Spotlight on Mr. Wil Smith for being a fantastic asset to the community

| July 13, 2016
Jeanie Summerville

Jeanie Summerville

By Jeanie Summerville

What’s up, babies?

It pleases me to bring to you this week’s spotlight because when Joe Jordan, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne shared with me that Mr. Smith has been an incredible role model and mentor to so many professionals for so many years and that he demonstrates what a professional is at all times and gives his time unselfishly to anyone in need of his help, I had to meet him.  And, through that introduction, some beauty was created and that beauty was having the opportunity to bring him to you.  So at this time, all we’d like for you to do is, enjoy.

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Wil Smith and I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee.  Upon graduating from Tennessee State University with a degree in business management, I moved to Fort Wayne in 1967 because I was recruited by GTE of Indiana, and I served as the human resources administrator for 15 years. Then I was promoted to division personnel manager and was recruited to GTE in Terra Haute, Indiana.  After that, I was recruited back to Fort Wayne by Lincoln National Corporation as the human resource corporate executive and I was in charge of corporate employment functions and I served as the chief diversity officer.

Wil Smith

Wil Smith

“I retired from Lincoln National Corporation in 2000 and with my degree in business management and spending over 40 years in the corporate sector as a corporate human resource executive, I decided to take those skills and utilize them and started my own consulting company Smith and Associates Consulting and we specialize in human resource management and Diversity training.

“When Joe mentioned, I’ve helped numerous people, that is correct but I don’t do this for fanfare.  I just think, we’re all born with a talent and I believe, it’s important in sharing the gift that God has given me to help someone else.  I feel very strong about that and it also reminds me of a quote by Gandhi, the best way to find yourself is to loose yourself in the service of others.  To me, it’s all about trying to assist and mentor others because the business world sometimes can be very challenging and sometimes they need someone to help them to navigate themselves through a challenging business structure and that’s what I try to do, give back to help others.  Because when it’s all said and done, it’s about service to others and as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said, not everyone can be famous but everyone can be great in service and I think, we’re put here on earth to give back and that’s what I do.

“I feel we’re all obligated to utilize our talents to help others to achieve greatness and I opened the door for a lot of people but they did the rest with their talents and skills. I think, it’s very important to assist others and it matters to me.  That’s what I want my legacy to be, I made a difference in this world and I made a difference in the community that I lived in.  That’s how I want to be remembered not about the attainment of materialistic things but that I made a difference in someone’s life.  I’d like to quote from the great poet Oliver Wendell Holmes: He said, what lies behind us, what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us and it’s what lies within us, that can make a difference and that’s the legacy and I want to make a difference while I’m here on this earth.                  

“I’m also able to give back to the community by serving on the Parkview Hospital Board, Parkview Ethics Board, Dave Hefner International Student Exchange Board, Matthew 25 and Dental Clinic Board, Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne, Indiana Board, Goodwill Industries of NE Indiana Board, The Turnstone Board, Ivy Tech College NE Criminal Justice Advisory Board and more.  I also served on the Board of Trustees at Indiana State University, University of St. Francis where I also taught Labor Relations and at Indiana Tech where I taught Labor Relations and Training and Development for 10 years.  I feel honored to be a part of these very prestige’s organizations who have and are, making a difference in this community and I feel blessed that I’m able to utilize my talents and skills.

“My words of encouragement to everyone is, you have to stay focused.  The letter F stands for Finish what you start.  People will never remember you for what you start but they will always remember you for what you finish.  The letter O stands for Omit negative thoughts.  I think, so many times in this world we are bombarded with people telling you what you can’t do.  They are programming you with negative thoughts and you have to Omit those negative thoughts to stay focused.  The letter C stands for Concentrate.  So concentrate on the positive things and there’s a scripture in the Bible Philippians 4:13 that reads, ‘I can do all things through Christ Jesus which strengthens me’ and, we have to Concentrate on the positive things in life.  The letter U stands for Understanding your purpose and I think the question is, why are you here?    We’re here for a purpose and we have to realize and understand what is our purpose here on earth, I think it’s to give back by utilizing our talents.  And, the letter S stands for Set realistic goals.  I think so many times people try to achieve things in life but they don’t how a goal and they must set realistic goals, goals that they feel God have given them the talent and the skill to do and they have to make sure those goals are realistic.  If you conceive it, believe it than you can achieve it.      

“My words of encouragement for married couples is, me and my wife just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary and I use the three Cs which are very important in any relationship.  The first C is Communication and it’s important because it’s the life blood of any relationship and you have to maintain an open and honest communication with one another and with God through prayer.  Prayer is the foundation that holds the marriage vowels together.  The second C is Commitment  because once you get married you have to be committed to one another and to the relationship.  The last C is Care, you have to care for one another because that which you care about, you love and you cherish and so, we have practiced for 50 years the three C’s and it works for us.  

“In saying all that I have said, I’m very proud of my alma mater and I’m very proud to be a graduate of the great Tennessee State University of Nashville, Tennessee.  When you think about mentoring, I had a number of professors and instructors who really encouraged me to always be the best and so, with that kind of educational structure and encouragement, they prepared me to go out there into the world and that meant a lot to me.”

Now in closing I say, fantastic job, Mr. Wil Smith.  I’m so proud of you and all that you do to help GOD’s people, in the name of love.  So until next week you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie.  Bye bye, babies.

P.S.  If you’d like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone you know, all in the name of love,  just send me an e-mail to  I’d love to hear from you.

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