Global Researcher and Speaker on Gen Z and Generations

About Denise Villa, Ph.D.: Researcher, Advocate, and Keynote Speaker on Gen Z and Generations
  • Founder and visionary of The Center for Generational Kinetics
  • Keynotes events across the country
  • Works with clients from Media and Retail to Healthcare and Technology
  • Founder of Urban Gravity, an Austin-based real estate development company
  • Passionate about bridging generations
Denise Villa, Ph.D., is the CEO of The Center for Generational Kinetics.

She leads CGK’s global research, speaking, and consulting services, which now serves over 700 clients worldwide. As a keynote speaker, Dr. Villa has delivered CGK’s research findings to audiences across the U.S., from HR Summits to global media companies. She has served as a Gen Z and Millennial expert on corporate panels and presented research at SXSW Interactive and at events in industries including student housing, real estate, technology, and financial services.

Her Gen Z research led to a feature story in The Washington Post, and she’s been quoted as a generational expert in The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Villa has led several organizations, served on non-profit boards, actively advises startups, and was recognized as a Profiles of Power and Women’s Way finalist.

Dr. Villa began her career as a middle school science teacher before becoming a middle school and high school administrator. She worked in urban, rural, and suburban schools. She continues to follower her passion for education by serving on the Women @ Austin Advisory Council, Philanthropitch Advisory Board, and as the incoming President of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Austin. A first-generation college student, Dr. Villa completed her undergraduate work at The University of Texas at Austin and her graduate work at Texas State University. She enjoys running marathons, adventure races, and attending sporting events, especially UT football.

Dr. Villa is passionate about Gen Z and how they will change the world. She is the bestselling author of ZconomyHow Gen Z Will Change the Future of Business—and What To Do About It. Zconomy is a #1 new release on Amazon. To learn more about Dr. Villa, visit

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