Shel Kimen

Learning & Community Director, D-Ford
Ford Motor Company

Shel has built her career on an ability to see potential, create a powerful motivational purpose, and use that meaning to step into the unknown, offering encouragement and support for others to do the same. She has an ability to quickly see and make sense of complex patterns, connecting the dots across her highly diversified set of experiences. Shel manufactures stories that motivate not just her, but those around her, and has an ability to create space for people to fill with their own unique stories and talents. If you know her, she has likely reminded you of your bravery to try.

With an education in Human Environment and Design and 20+ years of design-related practice and leadership, she’s currently tasked with leading how the 200,000 employees of Ford understand and learn about what Design Thinking can do for us. It’s a system with values deeply aligned with how she lives her life —collaboration, curiosity, optimism and empathy. She couldn’t be more thrilled to be doing the work she’s best at, with a company full of incredible, diverse talents. We have the potential to change the world, again.

And, she's psyched for breakfast tacos.

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