Be The Change

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I look forward to assisting in your pursuit of new opportunities or working on objectives you wish to achieve in your organization or institution.  Together, we can make a difference.

– David J. Smith
Watch my March video on my YouTube Channel

My work is wide-ranging and includes consulting, particularly with academic institutions, career and executive coaching those interested in international, policy, education and related fields, and speaking and presenting.  My 30 years of experience as a professor, mediator, Fulbright Scholar, TEDx speaker, book author, writer, lawyer, and senior manager has provided me with insight into the  many facets of public affairs and education careers as well as global and domestic peacebuilding and conflict resolution work.  Together, we can collaborate to achieve your personal, professional, and organizational objectives.  Read more about my background here


Organizations and institutions can benefit from advice based on experience.  I have worked closely with educational institutions, businesses, NGOs,  and not for profits in helping achieve their goals. I have focused heavily on peacebuilding and conflict resolution strategies. I consult on curriculum as well as organizational development and conflict processes.  Click here to learn more.

Career & Executive Coaching

Are you searching for a new professional path? Are you looking for career opportunities?  If your focus is on international affairs, policy, conflict resolution, education, peacebuilding, or related fields, I can help you in reaching your goals. Click here to learn more. 

Speaking & Presenting

I  frequently present to large and small groups on careers, peacebuilding, conflict resolution, higher education, and international affairs.  I have given over 500 talks around the U.S. I have spoken to large professional organizations and academic groups on a range of topics. Often when I speak at conferences, I will also offer workshops for the public and professionals.  Click here to learn more.

Featured Media


Love of Work: It Might Come Down to Your Flow | | 3/11/19

How Does An International Experience Give You An Edge? | Fulbright Edge | February 2019

15 Ways Stay-At-Home Parents Can Prepare To Go Back To Work | | 2/25/19

How to Transition Into a Career After Service Work | | 2/11/19

Countering the Winter Doldrums | Fulbright Edge | January 2019

If You Are Furloughed Right Now… Here Are Some Things To Attend To | LinkedIn Pulse | 1/1/19

Take Time to Reflect Before Making Your Resolutions | | 12/28/18

Career Changers and Job Seekers: Who Are They? What Do They Need? | ACResolution | December 2018

Careers Edition (guest editor) | ACResolution  | December 2018

Peace Jobs Interview | Peace Talks Radio | 1/27/17


We Should All Review Our Yearbooks to See What We Can Learn | Baltimore Sun | 2/22/19

Peacebuilding as a Means to Global Citizenry | Study Abroad Opportunities for Community College Students and Strategies for Global Learning | IGI Global 2019

Practice Informed by Research: Cross Cultural Approaches Informing Mediation | | December 2018

What’s Peace Got To Do With It? | Community College Daily | 12/12/18

Human Rights Day | City of Rockville | 12/10/18

Lesson from the California Wildfires: Empathy for Others | Baltimore Sun | 12/3/18

U.S. Diplomacy Center Interview | U.S. Department of State | November 2018

Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time (book review) | International Journal of World Peace | September 2018

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Upcoming Talks, Programs & Conferences

Career Workshop and Seminar

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, March 21-23, 2019

Careers and the Public Good

College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA, March 29, 2019

2019 International Conference on International Conflict Resolution Education

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, April 5-6, 2019

Diversity Leadership Training

Human Rights Commission, Rockville, MD, April 13, 2019

CareerGPS Radio Show

Upper Darby, PA, April 24, 2019

Virginia Mediation Network

Richmond, VA, May 4, 2019

La Roche College Global Development & Humanitarian Aid Program

La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA, June 5-6, 2019

Forage Center Coastal Promise Exercise

Swanton, MD, September 26-29, 2019

7th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar

George Mason University, Arlington, VA, October 31-November 3, 2019