From Humble Beginnings


From her humble beginnings as a child growing up on the Northeast side of Washington D.C. to a world-renowned crisis management expert who built her own multi-million dollar firm from the ground up, Judy Smith’s ground breaking career and “behind the scenes” experiences were the perfect recipe for her to become the global speaker and thought leader that she is today.

In her every day work, Judy has been able to serve high profile individuals and corporations with sound, strategic advice. When the stakes are high, she is able to help strategically put people on the path forward. It’s this same knowledge, skill set and “know how” that she brings to each event. Whether it’s a fireside chat, keynote speech or corporate training, her conversations with attendees help to set the vision, devise a plan, execute a strategy and even push the boundaries. Judy is known for her witty personality and unique depth of experiences that she brings to a lively Q & A session with the attendees. Participants leave the event with the tools and confidence that it takes to chart out their own path to success in their work and lives.

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Speaking Topics

Women’s Events

  • From Competition to Collaboration
  • Women’s Empowerment


  • Challenges & Opportunities in a Position of Power
  • Preparing to Lead with Authenticity


  • How to Handle a High-Profile Media Case
  • Winning in the court of Public Opinion

Crisis Management

  • Leading Through Crisis: What Every Leader Should Know
  • Surviving and Thriving in an Era of Perpetual Crisis

Action Leadership

  • Social Justice: Moving from conversation to meaningful implementation
  • COVID-19: Turning Crisis into Opportunity

College Events

  • It’s a Marathon… not a sprint
  • The importance of protecting and establishing your brand


  • Managing a State of Change
  • Diversity & Inclusion

Brand/Reputation Management

  • How to Protect Your Company’s Brand: Preventing, Preparing & Prevailing During a Crisis
  • Social Media Revolution or Evolution

Other Popular Topics

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Politics

“Judy was an engaging and humorous keynote speaker at The Women’s Resource’s annual luncheon. Not only was she able to radiate a dynamic stage presence during our luncheon’s fireside chat, she was able to do this while creating a true human connection with the audience through a level of humility that is rarely seen. She was skilled in getting audience participation, while delivering practical business and leadership strategies to incorporate into our daily lives. There was excellent feedback from attendees about Judy’s message, and it was the perfect highlight of our organization’s most successful luncheon!”

~ The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston

“Judy Smith was fantastic!  She brilliantly engaged the audience and delivered quality content in an energizing and expertly crafted way. Her extensive knowledge and experience in crisis management coupled with her charismatic personality captivated the audience from beginning to end.”

~ Connie Royal 
Director, Protocol & Special Events, 
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

“In her keynote conversation at Social Media Week Fairfax, Judy Smith brilliantly engaged the audience with the sage advice that has made her a crisis management superstar. Stories of cases that she has handled brought her message to life. Everyone can benefit from hearing Judy discuss how the right communication skills, legal and political instincts and media knowledge are essential to managing your reputation, particularly when dealing with issues and challenges.”

~ Robin Fenner
Vice President, Management
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority


“From the moment you started your presentation until the end of the Q & A session, you captivated the audience as you shared one fascinating experience after another. For WSADA, a true indicator of a speaker’s success is the cluster of folks gathered around the presenter at the end. You, Ms. Smith, were a huge HUGE hit. Many attendees have said the convention-and the speaker line-up-was one of our best yet. Thank you for being so generous with your time and for all you did to make our convention a resounding success.”

~ Vicki Giles Fabre Executive Vice President, Washington State Auto Dealers

“Judy Smith graciously accepted our invitation to serve as the keynote speaker at American Bar Association’s Environmental and Workplace Safety Criminal Enforcement Conference on October 26, 2016, in Washington DC.  Conference attendees – a mix of General Counsel, corporate executives, and white-collar criminal defense lawyers – were unanimous in their praise for Judy’s lunchtime presentation.  She provided highly strategic advice and insight, drawing upon her mastery of the art of crises management.  The conference attendees – no strangers to crises management themselves – sat transfixed as Judy reflected on past matters that she’s handled and shared useful tips.  The post-conference surveys confirmed what we anticipated would be the case — Judy was the star of the conference!”

~ Nadira Clarke, Partner
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, 
Environmental & Workplace Safety Practice Group

“Our group of 420+ seasoned and experienced communications professionals often claim to have ‘heard and seen it all’. They hadn’t. Judy Smith electrified our crowd with her presence, poise and insights. She left a group of communications pros bobbing their heads and busily taking notes. Not only did she capture the room, she owned it, stepping off the stage and wading into the crowd during her talk to really connect with the audience. She was a huge hit and a delight to work with.”

~Sean Gibbons
Executive Director, The Communications Network

“Judy delivered a stellar Women’s History Month keynote address via webcam to reach 1,100 employees across the globe! Her stories were not only engaging, but her tangible tips helped women learn how to transform their toughest situations into their biggest assets. This was easily our most memorable women’s event to date!”

~Emily Koski
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion segment lead, U.S. Bank

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