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2018 Board Candidate: Ken Ledeen
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Ken Ledeen, Massachusetts

Twenty years of great woodturning experiences—talented teachers, incredible Symposia, countless friends, great workshops, local chapter meetings, a month in Nepal with a team of wood artists led by Jacques Vesery (the 2015 POP Merit Award recipient), president of our local AAW chapter, and membership of the AAW Board of Advisors—have all brought me to this point, and have prepared me to help the AAW as a member of the Board.

I’ve seen tremendous progress, but there are still opportunities to grow the AAW, to serve our membership, to work with local chapters, and to make the resources we all enjoy better. I am often surprised when turners are unaware of the benefits of AAW membership.

In addition to more than forty years of leading software companies, I have been a director of public and private corporations and non-profits. I chair a committee of 65-plus volunteers responsible for Harvard Commencement, an annual event with 40,000 attendees. I have been involved in Harvard fundraising for decades, including serving as vice-chairman of the executive committee, and co-chair of our class leadership committee. Our current campaign will raise $10 billion. For five years, I taught a Harvard course with two colleagues that led to the publication of a critically acclaimed book on the impact of technology on our lives (Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion). This Spring, I co-taught an undergraduate course, “Creating Things That Matter,” that included a retreat for the students, led by Jacques Vesery, at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

Why vote for me? A long career leading organizations and volunteer groups has given me the skills to work with others to get difficult problems solved and complex tasks completed.

I respectfully ask for your confidence, support, and vote.
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