PrincipalCompany: ADC Associates
Role: Session Presenter
2019 Conference Session:
Building a Future World Where DEI Leads
2019 Conference Session: Seeking Solutions to Our Own Ethnocentrism: Addressing the My-Approach-Is-Better-Than-Your-Approach D&I Contest (S2-G)
2020 Conference Session: Mobilizing DEI to Influence the Future (S1-A)
2020 Conference Session: Both/And: Bridging the Gaps Between US and Global D&I (SEM-I)
Duncan Smith, principal at ADC Associates, has 30 years of experience in bridging U.S. and global approaches to D&I. Born and raised in the U.S., his career spans 24 countries across four continents (North America, Europe, Asia and Australia) working with multinational companies, national and state governments, and universities.
Duncan’s work includes advising and coaching senior leadership teams and boards; linking D&I initiatives with leadership or organizational culture; designing and implementing culturally effective D&I solutions for multinational organizations; measurement and evaluation of diversity programs; and in-depth work in unconscious bias, gender and cultural diversity.
Duncan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Trinity College (USA), which focused on Asian religion and culture, and a Master of Education degree from Harvard University, focusing on organizational behavior and adult learning. He has published articles in U.S. and Australian periodicals and has lectured in management, organizational behavior, and diversity at several Australian universities.
With the goal of developing equitable and inclusive workplaces and societies, Duncan focuses his work on the ways our national, organizational and personal cultures affect how we work together, so that we can collectively solve problems and build stronger relationships across lines of difference.
He is a member of the expert panel for the Global Inclusion and Diversity Benchmarks and a mentor for the Inclusion Allies Coalition, and in 2018 he released the book, “Foundations of Diversity.”