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Kristen Valdes

Daily Record Staff//May 14, 2021

Kristen Valdes

By Daily Record Staff

//May 14, 2021

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Founder and CEO
b.well Connected Health

How do you establish a strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion in your organization and how do you use your influential voice to help others understand the importance?

Recently b.well led the founding of Baltimore Tracks, a coalition of Baltimore-based technology and tech-enabled company leaders committed to increasing opportunities for people of color in technology. In just a few months, b.well has helped remove college degree requirements from more than 20 tech-enabled companies in Baltimore, donated to more than 10 foundations, supported more than 20 minority-owned restaurants and continues to find more initiatives through the work of our diversity and inclusion committee.

What advice can you share to help impact not only the younger generation but also the women who are trying to grow in their careers and create positive change?

Simple acts like offering to make meaningful introductions, sharing regulatory changes that create new business opportunities or sharing lists of female founder-friendly investors can make big differences. My advice would be, build a great network and actively seek assistance from those who’ve come before you and then pay it forward.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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