Susan Schmitt

2019 Speaker

SUSAN SCHMITT leads human resources for Applied Materials, and its more than 20,000 global employees. She has more than thirty years of experience in HR, providing executive leadership for the function most recently at Rockwell Automation and Kellogg Company. While at Rockwell for eleven years, Schmitt’s work significantly contributed to Rockwell Automation being recognized with the prestigious Catalyst Award in 2017 for the company’s innovative approach to building a culture of inclusion; and being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” for nine years. Under her HR leadership, Rockwell’s inclusive practices earned a perfect score of one hundred on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index for LGBT Equality and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” Schmitt is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, and earned an MS in industrial and organizational psychology from Illinois State University, and a BS from Albion College in Michigan. She also attended the University of Grenoble, France. She is a leadership advisory board member for the Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan, serving as the vice chair in the College of Engineering, and is a member of the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion advisory council for the College of Engineering. @applied4tech

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