I work with executive and professional women who are unafraid to build their legacy and leave their mark. I understand that navigating the corporate jungle can be hell on a pair of pumps and teaches these women when to wear flats and when to wear stilettos.
A certified, results-based coach and the owner of E. L. Smith Consulting, I serve on the board of the Raleigh Chapter of the International Coach Federation, on the board of the RTP Femfessionals, a woman’s professional organization, and am a Mentor with the RTP Healthcare Business Women’s Association. I was president of the Pensacola Symphony Board during their first fund raising campaign when I learned not to wear pink in the boardroom. In August of 2012, I was recognized by the Triangle Business Journal with the Women in Business Award in the Mentor Category.
I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and Master’s Degree and PhD from Texas A & M University where I was recognized as one of Thirty Distinguished Graduates from the College of Education. I am a graduate of Leadership Pensacola (FL), Leadership Florida and the Cornell Executive Leadership Institute.
I know how it feels to wear a skirt when playing on the boys’ team. I was one of the first women to serve as Dean, Provost and Associate Vice President at Pensacola State College inFlorida. I was one of the first women to join a Rotary Club, when women were not welcome, and subsequently was a founding member and president of another Rotary club. Yes, Ilearned to play golf because she was not going to be left out.
Mentoring is one of my favorite roles and I have taught untold numbers of women “how to be one of the boys – without being one of the boys.”
I co-authored Second Blooming for Women: Growing a Life that Matters After Fifty with Kathleen V. Logan.
I live with my husband, Jack Parkin, in Cary, NC.