- International Semi Finalist in 2021 World Championship of Public Speaking
- Best-selling author of "Killing Law Enforcement"
- Former Police Officer and Current Volunteer Firefighter
Samantha Smith brings a unique and diverse perspective to her audiences, being a former Police Officer and current Volunteer Firefighter, her stories are impactful and relatable. She has shared her stories of mental health and the LGBTQIA+ community with thousands of people from around the World. Samantha is a proud Lesbian, Wife and Mother who was recently named one of the top 28 speakers in the World at the 2021 World Championship of Public Speaking. She is passionate about mental health awareness and breaking down the barriers, specifically in our youth and the LGBTQIA+ community to ensure their voices are heard. Samantha is also a speaking coach who leaves her audiences not only empowered to tell their own story, but calls on them to take action, to be accountable and to effect positive change in their communities to protect those whose lives depend on it.
Location: Houston, Texas
Today’s speaker is one of the top 28 speakers in the World, a former Police Officer, current Volunteer Fire Fighter and proud Lesbian. She tells a story of vulnerability and courage, to ensure the marginalized voices of the LGBTQIA+ community are heard, because lives depends on it. Please Welcome Samantha Smith!
What our clients have to say...
Sam was a fantastic, personable, and engaging speaker to include in our Spring Equity Series! Her conversation on vulnerability and how it relates to confidence as an individual and/or a group is very relevant and timely. Sam’s personal stories were able to empower our viewers to take action and provided them the strength to share their own stories of overcoming hardships. I would highly recommend Sam for those wanting a speaker that will provide a perspective on equity, inclusion, in addition to mental health.
Chippewa Valley Technical College
I thought Samantha's keynote was excellent. One of the best I've heard. Her speaking style is engaging, open and approachable. Her openness with the audience is amazing and invites others to be open and vulnerable. The content was educating, interesting, and, at times, distressing. But not distressing to the point where the audience shuts down. She knows exactly how much to give to make the salient point but not linger so long on the negative as to leave us hopeless. And I like it when keynote speakers engage in Q&A. It's through Q&A that I find I learn even more. Thank you to District 106 for bringing the subject area to the forefront and inviting such an engaging speaker.
Wonderful speech today. Had me choking up at times. Thanks for agreeing to be here and share your story. I hope we can make a more positive impact on TI.
Sam, I loved your keynote today. It is the best I've heard from the TLI's - maybe even all of Toastmasters. I'm happy you were able to get the contest rules changed. It's time for TI to enter the 21st Century and be representative of everyone.