Lecture | February 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall
About Jacobs Design Conversations:
Each semester, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation invites leading designers and makers to Berkeley to speak as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series. Connecting diverse perspectives under one roof, Jacobs Design Conversations are spaces for dialogue on a broad spectrum of innovations and ideas.
As part of this series, Kate Sofis will share her insights with Berkeley's design innovation community on Friday, February 10. The talk will take place at Jacobs Hall, the Jacobs Institute's hub for hands-on learning and making.
About Kate Sofis:
Kate Sofis' experience integrates a rich background in entrepreneurship and innovation, manufacturing, and urban economic development. As Chief Executive Officer of SFMade, Kate leads an organization founded in 2010 that is already viewed as a new national model for creating a more equitable and diverse local economy by growing local manufacturing. SFMades innovative programs which help manufacturers to access expertise, capital, and real estate and help lower-income residents and youth find full-time employment and paid internships -currently support more than 500 San Francisco-based manufacturers, employing more than 4000 people. Prior to SFMade, Kate held senior positions at Pacific Community Ventures, ICF Consulting, and in Ernst and Youngs West Coast manufacturing practice. She has also held operating roles at manufacturers, spanning computer and medical devices, ceramic tile, furniture, and green building product manufacturing.