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Ann Smith


Talent, Leadership & Organizational Development

Ann Smith helps businesses attract, train, and retain skilled employees by providing help with career pathing, leadership development, and team training. She is energized by assessing, designing, and facilitating learning conversations to build stronger relationships, create a sense of belonging, and foster innovation, that leads to personal and business success.

After more than two decades of experience in global corporate leadership, talent and organizational development, Ann founded her company, Guide & Grow Consulting to diagnose, design, and deliver custom learning solutions for business leaders, teams, and individuals.

Throughout her career, Ann partnered with talented leaders and team members across a diverse landscape of businesses and roles, including engineers, attorneys, food manufacturing leaders, IT professionals, medical device sales, property managers, governments, and nonprofits with companies such as Microsoft, Micron, and J.R. Simplot. Ann’s super-power is uncovering the priorities, pain points, and needs of each business team, then designing a learning plan to meet their needs.

Ann approaches every day with a growth mindset, believing that every moment is an opportunity to learn. Ann is a voracious reader – with an BA and MA in English, with further studies in psycholinguistics and how our brains learn.

In addition to custom instructional design, Ann holds numerous certifications to facilitate established learning solutions such as Situational Leadership, DISC Communication Styles, Crucial Conversations, MBTI, EQ 2.0, and others.

Ann applies her zest for learning to all areas of her life, including running marathons, coaching Girls on the Run, camping, animal welfare, and raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.