Vice President for Human Resources
Stephanie Smith, who has 30 years of experience in human resources, was named DePaul’s vice president for Human Resources in 2012. Smith is responsible for the recruitment, development, planning and retention of a diverse workforce to accomplish the university’s strategic objectives and mission. Her specific accountabilities include performance and talent management, total rewards programs, leadership and workforce development, and work-life strategies.
She was a senior business executive for Kraft Foods for more than 20 years. As senior vice president-Human Resources for Kraft Foods North America, the company’s largest region with about $24 billion in net revenues, Smith was a key member of Kraft’s global leadership team. She was the recipient of the President’s Award in 2000, Kraft’s highest award of distinction.
After retiring from Kraft in 2010, Smith established a consulting practice with a focus on leadership, team and organizational effectiveness. Her clients included Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Golin Harris, the Chicago Tribune and Lundbeck US Pharmaceuticals.
Prior to her career at Kraft, Smith held a variety of human resources positions in the headquarters and the field operations for two major retailers: Montgomery Ward & Co. and Carson Pirie Scott.
She has long been active in the community, serving as a board trustee for Steppenwolf Theatre and on the board of directors for the Yellow Tractor Program, which advocates for sustainable growth and food security by building vegetable and fruit gardens. Smith also is a member of The Executive Leadership Council, a nonprofit organization of African-American executives whose mission is to develop leaders and build an inclusive leadership pipeline in companies and institutions.
A native of Detroit, Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University.