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Suzanne Smith

Social Impact Architects
Founder and Managing Director
Dallas, Texas

Suzanne Smith is a serial social entrepreneur and bridges many disciplines as a coach and consultant to social sector organizations as Founder and Managing Director of Social Impact Architects and Co-Founder of Flywheel: Social Enterprise Hub. She also educates future social entrepreneurs as a frequent guest lecturer at campuses across the country and as Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas and Research Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University. She is also a leading author, blogger (@socialtrendspot), and top-rated speaker.

Having spent the greater part of the past two decades generating innovative and break-through social ideas, Suzanne has been widely recognized for her success in building and implementing award-winning programs and initiatives within the social sector.

Prior to founding Social Impact Architects, Suzanne was a Senior Consultant with the Washington, DC firm Community Wealth Ventures. Previously, she also worked in government relations and strategy with both Phoenix House and the American Heart Association. While with the national office of the American Heart Association, Suzanne championed early efforts to build an integrated and impact-driven platform to combat childhood obesity. In that role, she is credited for starting the Alliance for a Healthier Generation with a team from the William J. Clinton Foundation. In each role, Suzanne has won praise for building public-private coalitions and wide-spread support around a common strategy.

She is a member of the prestigious Society of Organizational Learning (founded by Peter Senge) and Young Entrepreneur Council, serves on the National Board of the Social Enterprise Alliance, and is the 2010 recipient of the Next Generation Social Entrepreneurs Award. Locally, she is a member of Dallas Social Venture Partners, Leadership Dallas/North Texas and Junior League and was proud to be selected in 2012 for the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award.

Suzanne holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where she was a CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship) scholar and now serves on their Alumni Council. A native of a rural community outside of Dallas, Suzanne was raised by career educators who were deeply committed to making a difference through education. Her lifetime goal is to help spotlight the social innovation in the
“flyover states” of the U.S. and bring practical and impact-driven solutions to both rural and urban communities.