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Judge, Philadelphia
Kiera Smalls, Philadelphia judge for the Health Equity Innovation Challenge
Judge, Philadelphia

Kiera Smalls

Co-Founder of Strides

Kiera Smalls is on a mission to connect resources and opportunities to the people who need them most. A highly sought-after leader, she advises fitness companies and tech startups on how they can use their funds to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As the Co-Founder of Strides (formerly City Fit Girls), Kiera helps people prioritize their physical and mental health through education, fitness, and coaching. Strides' is known as a genuinely inclusive and engaged community with past partners including HOKA, Nike, New Balance, Independence Blue Cross, and other brands looking to reach targeted audiences like Strides.

Most recently, Kiera served as the Executive Director for Philly Startup Leaders, an organization dedicated to developing tech startups through education, funding, and mentorship. During her tenure, Kiera transformed the organization through a rebrand, launched an idea-stage accelerator to get unconventional founders to the start line of building a business, and used the power of social media to secure over a half-million dollars in grants for underrepresented founders.

Earlier in her career, Kiera was part of the launch team for Indego bike share—helping Philadelphia become a model city for equitable bike-sharing implementation and best practices. During this time, Kiera was able to get to know almost every neighborhood in Philadelphia and how it operates.

Born and raised in Philadelphia and a graduate of West Chester University, Kiera is known for her grassroots efforts and business acumen. In 2019, Philadelphia Magazine called her the “New Look of Power” and named her "One of the 75 Most Influential Philadelphians" in 2020. Philadelphia Business Journal also included Kiera in their Power 100 list, a guide to the region's most influential people.

Kiera reminds us that the key ingredient to being a true steward of success is paying it forward. She believes that voices from all communities deserve a seat at the table. Even if that means building a bigger table.

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