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

      Co-Founder, Strides; Executive Director, Running Industry Diversity Coalition

      Kiera Smalls helps connect resources and opportunities to the people who need them most. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kiera has done this work in industries ranging from technology and entrepreneurship to health and fitness.

      A sought-after leader, Kiera has devoted the last decade to building companies and advocating for resources that uplift Black and brown communities.

      Known for her grassroots efforts, Kiera is the co-founder of Strides (formerly City Fit Girls) which empowers people to prioritize their physical and mental health and serves as the first Executive Director of the Running Industry Diversity Coalition.

      Her past experience includes roles as Executive Director for Philly Startup Leaders, an organization dedicated to developing early-stage startups, and part of the launch team behind Indego’s successful equitable bike-sharing program.

      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 her 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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