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Judy Smith

America's No. 1 Crisis Management Expert & Inspiration for ABC's "Scandal"

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 Judy Smith Biography

The real-life inspiration behind ABC's hit political thriller series Scandal starring Kerry Washington, Judy Smith is the US's premier crisis management expert. As the founder and president of Smith & Company - a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC - she uniquely combines her communication skills, media savvy, and legal and political acumen to serve clients around the world.

Smith honed her skills through her experiences 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 1991 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.

She has become the go-to person for corporations, politicians, and celebrities seeking counsel in times of crisis, having consulted individuals such as Monica Lewinsky, Senator Craig from Idaho, actor Wesley Snipes, and NFL quarterback Michael Vick, as well as Fortune 500 companies such as BellSouth, Union Pacific, Wal-Mart, Starwood Hotels, and United Healthcare.

Smith is the author of Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worst Qualities into Your Biggest Assets and her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, National Journal, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and Fast Company. She regularly writes for The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast and frequently appears on major television networks such as CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, NBC, ABC, and CBS to offer commentary on topical issues of the day.

Judy Smith received her BS 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.

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Good Self, Bad Self: How to Bounce Back from a Personal Crisis

Good Self, Bad Self: How to Bounce Back from a Personal Crisis

Speaking Topics
  • Crisis 101: Surviving & Thriving in an Era of Perpetual Crisis

    The instant and global nature of the Information Age has made the ability to navigate crises of all stripes a critical component of an organization's success. Due to perpetual 24/7 news cycles and ever-expanding digital media platforms, it is harder than ever to successfully communicate a message or shape public opinion. In this presentation, speaker Judy Smith
    • one of the nation's top crisis managers
    • outlines the best practices in crisis management she has gleaned over 25 years of experience on the frontlines of many of the most high-profile crises and scandals around the world.

  • Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worst Qualities into Your Biggest Assets

    Whether the problem is debt, infidelity, indiscretion, or merely an embarrassing email sent to the wrong reader, we have all found ourselves in bad situations of our own making. And whether that puts you in a delicate position or a full-blown crisis, it can sometimes feel as if there is no way out. Enter Judy Smith, America's #1 crisis management expert. In "Good Self, Bad Self," based on her book by the same name, Smith shares her methods, gleaned from years of professional experience, for smoothing over a bad situation while providing the tools to prevent similar incidents from ever happening again. Exploring the underlying factors of some very public and often unpleasant scandals, Smith shows how different situations could have been prevented. As she shares her method of repairing the damage that these situations can cause, Smith also explains what we can all be doing in our own lives to prevent a crisis from getting started. Nobody's perfect, and the same character traits that bring us success can lead to our downfall. It is the way each of us deals with personal character flaws that dictates whether we're going to succeed or fail. In "Good Self, Bad Self," Judy Smith distills years of experience to share the tools we all need to face our mistakes and ultimately overcome them.

  • Social Media Revolution or Evolution: Crisis Communication & Public Relations in the Digital Age

  • Women in Corporate America: From Competition to Collaboration

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    Booking fees for Judy Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Judy Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Judy Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Judy Smith for your next private or corporate function.
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Judy Smith

America's No. 1 Crisis Management Expert & Inspiration for ABC's "Scandal"

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Judy Smith Biography

The real-life inspiration behind ABC's hit political thriller series Scandal starring Kerry Washington, Judy Smith is the US's premier crisis management expert. As the founder and president of Smith & Company - a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC - she uniquely combines her communication skills, media savvy, and legal and political acumen to serve clients around the world.

Smith honed her skills through her experiences 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 1991 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.

She has become the go-to person for corporations, politicians, and celebrities seeking counsel in times of crisis, having consulted individuals such as Monica Lewinsky, Senator Craig from Idaho, actor Wesley Snipes, and NFL quarterback Michael Vick, as well as Fortune 500 companies such as BellSouth, Union Pacific, Wal-Mart, Starwood Hotels, and United Healthcare.

Smith is the author of Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worst Qualities into Your Biggest Assets and her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, National Journal, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and Fast Company. She regularly writes for The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast and frequently appears on major television networks such as CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, NBC, ABC, and CBS to offer commentary on topical issues of the day.

Judy Smith received her BS 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.

Judy Smith Videos

  • Crisis Manager Judy Smith on "Good Self, Bad Self" | AARP - YouTube
  • Judy Smith on the Importance of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone ...
  • Judy Smith, inspiration for "Scandal" - YouTube

Judy Smith Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Judy Smith

Judy Smith Speaking Topics

  • Crisis 101: Surviving & Thriving in an Era of Perpetual Crisis

    The instant and global nature of the Information Age has made the ability to navigate crises of all stripes a critical component of an organization's success. Due to perpetual 24/7 news cycles and ever-expanding digital media platforms, it is harder than ever to successfully communicate a message or shape public opinion. In this presentation, speaker Judy Smith
    • one of the nation's top crisis managers
    • outlines the best practices in crisis management she has gleaned over 25 years of experience on the frontlines of many of the most high-profile crises and scandals around the world.

  • Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worst Qualities into Your Biggest Assets

    Whether the problem is debt, infidelity, indiscretion, or merely an embarrassing email sent to the wrong reader, we have all found ourselves in bad situations of our own making. And whether that puts you in a delicate position or a full-blown crisis, it can sometimes feel as if there is no way out. Enter Judy Smith, America's #1 crisis management expert. In "Good Self, Bad Self," based on her book by the same name, Smith shares her methods, gleaned from years of professional experience, for smoothing over a bad situation while providing the tools to prevent similar incidents from ever happening again. Exploring the underlying factors of some very public and often unpleasant scandals, Smith shows how different situations could have been prevented. As she shares her method of repairing the damage that these situations can cause, Smith also explains what we can all be doing in our own lives to prevent a crisis from getting started. Nobody's perfect, and the same character traits that bring us success can lead to our downfall. It is the way each of us deals with personal character flaws that dictates whether we're going to succeed or fail. In "Good Self, Bad Self," Judy Smith distills years of experience to share the tools we all need to face our mistakes and ultimately overcome them.

  • Social Media Revolution or Evolution: Crisis Communication & Public Relations in the Digital Age

  • Women in Corporate America: From Competition to Collaboration

FAQs on booking Judy Smith

  • How to book Judy Smith?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Judy Smith for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Judy Smith, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Judy Smith or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Judy Smith?

    Booking fees for Judy Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Judy Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Judy Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Judy Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Judy Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Judy Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Judy Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Judy Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Judy Smith for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Judy Smith generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Donna Brazile, Lisa Leslie, Erin Brockovich, Anita Hill and Angela Davis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Judy Smith for an upcoming event.

Judy Smith Speaker Videos

  • Crisis Manager Judy Smith on "Good Self, Bad Self" | AARP - YouTube
    Judy Smith on the Importance of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone ...
  • Judy Smith, inspiration for "Scandal" - YouTube
    Judy Smith on the Importance of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone ...
  • Ask 10 Eagles: Lyceum feat. Judy Smith - YouTube
    NABJ SU Presents: Judy Smith "The REAL Olivia Pope" {11-18- 2013}

Judy Smith Speaking Topics

  • Crisis 101: Surviving & Thriving in an Era of Perpetual Crisis

    The instant and global nature of the Information Age has made the ability to navigate crises of all stripes a critical component of an organization's success. Due to perpetual 24/7 news cycles and ever-expanding digital media platforms, it is harder than ever to successfully communicate a message or shape public opinion. In this presentation, speaker Judy Smith
    • one of the nation's top crisis managers
    • outlines the best practices in crisis management she has gleaned over 25 years of experience on the frontlines of many of the most high-profile crises and scandals around the world.

  • Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worst Qualities into Your Biggest Assets

    Whether the problem is debt, infidelity, indiscretion, or merely an embarrassing email sent to the wrong reader, we have all found ourselves in bad situations of our own making. And whether that puts you in a delicate position or a full-blown crisis, it can sometimes feel as if there is no way out. Enter Judy Smith, America's #1 crisis management expert. In "Good Self, Bad Self," based on her book by the same name, Smith shares her methods, gleaned from years of professional experience, for smoothing over a bad situation while providing the tools to prevent similar incidents from ever happening again. Exploring the underlying factors of some very public and often unpleasant scandals, Smith shows how different situations could have been prevented. As she shares her method of repairing the damage that these situations can cause, Smith also explains what we can all be doing in our own lives to prevent a crisis from getting started. Nobody's perfect, and the same character traits that bring us success can lead to our downfall. It is the way each of us deals with personal character flaws that dictates whether we're going to succeed or fail. In "Good Self, Bad Self," Judy Smith distills years of experience to share the tools we all need to face our mistakes and ultimately overcome them.

  • Social Media Revolution or Evolution: Crisis Communication & Public Relations in the Digital Age

  • Women in Corporate America: From Competition to Collaboration

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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