About The Memoir’s Author

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Author's Bio

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.

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Fun Facts!

 "I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me."-Joshua Graham


  • My hobbies are reading, writing, speaking and traveling with my grandchildren, to any place with clear blue water, sand, and sun.
  • My favorite authors are Nikita Lynette Nicholos (the Lady Elect series), husband and wife team Ashley & Jaquavis Coleman and Tami Hoag.
  • When someone does or says something stupid, my way of dismissing them is “Bye Felecia!” You know the memes from the 1995 movie, Friday.
  • Things I love are my son, my grandchildren, garlic mashed potatoes and honest, open, sincere, woke people.
  • My cherished childhood memories are time spent with my grandfather Hugh, in Bluefield, WV.
  • My endearing nickname of “Shorty” came from my grandfather, Hugh. In my early days, I was the shortest in the pecking order of the grandchildren.
  • From my bucket list, I would like to leave a legacy of financial independence for my grandchildren, so they won’t have to struggle as I have. 

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Additional Fun Facts!

  • I drive a 2010 Sapphire Blue Nissan Rogue but dream of chilling in a two-seater, white on white, metallic, Mercedes Benz convertible.
  • I inherited some of my mother’s Thomas Blackshear Ebony Vision figurines and have continued the collection of children and family pieces.
  • My Five Gallup Strengths: Belief / Context / Responsibility / Maximizer / Connectedness
  • The Most Important Advice to Remember: Always, always know that your power lies within!
  • In the 60s I was female vocalist for Ohio’s Marvin Reed & the Playboys. We were invited to perform at the 1964 World’s Fair, in Queens, NY. The fair’s theme that year, “Peace Through Understanding” ... a theme that is relevant today!