WLC Spotlight: Julie Smith

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Julie Smith is a Residential Broker Associate with Beverly-Hanks & Associates, REALTORS. She is married and has three children who she wants to make certain are able to live an amazing life in Asheville. When she's not volunteering with United Way, she's at a music festival, camping along the French Broad, at a baseball game or just creating an adventure.

She's also a member of Women's Leadership Council, a network of passionate and influential women focused on supporting the Middle School Success initiative. We get to know her a little better in this month's WLC Spotlight.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned during your career? You can learn from every single person and situation if you are listening. My personal growth comes from listening.

Julie Smith United Way Asheville Buncombe CountyWhat is your favorite quote or motto? "The more you give, the more you have." - Unknown

Why do you volunteer and donate to United Way? For years I gave randomly all over the place. When I was introduced to United Way, it was exactly what I was looking for. I know now that my dollars stay local, the receiving organizations have been qualified and my contribution is absolutely making a difference in my community.

When did you join WLC and why? I personally gave in the past and when my husband and I started giving again, this was a new group to United Way. I was invited to an event and have been going ever since. Incredible group of women who are truly making an impact.

Julie Smith United Way Asheville Buncombe CountyWhat is the best advice you have ever gotten? My parents always encouraged us to try and try again. Do not stop  until you get it right and succeed.

What qualities do you most admire in business professionals? Respect. A person who listens and supports his or her colleagues as an equal.

What is the best advice you can offer to young women and young men as they start their careers? I am still learning myself. Yet, I would say get involved and give back.

What are your top three networking tips?

  1. Stay Consistent
  2. Stay In touch
  3. Let others ask what you do

Who are your real-life heroes? My parents. They will be married 50 years this year. They have lived life gracefully, respectfully and fully. They have always supported my siblings and me completely and have loved all unconditionally. It would be an honor to be compared to them on day.

Each month, we shine a spotlight on a member of Women's Leadership Council. If you are interested in being highlighted, please contact Elizabeth.Allen@UnitedWayABC.org or call (828) 239-1048.

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