Rhonda M. Smith is the Founder of Breast Cancer Partner, a for profit organization that works to empower women diagnosed with breast cancer to become their own health and wellness advocate so that they don’t just survive the disease but “thrive” during treatment, in recovery, and in their life beyond breast cancer. Breast Cancer Partner provides the tools, resources, knowledge, and information to help breast cancer survivors recover from treatment, restore their lives back to “normal”, and reenergize after treatment ends. Breast Cancer Partner also creates and delivers health and wellness education experiences to help survivors optimize their quality of life and well-being during and after treatment, improve outcomes, and enhance their long-term survivorship.
Through her work, Rhonda’s goal is to create a world in which each and every breast cancer survivor lives a life that is full of vitality, cancer free and without fear, so that recovery is a life-enhancing and not a life-limiting event.
Rhonda has served as a community outreach and recruitment consultant on an NIH/NCI funded breast cancer research study at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and taught the study’s ten week health and wellness education program component to the control group. She has more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing management and learning and development consulting with Strat*X International, E. I. Dupont DeNemours & Co. and Eli Lilly. Rhonda has parlayed her professional and personal experience into a unique skill set that includes health and wellness education, health promotion and behavior change, survivorship consulting, and being an advocate for patient driven care models in disease prevention and management.
Rhonda is also the President and Founder of Rhegal Consulting, a strategic learning and development consultancy that focuses on elevating the knowledge skills and capabilities of marketing and sales professionals. Rhonda has broad international learning and development consulting experience and has managed client engagements on 5 continents and in more than 20 countries. Rhonda’s consulting experience has included developing and implementing learning and development initiatives for companies such as GE, Office Depot, Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo SmithKline, Abbott Laboratories, Novartis, Rolls Royce, and Xerox Corp.
Rhonda appeared in the October 2010 issue of More Magazine as a first runner-up in the magazine’s essay contest on “Why this is the Most Fabulous Time in My Life”. She wrote an essay on her breast cancer journey and how she has emerged from that experience with a new identity and sense of purpose. Rhonda was also chosen to participate on the 2012 Merz Aesthtics’ expert Advisory Panel for their “Stand and Deliver Program”, a national initiative that recognizes women who stand up for a cause they believe in and have an impact in their community. Rhonda was also profiled and recognized as a woman who stands and delivers on the More Magazine Reinvention TV Show in November 2011.
Rhonda earned her MBA in Marketing and Operations Management from the Colgate Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and her B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. Rhonda served as the Mission Integration Chair for the American Cancer Society 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and is a member of the Baptist Health South Florida Breast Center’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. Rhonda is a Leadership Charlotte alumnus, Immediate Past-Chair of the Board of The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, and a CEO Forum member of The Commonwealth Institute South Florida. Rhonda also served on the 2007 NFL Super Bowl Special Events Committee.