Pat Smith is the founder/CEO of Treasure You, president of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities and founder/owner of Pat Smith Enterprises.
Wife, mother, television host and former actress, Pat Smith is known for her philanthropy on behalf of women and children as well as her dedication to church, civic and community activities. Smith believes everyone deserves a second chance in life. She says her “trials are hidden treasures” and is sharing her journey — her “mess” — with men and women across the country to help them find a renewed sense of power and purpose.
Smith established the nonprofit Treasure You in 2012 to inspire and uplift others to pursue their passions despite their circumstances or setbacks. Today, Treasure You is dedicated to supporting the financial, emotional and spiritual needs of women. All funds raised go toward helping women through emergencies, providing grants to women in transition and offering scholarships to the nonprofit’s annual retreat.
Social media and second chances collided on January 18, 2014 when Smith hosted “Celebrating Second Chances for Overcomers” at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. The Treasure You event featured Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and honored women from across the country who’ve overcome adversity. The celebration’s live broadcast was watched worldwide for more than two hours on TreasureYou.org and trended on Twitter.
Smith’s broadcast career began in Los Angeles on Extra and Access Hollywood and extended to Dallas as host of “Treasure You” on WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas and co-host of talk show The Broadcast on KTXD-TV. As an actress, she held recurring roles and guest appearances on primetime hits such as Beverly Hills 90210, Sunset Beach and The Wayans Brothers Show.
Smith was the first African-American woman to win the Miss Virginia USA title and first runner-up of the 1994 Miss USA Pageant. She lost her mother to breast cancer while preparing for the competition. Smith was featured in SUCCESS Magazine’s October 2013 issue with the poignant story of how she has been impacted by her mother’s loss. As part of the 2012 Women of Faith “Celebrate What Matters” Tour, she shared the highs and lows of her journey with women in seven cities.
She is a member of the prestigious Vogue 100, was voted one of the 10 Most Beautiful Women of Dallas in 2011, and is a celebrity role model for the Dallas Elevators mentor program for Dallas ISD high school students.
Smith and her husband Emmitt believe God has blessed them with love, a beautiful blended family and resources to help others. For these reasons, they commit many hours to volunteering in their community along with creating and funding unique educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children through Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.