Robert Freni

Director of Architecture, AIA | LEED AP BD+C

Adam Horbinski

Senior Product Designer, Catapult Design

Kate McElligott

Senior Marketing Manager, Autodesk Foundation

Reflections on the Profession: Careers in Impact Design

Date: 20 December 2018

Time: 11:00am EST (convert to your time)

The subject of careers in engineering for global development is a popular one with E4C members. So, we’re exploring the topic in a multi-part series on careers at the intersection of technology, design and social innovation. The series is focused on lived experiences, issues, and insights from people who make a living developing and delivering solutions with and for underserved communities. This installment of the series will explore impact design and how designers are applying their professional skills to addressing urgent challenges.

Join us on this E4C webinar to:

  • Learn how designers, engineers and architects are taking the lead in social impact
  • Hear why they pursued impact careers and the resulting trade-offs and opportunities
  • Get advice on starting a career in impact design

This webinar is made possible by:




Robert Freni is an AIA licensed architect with LEED AP BD+C accreditation. He has been designing and planning for low- and middle-
income country (LMIC) healthcare and education facilities for the past five years. He worked at Shepley Bulfinch primarily on
Women’s and Children’s Hospitals ranging from 500,000 SF to over 1 million square feet as an Associate and Project Manager. Since
joining BHI, he has led the Architecture department on projects including the Saint Boniface Hospital Master Plan, the Haiti Projects
Library, the Koidu Government Hospital Master Plan, and the Center for Infectious Disease and Emergency Care at Saint Boniface Hospital.



Adam Horbinski is a product designer whose passion lies at the intersection of social innovation and product development. Drawing on his early experiences assisting disabled adults and homeless youth, Adam’s aim is in leveraging design to address the unmet needs of marginalized communities. His experience spans a number of industries and disciplines, from working as a design engineer in off-grid energy and outdoor recreation, to more traditional design roles in consumer electronics, packaging, and systems design. He often finds himself obsessing over proof-of-concept prototypes and searching for ways to improve inefficient processes.





Kate McElligott is a senior leader and strategic thinker with more than 14 years of experience at the intersection of emerging market entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and impact investing. She’s an expert in relationship management, business development, and marketing for global development and social enterprise.

At the Autodesk Foundation she’s responsible for developing and implementing a global marketing and communications program that engages and inspires entrepreneurs and innovators, as well as others in the design community, to create positive impact with Autodesk. She also leads the development of brand partnerships and global public relations efforts to drive greater brand affinity in key markets. She’s published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and the Aspen Ideas Magazine and is a regular speaker at key industry events.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Providence College and a Master of Arts in Social Enterprise from American University’s School of International Service. 


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