Speaking Engagements

Keynotes and Commencements

  • Graduation Commencement Speaker: The Fletcher Academy
  • Keynote Speaker: IMPACT Conference (audience reviews: 1 and 2)
  • Keynote Speaker: YogaFest NC: Enriching Your Yoga Journey with Service


  • Speaker: TEDxRaleigh 2018
  • Speaker: Leading for Change, Business & Professional Women of the Triangle
  • Speaker: 5 Steps For Young Leaders Determined to Make A Difference (But Aren’t Sure Where To Start), SHE Leads Conference
  • Speaker: Leadership Raleigh, Activate Good and Volunteerism
  • Speaker: Your Best Self, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network
  • Speaker: All Hands Meeting, Dell EMC
  • Speaker: Leading Within A Nonprofit and Motivating Volunteers, NC SHRM State Council Conference
  • Presentation: Making an Impact Inside and Out: How Volunteering Bolsters Company Culture AND the Community! Raleigh-Wake Human Resource Management Association
  • Presentation: Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, The Importance of Volunteerism
  • Presentation: Peace Lunch Forum, NC State University: The Ethics of Volunteer Service
  • Presentation: NC School of Science and Math, MLK Day, The Importance of Volunteerism

Lightning Talks

  • Speaker: COMx, Cross-Sector partnerships for Social Change
  • Speaker: RTP180, Let’s Make the Triangle #1 in Volunteerism
  • Speaker: ideaSPARK / SPARKcon: Anybody can be somebody’s hero

Workshops and Panels

  • Panel: Getting Involved in Your Community, HQ Raleigh
  • Workshop: Making the Triangle #1 in Volunteerism, Leadership Triangle
  • Workshop: CSNAP
  • Panel: Triangle Interactive Marketing Association: Don’t Be Afraid to Fail: How nonprofits can embrace innovation and risk-taking to get results
  • Conference Session: NC Center for Nonprofits, 2012 Statewide Conference: Times of Disaster – Nonprofits Take the Lead
  • Panel: Institute for Emerging Issues: Emerging Issues Forum, Service Learning
  • Workshop: Junior League of Raleigh’s Capital Leadership Initiative: Volunteer Management
  • Panel Moderator: Institute for Nonprofits, NC State University: So, you want to start a nonprofit?
  • Panel: North Carolina Central University, Volunteer Management Workshop
  • Panel: NCAVA, Increasing your Nonprofit’s Impact with the Service Enterprise


  • 9/11 Day of Service Evening Commemoration: Topic: Volunteering and service honors those lost
  • Webinar: Incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility into Events, ESPA Gives Back
  • Webinar: CTNC, Volunteer Management Basics
  • Lunch n’ Learn: iContact
  • Lunch n’ Learn: Hill Chesson & Woody
  • Lunch n’ Learn: Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Television appearances: CW22, WRAL, ABC11, Spectrum News, UNCTV





“Amber recently presented at our monthly dinner meeting of Business & Professional Women/Triangle. She did a fantastic job of narrating a story about volunteerism and why it is important for our community. She was very engaging and provide a lot of insights on how the Triangle can increase our call to volunteerism. Amber challenged all of us make the Triangle #1 in volunteerism. We received a lot of positive feedback from our members and Amber was definitely the draw for the evening.”

Donna Daniels, Principal Program Manager at SAS



“The Fletcher Academy was thrilled with Ms. Smith’s contribution to our graduation ceremony. She connected with the seniors, was engaging to our entire audience, and delivered a sincere message with genuine passion.”

Tiffany Govenides Gregory, Dean of Admission, Assessment, and Community Outreach, The Fletcher Academy



“Amber facilitated a workshop at our annual student conference in North Carolina, which was really well received. Therefore when I joined the national planning team for the 2014 IMPACT Conference she was immediately on my list as a potential speaker. Amber is an engaging speaker and the students, educators, and nonprofit staff at the conference were inspired and motivated by Amber’s personal journey to service as well as her vision about the power of volunteerism to transform communities. I highly recommend her for your next event.”

Leslie A. Garvin, MSW, Executive Director, North Carolina Campus Compact


“Amber Smith served as a keynote speaker at our yoga festival in 2013. She shared her journey with several hundred people in how she became the director of Activate Good in a well constructed, articulate, engaging and inspiring matter. I can only imagine the skill sets that she’s developed since then as she wowed us at that event. Please consider utilizing Amber‘s passion as a way to inspire your audience!”

Howie Shareff, Executive Director of You Call This Yoga



“Amber is amazing! The breadth of her experience and vision as a young professional is an inspiration to those in the world of nonprofit.”

Linda Cozzolino, Marketing & Communications Professional, Affinity Nonprofit Services




“Trying to describe Amber with words feels like describing the Grand Canyon as “a big hole in the ground”. You cannot describe her value with words. You have to experience working with her. She is amazing. She is the epitome of vision plus passion plus action. Yet she does this with a calm demeanor that elevates the performance of everyone around her. She is one of a kind.”

Oie Osterkamp, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake



“Amber is mature beyond her years and is an exceptional visionary. She started her own nonprofit and has assisted other organizations in their start up and operation. Amber is highly connected in the Wake County community, especially in the nonprofit sector.”

Mindy Sopher, Faculty & Academic Advisor at N C State University and Professional Training & Coaching Consultant





Awards and Recognition

  • Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, 2018
  • Leadership Triangle’s Goodmon Award, 2014
  • Professor William J. Block Award for Exceptional Community Service, 2012
  • Independent Weekly’s Citizen Award, 2011
  • Wake County’s Commission for Women Award, 2006