Success Profile: Denise Young Smith, Apple’s VP of Inclusion and Diversity

Denise Young Smith, former head of Worldwide Human Resources at Apple, is now the company’s first-ever Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity.

According to a report from 9to5Mac, the position was created as a result of the company’s efforts to increase diversity in addition to Young Smith’s personal interest in similar initiatives.

Young Smith was charged with developing an Inclusion and Diversity team to ensure that Apple’s workforce is representative of the consumers they serve.

On the Inclusion and Diversity page of Apple’s website, a quote from Young Smith reads,

“Diversity is more than any one gender, race, or ethnicity. It’s richly representative of all people, all backgrounds, and all perspectives. It is the entire human experience.”

In addition to increasing the number of women and minorities among Apple’s new hires, the Inclusion and Diversity team’s initiatives include diminishing the pay gap among Apple employees as well as advocating for LGBTQ, Veteran and disabled employees.
Read more about Denise Young Smith and her role as VP of Inclusion and Diversity here.

Kesi Felton


Kési Felton is a junior Journalism major from Atlanta, Georgia.She currently serves as the Content Director for Her Campus Howard and the Director of Communications for the Howard University Student Association. In addition to writing her own personal blog, she has written articles for The Hilltop, Walker's Legacy and Pretty Girls Sweat, LLC. Through digital storytelling, Kési hopes to amplify the voices and stories of underrepresented communities, beginning with Black women.

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