Hi there! I’m Kim B. Smith.
My red-hot passion is advocating for women ( and a few great men) and helping them own their bold voices, whether speaking on stage, private coaching, or working with companies. My goal is to empathize fully with my clients as I support them to express themselves, and advocate for those who’ve experienced marginalization.
But don’t let me fool you—it wasn’t always this way. Before becoming a coach and trainer for leaders in HR, learning and development, and heads of women’s employee resource groups, I started a successful radio station. But before that, 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 then, I would wake up 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 and 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.
Then it happened.
“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.
One Last thing
One Last Thing
Ok, I lied—two things.
I’m a mom to two black labs, who are the loves of my life.
Grace and Luna, aka “Tuna,” give me wisdom and patience to deal with life’s difficulties 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 I watch The Big Bang Theory any chance I get!