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2017 Board Candidate: Ken Ledeen
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Woodturning has been my passion for nearly twenty years. Talented teachers got me started, and the AAW sealed the deal by providing access to countless turners willing to share their interest and expertise.

In my decades of AAW membership, I’ve had great experiences at our local chapter and at the national Symposia. I’ve seen tremendous progress in all areas, but there are still opportunities to grow the AAW, to serve the membership, to foster the relationships with local chapters, and to make the resources we all enjoy even better.

My first AAW Symposium was in 2002. Chapter meetings continued the process of learning and have led to fantastic friendships. Thanks to the AAW, this year I spent a month in Kathmandu, Nepal, as a volunteer with a team of wood artists led by Jacques Vesery, the  AAW 2015 POP Merit Award recipient.

In addition to leading several software companies, I served as a director of public and private corporations and nonprofits. I chair a committee of sixty-five-plus volunteers (plus countless others) responsible for the success of an annual event for 40,000 attendees. For twenty years, I have been a senior member of a volunteer fundraising team, including several years as vice-chairman of the executive committee, that has raised more than $10 billion. For five years, I taught a course at Harvard with two colleagues. The course 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).

Why vote for me? A fifty-year career leading organizations and volunteer groups has given me the skills to work with others to get complex problems solved and complex tasks completed. I respectfully ask for your confidence, support, and vote. It would be an honor to serve you.

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