Kim Dabbs is a social entrepreneur, advocate and innovator who is leading learning for Steelcase in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She has a passion for building a culture of opportunity and is leveraging that mindset for the launch of the new Learning + Innovation Center that is being built as a global hub in Munich.
Prior to joining Steelcase she served as executive director of the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology. Kim crafted a model for both adult career training and teen arts + tech engagement, leading to WMCAT’s inclusion in national learning networks as a best practice. Kim also led Michigan Youth Arts, where she built a coalition of 16 statewide organizations focused on public policy, philanthropy and advocacy for education. She has served as the Director of Service Programs for Creative Many where she built statewide networks for community and collaboration.
Kim served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and was a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for Varnum Law. She was honored as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, and has received numerous awards including a Joyce Fellowship from Americans for the Arts.
Kim holds a Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Art History from Kendall College of Art and Design. In 2015, she was chosen as one of four professionals globally to participate in a 3-month residency at Stanford’s d.school with leadership training in human centered design. She presents nationally on social innovation and design thinking at venues such as the Guggenheim, the Aspen Institute and TEDx.