Tom Smith

Tom Smith

As a Coach for Challenger Business and Executive Coaching, Tom provides counsel to executives in all areas of business and organizational development.


He brings skills in leadership development, talent management, and change leadership, with expertise designing whole system initiatives and implementing related programs with a “hands-on” approach.  Tom has a proven record linking experiential development experiences to all levels of an organization.  He uses his experiences to successfully and efficiently determine root causes of difficulties and then apply the appropriate approaches to diverse audiences.

Tom brings to Challenger high-energy, results-driven leadership and organizational development expertise with over 20 years of experience working with organizations to identify, assess, coach and develop and retain key talent.

As Manager of Leadership Development and Organizational Capability at CDW, Tom designed, implemented and managed the company’s leadership development, performance management, career development and talent management processes.  He also led the identification and development of new leaders for internal coaching, team interventions and development plans for high potentials.

With a national Management Consulting firm, Tom was responsible for delivering large-scale talent management, leadership development and organizational strategy solutions to organizations of all sizes.  He also served as Associate Director at the University of Illinois Alumni Career Center where he managed development planning and job search assistance.

Tom earned his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University and his bachelor’s in Communications from Illinois State University.  He is a National Board Certified Career Counselor and is certified to administer and interpret: Hogan Suite of Assessments, Leadership Mirror 360, CHOICES, DDI Catalogue, Compass 360, FIRO-B, MBTI, DiSC Personal Profile, and Social Styles.

Through his solid background in business, coaching and counseling and a strong dedication to his work, Tom provides exceptional expertise and support to our clients.