Whitney Smith, Former Political Candidate and Founder WillWorkForWomen.com – a consulting firm exclusively focused on female candidates. In 2015, she founded her own marketing firm, W.T. Smith Consulting, making her one of the few LGBTQ and female-owned national consulting firms in the United States.
In 2016, because of Whitney’s work combating the status quo and corruption both locally and internationally, she was asked to run for the 18th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives against a seated appointee. After successfully winning the primary, Whitney was then asked to run for the office of Franklin County Commissioner. In the 2016 election, she earned more than 200,000 votes in Franklin County – more votes than Donald Trump in the same county – making her the youngest top female vote-getter in the entire state of Ohio.
While Whitney lost that race, she decided to turn her experience into a win for other candidates – using her -on the ground – candidate experience to guide other political hopefuls on their path to victory through her consulting firm. To date Whitney has worked on over 300 races across the country. Whitney’s goal for 2018 is to help female candidates get elected to office through her firms’ new movement – WillWorkForWomen.com – helping to create a pipeline for success through creative fundraising, harnessing earned media and creating local movements.
In 2016 Whitney was called the “future of the Republican Party” by presidential candidate and governor of Ohio John Kasich. Whitney has been recognized in Washington, D.C. and in Columbus’ local Outlook Magazine for being one of the only (out) bisexual candidates, in Ohio as well as in the United States. And Whitney has spoken on NPR, ABC, NBC and FOX news stations about a variety of political issues.
Whitney serves on the non-profit board of Fashion Week Columbus, which presents a NYC style fashion week each year in Columbus, Ohio, to highlight art and culture, as well as provide scholarships to local art students.
Whitney Smith grew up in Westerville, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Westerville South High School where she lettered in swimming, was a founding member of the Gay Straight Alliance, a founding member of the Young Conservatives, an active artist, and a member of the National Honor Society. Whitney attended Bowling Green State University, and graduated in 2009 with a political science major and sociology minor. Whitney was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority.
Whitney lives by the personal motto, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” (M. Gandhi.)