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Judy Smith to Bless the Mic


Judy Smith to Bless the Mic

Judy Smith, whose career provided inspiration for the hit ABC drama Scandal, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 as part of the Bless The Mic Lecture Series at Philander Smith College.

The founder and president of Smith & Company, a strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Smith has honed her skills through experiences guiding her clients
through some of the most sensational events of our time, including the Iran Contra investigation, the Los Angeles riots, President Clinton’s involvement with Monica Lewinsky and the congressional inquiry of Enron, to name a few. Celebrities she has consulted in times of crisis including actor Wesley Snipes, NFL quarterback Michael Vick and, more recently, celebrity chef Paula Deen. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies such as BellSouth and Wal-Mart.

In 1991, Smith joined the White House with her appointment as special assistance and deputy press secretary to President George H.W. Bush. During her tenure she provided the president and his cabinet
with communications advice on a wide range of foreign and domestic issues. Upon leaving the White House, Smith served as vice president of communications at NBC.

Shonda Rhimes ( Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) created the political thriller Scandal, starring actress Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, based upon Smith’s Washington, D.C., work in public relations and crisis management. Smith is co-executive producer and technical advisor to the show. Smith earned her B.S. in public relations from Boston University and graduated from the American University Washington College of Law where she was the first African American woman to serve as executive editor of the Law Review. The author of Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worse Qualities into Your Biggest Assets, Smith’s writing her been featured in numerous publications and she is a frequent network TV news contributor offering commentary on topical issues of the day.

Free and open to the public, all lectures are held in the M.L. Harris Auditorium. Tickets are not required;
seating is first-come, first-serve. For more information, call 370-5354.

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