Deborah Hearn Smith

Deborah   Hearn Smith Deborah Hearn Smith is chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, which annually serves over 44,000 girls and 18,000 adult volunteers in 45 counties. The non-profit corporation employs nearly 200 permanent and seasonal staff, with a budget that annually exceeds $8.5 million. Smith is a graduate of the Hoosier Fellows Program at the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence through the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. An exclusive opportunity for a select group of scholars, the program is an examination of leadership conducted in an environment of academic excellence and ongoing research. She has also attended the Wharton Business School Executive Leadership Development Program and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Diversity Leadership Academy of Greater Indianapolis. Smith received an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and served as adjunct instructor of economics. Deborah was a 2009 recipient of the Martin University Presidential Leadership award. She received certification in non-profit management from Harvard School of Business and also holds a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky State University. Smith’s community activities include: Circle City Chapter of the Links, Inc; founding member of National Coalition of 100 Black Women; Governor’s Planning Council for People with Disabilities; Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis; Kiwanis Foundation; and Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Very Special Arts Board. She and her husband, Ebenezer Smith, have two sons, Lawrence and Jason, and William Offori Attah from Kumashi, Ghana, who joined their family in 1998. They also have four grandchildren.