Barbara Holmes Smith is known as the “masterful presenter” and with good reason. With more than 20+ years of serving corporate clients in banking, defense, and consumer products industries, she is an energetic, dedicated international speaker, coach, and trainer. She is a leader with mental toughness and focus who commands the platform with ease. Barbara’s captivating style transforms audiences with storytelling, humor, and content. She brings energy to the stage and facilitates in a way that shares her wealth of knowledge leaving audiences transformed with the value provided. Her pleasant personality and easy-going demeanor give class participants a sense of already knowing her; as she immediately puts her audience at ease.
Barbara earned her associate’s degree from ECPI in computer electronics, her bachelor’s degree from St. Leo University in computer information, and her master’s degree in management from Troy State University. Barbara owns and operates BHS Consulting and Training, LLC., a consulting organization that provides customized training to small, medium, and large corporations.
Barbara has worked in many industries, including information technology, academia, construction, hotel management, transportation, and sales. She coaches individuals and small businesses and shares her vast knowledge and experience helping others grow in their lives and in their businesses. She is a certified Microsoft Office Productivity Specialist in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, member of SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management) and is a graduate of the NSA (National Speakers Association) Speaker Academy. Her training is customized and topics include diversity/inclusion, leadership and management, information technology, customer service and more.
Barbara serves her community assisting non-profit organizations, and studies to improve her craft as an actor. You can find her working on movie sets with different projects in the local area. She is also deeply involved in the community as an advocate for women and children. Having overcome obstacles in her own life, she pays it forward by actively serving organizations like Natasha House, Inc., a transitional home for women and children, She’Matters Girls, Inc., the Girls Club of Hampton Roads, and the Hampton Roads Community Action Program’s Project Discovery.
Her smile is infectious, and when she enters a room, “It’s like all of the Christmas trees in New York City light up!” She has a deep attraction for unusual sunglasses, amazing jewelry, and dark chocolate. She believes in providing superior customer service and consistently delivers more value than promised. Whether it’s a training facilitation, a keynote speech, or an inspirational mistress of ceremony occasion, you’ll be happy you contacted her.