I am the Founder of L3 Leadership, a leadership development company devoted to developing leaders in Pittsburgh. We host monthly breakfasts, have Mastermind groups meeting around the city, and produce the L3 Leadership podcast.
I've interviewed and had some of the best leaders in Pittsburgh speak at our events, including Clint Hurdle, Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Rob Daley, CEO of 4moms, Kim Fleming, CEO of Hefren-Tillitoson, and others.
I am also the Manager of Outreach and Major Gifts at Light of Life Rescue Mission, where I have been on staff for over six years.
I've run 7 marathons, I'm married to my high school sweet heart, and we have a beautiful daughter named Olivia.
Our company, pep, recently hired Doug to lead a training at our annual conference. The topic was "Living a Balanced Life," and Doug did a FANTASTIC job at creating content to fit under that umbrella. He was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish - keeping in consistent communication leading up to the event and his authentic personality shined through in everyone he connected with at pep. I was hearing positive feedback as soon as Doug's training came to an end. He was prompt in his follow up with our employees, immediately sending the PowerPoint he reviewed. I have heard several times following the event how much people learned from him. One employee even made a comment that we should bring Doug back as a future key note speaker. Thanks to Doug for making a huge impact on the success of our conference this year!
Response from Doug Smith:
Thank you so much, Jennifer! It was an honor to work with you!
Doug is an authentic, hard working person who comes from adversity--this makes him highly relatable, and easy-to-hear. I have found that it is both his story and his authenticity that moves hearts, while he also delivers great content in a variety of topics. I have known Doug personally for nearly 15 years, and have invited him to speak in many capacities (youth retreats, weekend church service, leadership events, and more), and he has provided exactly what we needed each time. Doug is bright, humorous, and truly cares for people; therefore, I recommend Doug to the highest degree!
Response from Doug Smith:
Thank you, Zack!
Doug was a guest speaker at our leadership event in January. The planning committee was very pleased with his presentation and professionalism and the entire audience gave nothing but positive feedback on his speech. Doug is down to earth, realistic, motivational and humble. We would have him back to speak at future events in a heartbeat.
Response from Doug Smith:
Thank you, Melanie! It was an honor to invest in all of your coaches lives!
What to Expect
For audio examples of my speaking, check out the L3 Leadership podcast here: http://www.l3leadership.org/podcast.
Prompt, professional replies to your phone calls and email messages.
A personal phone consultation with me prior to your event, so I can better understand how I can best serve you and your audience.
An announcement about your event on my blog and social media channels. (This assumes that your event is open to the public and you want additional visibility for it.)
A professionally prepared, dynamically delivered presentation focused on achieving the outcomes you want with your audience.
A custom resource page, exclusively created for your attendees. It will include the slides I used in the presentation, along with links to books, articles, and other resources I believe will be helpful.
A quick follow-up communication after the event with me, to make sure I met your expectations. (I also want to know how you think I can improve.)
My Most Requested Topics:
Developing a Plan for Personal Growth – When I was 17 years old, I learned the importance of having a personal growth plan. I’ve been growing intentionally for the past 13 years. Most people I talk to do not have a personal growth plan. In this talk, I walk you through the steps of creating one.
Developing and Using Your Platform to Change the World – In this talk, teach the importance of building your own platform, why you should build one, what you should use it for, and how to actually build it.
Making the Most of Mentoring – I’ve discovered that everyone wants to be mentored, however, most people do not know how to intentionally develop mentor relationships. In this talk, I give you a step by step plan for developing and cultivating life long mentor relationships.
Winning with People – This is my version of how to in friends and influence people. I’ve been told that my greatest strength is my ability to connect with people. In this talk, I give you all my tips and best practices.
How to Get in the Best Shape of Your Life – I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. In my twenties, I finally learned how to get in the best shape of my life. In this talk, I share my best practices for health and fitness.
Goal Setting – I’ve been studying goal-setting for 13 years. In this talk, I share with you my best practices for goal setting and goal execution.
Making the Most of Your Twenties and Thirties – I’ve created a list of 20 lessons that I believe everyone in their twenties and thirties must master if they are going to live a life of significance. I share them in this talk.
Serving the Homeless – I always knew it was important to help those in need, I just never knew how to do it. In working with the homeless for over 5 years, I share what I’ve learned about making a difference in the lives of the poor, needy, addicted, and abused.
Doug is the Founder of L3 Leadership, a leadership development company in Pittsburgh. He is also the Manager of Outreach and Major Gifts at Light of Life Rescue Mission, a non-profit that works with the homeless. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura and they are expecting their first child in May of 2016.
Doug enjoys running, he has run 7 marathons, he loves to travel, he is the creator and host of the Learning to Lead podcast, and he is also a blogger at (link hidden)
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Doug is that he graduated high school with a very low GPA and had absolutely no hope of ever doing anything with his life.
In the beginning of his senior year of high school, his mom passed away. Through that experience, Doug began to turn his life around. He had a few mentors come into his life that gave him some direction and hope. If it were not for those experiences, Doug does not know where he would be. In his talks he shares his story of how he turned his life around. His hope is that through his story and the lessons he has learned he will be able to help others live an intentional life, regardless of what circumstances they find themselves in.
To learn more about Doug, go to: http://www.dougsmithlive.com/about
Influences & Inspiration
John Maxwell, Seth Godin, Brian Tracy, Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins