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Kim A. Smith

Health Equity Innovator & Disruptor

Kim A. Smith is a sought-out speaker, author, and health tech founder. She’s spent 18 years mastering executive leadership skills within some of the top hospital systems in the industry – including Duke Medicine, Tenet Healthcare and MUSC Health. Kim’s corporate experience includes leadership development, hospital and ambulatory operations, medical practice acquisitions, business development and health equity.

This Wake Forest University and University of South Carolina graduate further enhanced her love for leadership as an executive coach through Coaching Intensive Training with the CAPP Institute for Coaching and Positive Psychology. She has authored two leadership books. The most recent is titled People First then Profit: 5 Steps to Build a People Rich Culture.

Kim’s passion for building equity in care and culture is a result of her own experience in losing a child due to HELLP Syndrome, a severe hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. She has used her voice at local and global tables of influence to transform how the voices of BIPOC communities are amplified. She currently serves on the Board, and is the Immediate Past Chair, for the Preeclampsia Foundation. She has been a featured speaker and Women’s Health Ambassador for the HHS Office of Women’s Health. Kim also served as the featured national patient advocate for the 20th US Surgeon General’s Maternal Health Initiative in 2020.

In 2022, Kim reached an infliction point. Having spent the past decade as an advocate in maternal and child health disparities, she shifted her focus to becoming an innovator and disrupter.  Today, the maternal health disparity statistics are worse for black and brown women than they were in 2012 – when she became a survivor. Kim has made it her life’s mission to change the narrative – using innovation to reimagine how we care for the most vulnerable populations.