Articles From Dale Smith Thomas View Profile

Share this Article
  • Women Who Care, Share

    Dale Smith Thomas, Women Who Care, Share

    Beep, beep. Beep, beep. Beep, beep. It was that noise, the unmistakable sound of a kitchen timer in the background, that offered insight into Dale Smith Thomas, featured speaker for the third annual Women Who Care, Share luncheon benefitting the YWCA of Northwest Louisiana.

    The event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 24, in the ballroom at Sam’s Town from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    It’s hard to disguise that sound, and Dale had no qualms acknowledging it. This polished woman, who speaks throughout the nation, has been on major television networks and who seeks to inspire others, apologized for the kitchen timer. When I called her for the interview, she was preparing supper for her husband. Cooking – makes me wonder if that was one of her talents when she was chosen Mrs. Tennessee in the early ’90s and competed for Mrs. USA. Clearly, she is an accomplished woman. And yet, she is at home cooking. She explains that with a heavy travel schedule, if she could pick an evening to restore her soul, it would be an evening at home.

    Whether in the kitchen or appearing on CNBC, Dr. Phil or the Travel Channel, Dale Smith Thomas is a woman who is pleased to live in the moment and who relishes whatever she is doing.

    “I am a Southern woman, so I’m still cooking when I’m home. And I can be a business woman and have a calling, too,” Dale said. That also includes being a mom to her son (a race car driver) and to what she calls “my bonus children,” the ones she inherited when she married her current husband. Dale reinforces how important it is to embrace the present moment, to live it and savor it. And that is just what she is doing.

    Early in her life in a small town in northern Mississippi, Dale never envisioned the possibility of becoming what she is today. Her father was a farmer supplementing that income laying bricks. Her mother was a homemaker. She was, as she explains, “poor, but like many growing up in the South, we didn’t realize we were poor because we had a lot of love.”

    Dale recalls that her mother made all of her clothes and that she did not have a “store-bought dress” until she was 22. She reasonably expected that her mother’s life would be her future as well. “I didn’t think there was any other option other than staying in Webster County,” she said.

    So what changed? A piano teacher who had been in a terrible accident and who overcame that adversity against all odds inspired her. “That was the first person I saw who followed a dream, who had such a positive attitude and believed in the future,” Dale admits.

    And then there was the woman who helped provide her education. That woman died with no heirs, leaving the timber rights from her estate to help children living below the poverty line in Webster County achieve a college education and future. That scholarship propelled Dale to Mississippi State University, where she earned a degree in education.

    Dale has turned the help she received into a mission to help other women achieve their goals and dreams. She passionately believes that a person’s destiny is determined not by conditions but rather by decisions.

    As she shares this message throughout the country, Dale considers it not a career but a calling, one she undertook after participating in the Mrs. USA competition.

    “If what I share can help even one person think differently and realize they have choices that can change their life then I feel blessed,” she explained.

    While Dale will speak to several hundred women at the luncheon, she will also be part of a pre-event meet-and-greet and book-signing for luncheon sponsors and table hosts. The networking aspect of asking women in the community to host tables reinforces the methods Dale promotes – women helping women. While anyone can sign up for the event ($100 ticket) or make a donation at, women on the YWCA board and friends of the YWCA are inviting their friends to come sit at their tables. (I am filling a table or two and would be honored to have you join me.)

    Dale’s most recent book, “Good Morning, Gorgeous,” is scheduled to debut just before the luncheon. Why the title? “I think women have a hard time seeing what is right about us,” she noted. “We look in the mirror and see what’s wrong. When someone compliments us, we compliment them back. It’s as if we don’t think we deserved the compliment.”

    The woman who describes herself as formerly shy and insecure believes that feeling pretty, feeling gorgeous, comes from within. “When that soul shines from within, the mirror reflects something wonderful back,” she says.

    Dale’s message of women helping women is sure to inspire and elevate every spirit. Her assessment? “Together we will laugh, learn and lighten up during our time together.”
More Articles From Dale Smith Thomas » Sign-Up NOW for Women's Conference
Share this Article



  • As always, you deliver excellent service. Thanks!
    Camden National Bank
  • We could not have done it without you.  Thank you for the outstanding suggestions.  The speakers were by far the best we have ever had.
  • "Thank you so much for all your help in putting this together on such short notice. I will definitely use your services again in the future."
    Applied Materials
  • Our bank has held an annual business and economic conference for the past 9 years.  We have worked with Executive Speakers every year and I have ...
    First Midwest Bank
  • "I appreciate your recommendations.  In addition, you are always a pleasure to work with and understand the pains of an over worked meeting plann...
  • "Let me tell you that the ESB team and Christine's responsiveness, follow up, proactivity, industry knowledge, and overall customer service was phenom...
    Clear Link
  • Thanks to Richard and Jo for all the coordination. Another homerun from Executive Speakers Bureau!  
    Wisconsin Hospital Association
  • "I LOVE this list that you sent me! I emailed several different places on Tuesday an...
  • “Thank you guys it was a pleasure working with you.... You made the whole process easy. Thanks again”
  • The event was EASY Cake! and it went over very very well.  Thank you so much for the help and organization, it made my life very easy. 
    Boys & Girls Club
  • "It was a great pleasure to work with you in making this event a success. Your professionalism, attention to detail and response to all my questions a...
    Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • "Thanks to you and Jo for all your efforts.  Connie Podesta and Roger Dow were great!"   
    National Apartment Association
  • "We not only went 3 for 3 but I'd say they were all home runs! Thanks for your help on the speakers. It was a key and very positive component of our c...
  • "This year’s speaker line-up at our Summer Meeting was the best yet. We knocked it out of the park. Thanks for all your help securing such excel...
    North Carolina Hospital Association
  • "I wanted to share with you feedback of my experience in working with Executive Speakers Bureau.. Very responsive and detail oriented.  When I wa...
  • "You made my job so much easier! You are the only bureau I will use."     
    Sigma Systems
  • "As I mentioned before, your engagement model was incredibly easy to work with, and I know we came to you on short notice!  I would highly recomm...
    Capitol One
  • You ladies really are the BEST!  After this event I am going to be on the hunt for keynote speakers in May.  I really want to work with you ...
  • "I shared with Kaplan [Mobray] that I had never had this type of experience with ANY vendor I have worked with in the past. Your responsiveness to urg...
    Gates Corp.
  • I want to thank you for all of your assistance you and Jenny were wonderful. If it had not been for you sending me suggestions I would not have found ...
    West Virginia Tourism
  • "The group that I work with to obtain all of my keynote speakers is Executive Speakers Bureau and I can tell you that I don’t like working with ...
    Indiana Youth Institute
  • "My entire team has enjoyed the experience of working with you and ESB more than words can express. Everything was handled in a professional and timel...
    Cregger Company
  • "Your tenacity and persistence in staying in touch with us is a model example of good salesmanship and partnering.  I will be using you as an exa...
    Schneider Electric
  • I’ve used the services of a number of speakers bureaus in the past. However, my current experience working with the Executive Speakers Bureau ha...
  • Thank you to both of you for everything surrounding Mr. Will as our special guest. I suspect, soon, I will be in touch regarding our next event. 
    Oxford Financial
  • "Richard, Your ability to put me in front of just the right group again and again, is nothing short of amazing. You work your tail off, you sweat the ...
    Alan Hobson
  • Thanks to you, Jo and the rest of your team.  You are the BEST.  Knowing you are behind a speaker allows us the luxury of concentrating on o...
    Ohio Hospital Association
  • "Let me just say again, what a pleasure it is to work with you and ESB. You really make it harder for others to reach the bar."
  • "We loved our speakers. Thanks to you and your team for your outstanding service and thank you for your patience!"

    National Association of the Blind
  • "WOW, is all I have to say and thank you!  Our event was a huge success and you never steer me wrong, both David Cottrell and Ryan Estis were exc...
  • "OMG Richard! As always you make me look like a rock star. Every single speaker we selected hit it out of the park. Thank you again. Can't even say wh...
    Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Assn.
  • "Everyone loved Bob and he was so nice on site. Thank you for all you did. The process was so easy and we will definitely work with you again next yea...
  • "I want to thank you for helping with our Principals Day event. Marshall Goldsmith was excellent. Not only is Marshall the consummate professional, be...
    Burns & McDonnell
  • We truly appreciate the excellent support and attention to detail we have received from Executive Speakers Bureau.  They have provided us with so...
  • "I will be sure that all involved know what a wonderful resource you have been. The universe smiled on me when I discovered Executive Speakers and you...
    Ocala Eye
  • Bridgeworks was awesome!!! Great feedback from all!! Thanks for all of your collaboration and positive we'll use you in the future.  
    Johnson & Johnson
  • The Nebraska Hospital Association along with numerous other state hospital associations have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Executive Speak...
    The Nebraska Hospital Association
  • "My mind was very much at ease knowing that Jack Uldrich was so well prepped.  I will definitely use your agency again."  
  • Everything went really well and we really enjoyed having Jack Uldrich as our speaker!  He was entertaining and funny and provided great examples....
    Novo Nordisk
Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Call us to discuss how we can help find the right speaker for your organization.

Get Ideas in 2 Hours or Less

Please fill in information below

Executive Speakers Bureau consistently receives praises about our speed and efficiency. From the beginning of your event planning, our extensive online speaker database and resourceful staff allow us to quickly equip you with the best speaker for your event.

Need a last minute speaker? No worries. Our speed and efficiency help us give you ideas for speakers in two hours or less.

Privacy by SafeSubscribeSM