Social Innovation in Practice: A Conversation with Micaela Connery, Founder of The Kelsey

Date & Time

Wednesday, Oct 18th, 2017

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Social Innovation Studio, Belfer 102, Harvard Kennedy School

The Social Innovation Studio will welcome Micaela Connery, Founder of The Kelsey and MPP ’16. Micaela will discuss her experience being in practice as a social innovator while also an HKS student, and her journey in launching and leading The Kelsey: a mixed income, mixed ability community for truly inclusive living. The Kelsey is the result of three years of extensive research on housing for people with disabilities in the United States and abroad that seeks to address three critical shortcomings in disability housing: a lack of inclusion, a lack of sustainable financing, and a lack of scale.

More about Micaela Connery

Micaela has been working in disability services since she was fifteen. She is an award-winning social entrepreneur, published writer on inclusion, and international speaker on social impact. Micaela completed her MPP at Harvard Kennedy School focusing on housing, disability inclusion, and community development. Micaela’s first iteration of The Kelsey was developed while she was an inaugural Adrian Cheng Fellow at HKS. She then continued on to complete her MBA at the University College Dublin Smurfit School as a Mitchell Scholar. She is the Founder of Unified Theater, an organization fostering inclusion in over a hundred schools across the country through the arts. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia.