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Kristen Kavanaugh is making a career of humanity. She centers the human experience in her work as an engaging keynote speaker, highly respected business leader, and sought-after advisor to boards of directors, C-suite leaders, and key executive teams within the tech sector, government entities, and major universities and colleges.

Kristen is passionate about leadership and serving others. As a gay, black, female veteran, being on the periphery is Kristen’s lived experience. She shares her journey in the military and tech sector to inspire others to lead with humanity, create inclusive mission-driven organizations and make positive impacts in the world.

By embracing her personal journey, bringing people together, cultivating community partnerships, and facilitating constructive dialogues, Kristen gives voice to the silenced, space to those left behind, and hope for a better future.


No where has she done this more than in her most recent role as a senior executive at Tesla where she led the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Management and Learning & Development functions for the $750B organization. She was known for her empathetic leadership, an unwavering commitment to serving others, and relentless dedication to creating an inclusive, fair, and equitable culture for Tesla’s 100,000 team members.


Kristen holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California as well as a bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy.


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