Our Team / Kim Seeling Smith – Founder and CEO, Australia, US, Asia, UK, Europe, New Zealand
Kim Seeling Smith – Founder and CEO, Australia, US, Asia, UK, Europe, New Zealand
Ignite’s Founder and CEO, Kim Seeling Smith graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University and holds a BSBA with double major in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. Kim began her career as a CPA and Management Consultant with KPMG, then subsequently spent 15 years working with and managing international recruiting firms, giving her a front-row seat from which to study why some companies are great at attracting and engaging staff, while others constantly struggle with turnover.
Kim founded Ignite Global in April, 2009 and has spent the last six years helping her clients hire better people – and keep them once they have them.
Recent successes include:
· Invited to judge 2012, 2013 and 2014 Australian HR Awards and 2014 Middle East HR Excellence Awards in Dubai.
· Appointed as a Subject Matter Expert to advise a US based, multinational financial services firm’s global Senior Leadership Project Team on increasing employee engagement within the company.
· Engaged by a Fortune 500, high tech firm to design a 250 piece, talent life cycle program for their 35,000 Value Added Resellers. This included reviewing all externally sourced content and supplementing with original thought leadership.
Kim has authored Mind Reading for Managers: 5 FOCUSed Conversations to Increase Employee Engagement and Productivity and co-authored (with Brian Tracy) 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career.
She is a frequent contributor to business and trade publications in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India and has recently been quoted in Forbes.
With dual passports, Kim divides her time between Australia and the United States.