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Smart Momsí Garla Smith Named State-Wide Business and Professional Woman of the Year

Business and Professional Women North Carolina (BPW/NC) names Garla Smith overall Business and Professional Woman of the Year. This new honor comes after BPW/Raleigh selected her, in 2011, as its Business and Professional Woman.

Cary, NC, December 13, 2012 --( Smart Moms is pleased to announce that Garla Smith was named the 2011-2012 Career Woman of the Year by Business and Professional Woman North Carolina (BPW/NC).

In October 2011, Ms. Smith was selected BPW/Raleigh’s 2011 Career Woman of the Year. BPW/NC selects an overall Woman of the Year from among its 22 clubs statewide. The latest honor was bestowed on Ms. Smith at the BPW/NC Women Enlightened and Empowered Event in Faison, NC.

BPW judges nominees by how well they:
· Elevate the standards for women in business and the professions
· Bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women
· Promote the interests of business and professional women
· Extend opportunities to women through education along the lines of industrial, scientific and vocational activities

Ms. Smith is owner and president of Smart Moms, a Cary, NC, based recruiting company that helps businesses fill part-time, telecommuting and contract positions with skilled moms and dads. Smart Moms also provides resources such as career coaching, including mock interviewing, resume writing and making sense of today’s job search process. This agency also provides networking opportunities for moms who are re-entering the workforce. Her passion for helping comeback moms regain their place in the mainstream workforce has led her to complete her Career Development Facilitator (CDF) training. As an Adjunct Instructor at Wake Technical Community College she teaches job searching and employability skills to job seekers of all walks.

“Garla's nomination was most impressive. She had the resilience to take a difficult situation and completely transform her life and the lives of hundreds of women in North Carolina. Garla's dedication and strength are amazing,” says Michelle Evans, BPW/NC Past State President.

Previous Career Woman of the Year nominees and winners were physicians, educators, executives, politicians, lawyers, artists, human service workers, entrepreneurs, and law enforcement officers.

More about the Career Woman of the Year Award. The BPW Career Woman of the Year was established to bring recognition and appreciation of the diverse contributions of women in the workforce and in the community. It was established at the Club level to recognize the contribution of a woman’s commitment to the BPW aims and objectives, as well as her personal and professional progress.

More about Ms. Smith and Smart Moms. Prior to co-founding Smart Moms, Ms. Smith was a Manufacturing Engineer for Hewlett Packard and Applied Materials. She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and earned her MS in Mechanical Engineering (Concentration Manufacturing) from North Carolina A&T University. Learn more about Smart Moms at
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