Elise Smith

Occupation: Businesswoman;

Position: CEO and Co-Founder;

Company: Praxis Labs;

Industry: Education;

Residence: United States;

Nationality: American;

Elise Smith,  is the CEO and Co-Founder, Praxis Labs.

Elise Smith, is the CEO and Co-Founder, Praxis Labs (founded 2019/02). Ms. Smith and Cofounder Heather Shen formed Praxis Labs with the purpose of bringing research-backed, immersive learning experiences to the forefront of DE&I training. 

Ms. Smith is one of 93 Black women to have raised more than $1 million for a venture-backed business as of August 2020, according to ProjectDiane. In February 2021 Praxis Labs announced it had raised $3.2 Million In Venture Capital from a diverse set of investors including SoftBank’s SB Opportunity Fund, Norwest Venture Partners, Ulu Ventures, Emerson Collective, Precursor Ventures and Firework VC.

Over a two years period, Ms. Smith and Ms. Shen took Praxis through rigorous research and iteration phases. Gathered insights from over 150 leaders in DE&I and carefully analyzed what challenges they witnessed in their own workplaces before developing a product.

The company's clients includes; Ebay, Uber, Amazon, Google and Target.

Personal Attributes and Interests

  • Inspired by her parents' fight for educational equity, Elise is dedicated to scaling access and opportunity with the goal of creating a more equitable society.

Work Experience

Prior to co-founding Praxis Labs, Ms. Smith invested in and coached entrepreneurs developing diversity and inclusion solutions at NewSchools Venture Fund. She has also developed ed-tech products and led ed-tech partnerships at IBM Watson.

Education

Ms. Smith holds a B.A. in Geography & Social Inequity from Dartmouth College and an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University.

One small step in overcoming 500 years of "The HUMILIATION of Black People." We must never forget!

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