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Kathy Smith-Willman

Senior Director - People & Talent

Kathy Smith-Willman is a Sr. Director of People & Talent for Bazaarvoice, one of Austin's leading software companies.  While Kathy’s career has spanned various industries (education, entrepreneurism, and for the past 16 years human resources) her commitment and desire to help others succeed has remained constant. Kathy is the motivating power behind Bazaarvoice’s extensive employee-led community involvement and corporate giving.  She has spent almost 9 years at Bazaarvoice and during this time she has helped navigate the employee base through meteoric growth, including an IPO and several acquisitions. 


Kathy has been a driving force behind the company winning Austin’s Best Place to Work and the Entrepreneur Foundation’s Community Awards for several years running.  She met a personal and professional goal when she helped found the Bazaarvoice Foundation  -an organization dedicated to motivating and propelling the next generation of entrepreneurial youth. In 2011, it was granted 501(c)(3) status, and she currently sits on the Board of Directors. Kathy was asked to participate in a SXSW panel focued on Social Good, entitled: “Elevate: How Businesses & Entrepreneurs are Taking Social Good to the Next Level”.  She loves sharing about “Bazaarvoice’s heart for community”.

My Presenters Sessions

Tuesday, July 26

12:30pm CDT