Ann Kowal Smith, DM
Ann Kowal Smith serves as Founder and Executive Director of Books@Work, a non-profit workplace-based learning initiative. Books@Work uses literature discussions, led by a professor, to break down barriers, build connections and foster inclusion, trust, respect and well being. The program works with employers, inviting their workforce – from the shop floor to the management suite – to uncover the issues that unite rather than divide them.
Prior to Books@Work, Ann spent the majority of her career in client service: as a corporate and securities lawyer, a management consultant and knowledge manager at McKinsey & Company and a principal at Heidrick & Struggles.
Ann earned a Doctor of Management from Weatherhead School of Management in 2010. Her doctoral research focused on leadership approaches and their impact on organizational learning and performance. Her current work focuses, in practice and in theory, on the individual, collective and organizational outcomes of the social connections occasioned by Books@Work.
In addition to the DM, Ann holds an AB in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, an MA in History of Art from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.