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
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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 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. To learn more click  here.

Career & Executive Coaching

Are you searching for a new professional path? Are you looking for career opportunities?  If your focus is on policy, development, conflict resolution, education, peacebuilding, or related fields, I can help you reach your goals. To learn more click here.

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. To learn more click here.

Latest Blog Posts

Featured Media


Participating in Professional Groups as a Job Search Strategy | Fulbright Edge | September 2019

Applying an International Experience to Your Career Search | | 9/4/19

Making Connections through Career Connections | Fulbright Edge | August 2019

Reducing the Stress of a Job Search | Fulbright Edge | July 2019

13 Summertime Steps Every Student Should Take To Be Prepared For A Fall Internship | | 7/16/19

Why Study Abroad Could Be the Key to Career Success | | 7/12/19

What Was Your Motivation for a Fulbright Experience? | Fulbright Edge | June 2019

If You want to Find Work, Go to Where the Work Is | | 6/5/19

Using Summer Wisely | Fulbright Edge | May 2019

How An Airport Bookstore Can Spark The Career Change You’re Looking For | | 5/2/19

The Lasting Impact of a Fulbright Experience | Fulbright Edge | April 2019

Coming to Terms with Our Approach to Conflict in the Workplace | | 4/5/19

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

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

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

Careers Edition (guest editor) | ACResolution  | December 2018


Peace Studies as an Academic Approach to Teaching About Conflict | ACResolution | July 2019

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

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 Connections Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, August 1, 2019

Fulbright Association Annual Conference

Washington, DC, October 24-26, 2019

7th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar

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

Community College Initiative Program

Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA, November 15, 2019

AFACCT Conference

Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD, January 9-10, 2020

Peace Careers Workshop

Loyola University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, January 30, 2020