Kat Vellos is a connection coach and trusted expert on the power of cultivating meaningful friendships. In her former career as a user experience designer, she researched, designed, and advised on the user experience of apps and websites serving millions of people at companies like Slack and Pandora. With the publication of her first book, We Should Get Together, Kat turned her background in experience design towards combating the loneliness epidemic with the goal of helping millions of people experience greater wellness and fulfillment through thriving platonic relationships.
Her interviews can be found in a variety of media outlets including The New York Times, Real Simple, Forbes, NPR, Communication Arts, The Good Life Project, Hurry Slowly, and Parents Magazine. Kat is also a sought-after speaker who has graced the stages of TEDx, San Francisco Design Week, Design for America, the Transforming Loneliness Summit, Rosenfeld Media’s DesignOps Summit, and many more.
Kat will introduce her Better Than Small Talk conversation-starter cards that we will be using at the event to help you have deep conversations as we reconnect.