Pat Smith credits her native roots of Chesapeake, Virginia for her southern charm. But Dallas is where her legacy is unfolding with the love and support of her husband, Emmitt, and five vivacious children. This minister, author, executive producer, speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist has put her bachelor’s degree in journalism from James Madison University to great use. As the first African American to win the Miss Virginia USA title and, soon after, first runner-up in 1994’s Miss USA Pageant, she has mastered the art of poise under pressure.
She is the co-founder of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, and founder and CEO of Pat Smith Enterprises and her nonprofit Treasure You. Treasure You was designed to inspire women to pursue second chances in life despite difficult circumstances and setbacks. Her online clothing boutique, PS by Pat Smith, unites faith, fashion and forward thinking. A portion of its proceeds supports emergency needs for women and girls from all walks of life.
Pat has always been interested in television. Early in her career, she had recurring roles and guest appearances on prime-time hits such as “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Sunset Beach” and “The Wayans Brothers.” Her hosting career began in Los Angeles on “Extra” and “Access Hollywood,” then extended here with “Treasure You” on “Good Morning Texas.” She co-hosted “The Broadcast” local talk show, which aired daily on KTXD-TV, and was a featured guest host on CBS’ “The Talk.” Most recently, Pat became an executive producer and actress in the film “Canal Street” this year.
Pat has been interviewed on “Dr. Phil,” “Steve” with Steve Harvey, “Access Hollywood” and “Good Morning America.” With the help of the Oprah Winfrey Network, her journey was chronicled in the Smith family’s special, entitled “Mrs. And Mr. Smith” in 2016. This opportunity was the inspiration to launch her first book, “Second Chances,” published by Bethany House and released May 17, 2017.
Pat appreciates platforms such as the Women of Faith Tour, The Potter’s House in Dallas, Lakewood Church in Houston and various corporate events to share her inspirational messages. She daily explores the beauty in owning her experiences and unique gifts. Her heart’s desire is to encourage others to recognize their fullest potential.
Janeé Hill is a television producer, speaker, author, and performance consultant; best known for using media to make a difference. Her latest project, Charity Champs TV, is a competition series in which nonprofits go head to head, honing their skills and competing for cash prizes. With over 100 hours of television and event production under her belt, Janeé prides herself in exploring tough topics versus exploiting them.
Prior to starting her production company, mHe3 Productions, in 2008, Janeé worked in corporate America as a leadership facilitator and performance analyst. She has been called a professional problem-solver and dream executor by clients.
Janeé is also the founder of her own nonprofit, H3 Ministries, through which she started a self-esteem program for girls ages 7-18.
While she loves her work, her biggest love is her faith in Jesus Christ and His healing power, and her family.
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