Leadership Breakfast Series with Judy Smith

Leadership Breakfast Series

Girl Scouts of Western New York welcomed more than 200 guests to the Leadership Breakfast Series on Friday, September 27, 2013, at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside. Judy Smith, America’s #1 crisis management expert, gave the keynote address. Angela Hong, video journalist with 13WHAM, served as the event’s mistress of ceremony.

Other speakers were: Sundra Ryce, who gave the invocation; Cheyenne Zaremba, who presented remarks on behalf of event co-chair Essie Calhoun-McDavid, retired, diversity & community affairs officer, Eastman Kodak Company , as well as remarks on her experience in Girl Scouts; Diana Palotas, event co-chair and radio talk show host for The CEO Hour; and Cindy Odom, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western New York.

City Council Members Elaine Spaull, PhD, JD; Jacklyn Ortiz; and Carla Palumbo were present to give a proclamation from the City of Rochester.

Having worked as the White House Deputy Press Secretary and consulted for a number of high-profile celebrities and Fortune 500 companies, Smith shared stories about some of her experiences with the world’s top leaders, showing that even though she interacts with many top officials, she and her clients are all people just like us. She shared her own story about her career path, and, among other advice, she encouraged youth to be themselves, not just to be what you think others what you to be.

As the co-executive producer and inspiration for the ABC television drama Scandal, Smith answered questions about the show. Following the formal presentation, Smith signed copies of her book, Good Self, Bad Self.

View WHEC’s event coverage.

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This event was made possible by the following sponsors.

Essie Calhoun-McDavid  Rochester Red Wings  

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Event Co-Chairs

Essie Calhoun-McDavid, Retired, Diversity & Community Affairs Officer, Eastman Kodak Company

Diana Palotas, Radio Talk Show Host, The CEO Hour

Host Committee

Marietta Avery Dr. Vivian Lewis
Jean Carroll Dr. Cynthia McGill
Jamie Columbus Nannette Nocon
Tanya Davis Robin Scott
Lauren Dixon Naomi Silver
Susan Holliday Elaine Spaull, PhD, JD
Deborah Hughes Tracy Till
Michelle Hutchinson, Esq. Judy von Bucher
Ebets Judson Connie Walker, Esq.
Jennifer Leonard Mary Worboys-Turner