Professional Profile
Dana Bristol-Smith

Dana founded Speak for Success in 2001 to help business leaders and professionals give better presentations.

Dana has worked with executives, managers, sales teams, and technical professionals and has delivered presentations and training to more than 100,000 people since 1992. Clients have included County of San Diego, Gen-Probe, Illumina, Mission Federal Credit Union, SDG&E, and Qualcomm.

Her business experience includes account management of Fortune 500 clients for C.G. Wright & Associates, a national training and consulting company. Earlier in her career she was responsible for sales management and training for a retail cosmetics company in 40 Broadway Department store accounts in Southern California.

Today, Dana is the executive director of Leap to Success, a women's empowerment organization that she founded. Working with women who are rebuilding their lives from homelessness and domestic violence and helping them build self-confidence is extremely rewarding for Dana and her team.

Dana has been on the faculties of UCSD Extension, Cal State San Marcos and San Diego State University. Dana is a recipient of the Golden Gavel and Competent Toastmaster awards and is a past Toastmasters chapter president. For her work with Leap to Success, Dana was a recipient of the Women in Leadership Award from the East County Chamber of Commerce, and the 1st prize $25,000 winner of the Advance San Diego Quick Pitch Competition out of 85 non-profit organizations.

Dana's 15 minutes of fame was when she was quoted in O, the Oprah Magazine. She's been featured locally in the San Diego Business Journal, KUSI TV “Inside San Diego” and Fox5 morning news. Dana holds a B.S. in Business Management.

Building your public speaking skills is one of the very best things you can do to climb the ladder of career success.

Let me help you speak for success.

---Dana Bristol-Smith