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Ross Smith


Ross is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and blogger. Author of The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention and holds seven patents.

He is a PhD Scholar in University College Dublin’s SMARTLab program, where he is focused on researching the UNHCR’s Compreshensive Refugee Response Framework to apply to workers displaced by AI and automation. He has worked at Microsoft for almost 30 years. He has been a member of the Leadership Council for the Anita Borg Institute, co-chair for Grace Hopper Organizational Transformation track. He is a co-founder of the Seattle Women in Tech Consortium, and part of the gender partner LT and ”male ally” panel discussions at the IEEE Women in Technology and National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) Summit and TechCrunch. Work with iUrbanTeen and Indigeneous at Microsoft. He is a Sequoyah Fellow at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

To help develop the next generation’s interest in STEAM, he has worked with Skype in the Classroom program . He was invited to the White House for discussion on women in STEM. Keynote speaker for the ARTBA’s Transovation. The work of his teams have been mentioned in Forbes, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, PSFK, the American Journal of Play, Harvard Business Review, and the London School of Business. He has spoken at SXSW, MIT Solve, Grace Hopper, Serious Play, Games for Change, and several other large conferences.

His academic research papers are published on ResearchGate. He is a blogger for SHRM has worked on Skype Translator. He is an avid reader and loves to travel.

Ross Smith
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