Brenda Jean "Bren" Walker
Partner & Principal, Integrated Systems Design, Kirkegaard
Bren founded and leads Kirkegaard's integrated systems practice, delivering audiovisual, information communications technology and security systems design. Bren began her career in artists & repertoire for Island, A&M and Virgin Records, overseeing recordings and tours across North America and abroad. Next, she launched a company to consult traditional labels, advise Silicon Valley digital music startups, design digital products and produce e-commerce solutions. Later she joined Zumobi, a pioneering mobile app firm in Seattle, where she conceived and published apps for major television and magazine media partners like Dwell, MotorTrend and MSNBC. Bren began working with Kirkegaard in 2013 to shepherd the firm through an ownership transition and to develop short and long-term business strategies. Bren serves on the firm’s board of directors as its lead strategist and has launched new initiatives in emerging technologies, focused on the application of artificial intelligence for performing arts research and facility operation. A former Recording Academy governor, Bren is a musician, producer and resident director for the Canadian theater company, Theatre Alive on Salt Spring Island where she lives.