We are so pleased to welcome Keri Smith to our team as our Network Learning Manager! She is providing leadership to our Learning Lab programs, including our in-person trainings and conferences, online course and Webinar series. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better. Enjoy!
Getting to Know Keri Smith, our Network Learning Manager!
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself – where are you from, what’s your professional background?
A: I was born and raised in Colorado Springs and moved to Denver almost 10 years ago. I have an MA in Sociology with a certificate in Diversity Studies and am finishing up my MPA in Nonprofit Management and Fund Development. I have been been working in the education, community, and consulting sectors for over 10 years focusing on strategy, advocacy, and equity.
Q: What is it about network and network science that attracts you to work in this field? What’s your “network story?”
A: My network experience has been as a practitioner (manager and member) and I have also been immersed into gathering and utilizing data through assessment and evaluation. I am absolutely enamored with the field of network science and the work at VNL as it brings the planning, practice, and use of data tracking to facilitate supportive networks centered on working together to achieve the desired outcome. Every day I am learning more and more about how my personal experience and professional goals are so deeply intertwined with Network Science. organizations and communities who believe in the value of working together.
Q: How do your experiences, values and beliefs impact your approach to learning and curriculum development?
A: I have over 13 years of combined experience as a program administrator and community engagement professional. This experience has allowed me to develop skills and a passion for strategic planning, project management, training facilitation, and curriculum development and implementation.
It is this experience along with my commitment to engaging with and facilitating effective and authentic community networks that align me directly with VNL’s mission to promote supportive networks centered on working together to achieve their desired outcome. To me, learning and skill development is an opportunity to inform and empower community members to take a leading role in social and systemic change.
I have a contagious enthusiasm for creating dialogue, a commitment to fostering community participation and leadership for addressing internal and external system changes, and a dedication to effecting change through education and intentional partnerships. I have and continue to serve in multiple capacities that allow me to collaborate with social change agents, lead trainings related to statewide and local initiatives, and build programs that contribute to increasing the public’s access to information, resources, and services. Simultaneous to my work in the nonprofit sector, I have been active in higher education, teaching courses in Sociology, Women’s and Ethnic Studies, and Public Policy.
Q: Away from work, what do you do for fun? Hobbies, interests, clubs or other activities?
Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your new role at Visible Network Labs?
A: Continuing to build upon the existing learning lab foundation and build a sustainable and effective education and training program that facilitates client’s success and the growth of VNL as I truly believe in the value and purpose of the work we do and want folks we interact with to feel the same.
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