Elizabeth Kiehner

Elizabeth Kiehner

Global Design Services Director / Chief of Staff
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Elizabeth leads design operations for IBM Interactive Experience across the globe with multi-disciplinary expertise and an appetite for business growth. Powered by a mission to transform customer experiences into meaningful engagements that drive results, 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. Her passion and creativity have inspired some of the world’s most recognized brands with enterprise engagements and design thinking workshops with the C-suite.

For two decades Elizabeth has led creative, design, and technology teams to produce ground-breaking ideas for organizations including her own studio,Thornberg & Forester, as well as Havas, Suissa Miller, Trollback & Company and Freestyle Collective. Her portfolio includes Super Bowl-sized campaigns and game-changing digital and mobile platforms for brands such as Google, GE, Microsoft, Viacom, American Express, Apple, Turner, Fidelity, Schwab, GM and many more.

In New York she’s focused on digital marketing and design for the past 15 years with awards from Promax/BDA, Art Directors Club and Type Directors Club. In addition to speaking engagements at Cannes, SxSW and CES, Liz can be found doing occasional stand-up routines at Gotham Comedy Club.

Specialties: Design, digital craft, strategy, prototyping, negotiation, managing P&L, teaching, public speaking, prototyping, business development, partnerships, and defining the art of the possible.

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.

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