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Chief learning Officer (ClO)

Dr. Barbara Logan Smith

I have always believed in the capacity of people. I believe in our brilliance, our capacities to solve problems and create beauty in our homes, communities, and organizations. I have devoted my work and life to increasing my self-efficacy and the efficacy of others. As a team member, leader, and master trainer/facilitator of adult learning experiences for more than 10,000 people (including K-12 schools, higher education, corporate, and non-profits), I have witnessed the powerful effects of positioning others to understand the influence of mindsets and behaviors and their effect on outcomes. My passion is leading experiences that enable people to recognize, celebrate, and illuminate their brilliance.

As a teacher, administrator, director, vice-president, and executive director, I have developed a multifaceted lens and a perspective on how to focus on "both and" instead of the all-too-familiar 'pendulum approach', centered on false dichotomies. This "both and" approach leads to an acceleration of important performance metrics and enhances relationships. When delivering learning experience, my expectation is to inspire, challenge, and create measurable (qualitative and quantitative) change for the participants and their organizations.



Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service

M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction

B.A. in K-8 Education
B.A. in Psychology



CEO & executive coach  

Chris Smith, M.S., ACC

Core values, authenticity, and mindfulness are at the center of my transformational leadership approach. I am a strategic and enterprise-level thinker. I believe success comes from effective effort, competency, and confidence. Your agency, leadership, and the collective efficacy of your team are my primary goals! I have 20+ years of success as a leader with a diversified background: personal and executive coach, higher education administrator and instructor, small business owner, and prior active duty in the U.S. Army. My clients consistently yield nearly 200% growth in key performance, team effectiveness, and leadership metrics.

As a coach, I have extensive experience with executive and mid-management coaching, onboarding coaching, developmental coaching, performance-focused coaching, diversity/inclusion coaching, and relationship coaching. My philosophy of development (discovery - theory - practice) affords opportunities for clients and participants to trek a path that leads to high levels of learning, productivity, relationship building, and sustainable practices at work, home, and in the communities they serve.


Ph.D. in Leadership (ABD)
M.S. in Management
B.A. in English/Secondary Education

Honor Graduate, US Army Chaplain Center and School

Activities & Affiliations

Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
National Black MBA Association, Member
The Leadership Lab, Board President