Smita P. Pillai – 12th Annual Elite Business Leaders Conference Speaker

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Smita P. Pillai
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Dow Jones

Smita Pillai is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Dow Jones, including its flagship brand The Wall Street Journal, a position she has held since June, 2018.

Smita is responsible for designing and implementing a progressive, global diversity and inclusion strategy, overseeing efforts across talent management practices, leadership accountability, corporate culture and outreach efforts. Her holistic approach to diversity and inclusion seeks to create a climate of inclusion and belonging where innovation can thrive.

Prior to joining Dow Jones, Smita was Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at Prudential Financial. She also spent over a decade at Johnson & Johnson, successfully leading several global marketing teams and diversity initiatives. Most notably, she was Senior Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion for J&J’s the $24bn+ Medical Device sector.

In her career, Smita has led groundbreaking global marketing research projects and established clear metrics for D&I measurement and advancement that have advanced D&I across multiple organizations. She has also been a founding board member for several global employee resource groups and is passionate about global diversity & inclusion for talent, business impact and community partnerships.

Originally from India, Smita considers herself a true global citizen, and has worked across the globe, based out of Mumbai, Dubai, Tokyo, Singapore, Florida and most recently, New York. She loves to spend time with her family, travel, practice yoga and run. Smita lives with her husband and their three children in a historic barn home in Central New Jersey.