SPEAKER. TRAINER. AUTHOR.
Pete Smith has been called “One of America’s leading personal and professional development coaches.”
Pete Smith is an international speaker and coach in the fields of leadership,
management, personal growth and development. His energetic, edgy, and
interactive style is complimented by his ability to provide practical takeaways
that actually work, while having a little fun in the process.
He is the author of Dare to Matter, which hit the best seller list in the Business
Motivation and Self-Improvement category in 2017.
Formerly, Pete was the Operations Executive at one of the largest non-profit, alternative schools
in Northern Virginia. During his tenure, he helped increase the total income, employee base and
client base by over 102%. Additionally, by focusing his efforts on developing an engaged and
productive workforce, he helped increase the average employee tenure by 74%, while saving
the organization $420,000 in turnover costs during that time.
Working in higher education as the Director of High School Programs, Pete took historically
underperforming Mid-Atlantic regions to a national ranking of #1, #2, and #4.
Early in his career, Pete taught history at the 9th and 11th grade levels, and was a Career
Counselor at the high school level for four years.
Having a stroke at the age of 35, Pete has since used that experience to inspire, educate, and
entertain audiences throughout the world on the importance of pursuing significance in their
personal and professional lives. As he says, “If you relentlessly pursue success and happiness
in your life, you are settling for far less than what you were created for.”
Married to an incredible wife, proud dad of two amazing boys, and part-time chew toy for an
Irish Setter, Pete resides in Arlington, VA.
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