FMG Leading Adds Talent Optimization Expert

February 8, 2021 – To further support organizations across the U.S. looking to maximize the value and impact of their people, human capital advisory firm FMG Leading has added talent optimization expert Darryl Smith. “The events of 2020 awakened many to long-standing inequities that not only serve as barriers to achieving a more just society, but prevent organizations and the people within them from functioning at their best,” said Matt Brubaker, CEO. “With this addition to our team, we can better support our clients as they advance and implement world-class diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. What’s more, his broader strategy, coaching and analytic expertise strengthens our already deep bench of trusted human capital advisors.”

Mr. Smith has more than 15 years of experience helping clients develop, launch and measure structural and behavioral diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. He joins FMG Leading from Korn Ferry, where he served as a senior client partner and advised a diverse range of clients from industries including private equity, healthcare and government. “Closely collaborating with top leadership teams and fully immersing himself in individual cultures and institutional challenges, he creates environments where people lean into their differences, fostering continuous engagement and accelerated development at all organizational levels,” FMG Leading said.

In addition to his DEI advisory expertise, Mr. Smith brings over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, executive coaching, business resource group development and quantitative analysis. “He has experience in driving change, promoting synergy across business lines and improving client profitability,” FMG Leading said.

Prior to his tenure with Korn Ferry, Mr. Smith worked for various Fortune 500 companies in business development, training and management functions. He serves on the board of several non-profit organizations.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Mr. Smith joins FMG Leading at a time when companies and institutions are exponentially enhancing their focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. A report by McKinsey shows that Fortune 1,000 companies pledged a total of $66 billion to racial equity initiatives between end of May and November 2020. Many of the world’s largest private equity firms have signed a global diversity pledge, committing themselves publicly to actions that advance DEI. And the American Hospital Association publicized data indicating that 96 percent of survey respondents are committed to fostering DEI strategies.

“DEI is not an equation to solve or a subject to master,” said Mr. Smith “It’s an ongoing process that, if approached with empathy, commitment and rigor, can foster the development of organizations that are not just high performing, but values-driven.”

FMG Leading is a human capital advisory firm that works alongside executives, boards and investors. The firm helps clients maximize human capital initiatives, drive transformative change and accelerate growth.

Throughout his 25-year career, Dr. Brubaker has studied and coached executive leaders in a variety of capacities, advising and consulting in numerous practice areas including senior and high potential leadership development, conflict resolution, and large-scale organizational assessment and change. An expert in sustainable transformation, his client work focuses on enterprise-wide change initiatives, C-level development, and building high-performing, strategically-aligned executive teams.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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