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, GolinHarris, the
Chicago Tribune and Lundbeck U.S. 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 Human
Resource Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), an organization for
HR leaders and practitioners who design and deliver workforce strategies
to drive superior business performance in the organizations they serve.
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
A native of Detroit, Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a
Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University.