Anna Smyth is a strategy consultant, researcher, and presenter with deep experience in designing data-driven, transformational programming to improve health and wellness outcomes. She has worked abroad with policymakers, researchers and Nobel Laureates from around the world, and in Utah with state government agencies and cutting-edge social sector organizations.
In 2013 she founded TEDxSaltLakeCity, an annual TED-affiliate event now in its 6th year, with over 9 million views of its talks online. She taught an undergraduate course on Leadership in Community at the University of Utah and leads an Active Engagement Retreat annually for college students from across the state. Anna holds a Master’s degree in Community Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis on mindfulness. Her graduate research focused on the impact of positive psychology techniques on stress and resilience.
Anna spends her free time serving as the Volunteer Engagement Director for Project Homeless Connect SLC. She hasn’t owned a TV for over a decade, and though this makes her acutely pop culture illiterate, she loves spending her “down time” discovering and connecting with her community–local and global. She strongly believes that being actively engaged in the world makes her a happier and healthier human. She enthusiastically encourages others to do the same.
Anna is the steward of the Facilitation Council of SLCN and the Integral Leadership content network.