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Getting to know Women in Leadership Institute keynote faculty Judy Smith

October 14, 2015

The real-life inspiration behind ABC’s hit political thriller series Scandal (starring Kerry Washington) is Judy Smith, one of the most sought-after and powerful crisis management experts in the country. She’s the founder and president of Smith & Company—a leading strategic and crisis communications firm. She’s known for combining considerable communication skills, media savvy, and legal and political acumen to serve clients around the world. Needless to say, we’re extremely proud to have Judy on our 2015 Women in Leadership Institute keynote faculty.

Smith honed her skills through her experiences, including serving in the White House as special assistant and deputy press secretary, with some of the most historic and sensational events of our time including: the Iran Contra investigation, the prosecution of former DC Mayor Marion Barry, the first Gulf War, the Los Angeles riots, the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas, President Clinton’s scandal involving Monica Lewinsky, the congressional inquiry of Enron, and the United Nations’ and World Health Organization’s responses to the SARS epidemic, among many, many others.

Here’s your chance to learn how to communicate with impact from a living legend.

What’s your move going to be?


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Women in Leadership Institute

NOV. 13–16, 2023 | Orlando, Florida, or Virtual
A 4-day immersive learning experience designed to equip women leaders with actionable strategies to overcome the hurdles women often face in the workplace.

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