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Pearl Richardson Smith, PhD

I am an independent trainer,consultant, and coach with a successful career enhancing individual and organizational effectiveness in public and private organizations. My areas of expertise include leadership development, employee development training, business process improvement, and organizational change management. I am a federal government retiree, and I have 25 years of experience in the private and public sectors holding key staff, consulting, and leadership positions. I have served as associate faculty with University of Phoenix for 11 years, the last five solely with the School of Advanced Studies. In addition, I am an adjunct professor at Mercer University and Shorter University, where I teach courses in undergraduate and graduate organizational leadership degree programs. I have a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Relations, a master’s degree in Organizational Learning, and a PhD in Organizational Leadership. I have been recognized for my professional, academic, and civic accomplishments including inclusion in Who’s Who in America, IRS Woman of Distinction, Regent University Beasley Scholar, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Distinguished Mother. I currently live in the Atlanta, GA area with my husband and two sons.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


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College of Doctoral Studies