Mon, Mar 11


Pour Choices

A Healthy Diagnosis: The Heart & Infrastructure of Cities

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Time & Location

Mar 11, 2019, 12:30 PM

Pour Choices, 401 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Session Description

How healthy are our people? There's been increased attention to building and focusing on assets like bike share, trail networks, healthy food programs, more collaborative work environments and overall access to a better quality of life for all people in cities. People have more access to public space and resources to lead healthy lives but are the dots all connected? Hear from city leaders on what’s been working and what has yet to be done to keep our cities and people healthier and happier.


Tracy Brala, University City Science Center

Tracy has focused on innovation throughout her career, whether launching new products for Comcast and Campbell Soup or as an entrepreneur. Today she is Vice President, Ecosystem Development, at the University City Science Center where she’s responsible for community engagement that will grow, convene and galvanize the innovation ecosystem in Philadelphia. Her team is responsible for Quorum, the entrepreneurs’ clubhouse, and is the founding Executive Director for Venture Café Philadelphia.

Laurie Actman, Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), University of Pennsylvania

Laurie Actman serves as the Chief Marketing, Communications and Program Officer at the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) at the University of Pennsylvania, the University’s commercialization organization which facilitates partnerships to grow Penn’s technology portfolio into products. Laurie as part of the Executive Team oversees the strategic implementation of PCI’s programs and partnerships, marketing, and communications and helped to plan and launch the Pennovation Center, Penn’s new startup incubator where she actively manages programs and partnerships as well. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Real Estate from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Robert S Pugliese, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Robert S. Pugliese is Director of Innovation Design at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health where he co-founded the Health Design Lab, a creative space built with the purpose of merging together design-studio ethos with science-oriented discipline to foster innovation in healthcare.Robert enjoys empowering future health care providers to be change makers, and leads programs that train students to be health design thinkers and innovators. A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Robert has spent over ten years practicing and teaching in Emergency Medicine. He believes that including both the patient and provider voice is vital to healthcare design, and he brings each of these perspectives to his work through his experience as a clinician and through his own journey coping with insulin-dependent diabetes.

Kiera Smalls, Philly Startup Leaders

Kiera Smalls is a community builder and empathetic leader. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Philly Startup Leaders (PSL), the largest tech network for emerging entrepreneurs in the city of Philadelphia. Prior to joining PSL, Kiera was part of the launch team for Indego bike share where she managed marketing, communications, and diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives. Kiera is also the co-founder of City Fit Girls, an all-levels fitness and wellness community for women. City Fit Girls’ digital and in-person communities have inspired thousands of women to discover new facets of physical and mental health. As a native Philadelphian, Kiera is committed to being a change agent in the evolution of her city. Most importantly, she believes that voices from all corners and communities deserve a seat at the table, even if that means building a bigger table.

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