Suzanne Smith

Adjunct Professor

MBA in Strategy & Social Entrepreneurship - Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

Management and Organizations

  • Bio

    Suzanne Smith serves as a coach and consultant for social organizations seeking to maximize the impact of their social strategies and achieve real, measurable results. Having spent the greater part of the past three decades generating innovative and breakthrough social ideas, she has been widely recognized for her success in building and implementing award-winning programs and initiatives within the social sector. The daughter of two career educators, she has deep expertise in the social sector locally and nationally. Suzanne holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where she was a CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship) scholar. Outside of Social Impact Architects, Suzanne holds a research fellowship at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University and is an adjunct professor in the school of management at the University of Texas at Arlington and SMU. She is also a member of the prestigious Society of Organizational Learning (founded by Peter Senge). Suzanne also authors Social TrendSpotter (@socialtrendspot), one of the sector’s top blogs according to the Huffington Post. Known for its relatable way of blending important concepts and new ways of working with storytelling, Social TrendSpotter has been hailed by readers as “the only blog I read each week.” She is frequently interviewed by regional and national media on social issues and social entrepreneurship and has published articles in Forbes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, See Change, Nonprofit Business Advisor, Upstart and Grantmakers in Health. For her outstanding work as a leading thinker, she was recognized with the Next Generation Social Entrepreneur Award by the Social Enterprise Alliance.  Suzanne is a dedicated community leader herself and worn many hats, including serving the City of Dallas on a number of boards and commissions and working pro-bono/low-bono with many projects and nonprofits across North Texas. She was honored to receive the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award in 2012 and the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Young ATHENA Leadership Award in 2014.

  • Teaching

    MNO 3375 Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethical Responsibility
  • Research

    Social Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship - Nonprofits, Foundations, & Businesses / Nonprofit Strategy & Growth / Strategic CSR in Businesses / Trust-Based Philanthropy