Scholastic Achievement/Community Involvement:
Shonda Smith is a wife and mother of five amazing children with three future queens of her own! Her professional background is in elementary education with a Bachelors of Arts Degree and over 10 years of experience as a fourth grade teacher. She is also a licensed cosmetologist with over 17 years in the beauty industry. As a certified girls empowerment coach, wellness coach and inspirational speaker, she is fulfilling her life’s purpose by equipping young girls with the tools necessary to build self-love and transition through life with confidence.
Shonda is passionate about empowering girls! She enjoys mentoring young girls in hercommunity and beyond by teaching confidence building skills, body protection, discovery of gifts and talents, healthy lifestyle choices, and so much more. She’s the CEO and Founder of The Queen In Me, LLC in which she aims to Transform Tweens to Queens with her signature workshop series and online courses entitled, “Luv’n the Queen in Me!”
Shonda is an advocate for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and aims to prevent child sexual abuse by spreading awareness and education for young girls in a way that’s developmentally appropriate, fun, and engaging. Young girls will be equipped with the safety tools to help adults with the responsibility of keeping them safe and protected.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Shonda loves warm weather and tropical scenery! While she has toured islands out of the country before, she is proud to be an American citizen. Therefore, Hawaii would be the ideal location for her dream home.
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would they be?
Shonda believes in the importance of uplifting one another and building positive relationships with other powerful women. With that being said, it is her dream to “Have a seat at the table” with Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
Best advice you have ever been given:
The best advice she’s been given and that she often shares with other women and girls is to use the tools you’ve been given (gifts & talents). Using them will lead you to discover what you’re passionate about. Then, when your passion and vision lines up with God’s purpose for your life, you’re on your destined path to greatness!
Who is your role model and why?
Shonda Smith is inspired by other strong, confident women on a mission whose inner beauty radiates outward! She observes these characteristics and more in so many women. If you’re a woman walking in grace and living a purpose-filled life impacting others around you, then you very well are her role model!
Something interesting about you:
Shonda enjoys cooking for her family and friends. She has the gift of hospitality and a giving heart. She loves trying out creative twists on her favorite foods as well as experimenting with foods from other cultures. Although those close to her already claim her to be an awesome cook, the perfect next chapter adventure for her would be to learn to prepare fine cuisine and maybe even become a gourmet chef!
Three words that describe you best:
Creative, Compassionate, Beautiful- Inside and Out
Ready, Fire, Aim by Mark Masterson
Overcoming Fear by Creflo Dollar
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Favorite TV Show:
Pasta, pasta, and more pasta!!! Italy, here she comes!!!