W. Stanton "Stan" Smith is national director, Next Generation Initiatives (NGI), at Deloitte LLP. Stan joined Deloitte as a principal in 1998. Since then he has served in a number of senior human resources (HR) roles. In 2001, Stan was asked by Deloitte’s chief executive officer to study generational differences then beginning to manifest themselves in the workplace. With a strong commitment from Deloitte leadership, Stan has grown NGI into a key strategic initiative with tangible positive business impact over the past seven years.