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Charlene Smith

Marketing & Communications Director: Episcopal Divinity School, Boston

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Public Relations and Communications
  1. Episcopal Divinity School,
  2. In general
  1. Altron,
  2. Charlene Smith Communications,
  3. self employed

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Episcopal Divinity School

Episcopal Divinity School

Director of Communications and Marketing

– Present

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Media Consultant following a career as a multi-award winning journalist, author of 14 published books including Committed to Me, Mandela, Robben Island, etc... Proud of Me was nominated for the Alan Paton award and is published in Sweden as Utan Skuld. Editor of at least a dozen others and contributor of chapters to close to 20 books.

Media specialist who is also an Internationally renowned expert on gender violence, HIV and AIDS and trauma counselling and management.

Specialties:Media specialist who is also an Internationally renowned expert on gender violence, HIV and AIDS and trauma counselling and management.


Director of Communications and Marketing

Episcopal Divinity School
– Present (3 years 11 months)

Episcopal Divinity School is one of the most progressive and globally respected seminaries in the world. Situated next to Harvard, Radclyffe and Lesley Universities, Episcopal Divinity School is an historic institution that was the first globally to admit black men to the ministry in the mid-19th century. It was the first to start training women for church functions in the 1920s, first to admit women to faculty in the 1940s, first to bless same sex unions at the oncampus chapel in 1986, first to ordain women priests and accept them to faculty in the 1980s and first to have a lesbian president and dean, Katherine Hancock Ragsdale in October, 2009. Under Dean Ragsdale & the Trustees, the school has gone from being near bankrupt in 2007 to flourishing now with an unheard of, in traditional religious circles, entrepreneuralism while retaining a powerful commitment to human rights.

About me

In general
– Present (38 years 10 months)

Media consultant since 1997, journalist since the year dot, published author since 1999 - 10 titles published so far. Active on issues around HIV and AIDS since 1985, very active on issues around women and violence since 1999. In addition to paying work I do extensive voluntary work especially counselling with those who have experienced severe trauma, as well as those living with HIV and refugees. Experience assisting those during times of very violent conflict in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Chile, etc...

Editor Bill Venter's biography

(1 year)


Charlene Smith Communications
(12 years)

Charlene Smith oversees fulltime staffers and freelance staff with expertise as writers, administrators, translators, editors, photographers, publishers and marketers to give a full portfolio of expertise to clients.


self employed
(less than a year)

Honors & Awards

Woman of Year: Media & Communications, SABC/Shoprite Checkers
Ruth First Courageous Journalism Award, Rhodes University Person of the Year, Mail & Guardian newspaper
One of the 10 most Influential SAs of the Year, Independent Newspapers
Pretoria Technikon Communicator of the Year
Features, CNN Journalist of the Year
Woman of the Year, Jong Dames Dinamiek
Mondi award, Best Feature: Health
Distinguished work media & human rights, SA Women Abroad, Canada
Co-recipient Prix Italia, best television documentary – AIDS in South Africa, Synergy Films & United Nations
Special award: outstanding services to South Africa in the field of HIV/AIDS & sexual violence, National AIDS Awards, Johannesburg, South Africa
Special award: Selfless & unstinting service to people infected with HIV/AIDS, Targeted AIDS Interventions, KZN
Nominated: Woman of Courage, Feather Awards, March
Who's Who in SA since 2000

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