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The Smiths are Changing the Game.  Rose is the founder of Black Women in Business and the co-founder with Charles Smith of Black Men in Business

Rose SMith


CEO/Founder 

Black Women in Business

CO-FOUNDER 

BLACK MEN IN BUSINESS 

 

Rose Smith is the Founder & CEO of R.O.S.E.S (Reaching Out Supporting Every Sister); which is an organization that educates and empowers all women. It was created in 2010, and continues to invest in individuals, families and communities. ROSES has hosted countless community events, workshops and special events to encourage women and strengthen families. Her motto is “You Matter,” because she believes that is all any of us really want to know. In her opinion, this begins the process for us to fulfill our purpose.
Mrs. Smith is also the Founder & CEO of Black Women In Business. The headquarters was established in 2014, and located in Austin, Texas. In 2017, she launched Chapters in San Antonio, Killeen and Dallas. Mrs. Smith is a Motivational Speaker, Author, Publisher and Business Coach who specializes in leadership, team building, marketing and turning passion into profit.
Jean Chase is the mother of BWIB Founder, Rose Smith. She is described by Mrs. Smith as the wind beneath her wings. She often says that she hopes her life proves to her Mom that she was listening. Ms. Chase introduced her daughter to God at a very early age, and taught her the importance of having a relationship with Him. And, in her opinion, that is the greatest gift she could have ever given her. Mrs. Smith’s journey resembles that of her mother who has also served in the community, school and church for decades. Having a close family bond and loving each other through it all is embedded in her DNA. People often ask Mrs. Smith who inspires her. This beautiful lady is first on the list…

Charles Smith


CVO

Black Women in Business

CEO/CO-FOUNDER 

BLACK MEN IN BUSINESS 

Charles Smith is the Chief Visionary Officer for Black Women In Business and he is also the Co-Founder & CEO for Black Men In Business. Charles was born and raised in Austin, and has a special interest in seeing the black community come together.

Charles Smith is the Chief Visionary Officer for Black Women In Business. He is also the Co-Founder & CEO for Black Men In Business. Charles was born and raised in Austin, and has a special interest in seeing the black community come together. His father, Charles Smith Sr., was one of the Founders of Blackland Neighborhood Association (East Austin), where Charles now serves on the Board.
Mr. Smith is a hometown football hero who attended Stephen F. Austin University, on a full scholarship. He is in the Hall of Fame as a Lumberjack Legend. And, still holds the record for the Longest Rush Play. From Stephen F. Austin University, he then made his way to the NFL and later played professionally in Canada. So, he understands that the mindset to beat the odds is an individual choice. But, the journey includes a team effort. His hope is that Black Men In Business and Black Women In Business will accept this philosophy and “change the game” for generations to come.
Charles has been in the Sales & Communications Industry for more than three decades, and has exceeded expectations in productivity and leadership. He has also been named to the Hall of Fame in Corporate America. He is currently employed at Grande Communications, and loves the work that he does. He believes that in order for us to be truly successful, we must love what we do.
As a man of God, Charles loves to praise the Lord! He has been a member of 19th Street Missionary Baptist Church for more than 50 years, serves on the Board of Trustees and is a huge part of their dynamic Music Ministry.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith are happily married and reside in Austin, Texas. They are parents to six amazing children. And, they all realize that they are blessed.

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