Profile – Melissa Smith

Director of Women’s Programs
Central

My position includes . . .

Managing the university’s two major women’s groups, the Alliance of Women Philanthropists and the Women’s Council. I also administer scholarships for the system-wide alumni association.

When I grew up I wanted to be . . .

A Subway sandwich artist. I thought it was the perfect mix of culinary genius and my eight-year-old passion for art.

If I was gifted with a secret power it would be . . .

Omnilinguism. I could travel anywhere and communicate with anyone I wanted with no language barrier.

My job is . . .

To encourage more women to become involved with the university.

To understand what I do, you must understand . . .

That women are a valuable asset to the university’s success.

I advance the mission of the university by . . .

Connecting women to the university through targeted programming and raising awareness of the integral role women play in philanthropy.

My life mantra is . . .

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better do better –Maya Angelou

My theme song is . . .

“Today” by the Smashing Pumpkins

I learned the meaning of giving from . . .

My Oma. She immigrated to the US after WW2 and lived with us my entire childhood, taking care of my brother and I while my parents both served in the Army. She didn’t have much but that never stopped her from giving to the church, her neighbors, her family and anyone she met who had a need she could fill.

Few know that I . . .

Am absolutely terrified of horses