The Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community will sponsor the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce Booster Breakfast on Friday, March 28. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Georgia Northwestern Technical College conference center.
Beverly E. Smith, Assistant Commissioner and Georgia State Director for Adult Education and GED Testing through the Technical College System of Georgia, will be the keynote speaker. Smith’s comments will address the impact of illiteracy on the business community and economic development.
The Office of Adult Education administers the U.S. Department of Education statewide Adult Education grants, provides adult education training programs for over 72,000 Georgia citizens and supports local literacy action groups throughout the state. In addition, her office is responsible for the administration of all GED testing in Georgia.
Prior to her current role, she was TCSG’s Executive Director - Stewardship and Resource Development. Her department provided professional development support for the trustees of Georgia’s local technical college foundations as well as the colleges’ boards of directors. Outside of TCSG, Smith is Senior Vice-President of The HR Group, Inc., a management consulting firm, which she co-owns with her husband, Stephen.
As a corporate manager, Smith spent eighteen years with AT&T (Southern Bell) and has experience in the areas of strategic planning; organizational effectiveness, training; operations redesign and restructure, financial management and human resources.
Among other assignments, as a District Manager, Beverly managed four of the corporation’s technical training centers in their Central and Southern Regions serving 7,200 systems technicians and managers in a 24-state area. As an educator with a Masters in College Student Personnel Administration, she was a college administrator at Kent State University, in Ohio, Georgia State University, served as an Upward Bound Program Director and taught high school in Ohio.
Active in public service, Smith is the 2013-2015 National First Vice President for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She also served as the organization’s National Secretary from 2008-2013. Smith was Delta Sigma Theta’s Executive Director from 1988-90 and is the only national staff headquarters leader to be elected to office in the sorority. Founded in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta is the largest predominately African-American women’s organization in the world having initiated over 250,000 college-educated women into its membership.
A long-term community volunteer, Smith served as Cobb County Commission’s appointee and Chair of the Cobb County Board of Elections & Registration for eight years (2005-2013). She has been a Co-Chair for Leadership Cobb, served on the Board of Directors for Chattahoochee Technical College and the Alumni Board of Trustees for Bowling Green State University, in Ohio, where she chaired its strategic planning committee. Beverly has also served on the Boards of the Cobb County United Way and Girls Incorporated, holding committee chair positions on both Boards.
She is the recipient of many honors and awards including being listed as a NW Georgia YWCA Woman of Achievement, Who’s Who among African Americans and Who’s Who in the Southeast. The History Makers, a national African-American historical directory, named her a “History Maker” in 2006.
The Gordon County Chamber of Commerce Booster Breakfast is open to all Chamber members and their guests. Pre-registration is required and may be accomplished online at www.gordonchamber.org or by calling 706.625.3200.