HR Guru, Leader,
Author, & Speaker

I Help Leaders Make Culture Changes That Seem Impossible A Reality. 

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ABOUT

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Hi, my name is Alex.

HRO TODAY'S 2020 CHRO OF THE YEAR
WORKING MOM OF 2
2021 TOP 40 UNDER 40
CHRO OF MEMPHIS SINCE 2016

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Alex Smith became the CHRO for the City of Memphis in 2016.
 
Raised in Gary, IN, Alex developed a heart for public service from watching her family serve in their community.  Alex graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor’s in Economics and a Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota before beginning her HR career. 

Before serving as the CHRO for the City of Memphis, she built a notable career as a strategic HR partner for key business leaders, serving in HR management roles for Brightstar Corporation, and industry leaders, including Target Corporation, and Microsoft Corporation.

Her passion for helping others and desire to solve complex business issues, Alex has created programs throughout her career that move organizations forward. From honoring 1968 Sanitation Strike survivors, to helping immigrant spouses establish meaningful careers, to turning around organizational cultures, her life’s work begins and ends with a “people first” approach.
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PUBLICATIONS

Alex has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, American City and County Magazine, Governing Magazine, and CNBC for transforming a government municipality to the 21st Century.

 

She also authored her first book in 2018 and guest column in 2020.

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SPEAKING

  • Participated in over 24 speaking engagements for national and global audiences
  • 4x Keynote speaker
  • Speaking Topics: HR Transformation, Culture Change, Public Sector, HR Tech, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Alex speaks on leading HR in the Public Sector during the pandemic.

Alex speaks on culture change with a people-first approach.

Alex speaks on rethinking recruiting using Kaizen.

AS FEATURED IN

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