterly, and Jane’s Stories.

She’s also been a speaker at Design for America, UX Week, Social Good Tech Week, the Transforming Loneliness Summit, AIGA, San Francisco Design Week, and a podcast guest on Beautiful Thinkers, Still Becoming, Conversations That Don’t Suck, More Happy Life, Revision Path, Good Makers and many more.  She also facilitated programs for Adobe, Partners for Youth Empowerment, The Power of Hope, Young Women Empowered, and Reel Grrls and countless other workshops and programs of her own design.  

Kat's mission is to educate, inspire, and empower others to live their best lives possible.


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