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Nicole Smart

Smart EDI Solutions, LLC
Founder and Principal Consultant
New York
Nicole Smart is the founder and principal consultant of Smart EDI Solutions, LLC – a consultant company aimed at guiding clients to effectively power up their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs and initiatives to achieve optimal results. Her passion for leveling the playing field for people in the workplace as a DEI advocate stems from her formative years in the U.S. as an immigrant from the twin island of Trinidad & Tobago, where growing up in the trenches of Brooklyn, NY has taught her how to be courageous, resilient, studious, and a visible champion for change.
Having begun her career in affirmative action for the Contractors Training Development Office/Dormitory Authority State of NY, she furthered her professional expertise by serving in a variety of roles at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s - Global HR Department and facilitating the player grievance procedure in labor relations at the National Football League (NFL). She later transitioned to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) responsible for developing and implementing programs in their Leadership Development and Office of Inclusion departments. Smart went on to become the first-ever diversity director for Actors’ Equity Association, where she led their objectives for greater inclusion and diversity within the union, and the broader professional live theater community serving a community of over 51,000 members.
As a consultant, Smart provides services to start-ups, small to mid-size organizations and nonprofits, across a variety of industries including tech, healthcare, beauty, media, sports and entertainment, and is a member of the New York Women's Chamber of Commerce. She has been invited to speak on a variety of platforms and have given talks and conducted training and workshops nationally on anti-racism, professional development, unconscious bias, sports and workplace culture for the BBC-UK Radio Sport Today, Spirit Awards: A Celebration of Diversity, Chief - Women of Color Getting to the Top, Generation USA, IBM - Building a Championship Culture, NYU Women of Excellence, Strength and Tenacity, New York Jets, DEI and Black Lives Matter - Predictive Index, Theatres of Revolution: Performance, Pedagogy and Protest, USA Today, WGBH and Women 2.0.
In addition to running her company, Smart is an adjunct at NYU’s Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport teaching Professional Franchise Operations to graduate students, and also serves on several boards including the advisory board for Cornell University’s Sports and Entertainment Executives, and board member/professional development chair for the WISE NYC Metro Chapter, where she has successfully implemented events beyond the scope of core programming for women in sports.
Smart received her master’s degree in industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership and Management Studies with a concentration in Organizational Management and Development from New York University.

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