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Katy Cook

CEO at Katy Cook Consulting Inc.

San Diego, United States

Dr. Katy Cook is social psychologist and an executive consultant, coach, and trainer. Her specialty is the role of mental health and empathy in business.

Katy is the author of The Psychology of Silicon Valley: Ethical Threats and Emotional Unintelligence in the Tech Industry and the founder of the Centre for Technology Awareness.

She holds a PhD in Psychology from UCL and Masters degrees in Counseling Psychology and Modern Cultural Studies. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society of Consulting Psychology, and the Society of Psychologists in Management.

Available For: Advising, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: San Diego, CA
Speaking Topics: mental health, wellbeing, return to work, technology, psychology

Speaking Fee $5,000

Katy CookPoints
Academic0
Author77
Influencer13
Speaker0
Entrepreneur20
Total110

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Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Katy Cook Consulting
Theatre: North America
Media Experience: 5 years
Last Media Training: 10/08/2019
Last Media Interview: 03/09/2021

Areas of Expertise

Change Management
Digital Transformation
Future of Work
Health and Wellness
Leadership 33.22
Management
Mental Health 37.39
Culture 37.63
Diversity and Inclusion 52.83
COVID19 30.58
Blockchain 30.14
Privacy 30.09
Innovation 30.04
Emerging Technology 31.25

Industry Experience

Federal & Public Sector
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Telecommunications

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Publications

17 Article/Blogs
Katy Cook Guest Essay in Exponential View
Dr. Katy Cook
April 06, 2021
There are few people I admire in my line of work as much as Azeem Azhar. I remember the first time I heard Azeem speak at a London Futurists event at Birkberk. I took pictures of every slide (seriously, every. single. one.), nodded along with each point he made, and left feeling positive rather than terrified about the future. Mostly, I was so refreshed to see someone with such a vast, comprehensive understanding of all the ethical considerations posed by technology, who also managed to approach each topic with the nuance it demanded.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

The ROI of Emotional Intelligence at Work
Psychology Today
March 23, 2021
Ever wonder what the financial value of emotional intelligence at work actually is? The answer may surprise you.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

What Is Shame and How Does It Show Up in Your Life and Work?
Psychology Today
February 11, 2021
How to recognize shame, understand it, and keep it from impacting your life, work, and relationships.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

What Is Pandemic Fatigue and What Can You Do About It?
Psychology Today
February 03, 2021
Stress and burnout in America is at its highest since the pandemic began. Understanding why, and what we can do about it, can make it easier.

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Tags: Culture, COVID19, Mental Health

The Psychology of Remote Work
LinkedIn
January 12, 2021
The shift to remote work seemed, at first glance, like set of logistical hurdles. From technology hiccups (“you’re on mute”), to finding physical space in our homes for makeshift offices (bonus points for quiet space), just being able to get through the week in one Zoomed-out piece felt like a major accomplishment.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

Katy Cook joins Charles Miller on CoinGeek Conversations
Dr. Katy Cook
June 06, 2020
I sat down with former BBC producer and CoinGeek Conversations host Charles Miller to have a short but incredibly fun and rich chat about how the lessons of Silicon Valley can be put to use as Bitcoin SV and other blockchain technologies continue to develop.

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Tags: Blockchain, Culture, Mental Health

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Dr. Katy Cook
March 03, 2020
In recent decades, we’ve heard a lot about how the workplace is changing. It’s becoming younger, of course, and as our population demographics change to reflect a more diverse society, our workplaces will also be changing. But saying they’ll change and actually affecting change are two different things. If people that were historically kept out of leadership and management, for example, don’t have the doors open to them, and if companies don’t work to actively recruit and nurture those individuals, then nothing much is going to change in your own company.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion

Kirkus Reviews The Psychology of Silicon Valley
Dr. Katy Cook
December 19, 2019
I was so happy to receive Kirkus’ review of The Psychology of Silicon Valley this week. I don’t know what exactly I imagined the review would say, but in my wildest dreams I would never have imagined it would be this thoughtful and positive.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

Katy Cook on the Singularity.FM Podcast
Dr. Katy Cook
December 16, 2019
Last week I was a guest on the Singularity.FM podcast with the lovely Nikola Danaylov. Nikola focuses on exponential technology, accelerating change, artificial intelligence, and ethics, and it was great fun to address these in the context of the psychology and culture of the tech industry.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

The Psychology of Silicon Valley is Now Available!
Dr. Katy Cook
October 18, 2019
I am so pleased to be able to announce that my first book, The Psychology of Silicon Valley: Ethical Threats and Emotional Unintelligence in the Tech Industry, hits stores (and the internet) this week!

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

Katy Cook on ABC’s Future Tense Podcast
Dr. Katy Cook
October 01, 2019
This past Sunday, I was thrilled to be a guest on ABC’s Future Tense podcast, nerding out on all things tech, psychology, and ethics. Future Tense’s brilliant host, Antony Funnell, and I discussed a bunch of ideas from The Psychology of Silicon Valley and had a ton of fun in the process.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

The Deepfake Detection Challenge: Tech Giants Set Out to Help Solve a Big Problem
Dr. Katy Cook
September 10, 2019
Facebook, Microsoft and the Partnership on AI among organizations supporting the Deepfake Detection Challenge
This December, the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) will host the first Deepfake Detection Challenge. The competition, which is supported by Facebook, Microsoft, the Partnership on AI, along with several U.S. and U.K. universities, including MIT, University of Oxford, Cornell Tech, UC Berkeley, University of Maryland, College Park, and University at Albany-SUNY, will give participants the opportunity to compete to improve the detection of altered media, or deepfakes, using a data set commissioned by Facebook.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

Self-Preservation and Self-Interest in Big Tech’s Most Recent Lobbying Effort
Dr. Katy Cook
September 03, 2019
The lobbying group that represents big tech is targeting users in California’s capitol ahead of new consumer privacy bill
Last week in the Washington Post, Tony Romm reported that some curious ads were being targeted to users in California’s state capitol.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

The Top Five Ethical Concerns for the Tech Industry in 2020
Dr. Katy Cook
July 24, 2019
Every year, I highlight the top five ethical concerns I believe my clients, policymakers, and educators need to be aware of and engaged with in light of current trends and ethical missteps in tech.

While there are many specific instances in which we can see the manifestations of unethical technology – such as deepfakes, data scraping, and unauthorized surveillance – this year’s list will group ethical concerns in broader terms, including the use cases of new technology; safety and security; socio-economic inequality; health and human impacts; and consumer privacy.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

Privacy-Oriented Alternatives
Dr. Katy Cook
May 05, 2019
Many of us are no longer comfortable using technology we know or suspect is exploiting our personal data.

Below are some alternatives browsers, search engines, email services, and messaging apps from companies putting user privacy and security first.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Privacy

What are Tech Ethics and How Do We Implement Them?
Dr. Katy Cook
April 11, 2019
Tech ethics are having a moment. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it started – probably sometime between the Cambridge Analytica debacle and Facebook’s 2017 apology tour – but the problems of designing and implementing ethical technology have quickly become some of the most important questions of our time.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

Katy Cook Named One of the Top Female Tech Trailblazers in the U.K.
Dr. Katy Cook
February 08, 2019
Katy Cook has been listed by BusinessCloud as one of the top female entrepreneurs and pioneers in tech in the U.K.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

1 Book
The Psychology of Silicon Valley: Ethical Threats and Emotional Unintelligence in the Tech Industry
Palgrave Macmillan
October 15, 2019
This open access book explores the conscious and unconscious norms, values, and characteristics that drive behaviors within the high-tech capital of the world, Silicon Valley, and the sector it represents. In an era where the reach and influence of a single industry has the potential to define the future of our world, it has become apparent just how little we know about the organizations driving these changes. The Psychology of Silicon Valley offers a revealing look inside the mind of world’s most influential industry and how the identity, culture, myths, and motivations of Big Tech are harming society.

The book argues that the bad values and lack of emotional intelligence borne in the vacuum of Silicon Valley will have lasting consequences on everything from social equality to the future of work to our collective mental health. Katy Cook expertly walks us through the psychological landscape of Silicon Valley, including its leadership, ethical, and cultural problems, and artfully explains why we cannot afford to ignore the psychology and values that are behind our technology any longer.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion

1 Founder
Centre for Technology Awareness
Centre for Technology Awareness
July 02, 2013
A nonprofit and consulting organization dedicated to providing education about the impacts of technology and helping businesses navigate digital progress.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Leadership, Culture

3 Media Interviews
Katy Cook: How to fix the Silicon Valley mindset
YouTube
May 27, 2020
On this week's CoinGeek Conversations, Dr. Katy Cook talks about the psychology of Silicon Valley, and how its values affect all of us through the products it creates. Dr. Cook also will also share insights on what Bitcoin SV entrepreneurs can learn from Valley's tech giants.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

Katy Cook on the Psychology of Silicon Valley
YouTube
December 05, 2019
During this 1 h 40 min interview with Katy Cook, we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: her original interest in the mental health effects of tech; her journey from being a counselor to studying psychology, sociology, the psychology of progress and ending up in ethics in tech; the relationship between power and empathy; her fantastic book the Psychology of Silicon Valley; the importance of socializing oneself without the mediation of a computer; emotional intelligence as a foundation for ethics; how origin stories and culture shape tech companies; why intelligence is a gift but compassion is a choice; why Katy decided to give away the electronic version of her book as a free open access; the treatment of workers by Big Tech such as Amazon; inequality as the best predictor for revolution; the importance of diversity; why Instagram is the most depressed and depressing platform; the vulnerability of young adults and children to social media; the Center for Technology Awareness that Katy co-founded.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

The Psychology of Silicon Valley
Future Tense
September 29, 2019
To understand where technology might take us in the future requires more than just an understanding of the way technologists think, says psychologist Katy Cook. We also need to comprehend the social, cultural and economic influences that affect their sense of who they are.

Also, German neuroscientist, Henning Beck, on our understanding of the power of AI. Making direct comparisons between the human mind and Artificial Intelligence is counterproductive, he argues.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Mental Health

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