KR Liu is the Vice President of Advocacy and Accessibility at Doppler Labs, the company behind Here One. Over the last two decades, she’s launched some of the most disruptive hardware lifestyle tech brands on the market, from iPhone cases and portable power, to wireless headphones and smartwatches, and now, augmented audio devices.
Diagnosed with severe hearing loss at the age of three, KR has made it her life's work to be a strong advocate and voice championing new products that enhance the way we hear the world. She has been awarded a U.S. Congressional award; Silicon Valley's Top 40 Under 40 and 2017 Women of Influence; and 2015 Women on the Move by Women's Business Journal for her advocacy work in hearing health and technology.To help drive industry changes, she’s been working with key decision makers—including members of Congress—and speaking at The White House and United Nations to promote affordable and socially acceptable hearing health solutions.
Beyond her work at Doppler Labs, KR is also actively involved with industry organizations that are working toward tech innovation in hearing accessibility. Recently, KR joined the board of directors for the Hearing Loss Association of America, Consumer Technology Association Foundation, and Deaf Kids Code. Also, she is an Ambassador for the World Wide Hearing Foundation International (arm of the WHO).
Her passion for helping others, combined with her work as an advocate for both the hearing health and the LGBTQ community, has KR leading talks at multiple events per year. She has also been invited to speak on hearing health at the White House, the UN, and on Capitol Hill to push for more accessibility and innovation in hearing technology. She has been featured in NPR, CBS This Morning, Fast Company, Inc., and many more for her work in hearing accessibility.
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