A Certified Woman-Owned Business
For over a half-century, women have guided Smead along an incredible path of success in a traditionally male-dominated manufacturing industry. Pioneering women's entrance into the boardroom, the mother-daughter team of Ebba Hoffman and Sharon Avent have helped blaze a trail for future women-business owners with their high ideals, achieving unparalleled growth, success and environmental stewardship. Under their direction, Smead has become a global industry leader.
In 1955, Ebba Hoffman embarked on a journey which transformed Smead from a relatively small family-owned business into an industry leader. In an era when a woman running a business was a rarity, she accomplished amazing feats by creating a foundation of high ideals within the company and reaching out to the community. Sharon Avent has continued this legacy by leading Smead into the international arena, navigating significant growth and extending the company's philanthropic vision even further. The mother-daughter legacy created during the last 50+ years has earned Smead a unique place in history. Read more about our Woman Leadership Milestones at Smead.
- Women's Business Enterprise National Council Certification
- WBE Certification, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- WBE Certification, State of Tennessee
- WBE Certification, City of St.Paul
50 Years of Woman Leadership
The extraordinary story of how Ebba Hoffman and daughter Sharon Avent guided Smead into a global office products powerhouse unfolds in this 50th anniversary booklet titled "50 Years of Woman Leadership A Celebration of style and grace in management." Enjoy a retrospect of Smead's milestones and historical photos.