Elizabeth KIEHNER

Global Design Director | IBM

Elizabeth Kiehner leads the global design practice for IBMiX with multi-disciplinary experience in design and technology. Her passion and creativity have impacted some of the world’s most recognized brands with regular engagements and workshops with the C-suite.  

 

Her portfolio includes campaigns and game-changing offerings with brands like Google, Microsoft, Viacom, Nike, American Express, Apple, Turner, Fidelity, Schwab, Discovery, HBO, NBC, GM and Khan Academy.

 

Powered by a mission to transform customer experiences into meaningful engagements that drive growth, Elizabeth’s day ranges from identifying and mentoring the newest crop of talent to capturing the pulse of an ever-changing innovation and technology landscape. 

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1.)     What was your very first job?  Babysitting.

 

2.)     Please describe, in your own words, what your job is and what work it entails. 

I present the very best and most valuable business strategies, insights and innovations to global CEOs.  From there I partner with account teams to envision net-new opportunities and/or joint ventures or partnerships.

 

3.)     How did you discover that the creative world was right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? What was there train of events that brought you to where you are today? 

I am fundamentally inspired by the universe. I discovered the creative world was right for me when I was two years old and I could entertain myself for hours with random things in my backyard.  I was tracking towards journalism until I got to college and took my first film class and fell in love with Truffaut and Kurosawa.  I landed where I am today but following the intersection on creativity and technology.

 

4.)     In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how do you find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant? 

I look globally for creative inspiration, and attend interdisciplinary conferences that bring together experts from radically different areas of focus.

 

5.)     If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, more for the creative work and innovation it required, rather than its recognition or industry “success,” what would it be? 

A Watson powered predictive maintenance application for Volvo trucks, US Army and other clients.

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