Tania Katan to Give the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Commencement Address

Trailblazing storyteller and champion of creativity to inspire the Class of 2023


Tania Katan, a powerful storyteller, bestselling author, and co-creator of the globally viral social impact campaign #ItWasNeverADress, has been chosen as the 2023 commencement speaker for the joint ceremony for UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts with the School of Education and School of Physical Sciences. Known for her visionary ideas and ability to generate unlimited creative breakthroughs, Katan is highly sought after by people and companies from all walks of life.


Katan's groundbreaking bestseller, "Creative Trespassing: How to Put the Spark and Joy Back into Your Work and Life," published by Penguin Random House, won the coveted "Best Business Book in Creativity + Innovation" award. Her book has inspired countless individuals to infuse creativity into their daily routines and revitalize their professional and personal lives. Additionally, her award-winning memoir, "My One Night Stand With Cancer," published by Alyson Books, has touched the hearts of readers around the world.


As an inspirational speaker, Katan has significantly impacted numerous organizations and inspired audiences at major conferences. Her talks have influenced companies such as CiscoLive!, Expedia, Amazon, Google, Humana, Etsy, and many others. She has also graced renowned platforms like TED Talks, where her unique perspective on creativity and innovation has captivated audiences worldwide. Katan's ability to foster creativity in less overtly creative jobs, processes, and places has garnered attention and admiration from diverse industries.


Katan's work on creativity and gender equity has been featured in esteemed publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, HuffPost, Time, CNN, GLAMOUR, Adweek, and Forbes. Through her efforts, she has become a leading voice in advocating for gender equality and empowering individuals to embrace their creativity.


The selection of Tania Katan as the commencement speaker promises an unforgettable graduation ceremony for future anteater alumni. With her ability to ignite creativity and challenge conventional thinking, Katan is sure to deliver a commencement address that will leave a lasting impact on the graduating class, motivating them to embrace their individuality, unleash their creative potential, and embark on their future journeys with passion and purpose.


To glimpse Katan's vibrant and inspiring world, visit her website at www.taniakatan.com or follow her on Instagram @theunrealtaniakatan.