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Audrey Smith, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Talent Diagnostics Solutions

Audrey Smith is the senior vice president for DDI’s Talent Diagnostics around the globe, and also serves on DDI’s Operating Committee. Her customer-driven thought leadership, extensive experience, and expertise have shaped DDI’s succession, assessment, and development offerings across the leadership pipeline, from the C-suite to the front line. Most recently, Audrey’s team launched DDI’s pioneering mid-level virtual assessment, Leader3 Ready®.

Thought Leadership

  • Co-author, with William C. Byham, Ph.D., and Matthew J. Paese, Ph.D., Grow Your Own Leaders: Acceleration Pools: How to Identify, Develop, and Retain Leadership Talent.
  • Co-author, with Byham and Paese, Leaders Ready Now: Accelerating Growth in a Faster World.
  • Author of numerous publications and book chapters, including:
    • “Executive Selection as a Strategic Business Decision,” with Ann Howard, Ph.D., published in the May 2009 Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
    • The CEO’s Guide to: Talent Management—Building a Global Leadership Pipeline, with Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D., and Matthew J. Paese, Ph.D.
    • The CEO’s Guide to: Driving Innovation, with Ellie Hall.
    •  “Finding Future Perfect Senior Leaders: Spotting Executive Potential,” with Robert W. Rogers.“
    • "High Resolution Leadership: A Synthesis of 15,000 Assessments into Big Data about Today’s Leaders,” with Evan Sinar, Ph.D., Matthew J. Paese, Ph.D., Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D., and Bruce Watt, Ph.D..

Career Highlights

  • Serving as a key architect for DDI’s approach, process, and tools associated with executive succession and development programs for high potentials up through C-suite leaders.
  • Collaborating with Fortune 1000 organizations around the world in best-practice talent management implementations across an array of business needs, including succession, selection, mergers and acquisitions, strategy execution, employee testing, performance management, and senior team alignment.
  • Leading DDI’s Global Assessment Operations, responsible for ensuring global quality, accuracy and consistency for leadership assessment around the world.
  • Driving strategy and execution for global product development, technology integrity, and alliance management for all succession, leadership, and selection diagnostics.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University, where she taught courses in psychometrics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University
  • Member, Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology and American Psychological Association
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