Brad D. Smith

Former CEO of Intuit & Co-Founder of The Wing 2 Wing Foundation. Powering possibility and leveling the playing field through education, entrepreneurship, and equal opportunity.

About


Most people know of Brad D. Smith because of his former role as Intuit’s CEO. A proud West Virginia native with a passion for philanthropy and leadership, Smith is branching out from his corporate leadership role, focusing on his new project, The Wing 2 Wing Foundation. Partnering with his wife, Alys, Smith is working to create entrepreneurial support and guidance to young and aspiring business leaders from lesser-known zip codes.

Intuit


Under Smith’s 11 year leadership as Intuit’s CEO, he transformed the company from a North American desktop company to a global cloud product and platform company that offers household name services like QuickBooks, TurboTax, and Mint. Through his decade plus of transformative service, Smith retained and fostered the company’s core values and character that has placed it on “Best Places to Work” lists year after year. Learn more about his leadership lessons and what’s next for Brad D. Smith.

Philanthropy


Life after Intuit hasn’t signaled a slowdown of any kind for Brad D. Smith. The Smiths have founded The Wing 2 Wing Foundation. The organization’s goal is to advance the great equalizers of education and entrepreneurship in regions where individuals and communities have been overlooked and underserved. In doing so, they strive to champion human dignity and unleash human potential.

“Talent is dispersed equally, but opportunity is not,” Smith often says. 

Through the same compassionate leadership and passion for giving back, the Smiths seek to live by their favorite quote: “We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”

Explore The Wing 2 Wing Foundation here.

Recent Articles and News

Discussing the Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative with Positively West Virginia Podcast

07/29/2021

On April 9, 2021, Danny Twilley and Paris Winfrey appeared on the Positively West Virginia podcast to discuss the Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative (OEDC) with co-hosts Jim Matuga and Frank Vitale. Danny is the Associate Dean for the OEDC and Paris is the Program Coordinator. Both individuals were excited to share the OEDC story with Positively West Virginia – a podcast that prides itself on equipping small business owners and entrepreneurs with tools they need to succeed in West Virginia – and its listeners.

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Recent Wing 2 Wing Foundation Activities

07/22/2021

The Wing 2 Wing Foundation focuses on supporting accessible education to instill capabilities and skills needed to participate and compete in the digital world. Wing 2 Wing primarily operates in the Appalachian Region, where technological changes have created upheavals in the social and work lives of residents and youth.

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Brad Shares His West Virginia Roots

06/24/2021

On June 3rd, 2021, Brad D. Smith appeared on the the Mountaineer Media Podcast, a podcast that connects West Virginians by sharing stories and interviewing leaders. Smith, a native of West Virginia, discussed his roots and Ascend West Virginia, a remote worker initiative he is spearheading. Brad also explained how West Virginia’s unique culture guided his career path, and how he's working to help the state become an entrepreneurial force.

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Brad D. Smith Talks About Agility, The Most In-Demand Skill

05/27/2021

I’m often asked what skill, experience or attribute I find most important in today’s fast-changing environment. Admittedly, my answers have evolved over the past 35 years of my professional career. Looking back, it has become clear that one skill stands the test of time, and I believe will be increasingly in-demand as we push ahead in the 21st Century. That skill is agility.

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Brad D. Smith Delivers Special Commencement Speech for UVA Wise

05/21/2021

The graduating class of 2020 experienced a variety of challenges as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. From stay-at-home orders and having classes interrupted, to cancelled spring break plans and virtual graduation, this group of students had to overcome various hurdles as they graduated and pursued future endeavors. To honor them, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise held an in-person commencement ceremony on May 9, 2021, at Carl Smith Stadium. Brad D. Smith was a part of this special ceremony, where he delivered the commencement address via video to the graduating class.

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Brad D. Smith Participates in Beyond The Cloud Discussion

05/07/2021

On March 17, 2021, Brad D. Smith participated in the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative’s Focus Forward event. The event focused on the National Weather Service’s available data that could benefit innovators and businesses. Focus Forward aims to bring together business, education and government leaders to discuss forward-thinking ideas and how to implement them in West Virginia.

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