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Maya Payne Smart

2015 Speaker

MAYA PAYNE SMART is a writer and literacy ambassador who shares book reviews, interviews and musings at and Before relocating to Texas, she served on the boards of the YWCA of Richmond and The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia. She also raised funds and awareness for numerous local nonprofits including FRIENDS Association for Children and The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund. She is a former chair of James River Writers and served on the national board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Her honors include Style Weekly’s 40 under 40 award and an Excellence in Journalism award from The Press Club of Cleveland. @mayasmart