For 18 years, Ms. Kimen has helped organizations find new ways to learn about and engage people and culture. She’s worked across industries creating campaigns, products, and services for world-class brands like The New York Times and JC Penney. She holds a BA in Human Environment and Design from Michigan State and post-graduate work in Economic History at The New School in New York City. Her current work, Collision Works, is a hybrid profit / non-profit social enterprise in Detroit, designed to connect people through their personal stories. She has been featured in local, national, and international press for her pilot program “First Container,” a shipping container converted into a beautiful and engaging community space in Detroit’s Eastern Market. She speaks on topics such as urban resilience, community-first design, architecture and entrepreneurialism. Shel believes more than anything that we all have something valuable to contribute and has made it her mission to cultivate that.