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  • 1. Rhonda M. SmithRhonda M. Smith is the Founder of Breast Cancer Partner, a for profit organization that createsand delivers health and wellness education programs for women diagnosed with breast cancerto help them understand how to optimize their health and wellness, improveoutcomes, and enhance long-term survivorship. Breast Cancer Partner also providestools, resources and information to help breast cancer survivors recover, restore andreenergize after treatment.Through her work, Rhonda’s goal is to empower women diagnosed with breastcancer to become their own health and wellness advocate and adopt lifestylebehaviors that minimize their risk of recurrence and other chronic diseases.Ultimately, Rhonda wants to create a world in which each and every breast cancersurvivor lives a life that is full of vitality, cancer free and without fear, so that recovery is alife-enhancing, and not a life-limiting event.Rhonda served as a consultant on an NIH/NCI funded breast cancer research study at theSylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and taught the health and wellness education programcomponent to the control group of the study. She has more than 20 years of experience in salesand marketing management and learning and development consulting. Her corporate careerincludes a tenure with Strat*X International, E. I. Dupont DeNemours & Co., and Eli Lilly.Rhonda has parlayed her professional and personal experience into a unique skill set thatenables her to design and deliver health and wellness education experiences that result inpositive health and lifestyle behavior change.Rhonda is also the President and Founder of Rhegal Consulting, a strategic learning anddevelopment consultancy that focuses on elevating the knowledge skills and capabilities ofmarketing and sales professionals. Rhonda has broad international learning and developmentconsulting experience, and has managed client engagements on 5 continents and more than 20countries. Rhonda’s consulting experience has included developing and implementing learningand development initiatives for companies such as GE, Office Depot, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott Laboratories, Novartis, Rolls Royce, and Xerox Corp.Rhonda appeared in the October 2010 issue of More Magazine as a first runner-up in themagazine’s essay contest on “Why this is the Most Fabulous Time in My Life”. She wrote anessay on her breast cancer journey and how she has emerged from that experience with a newidentity and sense of purpose. Rhonda was also chosen to participate on the Merz Aesthtics’expert advisory panel for their “Stand and Deliver Program”, a national initiative thatrecognizes women who stand up for a cause they believe in and have an impact in theircommunity. Rhonda was also profiled and recognized as a woman who stands and delivers onthe More Magazine Reinvention TV Show in November 2011.Rhonda earned her MBA in Marketing and Operations Management from the Colgate DardenSchool of Business at the University of Virginia and her B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering fromVirginia Tech. Rhonda served as the Mission Integration Chair for the American Cancer Society’s2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and is a member of the Baptist Health SouthFlorida Breast Center’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. Rhonda is a Leadership Charlottealumnus, Immediate Past-Chair of the Board of The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, and a CEOForum member of The Commonwealth Institute South Florida. Rhonda served on the 2007 NFLSuper Bowl Special Events Committee, and in 2006 was named one of South Florida’s “25 MostProminent and Influential African-American Women by Success South Florida Magazine.

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