Corey Smith

S1-A: We Have Partner Benefits So Why Is Everyone Closeted? – Bridging the Policy and Practice Divide
S6-A The Next Frontier: LGBT Allies - Acceleration and Impact

About Corey Smith

Corey Smith is a strong advocate and activator in the diversity and inclusion space. For eight years, he co-led LGBTA employee resource groups at both Best Buy and Target, partnering to develop each group into a trusted and credible steward of the business. In his leadership role on Best Buy’s Diversity & Inclusion team, he is responsible for developing the strategy, engaging Senior Executives in the work, leading the Executive EBN Sponsors, creating the branding and managing the P&L. Additionally, Corey facilitates the award-winning Cultural Immersion program and he has adapted the program to take place in any and every city across the country, taking leaders out of their every-day work environment and placing them in the shoes of others to gain a deeper understanding of what inclusion truly means.

Because of the work of the EBNs, Best Buy was honored with the 2013 Carol Campbell Inspiration Award, given by Women In Consumer Electronics, 2012 Champion for Equality Award, given by the Women’s Foundation of MN, 2012 Employer of the Year Award by the National Autism Society and received a perfect 100% score on the 2012 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.    
Corey is the 2012 recipient of the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s Essential Piece Award for his work on Best Buy’s “It Gets Better” video and proudly serves as a board member for the Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. He served as Co-Chair of  the 2012 HRC Twin Cities Dinner for which he was recognized in March with “HRC Gala Dinner of the Year” and “Dinner Co-Chair Team of the Year” awards.

University of St. Thomas - Minnesota Opus College of Business