Kira Founder and CEO Emilie Cushman named to Forbes Top 30 Under 30

This week, our Founder and CEO, Emilie Cushman, was selected among the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 for Education.

The Kira team could not be more excited and proud of our fearless leader!

Kira was designed to help students put their best foot forward in college and university admissions, making this year’s 30 Under 30 especially relevant as listmakers are celebrated for bringing access and opportunity to the classroom and beyond.

Cushman and her co-founders started the company on a mission to change the traditional higher education admissions process, which doesn’t allow applicants to tell their story, into an experience more meaningful for both applicants and the schools they’ve applied.

Today, six years later, Kira works with more than 300 programs around the world to help admissions teams build holistic assessments to evaluate their applicants on more than grades and test scores.

“Kira is just getting started with how we are changing the face of education and there is so much more to come,” said Cushman. “While I am thrilled to be recognized, Kira Talent would not be what it is today without our amazing team and of course the four years of working with my Co-Founder, Konrad, to build this.”

The Forbes 30 Under 30 list features 600 young innovators and entrepreneurs across twenty industries. More than 15,000 nominees were collected via online submissions for 600 slots, making it a four percent acceptance rate.


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