Inspiration Behind ABC's "Scandal" Series to Speak at BC
Judy Smith – the real-life inspiration behind ABC’s political thriller series Scandal, starring Kerry Washington, will speak at Bridgewater College on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall.
The founder and president of Smith & Company – a strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. – Smith combines communication skills, media savvy and legal and political acumen to serve clients around the world.
Smith honed her skills through her experiences with the Iran Contra investigation, the prosecution of former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, the 1991 Gulf War, the Los Angeles riots, the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas, the President Bill Clinton scandal involving Monica Lewinsky, the congressional inquiry of Enron, and the United Nations Foundation and World Health Organization response to the SARS epidemic.
She has become the go-to person for corporations, politicians and celebrities seeking counsel in times of crisis, including Monica Lewinsky, Senator Larry Craig from Idaho, actor Wesley Snipes, NFL quarterback Michael Vick and NBA player Kobe Bryant, as well as companies such as BellSouth, Union Pacific, Walmart, United Healthcare and American International Group, Inc. (AIG).
In 1991, Smith was appointed as special assistant and deputy press secretary to President George H.W. Bush. During her tenure, she provided the president and his cabinet with communications advice on a wide range of foreign and domestic issues.
Smith is the author of Good Self, Bad Self, a book on crisis management published by Free Press.
She has been featured in numerous national publications, including the Washington Post, National Journal, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and writes regularly on current events for the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast. She frequently appears on major television networks such as CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, NBC, ABC and CBS to offer commentary on topical issues of the day.
The program is sponsored by the W. Harold Row Lecture Series and is open to the public at no charge.