Episode 10

How Airbnb is Pursuing Purpose, Compassion, and Belonging in a Time of Crisis

With Kate Shaw
Episode 10

How Airbnb is Pursuing Purpose, Compassion, and Belonging in a Time of Crisis

With Kate Shaw

Director of Learning at Airbnb. Former Talent Director at Apple. Founder and Former Host at Lucasfilm.

Kate Shaw is Airbnb's Director of Learning where she leads a team focused on delivering highly customized and innovative development programs to Airbnb employees around the world. As the former Talent Director at Apple, she consolidated and developed a strategy and operation for Apple's executive coaching practice worldwide. She was also the founder and host for the Lucasfilm Speaker Series which features some of the biggest names in technology and entertainment.


  • Hitendra, Intersections is a highlight of my week. Thank you so very much. Michael Rosenkrar
  • It is admirable to see the value system of Airbnb and that you stand by it. Thank you for sharing your insights into belonging. N. Tuan
  • This is the true hallmark of incredible leadership. It is rare to see such values like compassion in companies of today. Kudos! Ingrid Laar


What does an organization do when all its hard work and thorough plans are radically upended? Join us for a conversation with Kate Shaw, an HR veteran who talks about how she and her team at Airbnb is striving to live by its values while also navigating the most perilous economic conditions a travel business has had to face. After a meteoric rise to becoming one of the world's most profitable private companies, this was the year Airbnb was supposed to go public. Now it has to find new ways to serve its mission to "help 7.5 billion people feel they can belong anywhere."

“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.”
Doug Conant

The episode “Pursuing Purpose, Compassion and Belonging in a Crisis” offers key insights on:

  • Adapting and fusing opposites as leadership ethics
  • Leading from the heart and building humanity
  • Making employees feel more valued and nurture relationships

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