Meet LaTida Smith, President of The Winston-Salem Foundation.

About this event

Indeavor Club Luncheons expand your network by creating relationships, not just contacts. Connect with your community by engaging in an intimate lunch conversation with a different local community leader each month to learn about local topics relevant to your business interests and the inner workings of our local economy.

A hot lunch is included!

Meet Our Speaker, LaTida Smith

LaTida Smith is the fifth President of The Winston-Salem Foundation, the first foundation established in North Carolina. Currently in its 102nd year with over $700 million in assets, LaTida and her colleagues at the Foundation are dedicated to working in partnership with donors, nonprofits, and community volunteers to inspire philanthropy and link resources to action to strengthen Forsyth County, NC.

LaTida is driven by the opportunity to engage diverse stakeholders in identifying, prioritizing, and implementing solutions to address pressing community challenges and sustain vital community assets. Prior to joining The Winston-Salem Foundation, LaTida led the development of Moses Taylor Foundation, an $90 million foundation established to improve the health of an 11-county region of Northeast Pennsylvania. She held multiple roles over 12 years with Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland ultimately departing as Vice President of Programs, Outcomes and Learning; directed the Cleveland Department of Public Health’s HIV/AIDS Unit; and served as a Community Educator for Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland.

LaTida currently serves on the board of directors of Playworks and Highlights Foundation and the advisory board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy. She previously chaired the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Funders Concerned About AIDS. She was selected as an American Marshall Memorial Fellow and an ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellow.

LaTida holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and master’s degrees in English and Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

LaTida lives in Clemmons, NC with her husband, Walter; their son, Walter III and daughter, Clarke.

About The Winston-Salem Foundation

The Foundation was established in 1919 with a donation of $1,000. The Winston-Salem Foundation was the first foundation of any type to be established in North Carolina, and they’re the 16th oldest community foundation in the United States. For over a hundred years, thousands of individuals and organizations have partnered with The Winston-Salem Foundation to improve the quality of life in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, and beyond.

What They Do:

  • Community Leadership: We collaborate with nonprofits, funders, and community leaders to build a more equitable community for all.
  • Community Grants: We support charitable organizations and programs that benefit Forsyth County in many program areas.
  • Philanthropic Services: We educate and assist individuals and organizations in their charitable giving.
  • Student Aid: We provide scholarships to local students in their quest for higher education.

Focus Areas:

The Foundation is devoting significant resources toward investments in two critical focus areas for our work in Forsyth County:

  • Building an Inclusive Economy
  • Advancing Equity in Education