Janet M. Smith, author, entrepreneur, devoted advocate for the African-American community and Black youth development, not only talks the talk, she walks the walk. Amongst her greatest achievements, Janet created ‘The Blue Chip Profile,’ a print publication that portrayed and offered access to African-American professionals, business executives and entrepreneurs in Central Ohio.
She also established one of the city’s pre-eminent “black-tie” events, the Blue Chip Awards Gala, honoring individuals who served as role models for today’s young people. Fueled by Janet’s mentoring spirit that “Young People Are Our Greatest Asset,” she founded the Blue Chip Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the academic, personal and career development of African-American, middle and high school students. The Blue Chip Profile, Blue Chip Awards Gala and Blue Chip Foundation became three of the most recognized and respected media in the Central Ohio community.
Today, she serves as a Career Development consultant. Janet understands that “to whom much is given, much is required.” And the struggle for underserved African-American young adults and their plight in today’s society has never been more defined. It is her mission to encourage and assist them in finding their voice, vocation and purpose.
"I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me."-Joshua Graham