Hi there
I'm Kasley
By day, I lead community engagement efforts at Verily. By night and weekend, I'm a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a social health advocate.
Doing work I believe in,
with people I admire,
in a city I love.

I believe in the power of human connection as a means to health, well-being, and meaning in life, and that theme guides everything I do. Based in San Francisco, I spend my days at Verily (formerly known as Google X or Google Life Sciences) working toward precision medicine as the Community Engagement Lead for our health research platform. I spend my nights and weekends volunteering as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper promoting social health and as a Board Member for the Community Living Campaign addressing loneliness and other challenges associated with aging and disability.

Previously, I've collaborated with talented teams on numerous initiatives—from building a healthcare innovation program at Harvard Medical School to mentoring health technology startups. After earning my degree in social sciences, I conducted research on positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, mental health at Queen's University, and empathy at Harvard University. My first foray into social impact, I won a competition at Stanford University to launch a technology campaign aimed at spreading compassion. As a result of this and other work, I've been lucky to get invited to the White House during Obama's presidency and to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Dalai Lama.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, I lived in seven cities and three countries before falling in love with San Francisco and deciding to stay a while. Ask me about the month I spent meditating with Buddhist monks in Nepal or the time I gave free hugs to hundreds of strangers.
Here are a few of my articles. For my full list of publications, click here.
To Combat Loneliness, Promote Social Health
Mounting evidence shows that relationships should be a public health priority.
A Hug a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Studies (and personal experience) demonstrate the health benefits of social support and physical touch.
The Need for Human Connection in Digital Mental Health Care
With technology altering therapy, something is lost but something is gained.
Building Empathy in Healthcare
Compassionate communication is essential for a successful physician-patient relationship.
I love sharing my passion for social health, the loneliness epidemic, human connection in the technology era, and community engagement in healthcare with audiences internationally, from keynotes and workshops to panels and podcasts. (I've even emceed a couple weddings!) If you're looking for a speaker to inspire and challenge people to think fresh, get in touch below.
If you're interested in collaborating, having me speak at your event, or just saying hello, send me a message below. I look forward to connecting with you!
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