Community Involvement

Focus on Diversity

Kara believes that everyone deserves to work with a financial advisor that they can feel comfortable with and trust. In a world where the typical financial advisor is a 55-year-old, white, conservative male, Kara is passionate about supporting the LGBTQ+ community as well as women-owned business and women in male-dominated industries.

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Memberships, Clubs, and Groups

FemCity of Bend (President & Founder)

FemCity : A place where women prosper together.

Created by women for women, FemCity is a community dedicated to arm business women with everything they need to grow their business and live a happy life. FemCity brings valuable, targeted advice from the most talented, inspiring, and genuinely generous women across the globe. We highlight local business trends and offer amazing content to help women achieve their goals in business and in life.

Camp Fire of Central Oregon (Board Member)

Camp Fire Central Oregon is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth find their spark and discover who they are. We believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to learn, grow, enjoy nature, and thrive, so we offer a variety of programs, camps, events, and service learning projects meant to engage youth and inspire them to be themselves. Young people want to shape the world. Through Camp Fire, they can see immediate action and discover that they have what it takes to make a difference now.

P.E.O. (Member)

P.E.O. exists to be a source of encouragement and support for women to realize their potential in whatever worthwhile endeavor they choose. True to the mission of promoting educational opportunities for women, education continues to be the primary philanthropy of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. In fact, the P.E.O. Sisterhood proudly sponsors six international philanthropies, or projects, designed to assist women with their educational goals.

Bend Young Professionals (Volunteer and Member)

The Bend Chamber’s Young Professionals Network, now known as Bend YP (Young Professionals), is an association of young professionals that are deeply involved in the community, engaged in mentorship, and focused on both personal and professional development. We envision a thriving community of young professionals who are connecting, developing, and collaborating to shape the future of Central Oregon.

Chicks Connect of Bend (2018 President)

Chicks Connect is more than a membership... It is a movement! A movement dedicated to inspiring women to grow personally and professionally by connecting, supporting and encouraging one another. Accountability, love, fun, and support are a few of the amazing benefits of coming together and forming these mastermind groups online and/or in your hometown.

Beers and Business Cards (2018 Ambassador)

The original unique networking group that allows you to meet other like-minded people and network with them while building your business sphere. Beers and Business Cards is always raising the bar and helping the community!

National Association of Women MBA's (Member, President of Willamette Chapter 2016-2017)

The National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing women into leadership. We do this by: partnering with universities and corporations which elevate women in business, providing professional and leadership development opportunities, and offering a strong national network for our members.

Alpha Phi International Fraternity (Alumni Member, Advisor of Gamma Tau Chapter 2016-2017)

The sisterhood of Alpha Phi stretches from coast to coast through 170 collegiate campuses and more than 200,000 members. Sisters share a commitment to excellence and a strong desire to support one another and their communities. Alpha Phis are leaders, scholars, contributors and lifetime members of a sisterhood that values these traits.

Beta Gamma Sigma (Member)

The purpose of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to foster personal and professional excellence among its members. A major emphasis of the society is to foster ethical business leadership. Beta Gamma Sigma members reside in over 160 countries with 27 alumni chapters located in major metropolitan areas in the U.S., Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, Switzerland & Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Peru, London and Toronto. These chapters provide educational and networking opportunities for members. Beta Gamma Sigma is the largest alumni group in the world for graduates of business programs.

Pi Alpha Alpha (Member)

The purpose of Pi Alpha Alpha is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration. Its objectives, such as fostering integrity, professionalism, and effective performance, promote the advancement of quality in the education and practice of the art and science of public affairs and administration. There are more than 160 chapters located around the world at NASPAA member schools.

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Previous Events

Celebrate + Elevate

"It was an honor to be one of the keynote speakers at the first annual Celebrate + Elevate on March 10, 2018. This amazing women's enrichment event included goal planning, inspirational talks from local business women, educational talks on body language and personal finance, professional head shots, massages, a photo booth, and so much more. It's safe to say that the women of Central Oregon are already pumped for next year's event!"

Celebrate Elevate Event

Kara L Smith, MBA

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