W. Stanton Smith is an author, featured speaker, Human Resources executive, consultant, seminar leader and coach in a variety of people related areas. Over his career, Stan has held a variety of senior HR positions in public accounting, executive search, and the energy business. He is a recognized expert in generational issues in the workplace. Stan has appeared on Bob Brinker’s MoneyTalk and the Lehrer NewsHour on PBS as a generational issues expert. His views are sought out by major news magazines such as BusinessWeek, Forbes, TIME, and U.S. News & World Report as well as newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal.
Stan is a frequent speaker and workshop leader, and has made presentations to a wide variety of educational, professional and civic organizations. At the invitation of HR Magazine, he visited London to discuss his views on generational issues with selected UK HR leaders. He was the first day keynote speaker at the United States Naval Academy’s 25th Annual Leadership Conference and for the annual meeting of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. In June 2007 Stan received the Work/Life Legacy Award sponsored by the Families & Work Institute; the highest recognition in the work/life field for cutting edge ideas and long-term impact.
Stan recently retired from Deloitte LLP where he was a principal in Human Resources and after 36+ years in the business world. He continues his research, writing and speaking on the topic of generational differences. In addition he is active in working to improve treatment and care of those with Parkinson’s Disease.
Stan is a native of Houston, Texas. He received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in upstate South Carolina with his wife Roz.