An accomplished speaker, trainer, and group facilitator, DeWanda Smith-Soeder is President and principal consultant of Smith Soeder Enterprises, Inc., which is an umbrella company that consists of two businesses: a diversity management and organizational development consultancy that provides diversity training and change management; and the Black Business Professional Network, an online and event-based organization of over 450 Black business owners and professionals in Sarasota, Florida.
brings over twenty years of corporate, business management and organizational development expertise to the company.
After ten years with BP Oil Company
in the areas of retail operations, organizational development and training DeWanda
became the first African-American female owner operator of BP Convenience stores/gas stations.
As an organizational development professional she
has consulted with fortune 50- 500 corporations and small businesses spanning the non-profit, government, educational, and medical fields in the US and abroad.
She holds a BS in Health and Human Services from Ohio University and a Masters in Psychology with a specialization in Diversity Psychology from the Diversity Management Program, Cleveland State University, (the first program of it kind in the US).
In addition to being a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), her professional affiliations also include certification from DDI (Development Dimension International), NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, Accreditation in Emotional Intelligence from the famed Hay Group of Boston, MA, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Cleveland State University.
She holds a Bachelor of Science - Health and Human Services from Ohio University and a Masters of Arts - Psychology from Cleveland State University.