Evangelist

Margaret Smith

Portland, Oregon

Soar Coach since October 2018

About Margaret


I use a strengths-based approach to develop leaders and teams with a track-record of producing breakthrough results.

Hello! I'm Margaret Smith and I'm passionate about creating workplaces where people thrive!

I do this through three service offerings:

*Speaking: I deliver powerful keynote talks on strengths-based organization development to inspire audiences to achieve breakthrough results.

*Coaching: I help leaders discover their strengths and manage their weaknesses to elevate their effectiveness.

*Facilitation: I develop leadership teams to break-down silos and improve their health & performance.

Here are some of my results from nearly 20 years in the field of organization development:

*Coached an IT D executive for communication effectiveness resulting in alignment and financial support to enable a DevOps transformation at a Fortune 500 company.

*Led year-long physician leadership development program which created a more collaborative culture and improved patient care delivery at Portland's largest employer.

*Facilitated creation of powerful talent management strategy for a $500M start-up which resulted in their ability to attract highly skilled professionals from around the world to solve for the early detection of cancer.

*Gave interactive keynote to 100+ leaders at a regional conference leaving them equipped to manage their portfolio more effectively to overcome change saturation and elevate employee engagement in their workplace.

Clients include: Central Intelligence Agency, Lensbaby, Microsoft, National Science Foundation, Nike, Oregon Health and Sciences University, PeaceHealth, Portland General Electric, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, among others.

Masters of Arts, Education & Human Development, The George Washington University (2001)

I grew up in New York City the daughter of two extraordinary parents who worked for IBM their whole careers. My father Baird was a futurist, developer, and thought-leader for the company who spoke for large audiences around the world. I was privileged with an incredible, rich childhood full of diversity, learning and global experiences.

I ventured out to Oregon in 1990 to attend the University of Oregon and my family moved to Portland shortly after. My first job was as a Recruiter for the university using my strength in communication and woo. I gave presentations to high school kids around the country and coached applicants 1:1 in my office on the college admission process. It was exhilarating but paid peanuts!

I stepped up my game and completed a masters degree in organization development moving to Washington DC for the best program. Served as a Strategic Change Consultant for Pricewaterhouse Coopers which I fondly remember as my "finishing school"

Then came a decade of wonderful work inside healthcare back in Oregon. I was very lucky to work for executives who leveraged my strengths as I excelled at coaching and developing leaders/teams and managing large scale systems change. One vivid memory is scrubbing into an open-heart case to build rapport with a surgeon I was coaching! I rose to serve as the Director of Organization Development & Change Consulting for PeaceHealth.

Since then I have popped in and out of organizations since the clear shift to a Gig Economy -gone are the days of 30 year long careers like my folks.

Today I enjoy a blend of internal and external consulting. The opportunity to serve as the Strengths Evangelist for Portland is a real honor and aligns with my personal values and professional practice. I have a group of local Coaches so I can be an excellent matchmaker for different preferences and situations.

I live in NW Portland with my son Will who is in fourth grade and loves to throw the football with me. I enjoy a fantastic life full of athletic pursuits, charitable work, and socializing with loved ones. I have invested in coaches for myself to manage my weaknesses in Health, Finance, and even Dating.

I genuinely love people so look forward to connecting with you!

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