BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Smartsheet (NYSE:SMAR), the enterprise platform for dynamic work, today announced Alice Thompson has joined Smartsheet as its Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Reporting to our VP of People, Thompson will assist in the strategic growth and integration of Smartsheet’s DEI practices.
“During our search, we were intentional about bringing on a DEI leader who aligns with our core values as a company and has the experience, perspective, and drive to make tangible progress,” said Kara Hamilton, Chief People and Culture Officer at Smartsheet. “Alice’s passion for creating employee communities of opportunity and belonging is a perfect fit as we continue to focus on meaningful organizational change.”
Prior to Smartsheet, Thompson was the Director of Inclusion and Engagement overseeing global DEI, Employee Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at The Pokémon Company International, where she launched several educational series and programs across the three functions. She also developed and served as the first ever Head of Inclusion & Diversity, North America at Kantar, building out the company’s North American I&D strategy. In addition to these roles, Thompson has held positions across financial services, marketing and brand management, and consulting in the U.S. and Asia.
Thompson has also served as a Board Member of Also Known As, Inc. and the Young Professionals Board of Breakthrough NY, and co-founded Together and Free, a charitable organization focused on helping families stay together. For her efforts with Together and Free, she was awarded the "Keeping Families Together" award by FWD.us.
“I am thrilled about joining Smartsheet in this role to help the organization grow on the strong DEI foundation they have already built,” said Thompson. “There is an incredible amount of positive energy and momentum on DEI initiatives. In my initial conversations with stakeholders across departments, I already see a deep commitment to furthering our actions as an organization both internally for our employees and externally for our community and customers. I believe my background, coupled with my drive to create an inclusive ecosystem and culture, will have an immediate impact while building for what’s to come.”
Smartsheet is committed to ensuring the company’s employee community is reflective of the customers and communities that we serve. Smartsheet is continuing to build on current DEI initiatives through a new series of educational training and guest speakers, along with expanding the company’s Community Awareness Groups that encourage conversations and celebrate causes identified by employees. Smartsheet also recently launched a charitable giving platform that empowers employees to crowdsource ideas and support organizations through monetary donations and volunteering.
Smartsheet (NYSE: SMAR) is the enterprise platform for dynamic work. By aligning people and technology so organizations can move faster and drive innovation, Smartsheet enables its millions of users to achieve more. Visit www.smartsheet.com to learn more.
This press release contains “forward-looking” statements that are based on our management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about Smartsheet’s expectations regarding possible or assumed business strategies, channel and partner strategies, potential growth and innovation opportunities, new products, and potential market opportunities.
Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or our future financial or operating performance. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by terms such as “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “potential,” “remain,” “will,” “would” or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: our ability to achieve future growth and sustain our growth rate, our ability to attract and retain talent, our ability to attract and retain customers (including government customers) and increase sales to our customers, our ability to develop and release new products and services and to scale our platform, our ability to increase adoption of our platform through our self-service model, our ability to maintain and grow our relationships with channel and strategic partners, the highly competitive and rapidly evolving market in which we participate, our ability to identify targets for, execute on, or realize the benefits of, potential acquisitions, and our international expansion strategies. Further information on risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from forecasted results is included in our filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2020 filed with the SEC on September 4, 2020. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable as of this date. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons if actual results differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements.