2018 TEF Speakers

Ross Smith

Ross is a Fellow of and a blogger for the Royal Society of the Arts. He is the author of The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention and holds seven U.S. patents.

Ross has worked at Microsoft for 27 years and is a Principal Group Engineering Manager in Skype. He is a member of the Leadership Council for the AnitaB.org, and Co-chair for the Grace Hopper Celebration Organizational Transformation track. He is a leader of the Seattle.AnitaB.org Local Community, and part of the gender partner LT and male ally panel discussions at the IEEE Women in Technology, National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) Summit, and TechCrunch. He has also worked with iUrbanTeen and Native Americans at Microsoft.

Ross developed 42Projects to promote cultural change, develop organizational trust, and improve the lives of the managed. To help develop the next generation’s interest in STEAM, he works with the Skype in the Classroom program and at events like iUrbanTeen Day at Microsoft.

Ross has been invited to the White House four times, including for a discussion on women in STEM and My Brother’s Keeper. He was the keynote speaker for the ARTBA’s Transovation 2014-2017. The work of his teams have been mentioned in Forbes, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, PSFK, American Journal of Play, Harvard Business Review, and London School of Business. He has spoken at SXSW, MIT Solve, Grace Hopper Celebration, Serious Play, Games for Change, and several other large conferences.

Ross is also a board member for the Spreeha Foundation. His academic research papers are published on ResearchGate. He is also a blogger for SHRM and has worked on Skype Translator. He is an avid reader and loves to travel.