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Stephanie Smallets, PhD

Managing Director

Putting myself in a client’s shoes, I would want to partner with a Firm of inclusive thought leaders that ensure long-term impact of their work and who not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk. That’s why I joined Modern: We live inclusion, innovation, and sustainable change every day.

Stephanie is a Managing Director in Modern’s Enterprise Solutions group. She has over 10 years of experience partnering with organizations to develop and implement data-backed Human Resources strategies, culture transformations, and innovative talent programs.

Prior to joining Modern, Stephanie was an Expert Engagement Manager in McKinsey and Company’s People and Organization Practice, where she built and led multidisciplinary teams to solve organizations' most pressing people challenges. She also led and published multiple research projects, including understanding the financial impact of strong managers and the concrete behaviors that drive inclusion.

Stephanie received her PhD in Management and Organization from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, where her research focused on human performance and diversity, equity and inclusion. She also received her BA in psychology from the University at Buffalo, SUNY.