About Kim Seeling Smith – Keynote Speaker

About Kim Seeling Smith

Are you looking for an experienced, passionate and credible leadership speaker who can deliver practical solutions for immediate impact to one of the greatest threats to business today? Are you or your clients looking for ways to win the ‘War for Talent’ and stay ahead of the coming global skills shortage?

Kim Seeling Smith is the leading expert on Social Age Engagement™ Solutions. During her presentations, she offers practical solutions—based on over 5,000 exit interviews and consulting work with companies such as Sargento Cheese, Anheuser Busch, TransUnion and Cisco Systems as well as small to medium size organizations in a range of industries—to help managers attract, engage and retain top performers. Hiring and retaining the right employees is the key factor for strong business growth and the Gallup Organization estimates that the lack of employee engagement costs US economy between $450 and $550 billion each year.

Technology and globalization have dramatically changed the way we work, what we expect from our employees – and what they expect from us. Yet many of the practices we use to hire and manage staff have their roots in the Industrial Age. This—along with the aging workforce—has led to our chronically low employee engagement rates, diminished productivity, soaring employee turnover and a growing global skills shortage.

This model is broken.

We must evolve these practices to remain competitive in today’s digitally connected, globally oriented world.

Kim helps organizations win the ‘War for Talent’, solve the employee engagement crisis and stay ahead of the critical skills shortage by disrupting these outdated methods and mindsets for hiring and managing staff and replacing them with Social Age Engagement™ Solutions. Kim’s cutting edge techniques will help managers break through those barriers in order to build a strong, dynamic, long-lasting team of employees.

Each presentation is filled with thought provoking content, engaging delivery, and practical tools that can be applied immediately to make an impact. Kim is able to cater the content according to the needs of the audience, she is extremely pleasant to work with, and she brings strong credibility to the topics at hand.

Originally trained as a CPA and Management Consultant with KPMG, Kim subsequently spent 15 years working as an international recruiter—giving her a front-row seat to study why some companies are great at attracting and engaging staff, while others constantly struggle with turnover.

Through practical and entertaining sessions, Kim presents a suite of innovative tools that attendees can take back to the office and implement immediately. She offers straight forward solutions that make her participants sit up and listen!

Recent successes include:

  • Invited to judge 2012, 2013 & 2014 Australian HR Awards and 2014 Middle East HR Excellence Awards in Dubai.
  • Appointed as a Subject Matter Expert to advise US based, multi-national financial services firm’s global Senior Leadership Project Team on increasing employee engagement within the company.
  • Engaged by 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 splits her time between Australia and the United States.

"As a professional speaker who focuses on the world of recruiting, selecting and hiring top talent I have spent the last 20 years building a knowledge base and honing my speaking skills. Over those 20+ years I have heard 100’s of other speakers speak on the same subject. Kim was one of the very best I have ever heard. She offers great insight in to todays challenges facing recruiters, hiring managers, and applicants. More importantly she offers tools and techniques to help over come those challenges in a most professional and entertaining way. I am glad that she had to follow me of the program rather then me having to follow her at the HR Summit in Singapore."

Mel Kleiman, CSP

"Kim was a hit presenting on recruitment and retention at our recent national conference. Spent a lot of time and effort to understand the brief and the audience and won five stars for her effort on our feedback tool."

Mark Lever, CEO - Strata Community Australia

"Kim was a fantastic keynote speaker at itSMF Australia’s LEADit 12 conference. Throughout the engagement she was professional, she listened and engaged with us as a customer. The message she brought to us was spot on! Our audience really resonated with her 5C’s for Employee Engagement and Retention. The talk was engaging, polished and truly professionally delivered. In a large auditorium she filled the room with her presence and invited us into her talk. All eyes were on her. I really recommend Kim as a keynote speaker and hope to have the opportunity to work with her again."

Bradley Busch, Program Director - ITSMF

"As a speaker and workshop leader, Kim is innovative, engaging and thoughtful. She is a thought-leader within talent and social media and uses the perfect mix of facts and anecdotal stories to really get her message across to the audience. I look forward to working with Kim on more events in the future."

Natalie Williams, Program Director APAC - Shared Services and Outsourcing Network

"Kim delivered an exceptional plenary session at our annual Risk Retreat conference this year. The feedback from our delegates was exceptional with Kim’s session being one of the highlights of the entire conference. Her presentation was extremely engaging, informative, and practical with a suite of tools the advisers could take back to their businesses to implement right away which is exactly the outcome we were looking for. Not only did she engage the audience, she has been wonderful to work with and completely tailored her knowledge and research to meet the needs of our clients. We would engage Kim to present at any of our future conferences, and highly recommend her as a brilliant presenter and subject matter expert on the topic of employee engagement."

Olivia Romano, Technical Support Manager Risk Specialist Network | MLC & Nab Wealth