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Keynote Speaker

Kai brilliantly uses music as a metaphor to empower people at many of the world’s leading organizations, from The Walt Disney Company, to PricewaterhouseCoopers, to the Super-bowl winning Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.
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Kai Kight

Kai Kight

Innovative Violinist, Composer, and Speaker
Engineering Degree, Stanford University’s Design School

Compose Your World  |  Wednesday, April 6  |  8:30 am  |  #BaldrigeQuest

Kai Kight is an innovative violinist, composer, and speaker who has inspired thousands to reach their own creative potential. He brings his message to conferences, companies, and organizations across the world. With a diverse background, Kai holds an engineering degree from Stanford University’s design school and as a violinist has performed in venues including the White House and the Great Wall of China.

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. In his emotionally powerful presentations, Kai performs mesmerizing original music and vulnerably shares stories from his own transformation as an artist. Kai translates these insights into takeaways that audiences can easily infuse into their own lives and work environments.

A product of Stanford University’s design and engineering program, the d. School, Kai remains fascinated by the leaders, artists, and companies who dare to be different. As both a Mayfield Fellow and Kleiner Perkins Design Fellow, Kai has proven himself as a leader of the next generation of innovative and entrepreneurial talent. 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 speaker, he has created impactful experiences for audiences at conferences, companies, and universities internationally. Some of his clients include The Walt Disney Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Super-bowl winning Seattle Seahawks. His mesmerizing and original violin performance beautifully becomes a sonic metaphor for the core of his message: to inspire people to compose unique ideas in a world that celebrates conformity.

Listen closely as Kai shares his story and leaves you with ideas that you can take to compose your own breathtaking creations.

Compose Your World | Wednesday, April 6  |  8:30 am

Why do some people just play notes they are handed while others write new music in the world? In this captivating presentation, Kai Kight tackles this question, performs original music and shares the inspiring story of how he became an innovative composer in a field of conformity. His session will leave you feeling inspired to take your future into your own hands and bring your unique ideas forward.

"Are you creating the sounds of tomorrow or just accepting the sounds of yesterday?" - Kai Kight


Photo of Kai Kight Quest for Excellence 33rd Keynote Speaker playing the violin.

Compose Your World

Michelle Peña

Why do some people just play notes they are handed while others write new music in the world? That’s the kind of question that fascinates innovative violinist and composer Kai Kight, who will deliver the keynote presentation at the 33rd Quest for Excellence® conference.

Using music as a metaphor, Kight aims to inspire leaders of organizations in every sector to make a powerful mindset shift in order to nurture transformative leadership that can turn unique ideas into reality and empower teams across all industries to reach their creative potential. Read More


Kai Kight's appearance arranged through Gotham Artists.


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Created January 22, 2018, Updated February 28, 2022