Kate Shaw

Head of Talent Design & Learning ∙ Airbnb

Kate Shaw
Kate Shaw has had the incredible fortune of working at three companies she has truly loved:  Lucasfilm, Apple, and now Airbnb.  In all of these companies, she has focused on helping people and organizations experiment, learn, and grow.
At Lucasfilm, Kate built an education program that was consistently referenced as a shining example in the industry -- offering programs ranging from storytelling, cinematography, and sculpting to programming and proprietary applications.  She also founded and hosted Lucasfilm’s Speaker Series, where she hosted and conducted in-depth interviews with dozens of industry greats - including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Alexander Payne, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, Aaron Sorkin, Viola Davis, and James Cameron.
At Apple, Kate sat at the intersection of Apple University and Apple HR, where she oversaw Apple's executive coaching practice worldwide.  
Now at Airbnb - where the mission is to help 7.5 billion people feel they can belong anywhere -  Kate is focused on driving a talent strategy that is built on belonging, impact, and sustainability.  Belonging because it is core to Airbnb’s mission.  Impact because its employees want to achieve great things.  And sustainability because Airbnb are focused on the long haul.   
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.  Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries.