Coming Up

  • Speaker: 9/11 Day of Service Virtual Commemoration, Activate Good, featured on WRAL, September 11, 2020 (Virtual)

Past Speaking Engagements

Keynotes and Commencements

  • Keynote Speaker: Teen-Led Nonprofit Summit, July 19, 2020 (Virtual)
  • Keynote Speaker: The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary Community Meeting, Raleigh, NC, October 30, 2019
  • Keynote Speaker: Chatham County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, Pittsboro NC, September 24, 2019 (Press)
  • Keynote Speaker: West Millbrook Middle School 8th Grade Awards Ceremony, June 11, 2019
  • 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: “Tales from the Trenches”, Real Social Change, NC State University, August 27, 2020 (Virtual)
  • Speaker: Leadership In Action, Global Training Initiative at NC State University, July 22, 2020 (Virtual)
  • Speaker: Southwest Durham Rotary Club, June 25, 2020 (Virtual)
  • Speaker: Points of Light Affiliate Roundup, May 21, 2020 (Virtual)
  • Speaker: IMPACT Pharma Impact Team Meeting, May 19, 2020 (Virtual)
  • Speaker: Downtown Raleigh Alliance Downtown Rundown, May 13, 2020 (Virtual)
  • Speaker: Kindness and Wellness, Metabolon, Raleigh NC, February 17, 2020
  • Speaker: Heart Your Community: How Volunteering Improves Health, Wyrick Robbins, Raleigh NC, February 25, 2020
  • Speaker: The Hero Round Table – Michigan, October 28, 2019
  • Featured Speaker: NCAIS Annual Educators Conference, Raleigh NC, October 18, 2019
  • Speaker: Activate Good’s Teens Change the World! Summer Program, June and July 2019
  • Speaker: Triangle Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy Awards, June 2019
  • Speaker: CHIESI USA All Hands Meeting, March 2019
  • Speaker: Heroism is not a solo act – Real Estate One – Michigan is “Marvelus” Conference – Detroit, MI, March 2019
  • Speaker: Lessons Learned from Starting a Nonprofit in my Twenties – Coalition for Collegiate Women’s Leadership Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, February 2019
  • Speaker: (Nearly) Broke and Trying to Save the World – Working with Millennials in Public Service – Financial Planning Association of the Triangle, Raleigh, NC, February 2019
  • Speaker: Want to change your life? Start by Changing the World, Longview School, February 2019
  • Speaker: Getting Involved in Your Community, Leadership Triangle, February 2019
  • Speaker: Being an Engaged Volunteer, Intro to Nonprofits at NC State University, February 2019
  • Speaker: Want to change your life? Start by Changing the World, Millbrook High School Career Academy, January 2019 (video highlights)
  • 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: National Society of Leadership and Success Southeast Leadership Summit, Raleigh NC, September 13, 2019
  • 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


  • Radio Interview: Volunteering and the 9/11 Day of Service, iHeartMedia’s Around the Triangle show, August 2019
  • 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 is such a dynamic, engaging speaker that we felt very lucky to have her at our community meeting. Her keynote presentation truly resonated with our audience, many of whom were looking for a purpose of why they should continue to give of their time. In her very lively, energizing session, she gave a clear picture of why she gives of her time–and most importantly, actionable suggestions to why the community should continue as well. I look forward to having her back again.

Mindy Haas, Director of Operations, Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary



Amber did an extremely good job working within the constraints that comes with speaking at a virtual event to tell a captivating story for our worldwide audience. She was patient with our crazy logistics. She even presented a live poll to the audience to better assess the demographic allowing the audience to connect with each other and the speaker. Highly recommend booking Amber to speak at your virtual event.

Nihal Abbu, Founder and Director, Nonprofit Foundation



Amber was a professional right from the first communication all the way through to exiting the stage. She asked all the right questions, making sure that the talk she was delivering matched the goals of both the organization and audience. I’ve recruited more than 200 speakers and that is a rare quality. The talk itself was practiced, smooth, and on time. I’d say the usual, “I’d love to work with her again”, but I’ve already booked her for two more events, so it’s more of an, “I can’t wait to work with her again.”

Matt Langdon, CEO and Founder, The Hero Round Table


“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




“Amber is wise beyond her years, and has a vision and passion in a higher stratosphere than most. Her mission can be applied to many different groups and demographics. Once you experience her message, you’ll agree the future of our community is in great hands.”

Adam Whitesell, CFP®, APMA®, CRPC®, CEP®,  Managing Director @ Inspired Capital




“We invited Amber to speak to a group of middle and high school students as part of an educational volunteer event. Amber delivered an honest and authentic message about individuals creating change that inspired audience members of all ages. She empowered the students by giving examples of significant volunteer movements and nonprofit endeavors by young people. Amber also emphasized something important for us all to remember: doing good deeds is reciprocal, changing our communities while also promoting personal wellness and thus changing ourselves. The audience went on to do great work that afternoon, and smiles and kindness were all around, proving her point that doing this work does indeed make you feel happier.”

Christopher Toller, LCSW, School Based Care Coordinator

























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