Lee Smedley brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his work. The son of working-class parents from an Ohio Valley steel town, he inherited their positive work ethic; he was valedictorian of his high school class. His leadership skills have been acknowledged throughout his career; he was recognized as outstanding senior at his undergraduate college, a Jaycee Outstanding Young Man in America, and has been cited in Who’s Who in the East.
Dr. Smedley holds degrees in chemistry from Bethany College and the College of William and Mary and in adult education and training from West Virginia University. He has taught full time at the college level and has conducted literally hundreds of training sessions for organizations in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.
While his work career includes more than 30 years in education and training, he has also held general management positions, including Manager of the Field Operations at the Hamburg Office of Met-Ed/Penelec. After a successful career at GPU, he retired from his position as Director of Organizational Development there in 2001. Since that time, he has devoted himself full-time to Smedley Consulting, a business he began in 1996.
Lee’s platform skills and academic credentials have helped him establish a solid reputation with both clients and peers. He has contributed to forums with Michael Hammer and Deloitte Consulting and, most recently, reviewed the manuscript for John Kotter’s field book on leading change. He has presented locally regionally and nationally on topics of experiential education, customer service and facilitation; and his writings have been published in academic and business journals. He has served as an award-wining columnist for the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal and is a regular contributor to Training Media Review.
Lee and Co-author Ann Bertorelli have recently published a book, Relationships That Work, Work That Matters, available through Amazon. This work has permitted them to share insights, usually reserved for their consulting clients, with a wider audience.
As a student at William and Mary, he sang as a strolling balladeer in the taverns of historic Williamsburg. This experience is the inspiration for his unique approach of including original songs in his presentations. A collection of those songs is included in his CD, Lee Smedley, Business Balladeer.
Lee’s hobbies are hiking, singing and songwriting. He has backpacked in the Grand Canyon, climbed Mt. Snowden in Scotland and explored the highland rain forest of Grenada.
Lee is a follower of Jesus and claims Ephesians 2:10 as an inspiration for his work. He, his wife Sally and their feisty Jack Russel, Nikita, live in Annville PA. Lee and Sally also have an adult son, Craig.
Lee Smedley founded Smedley Consulting in 1996 to bring Fortune 500 Organizational Development talent to non-profits, small and medium sized companies. Through presentations, facilitation and coaching, Lee and his associates have helped organizations achieve organizational alignment, attain challenging business goals, and develop new leaders.