Our Mission

smith & beta was founded in 2012 with a lofty mission: design the most impactful workplace education and evolution programs ever imagined. We're committed to changing opinion about training through innovative, hands-on, connected-to-work programming that matters.

Our Team

Allison Kent-Smith

Allison Kent-Smith

Founder

Allison is the founder of smith & beta and Giide. She held roles as Director of Digital Development at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and CP+B, and is over-the-top passionate about redefining workplace learning and all things talent transformation.

Catherine McGowin

Catherine McGowin

Program Management

Catherine specializes in building products, services, and programs that align strategic vision with effective execution. For the past decade she has focused on helping organizations like UST, Accenture, Microsoft, and Ogilvy unlock human potential, promote well-being, and build resilience amid an evolving workforce landscape.

Jason Bourget

Jason Bourget

Operations

In his role as head of accounting and operations, Jason's mandate is threefold: clarify our financial picture, streamline our accounting processes, and make accounting slightly less boring for the rest of us. He holds a BS in Accounting.

Lori Kent

Lori Kent

Experience Director

Lori is the unapologetic education and creativity theorist on the team. Her participation ensures that programming meets the developmental and psychological needs of diverse learners. She focuses on evolution in the workplace toward more positive, future-focused work.

THE TEACHER COLLECTIVE

Our network is a team of practitioners from startups, agencies, and esteemed institutions, large and small. We co-create learning experiences with our notable group of experts.

 Clay Parker-Jones

Clay Parker-Jones

Blackglass
Managing Partner
Digital Strategy
 Dan Blank

Dan Blank

We Grow Media
Founder
Problem Solving, Time Management
 Eddie Revis

Eddie Revis

Magnolia Bakery
CMO
Selling, Digital Strategy
 Jaime Robinson

Jaime Robinson

Joan
Co-Founder and CCO
Creative
 James Thorpe

James Thorpe

Google
Group Creative Planning Lead
Strategy
 Kip Voytek

Kip Voytek

Rumblefox
CEO
Cross Platform Storytelling, NWOW, Social Platforms, Leadership
 Lisa Clunie

Lisa Clunie

Joan
Co-Founder and CEO
Creative, Operations, Business, Leadership
 Matt Howell

Matt Howell

merge
Strategy
Leadership, Digital
Where our teachers hail
 Noe Kidder

Noe Kidder

The Brad Foundation
Art & Film Director
Art Education, Creative Direction, Flamenco
 Tim Allen

Tim Allen

Instacart
Global Head of Design and Research
Brand Innovation, Product and Service Design, Web Platforms, Branded Tech, & Experience Strategy
 Matt Howell

Matt Howell

merge
Strategy
Leadership, Digital
 Mike Lee

Mike Lee

Alpha Food Labs
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Strategy
 Dan Blank

Dan Blank

We Grow Media
Founder
Problem Solving, Time Management
 Scott McDowell

Scott McDowell

Tribe Pictures
Director of Marketing
Productivity, Creativity, Leadership, People
 James Thorpe

James Thorpe

Google
Group Creative Planning Lead
Strategy
Michael Salamon

Michael Salamon

lousy
Partner
User Experience
 Paul Caiozzo

Paul Caiozzo

Office of Baby
Founder and CCO
Creative, Selling
 Ryan Harms

Ryan Harms

Google Creative Lab
Team Lead
Prototyping, Execution
 Scott Prindle

Scott Prindle

Giide
Chief Technology Officer
Mobile
 Clay Parker-Jones

Clay Parker-Jones

Blackglass
Managing Partner
Digital Strategy
 Morley McBride

Morley McBride

More Creative by Design
Founder
Design Thinking, Meeting Management
 Nancy Reyes

Nancy Reyes

TBWA/CHIAT/DAY
CEO
Negotiation, Leadership
 Eddie Revis

Eddie Revis

Magnolia Bakery
CMO
Selling, Digital Strategy
 Kip Voytek

Kip Voytek

Rumblefox
CEO
Cross Platform Storytelling, NWOW, Social Platforms, Leadership
 Jaime Robinson

Jaime Robinson

Joan
Co-Founder and CCO
Creative
 Lisa Clunie

Lisa Clunie

Joan
Co-Founder and CEO
Creative, Operations, Business, Leadership
 Matt LeMay

Matt LeMay

Constellate Data
Co-Founder
Data strategy, product management, digital platforms, tech trends, cross-functional collaboration
Julie Strubel

Julie Strubel

eMoney Advisor
Lead UX Researcher

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