About the Author

Janet Crenshaw Smith is President of Ivy Planning Group LLC, a leading consulting and training firm that specializes in diversity, strategy and leadership. Ivy’s clients include MetLife, Nike, Deloitte Consulting, Hyatt Hotels, Lockheed Martin, L’Oreal, PepsiCo, Progress Energy, Target, UBS, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Social Security Administration and countless others.

Smith has been honored by Black Enterprise and Working Woman magazines; named one of “47 Women Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal and one of “Fifty Influential Minorities in Business by Minority Business & Professionals Network, Inc.

Smith is author of The Diversity Action Book: 143 Things To Go Do! and is frequently quoted in national publications on the topics of diversity, change management, and leadership.

Smith is a native of Chicago’s south side, graduated from Harvard University, and started her professional career at IBM Corporation.

Entrepreneur, strategist, executive coach, and motivator, Smith speaks to audiences large and small. Her message is compelling and pragmatic.

Ms. Smith lives in Maryland with her husband and business partner, Gary A. Smith Sr. They have three sons.