Laurie L. Smith, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Executive Coach

Laurie is a seasoned executive coach and strategist with over three decades of healthcare expertise, certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Her professional journey in nursing, initially inspired by her mother's distinguished service as a combat medic in the Gulf War, eventually led to her tenure as a System Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Laurie's leadership has been pivotal in navigating complex, multidisciplinary teams through periods of significant transformation and growth.

With a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), Laurie has also effectively managed system acute care operations and regulatory compliance. Her strategic efforts contributed to an impressive 16-year streak of Magnet designation, a testament to nursing excellence. In addition, she has offered her expertise as a board member for various non-profit boards.

Laurie's international coaching and leadership engagements have spanned continents, including North America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, with a focus on enhancing the influence of healthcare leadership on a global scale. Her coaching philosophy is anchored in the cultivation of high-trust leaders who foster teams capable of achieving peak interdependence.

Holding a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Mary and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Laurie's credentials are further bolstered by a Green Belt certification in LEAN Six Sigma, a certificate in Brain-Based Coaching, and NEA-BC Board Certification through the ANCC. Laurie received her formal training in executive coaching at the Hudson Institute of Coaching. Her portfolio of coaching extends to a broad range of C-suite roles, including CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, and CNOs, reinforcing her mission to elevate leadership acumen within the healthcare industry.

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