The goal of the Sarah Smith Memorial Conferences is to foster moral leadership in all spheres of life.
The Smith Conferences will include keynote addresses, plenary presentations, prepared responses, and open discussions. The participants and target audience will be leading scholars and culture shapers interested in questions of moral leadership. In addition to groundbreaking thinkers, we intend to invite exemplary practitioners, i.e., individuals who have exemplified moral leadership in their own careers.
This conference series is dedicated to the life and ministry of Sarah Smith, who had a passion for moral leadership. Sarah Smith received her degree in religion from Yale Divinity School and gave talks, seminars, and retreats across the country. She was the plenary speaker for a Methodist jurisdiction, the laity session keynote speaker for two annual conferences, selected as layperson of the year by the Council of Churches and Synagogues, and nominated as a delegate to the World Conference of Methodism in Río de Janeiro. Sarah was also the author of Mid-Life: Coming Home. She lived in Connecticut with her husband and three sons.