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

West Virginia Chamber Fireside Chat with Brad D. Smith

11/23/2020

On September 9, 2020, Brad D. Smith sat down for a Q&A session with writer and fellow Marshall University alumnus, Jack Houvouras, for the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Virtual Business Summit Series. Brad spoke about his personal and professional reasons for transitioning from Intuit’s CEO, including his desire to seek out his next exciting life challenge along with his wife, Alys.

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Leading Through A Crisis: Bad Times, Followed By Good Reflection, Lead to Great Opportunity

10/29/2020

The year 2020 has challenged us in ways that we could not predict, requiring us to improvise and adapt along the way. As we’ve experimented our way from day to day, many individuals have shared their reflections and best practices for navigating through a crisis. In this article, I will attempt to codify/share the key leadership lessons I have embraced so that bad times, followed by good reflection, can lead to great opportunity.

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Wing 2 Wing Foundation Website Launch

10/26/2020

After careful development, Intuit’s executive chairman Brad D. Smith and his team are proud to announce the launch of the Wing 2 Wing Foundation website. Co-founded by Brad and his wife, Alys Smith, the Foundation strives to support human potential and growth with guidance through philanthropy and experienced leadership. By establishing an online presence, the Wing 2 Wing Foundation can more effectively connect people and fulfill its mission to bring greater educational, entrepreneurial, and environmental opportunities to those underserved regions that need it most.

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Moves The Needle & Brad D. Smith Podcast Recap

10/21/2020

In a recent interview with Moves The Needle, Brad D. Smith shares his experience as a leader, educator, and executive. Brad speaks about what an empathic and productive leader looks like for businesses and beyond. With a rich personal history of meeting challenges in the workplace and changing executive roles, he talks about what makes a leader effective when helping produce innovation and while cultivating these skills in others.

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Brad D. Smith Honored With 2020 Champion of Children Award

10/16/2020

On October 6, 2020, West Virginia KIDS COUNT (WVKC) honored Brad D. Smith with the Champion of Children Award for his ongoing commitment to developing education-based and economic opportunities within the mountain state. WVKC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with over 30 years of experience meeting the needs of children and families. It is a member of the larger KIDS COUNT network with offices nationwide.

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Brad D. Smith & HERD 20-20 Webinar Recap

09/24/2020

In a recent Q&A interview with Marshall University as part of the HERD 20-20 webinar series, Brad D. Smith provides his perspective as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and education-focused business leader [Intuit blog link added]. Brad offers his insight on multiple topics related to large and small businesses surviving and prospering during the pandemic, and he discusses how other corporate leaders are developing and deploying strategies for effective recovery.

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