Ross Smith

Skype / Microsoft

Ross Smith

Skype / Microsoft

Biography

Ross Smith is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and blogger. Author of The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention and holds seven U.S. patents. He is a board member of the Spreeha Foundation.

He 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 Anita Borg Institute (ABI), co-chair for Grace Hopper Organizational Transformation track. He is a leader of ABI Local in Seattle, and part of the gender partner LT and ”male ally” panel discussions at the IEEE Women in Technology and National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) Summit and TechCrunch. Work with iUrbanTeen and Native Americans at Microsoft. Developed 42 projects 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 events like iUrbanTeen day at Microsoft. He has been invited to the White House four times, including a discussion on Women in STEM and My Brother’s Keeper. Keynote speaker for the ARTBA’s Transovation 2014-2017. The work of his teams have been mentioned in Forbes, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, PSFK, the American Journal of Play, Harvard Business Review, and The London School of Business. He has spoken at SXSW, MIT Solve, Grace Hopper, Serious Play, Games for Change, and several other large conferences.

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.