Denise Smith, a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a certified project management professional whose career spans a period of over seventeen years. With a focus on the management of complex business challenges, she has established a firm track record as a skilled strategist and project leader who has coordinated enterprise wide projects for domestic and international accounts involving some of the most recognized brand names in both technology, including Verizon, Amazon, Blackberry, and in consumer products, including Black&Decker, Coca Cola, Home Depot, Michelin, Wachovia, McGraw -Hill and Western Union.
Her expertise includes business strategy development, project estimating, scope determination, gap analysis, business process re-engineering, issue mitigation, configuration, custom code specifications, testing, training and post implementation support. She readily transforms a company’s strategic roadmaps and objectives into workable solutions and benchmarks performance against key operational targets and goals to aid the development of key internal processes and technology driven services. Her key business acumen led to her being named Employee of the Year for The IQ Business Group.
Technology is in everything that we do. I want to continue to expose girls to the endless STEAM experiences, to prepare them for careers we don’t even know will exist in 15-20 year from now. WIT has helped me with staying relevant in this space and has been a huge impact on my view of future careers in STEAM.
After commencing her collegiate education at Northeastern University, Denise ultimately transferred to Spelman College where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in May 1999. In December 2014, Denise obtained a Master of Business Administration with a focus in the innovation of technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Denise is currently the HR Systems Portfolio Leader for Service Centre, CoreHR, and Reporting & Analytics with EY. Denise also serves as the leader of the EY EcoCare Team that promotes the company’s sustainability initiatives to help make a positive impact on the environment. In addition, she has served as one of the Southeast Region Corporate Responsibility Champions that execute the firm’s Corporate Responsibility programs that are focused around education, entrepreneurship, and environment. She is active in several technology organizations: Technology Association of Georgia; Women In Technology (“WIT”) Volunteer Program Director for WIT Forums and Socials; Georgia Conservancy: Community Engagement Committee; United Way Women Of Cole Cabinet: Event Chair.
Denise has always prided herself on being an active member in each community in which she has lived, a penchant, which found its start growing up in Guilford, Connecticut. A resident of Atlanta for over eleven years, she has been an active participant in a wide variety of community service programs. Along with her husband, son and daughter, she is a member of Buckhead Church where she serves as Volunteer Team Captain for the organization’s KidStuf program.