Kellie Clark - Cahaba River Society
Kellie Clark is the CEO of Appthink, a digital platform, and community that coaches first-time, non-technical entrepreneurs on validating and testing their startup ideas.
Kellie most recently served as the Program Director for Innovation Depot, an incubator and equity-based accelerator. During her tenure, she created and curated programming for early-stage founders and supported pre-seed/seed investments in companies reshaping industries in the southeast.
She has previous experience leading program management, organizational change, and sustainable fund development. Her “wins” include everything from launching a pre-accelerator during her time with Innovation Depot to driving a 200% increase in recruitment and enrollment in her previous role with Innovate Birmingham’s software development Bootcamp. In addition, Kellie served as the lead Project Manager for Birmingham’s 2018 Innovation Week, a week-long celebration of events that showcased Birmingham’s tech – ecosystem and engaged tech talent in the city.
Kellie is a two-time graduate of Auburn University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration, with a concentration in Economic Development. As an AmeriCorps alumna, she has an affinity for community service and currently gives her time and talent to various non-profit organizations in the southeast. Kellie spends her free time engaging in outdoor sports and serving as the Southeast Regional leader for Outdoor Afro, a national organization with the expressed mission to “celebrate and inspire African-American connections and leadership in nature.” She also serves on the boards of Ruffner Mountain, Cahaba River Society, and as an advisory member for Birmingham Black Techies.
When she’s not illuminating paths of least resistance for first-time founders, you can find her leading kayak adventures on the Coosa River, being an audiophile at Seasick Records or road-tripping with her husband and their two small children.