Kelley Kugler is a senior innovation manager at the Acceleration Lab. In this role, she leads projects that improve how patients and employees experience care inside and well beyond Penn Medicine's walls. She is passionate about aligning the ways of medicine with the ways of life, recognizing the influence of mundane factors such as a physical residence or a morning routine on an individual's mental health and overall well-being.
Before joining the team, Kelley was an innovation strategist with Idea Couture, a design thinking firm. She worked on teams across San Francisco, London, and New York, focusing on smart homes, international shipping, and food retail. Kelley often borrows inspiration from these communities and industries to rethink what is possible within the world of health care.
Kelley received her bachelor's degree in neuroscience and studio art from Dartmouth College. She also earned a master's degree in the social science of the internet from the University of Oxford, where she explored how recent retirees leverage technology to help them age in place.