Bernadette Smith

Bernadette is Founder and CEO of the Equality Institute and an award-winning author of three books. She is frequently requested as a keynote speaker to help promote an inclusive work environment and celebrate diversity. She has presented to a variety of audiences, including CEOs, leadership teams, human resource and diversity leaders, sales and marketing professionals and more.

Because of her insight and impact as a change agent, she has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, the Washington Post, and Fast Company. Her media exposure includes appearing on CNN, the Today Show, the BBC, and National Public Radio. In 2018 and 2019, Bernadette has been named one of Chicago’s Notable LGBTQ Executives by Crain’s Chicago Business. She has also been selected as one of the Top 25 Women in Meetings by Meetings and Conventions magazine.

Please contact Bernadette today at: or (312) 248-3616