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Catherine Smith

True Blue Inclusion
Catherine carries a portfolio of keen business skills coupled with leadership network accessibility. Prior to founding True Blue Inclusion, she served substantially in the Clinton White House, both as a trusted Presidential advisor, and as a practical expert on planning and achieving successful negotiations. She honed her skills through engaging directly with world leadership on more than 200 Presidential official visits, policy meetings, and social venues. She’s received multiple recognitions for her innovative and inclusive public strategies, including the Secretary of Agriculture ‘s Award for Excellence in Communications. After shifting away from government work, Catherine served on the Diversity Best Practices executive team, where she led relationship building and consulted with dozens of Fortune 500 companies.
Catherine further developed diversity and inclusion platforms on behalf of NBC Universal, iVillage, Inc., Bonnier Corporation and Lamaze Publishing. In all her work, she’s become a trusted partner who effectively works within organizations to build relationships and provide exceptional solutions. She has deep experience crystallizing novel approaches to the multi-faceted challenges faced by both the corporate and non-profit sectors.

After witnessing firsthand the greatest challenges of the generation, Catherine cultivated a network of exceptional leaders who are intensely involved in diversity and inclusion issues in extraordinary ways. Today, she works closely with the world's most influential philanthropists, successful corporations, and leading NGO's on developing solutions to complex issues. As a top ranked strategist and executive coach, leaders hire Catherine to ensure they succeed in navigating the expectations of their employees, their customers and the capital markets as societal shift in culture, norms and values creates both opportunity and threats to their business. Her extensive relationship network, and keen understanding of how both the corporate and non-profit sectors work, is the foundation of True Blue Inclusion's value to clients.

Catherine has been described as a pioneer in the field of strategic advocacy in the diversity and inclusion profession. Her counsel and direct involvement assists clients in working through complexities of strategic business equations, often creating spectacular market value. At the core of this impactful work is her ability to make big things happen in ways fully integrated with an organization's complexity of culture, style, and process.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, September 27

5:00pm EDT