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Keynote Speaker

SmileyLeah Smiley President

Society for Diversity - www.societyfordiversity.org

Leah Smiley is the Founder and President of the Society for Diversity, the #1 professional diversity and inclusion membership association in the U.S.

Aiming to advance the field of diversity and inclusion while coordinating information and resources for global D&I practitioners, Mrs. Smiley acquired members in 23 states and formed an international Board of Directors. She led the formation of a professional credentialing program through the Institute for Diversity Certification, advocated for the creation of chief diversity officer positions via mainstream media outlets, and consulted with over 80 companies including Fortune 500s, schools, and nonprofits.

As a prolific and engaging speaker, Mrs. Smiley has facilitated workshops at several national diversity conferences and trained over 10,000 professionals and executives throughout the world.

Although she has more than 15 years of experience in human resources and 10 years in diversity, Mrs. Smiley is thoroughly adept in curriculum development, business management, and multi-cultural marketing and communications. Seven years ago, she co-launched a local television program, The Derwin Smiley Show, which focuses on diversity and was recently commissioned to develop several magazine-type television productions documenting the impact of the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

Mrs. Smiley currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband and children, and has a Political Science degree from Hampton University.