Khalil SmithKhalil Smith

Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement at Akamai

Before joining Akamai, Khalil worked with NeuroLeadership Institute, a cognitive science consultancy, during which time he oversaw Consulting, Practices, and Research. Prior to that, Khalil spent over 14 years in senior leader roles with Apple Inc. including time leading teams in Retail Training, with a global team of over 40 learning professionals focused on expanding and strengthening the Apple culture across hundreds of retail stores in dozens of countries and languages. Khalil and his team were responsible for critical training elements for Apple, such as employee onboarding, technical skills, and product launches.

Khalil holds an M.B.A with dual concentrations in Leadership and Strategy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  

Khalil resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his amazing wife and high-school sweetheart, Sandra, and two incredible sons, Kevyn, who is currently attending Duke University, and Connor, who is currently attending fourth grade.

Takes part in

May, 21 10:00 PM CEST
Big Ideas Stage
Panel Discussion

Current State of Diversity & Inclusion: Panel on Polarization

How should we lead on inclusion in the new environment? Looking at the research over the past 12 months, the panel will discuss:

  • Is polarization getting worse or better?
  • Is there too much of a focus on race?
  • ‘Heat’ vs ‘light’ approaches to driving social and behavioral change
  • How we can talk about race and other high stakes issues in ways that help
  • Is there a difference between what our organization needs vs. what it is ready for?
Wei-Li Chong U.S. President of MindGym
Dr. Janet Ahn Chief Behavioural Science Officer at MindGym 
Tessa West Associate Professor at New York University (NYU)
Khalil Smith Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement at Akamai