Kai Kight Profile

  • Classical Violinist Turned Innovator, Composer & Entrepreneur

  • Kai has performed his original music for thousands in venues across the world, from the White House to the Great Wall of China

  • Kai is on a mission to spark a global mindset shift in which ingenuity is the norm, not the exception

  • As a classical violinist turned innovative composer, Kai Kight uses music as a metaphor to inspire individuals and organizations across the world to compose paths of imagination and fulfillment. Inspired by his own mother who, when diagnosed with cancer, revealed regrets of not bringing her ideas to the world. Kai is on a mission to spark a global mindset shift in which ingenuity is the norm, not the exception.

    Kai’s unique background is one of both art and science. As a musician, Kai has performed his original music for thousands in venues across the world, from the White House to the Great Wall of China. As a product of Stanford University’s design and engineering program, the d. School, and the Behavior Design Lab, Kai studied how to help people create healthy and transformative habits in life. On stage, Kai fuses these experiences to create presentations that are not only designed to stir the soul, but spark concrete action.

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    Compose Your World

    Whether in education, business, healthcare, or government, the systems and routines we depended on for so long have disappeared. While this void has been devastating, it also leaves us with an incredible opportunity: a blank page on which we can compose our future. We will look back at this time as the moment we made leaps forward by creating more innovative technologies, more human-centric businesses, and more inclusive workplaces.

    As a violinist and keynote speaker, Kai Kight believes that music can be used not only as an escape during this difficult time, but as a guide for us to learn from as we look to redesign our lives and work.

    Composing Your World for:


    - how to imagine new and unique possibilities (compose)
    - how to practice resilience and transform your skillset (practice)
    - how to find joy and gratitude in the midst of high performance (applaud)


    - how to inspire a workforce with a new vision (transcribe)
    - how to collaborate in a modern work environment (harmonize)
    - how to help others progress in times of change (conduct)


    - how to manage complexity and revise vision in changing times, adapting for audience needs (revising)
    - how to courageously put a new idea into the world/marketplace (perform)
    - how to create customer impact work and fulfill a higher purpose (captivate)

    What People are Saying about Seeing Kai Speak

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    On behalf of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, we want to thank Kai for an outstanding event! Kai’s violin opening and his energy during the presentation was a great way to end the week. Innovation is key at Vertex and seeing the advice Kai gave will enable us to bring harmony to our workplace especially as we move back to an in-person environment! We look forward to working with Kai in the future (hopefully live). Thank you for this great keynote!
    —Jane Knop, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Kai Kight is amazing. He is an exceptional speaker and an extraordinarily gifted performer. With heart, soul, grit, and brutal honesty, Kai examines innovation, success, creativity, and failure through a musical lens. His ability to customize a message for our group showed incredible prowess and agility. Kai Kight is simply one-of-a-kind.
    —Rachel Long, Hospitality Design Summit

    Kai has a gift for helping people understand complex situations with his story telling and analogies. He is a brilliant speaker and continues to impress and motivate people of the organization. Thank you all for your careful planning and bringing thoughts and ideas to life.
    —Jazz Pharmaceuticals

    Kai was a huge success, our participants loved him, his visuals, performance, and really connected with his ‘artist vs musician’ message – with many quoting it later on during the event. It was actually difficult to tell who our audience appreciated more – Kai or Seth Godin, so that’s a huge compliment to Kai! He was such a delight to work with in the prep stage too and delivered even more than we had hoped for.
    —Nicole Kaijser | Learning & Programme Officer European Association for International Education

    Kai was a delight to work with, you could hear a pin drop throughout his 45 minutes on stage, that was how well he held the audience in his hand. His message was well-received by the audience and his willingness to mix at the cocktail function with a variety of our people for close to three hours made all of us feel very special.
    —CEO, Barfoot & Thompson

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