Leah Smiley, CDE
Founder and President — The Society for Diversity Inc.
Leah Smiley, CDE, is the founder and President of the Society for Diversity Inc. As a LinkedIn “All-Star”, Mrs. Smiley has facilitated hundreds of presentations for more than 10,000 professionals and executives around the world, as well as consulted with more than 100 organizations. She has 15 years of experience in Diversity and Inclusion, as well as 25+ years as a master of training and organizational development.
Through the Society for Diversity’s subsidiary, the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)®, Smiley has helped thousands of D&I leaders around the world achieve their dreams of promotions, new positions, salary increases, additional staff, greater credibility, and visibility, as well as other phenomenal outcomes. Currently, in process of accreditation, IDC confers the industry-recognized Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® and Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® credentials to practitioners in 43+ U.S. states, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, China, India, Japan, Poland, France, and Germany.
Smiley’s work has been featured on international and national radio and television programs, as well as in USA Today, Huffington Post, Business Insurance, The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Business Journal, Indiana Minority Business Magazine, Associations Now, Franchising World Magazine, MEA Magazine, The Lexington Herald-Leader, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Philadelphia Business Journal, Naples Daily News, The City Sentinel, Lee and Low Books, and more. She was also quoted in “The Inclusion Revolution Is Now: An Innovative Framework for Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace” by Maura G. Robinson and published by iUniverse.
Smiley has a blended family and lives in Indianapolis with her husband, whom she met while they were both political science majors at Hampton University. She also holds a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® designation from the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)®.