Nicole R. Smith educates, supports and encourages volunteers, interns and administrators to understand their value, enhance their programs and build resilience en route to fulfilling their vision; leaving a lasting legacy in the community for generations to come.
NRS cultivates an environment where volunteers, interns and administrators thrive, feel appreciated and are valued; becoming your organization's greatest advocates.
Nicole is a Panamanian-American, workforce development specialist, published author of Game On! Relentlessly Pursue Your Dreams and the 101 Note-taking Affirmation Journal Series, world renowned motivational speaker, bloggerpodcast host of From The Suggestion Box; Navigating Feedback The Good The Bad and the Say Whaaatttt??? and dancer. She earned her Bachelor's degree via a Division I full-ride track scholarship and after graduating, she founded Step It Up! Inc., a non-profit dance organization that allowed her to perform for audiences nationwide and used dance to teach teamwork to kids in after school programs.
Her experience in sports entertainment, radio, TV, the performing arts and social services has spanned nearly 20 years covering the Chicago, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami and Orlando markets. She has danced and cheered for four Professional and Semi-Professional sports teams, has prepared more than 800 interns to enter the workforce and has inspired crowds upwards of 2000.
She has been a proud mentor for the Tessitura Network’s Early Career Development program for the past three years which is a free program dedicated to diversifying Arts leadership. She has the opportunity to mentor young arts professionals of Latino, Black and Asian decent to help them not only find their voice , but express it in the board rooms in arts organizations.
She was a contributing writer for The Life of a Single Momfor two years and has been published in several industry journals including The Volunteer Management Report, Human Capital Leadership Magazine and Chronicle Philanthropy Magazine.
As a nod to her belief in continuous education, in 2021 she earned her certification in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the USF Muma College of Business.I
She has received several accolades to include being named in the Marquis Who's Who for professionals, receiving an Emerging Leader Award from Alive Impact Awards for Volunteer Engagement Professionals, awarded the Amplifying Voices Award from United Latinas, being listed as one of WLRN’s “Local Women Who Inspire You”and being selected as one of Legacy Miami’s Most Prominent and Influential Black Women In Business and Industry of 2019.
She is passionate about giving back to her community. and does so by sitting on the Boards of the Association for Leaders In Volunteer Engagementand Ageless CHIC Magazineand is aformer Board Member of theArts and Business Council of Miami.
What is the cost of quitting on your dream? Is the world missing something because you haven’t seen your dream come to pass … yet? What do you do when everyone is telling you to give up (including yourself) but deep down inside, you know it is what you were born to do? How many times have you tried to ignore that still small voice, but it just won’t go away? Game On! will encourage you to keep going against all odds.
You will discover how to:
Expose “valid reasons” as excuses not to move forward
Set small attainable goals to help you reach your destination
Trust your gut in spite of opposition
Change your perspective
Are you ready for the challenge?
1. In 60 seconds, what is Game On! about?
2. What inspired you to write this book?
3. Who should read this book?
4. What are some of the challenges that you had to overcome for some of the goals you achieved?
5. What is the cost of someone giving up on their dream?
6. The book offers six steps to achieving goals. Tell us about them.
7. Of the six steps, which one do you think is most important?
8. What do you hope to accomplish with this book?
G - Set Your Goal
A - Accountability Partner
M - Make a Plan
E - Envision the Plan Coming to Pass
O - Overcome Obstacles
N - Never, Ever, Give Up
UBUNTU - I am, because we are
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