Tamika Curry Smith is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Mercedes-Benz USA, where she is responsible for the formulation and implementation of the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy.In this role, Tamika’sworkson aligningMercedes-Benz’s internal and external D&I initiatives, with a focus on connecting the company to its employees, customers, dealers, and communityandleveraging D&I to drive business outcomes.
Prior to her role at Mercedes-Benz, Tamika was President of The TCS Group, Inc., a firm that provides human resources and diversity and inclusion (D&I) solutionsto a broad range of clients in a variety of industries.
Tamika started her career with Deloitte & Touche, where she obtained her CPA license and performed accounting and auditing services. She then joined Deloitte Consulting, where she gained experience in both general management and retail consulting on client engagements focused on strategy, operations, supply chain, and process improvement.
Tamika then took on the role of Director of Diversity Programs for Deloitte Consulting, where her responsibilities included leading the design and execution of Deloitte’s diversity strategy in the Americas and coordinating initiatives with senior management.
After Deloitte, Tamika became the Director of Diversity at Target Cororation, where she was responsible for developing and driving the diversity strategy for Target’s corporate headquarters, stores, and distribution centers and leading the organization’s focus on diversity recruitment, retention, awareness, communication, and measurement.
Ms. Curry Smith earned a BBA in Accounting with High Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. She also obtained an MBA in Organizational Behavior, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship from the Kellogg School of Management.
Tamika has shared her expertise as a speaker and facilitator for many organizations, such as the Conference Board, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Natural Science Foundation, and the Georgia Diversity Council. In addition, Ms. Curry Smith has been quoted in numerous publications, including the New York Times Magazine, DiversityInc, and Adweek.
Tamika has received various awards, among them AZ Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, the Peak Achievement Award from INROADS, and the Chairman’s Award from the National Black MBA Association. Ms. Curry Smith is an Aspen Institute Leadership Program alumna, a YMCA racial justice facilitator, a career coach for The Posse Foundation, and a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association. She currently serves on the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Alumni Board of Governors and on the Board of Directors of Grand Canyon Bank (Proposed). She is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Teach for America – Kansis City.