Kara Smith

Talent Development/ HR Leader, Deloitte Alum

Kara Smith is a talent development / HR leader and is the founder of the Soul of Work project: Soul of Work dot org (a think tank and not for profit learning lab).  

As an HR leader, Kara has learned from experts the insider scoop on hiring and recruiting at all levels in the corporate world.  As a talent development leader, Kara works with senior executives and leadership teams to deliver innovative and practical talent solutions. Kara completed a Masters in Human Resources from Michigan State University, completed a B.S. in Sociology and Music Performance from University of Wisconsin @ Madison, and has corporate leadership experience in human resources, recruiting, and leadership development with Fortune 500 companies including General Mills, Whirlpool, and Deloitte.

Kara is a working mother who believes we do our BEST work when we align work with our life.  There are challenges we face when we feel stuck at work and when we feel work doesn't align with our life (and soul), directly impacts our stress, health, and well-being.  Whether we want to land a new project, promotion, new job, or find more flexibility, we feel stifled on what to do next.  The mission & intention of the Soul of Work project is to bring best practices, tools, and practical insights from thought leaders to help professionals get hired, build more sustainable economic fulfillment in both work & life, and do their best work.  As part of this mission, the Soul of Work project is dedicated to donate a portion of proceeds quarterly to organizations who offer training and job placement services to individuals affected by homelessness and poverty.  

Kara is a working mother with an incredible husband and two funny kids. She loves running and yoga, is a believer in daily meditation, and enjoys watching Seinfeld re-runs, VEEP, and any other comedy satire shows.

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