Stephenie Foster is a recognized expert on women's leadership and gender equality. She is a founding partner at Smash Strategies, providing strategic advice to corporations and institutions to ensure that investments in women and girls are effective and transformational. From 2012-17, she served at the U.S. Department of State as a Senior Advisor/Counselor in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, and at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan where she focused on women and civil society and travelled extensively throughout the country. She has also served as a Chief of Staff to two U.S. Senators, held high-level jobs at non-profits and practiced law in San Francisco, California.