Larry Smith is Managing Director of the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at Indiana University. The Tobias Center transforms the practice and the theory of leadership across sectors by advancing individual and institutional leadership locally, nationally, and globally. The Center understands that the practice of leadership is most effective when it is informed by research – and that research is most relevant when it is informed by practice.
Prior to joining the Tobias Center, Larry was the Founder and President of Leading Edge Advisory Firm (LEAF LLC), which he founded in 2009. LEAF helps non-profit and for-profit organizations improve their efficiency and effectiveness in areas including, but not limited to: Annual Operating Plans, Board Development, Feasibility Studies, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development & Effectiveness, Operational Efficiency, Fund Development, Market Research and Analysis, Leadership Development, and Succession Planning.
Larry has worked with and presented to approximately 100 organizations across the nation, including: White House Initiative on HBCUs, NCAA, Indiana University, UNCF, Indianapolis Urban League, USA Funds, Center for Leadership Development, Youth for Christ, Shepherd Community Center, Spelman College, One Click Ventures, American Senior Communities, General Conference of the CME Church, Steward Speakers Series, North Carolina Central University, La Plaza, Riverview Hospital Foundation, and YMCA of the USA.
Larry previously served as Senior Vice President of Organizational Advancement & Strategic Planning with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Prior to that role, he spent five years as a Director at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IU. Larry also served as Deputy Director of Civil Society Programs for Hudson Institute. He began his professional career at Cummins Inc., where he acquired more than a decade of experience in a variety of leadership positions, most recently as Director of Corporate Strategy.
Among the honors Larry has received are being selected for the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award, receiving “Indy’s Best & Brightest Award” from Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, being named to the inaugural class of NextGen Fellows by American Express and Independent Sector, and being selected for the 2010 class of Hoosier Fellows. Larry also has served as a board member of numerous nonprofit organizations.
Larry, who is an ordained minister, is the proud parent of three exceptional children. He earned a BA in history from Williams College and an MS in management from Stanford Business School, where he was selected to be a Sloan Fellow.