Past Event

Showing Up: Unlocking the Superpower of Lived Experiences for Innovation

December 4, 2023
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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The Forum: 605 W 125th St.

Join this Columbia University A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholars Lecture with Ken Miles. 

Discover the ways lived experiences can inform how we think about and frame what is possible. Hear from a Columbia University A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholar on the ways breaking down silos and facilitating shared learning can both serve to redefine how expertise is understood, and shift how those insights shape community impact. During this conversation, we will discuss ways embracing lived experiences and connections unlocks the kinds of transformative future-facing innovation the world needs.

Ken Miles is a strategist, producer, and network builder, actively fostering critical connections among people, spaces, and ideas. With over a decade of experience in both public and private sectors, Ken leads initiatives that drive positive outcomes through the development of stakeholder relationships, community engagement, and creative activations. Previously, Ken led the ARISE! summer enrichment program through West Harlem Development Corporation. He also served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at a health equity startup founded by a member of President Obama’s Fitness Sports & Nutrition Advisory Council. Ken holds a BA in Political Science from Vassar College, where he later served on their Board of Trustees. He is a Columbia University A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholar and has been a longstanding Harlem Community Board 9 member. Ken Miles is currently the Inaugural Executive Director of the Penn Center for Inclusive Innovation and Technology at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Columbia University Bundles Community Scholars Program, administered by the Office of Government and Community Affairs and the School of Professional Studies, enables independent scholars to pursue their lifelong learning aspirations, whether it be completing an independent project or attaining skills in a particular area. The program helps to foster and deepen ties between the University and the many independent members of the cultural and intellectual community surrounding it. The program was named in honor of longtime University Trustee A’Lelia Bundles in 2020.

The Forum is a unique community gathering space that serves as the gateway to Columbia University's developing Manhattanville campus. Open to the entire university as well as the local New York City community, The Forum is a multi-use venue that houses a state-of-the-art auditorium, meeting and event spaces, and communal work areas. This lecture is presented as part of the Conversations at The Forum series.

For additional information about program offerings at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 212-854-9666 or [email protected].

For questions, please contact George Calderaro ([email protected]).

Please note the COVID-19 requirements for this event.

Columbia University is committed to protecting the health and safety of its community. Effective May 11, 2023, event attendees are strongly recommended to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination and community guidance on indoor masking. Attendees will not be required to attest to or show proof of vaccination status or recent test results, however, are encouraged to stay home if feeling unwell or testing positive for COVID-19.

Please visit Columbia University’s Hub for Emergency Preparedness for the latest health and safety policies as they are subject to change.