For 6 years now, millions have tuned in to ABC’s Scandal on Thursday nights to be captivated by Olivia Pope’s world. But do you know about the woman who inspired the show?
Her name is Judy Smith and she is a real-life crisis manager, lawyer, and author. Smith’s impressive career in guiding influential politicians and public leaders through sticky situations caught the attention of TV producer Shonda Rhimes, who created Scandal, adding it to her Rolodex of highly-watched, successful shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and many more. What makes Scandal stand out is the fact that Smith gets a say in the storytelling process as a co-executive producer and technical advisor on the show.
Smith is no stranger to the White House, having served as Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to former President George H. W. Bush. She then went on to start her own firm, Smith & Company, which took on high-profile clients Wesley Snipes, Michael Vick, Monica Lewinsky, and countless other notable figures.
Smith is truly a Jane of many trades who has solidified her reputation as a powerful woman with unforgettable impact. Her recipe for success? Consistent hard work and focus, in her own words.
Don’t miss your unique opportunity to see and hear from Judy Smith at our Annual Conference this summer.