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Past Speaking Clients Are Saying...

“Christi's content, always thoroughly researched and always spot on,  is delivered with enormous energy & passion. 

She has the rare ability to engage her audience, making everyone feel part of the discussion.  Christi Venable never disappoints.”

Chris & Sue White, Founders of KRISAM Group & Global Event Partners

Speaker, Entrepreneur, Leadership and Culture Change Expert


Christi Venable is an award-winning business owner and the founder of SMILE Therapy Services, a multi-million dollar business that she managed to build from the ground up.  

Raised in Southeast D.C. by a single mom, Christi’s story reflects resilience, faith and incredible drive.  After earning her professional counselor license, Christi began working inside middle schools while continuing her mission to reduce stigmas on mental health in the minority community.  That’s when she noticed a widening gap  -- a lack of quality mental health services for those who need it most.   

In 2015, she launched SMILE Therapy Services with one employee -- herself.

Today, Christi employs more than 28 therapists -- all people of color -- while continuing to serve individuals, school systems and fortune 500 organizations.   As a leadership and culture change expert, she’s now helping top leaders improve their culture so they can increase employee wellness, retention and build a happy workforce. 

When Christi hits the stage, your audience will be engaged with her relatability and deep industry knowledge.  She offers strong action steps that will empower and embolden your group to lead more effectively.  Christi works with you to tailor the talk so that it’s relevant and applicable to your specific audience.


  • In 2020, Christi was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year for Washington D.C. 
  • SMILE Therapy Services is a 100% minority and women-owned company that’s proudly certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (NMSDC), Women-Owned Business (WBENC), Washington-DC CBE and 8(a).

If you’re interested in Diversity, Culture Change and Leadership in today’s evolving workplace, look no further.

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Client Testimonial

"Christi has excellent stage presence... and has a great balance of providing necessary (and often times serious) information with ensuring audience members are at ease so they feel comfortable sharing with each other. The safe, professional spaces Christi creates has been such a benefit to our wellness programs and has made our virtual offerings a success during a very trying, stressful year for all.”

Catherine Miller, DC Government Client Success Manager

As a speaker, Christi partners with you to learn the needs of your audience or team and tailors her programs to be specific, relevant, and applicable. 

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