40 Rising Stars 40 & Under

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Latraviette D. Smith, 35

VP, Global Diversity & Inclusion

American Express


Major personal accomplishment: “It has always been important to me to achieve career success but not at the sacrifice of my humanity and personal standards. One of my early career goals was to make VP by 30, which I did at the world’s largest PR firm—and without giving up my greater goal to retain my values.”


Next personal goal: “As I continue to progress professionally, I will continue to work hard to be a good steward of the blessings I've received personally by seeking opportunities to join additional boards and lending my voice to issues including HIV/AIDS, education for disadvantaged youth, and arts & culture.”   


Dream vacation: The Rania Experience, Maldives 


Dream car: “I have a dream yacht.”


Phone: Blackberry for work; Android for personal 


Laptop: Thinkpad for work; HP for personal 


Other tech tools: “My favorite—the iPad 2, along with my must-have apps including CNN, AP Mobile, HBR Tips, Dragon Dictation and Netflix.”


Favorite store: “TED Talks is full of rich, curated content from people all over the world. So while not a traditional store, it’s one of my favorite places to “shop” for ideas and inspiration.”   


Favorite beverage: Blanc de blancs champagnes

Latraviette D. Smith, 35

VP, Global Diversity & Inclusion

American Express

Major personal accomplishment: “It has always been…