Kia Smith

Title: CEO & Founder

Company:  Empowerment Associates LLC

Location:  Las Vegas, NV United States


  • Inductee, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement (2021)
  • HRM-SCP Talent Connections, LLC Certification (2019)
  • Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Customer Service  Excellent Nominee (2017)
  • Oregon State Governor’s Cup for Community Service Award (2014)
  • Lane County Chamber Business Excellent Service Award (2010)
  • Lakota Sioux Native American Navy Warriors Medal of Valor (2006)
  • Oregon Educational Achievement Award (2004)
  • Keynote Speaker for the Salem OR NAACP Annual Educational Forum (2003)
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, Rho Omicron Chapter Exemplifying Finer Woman-Hood Award (2002)
  • Marquis Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior College (1994)
  • Dorothy Higgins Memorial Scholarship (1994)
  • Malcolm X Memorial Fund Scholarship (1994)
  • United States Navy, Honorable Discharge (1991)


  • D.Ed. in Education Policy & Management (Human Capital Management), University of Oregon | Doctoral Diversity Building Scholarship
  • MS in Workforce Education Development (Training & Development), Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • BA in Rhetoric & Communication (Journalism), & BA in Sociology, University of California-Davis | Minority Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
  • AA in Liberal Arts, Solano Community College, Suisun, CA | Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society
  • Diploma, John Adams High School, Queens, NY

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