The 100 Women to KNOW Across America Award, presented by JPMorgan Chase is a recognition that showcases the most influential, achieved, and honorable women in our society. Following a nomination and interview process, these women entrepreneurs, executives, creatives, and philanthropists have not only grown their dreams, but have created boundless opportunities for the next generation of female leaders. These women exemplify what it means to be high-achieving and ambitious on the next level and continue to pour into their communities as they do so.

Michele Smith The West Events Space

Michele Smith is a Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and ESPN’s lead softball analyst. Michele played in softball’s debut Olympic appearance in 1996 in Atlanta, GA and again in 2000 in Sydney, Australia winning gold medals in both Olympic Games. Michele serves on the Board of Athletes for Hearts, Clearwater for Youth, The Diamond Sports Allegiance. Outside of softball Smith has been successful in commercial real estate owning boutique beach side hotels, and The West Events- a modern industrial beach side event space in Madeira Beach, FL that hosts weddings and corporate functions. Smith currently resides in Treasure Island, Fla.


What advice would you give your younger self?

All the hard work and sacrifices will be worth it… perseverance will propel you to be successful in all aspects of your life!

What is your favorite quote?

“Don’t be afraid to give up the ‘good’ for the ‘great’.”

Click HERE to view the complete list of 100 Women to KNOW in America presented by JP Morgan Chase.

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