Hi there! I’m Kim B. Smith.
My red hot passion is being an advocate for women and helping them find their bold voices.
But don’t let me fool you, it wasn’t always this way. Before starting a successful radio station I was your average corporate “yes” girl. I said what people wanted to hear. I was bullied in corporate America and then wrongfully terminated for not speaking up. It was a pretty sad saga, but definitely not one that’s unique to me.
Back in those days, I would wake up in the morning and immediately plan my day around how I could get back to bed as fast as possible. I didn’t have anything left to give my job or myself. I was just existing. I was ungrateful, lackluster, and I had lost one thing that was truly mine, my voice.
I had been suppressing my voice and listening to my inner critic—who I lovingly refer to as my “hag in the attic.” I told people what they wanted to hear. I didn’t have a bold voice. I begrudgingly said the words that would keep everyone around me—and the critic inside me—happy.
“I raise up my voice – not so I can shout, but so those without a voice can be heard… we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”
– Malala Yousafzai
And Then It Happened…
I fell asleep behind the wheel. Not just once, but twice.
Nothing says “get your act together” quite like those experiences. I knew it was time to stop moping around and take back control of my life.
It wasn’t until after I completed a 9 month program for women to journey into healing that I really woke up. I realize that I had been living my life on other people’s terms and I vowed to myself that I’d never do that again.
I decided to start showing up for myself and for other women.
I’ve been using my skills to talk about the power of women’s voices and stories since 1998.
One Last thing
Ok, I lied, there’s really two. I’m a mom to two black labs, who are the love of my life.
Grace and Luna – “Tuna” give me a unique perspective on life. They give me wisdom and patience to deal with the difficulties of life and keep me grounded when I need it the most. Grace is a therapy dog who loves to have kids read to her in the library.
Luna – Tuna, is a rambunctious teenager who terrorizes any squirrel or bird who comes into the yard.
Usually, when I’m not busy working you can catch me hiking or seeking nature of any kind and can be found watching Big Bang Theory every chance I get!
Now it’s your turn to share your story. I’d love to meet you!
“In preparation for a breakout session in Chicago, I wanted to work with an experienced speaker coach. As I was searching nationwide, I was thrilled to find Kim Boudreau Smith in my area! Working with her in the months leading up to my session, she helped me refine & clarify my content and improve my stage presence & delivery. The session ended up being fantastic – and I actually had FUN doing it! Thank you, Kim!”
– Christine M.