Leigh Smith, MBA, MSW, CPHQ, is a Healthcare Executive, Wellness Advocate and Relationship Coach who exemplifies what it means to perfectly balance service, self-care and style. She has spent 20 years working to promote hospital safety and quality control, constantly proving her commitment to her work as a wellness advocate.
What is your favorite way to give back?
I enjoy serving on local nonprofit boards and giving back through several national women’s organizations. I’ve served as a board member for Partnership Against Domestic Violence, a charter to the Clayton State University’s National Council of Negro Women and as a member of the Health and Wellness Committee for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
What piece of advice would you give to those in their 20s and 30s?
Don’t lose yourself – in a person, in a place, in a job or in a title. Spend these years learning about who you are, what you like and what you’re good at. Take the risk. Take the trip. Do “the thing” you’ve been wanting to do. Don’t wait.
Who has influenced your life most?
I learned my love of helping others from my parents. My father, Rev. Lee Arthur Truss, was a minister and my mother, Thelma E. Truss, was a licensed clinical social worker. Almost 5 years ago, when my father was disabled by a stroke, my mother became his full-time caregiver. Watching her aid in his daily activities and his rehabilitation gave me a newfound appreciation for her and her superpowers. They have both taught me – you don’t throw people away. You meet them where they are and help where you can.