Chanda Smith Baker is back with a fresh take on the award-winning Conversations with Chanda podcast. A nationally respected CEO, philanthropist, community leader and entrepreneur, Chanda continues tackling the gritty issues that communities wrestle with — race, leadership, philanthropy social justice and more — but dives even deeper into the profoundly personal stories that drive her guests to use their voice, leadership and resources to make a difference in their communities. From national luminaries like Eric Holder, Dr. Yaba Blay, Valerie Jarret and Ibram X. Kendi to local Twin Cities entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business and community leaders making an impact, the Conversations with Chanda podcast explores, digs deeper and celebrates what’s relevant in our communities NOW. 


A photo of Ilhan Omar
Ilhan Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs.

An experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organizer, public speaker and advocate, Rep. Omar was sworn into office in January 2019, making her the first African refugee to become a Member of Congress, the first woman of color to represent Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress.

Dr. Makeeba McCreary at the New Commonwealth Fund and Quincy Miller at Eastern Bank
Dr. Makeeba McCreary
& Quincy Miller

Listen to a live conversation at the Nonprofit Board Lab 2023: New Commonwealth Fund Panel with guests Dr. Makeeba McCreary at the New Commonwealth Fund and Quincy Miller, Eastern Bank. They share insights on their experience with creating and leading an organization focused on racial equity and social justice.

Malik Rucker
malik rucker

Malik is the Executive Director of V3 Sports, a community hub focused on wellness, fitness, and education in North Minneapolis. Malik Rucker shared the transformational story of V3 Sports and his leadership journey in sports and community development. Learn from Malik’s journey of leadership and purpose in sports development.



Shaping the Future: Women’s Role in Law Enforcement Live Event

Minneapolis, MN — Imagine a safer world with more women in law enforcement. At Smith Baker, we’re bringing people together to make this vision a reality.  Studies show that female officers use less force, have fewer complaints, and are more trusted by communities. They also achieve better outcomes for crime victims, especially in sexual assault cases, and make fewer discretionary arrests. To inspire and encourage more women to join this vital field, Smith Baker, a leading executive coaching and strategic consulting firm, is proud to announce, ‘Shaping the Future: Women’s Role in Law Enforcement.’  The event

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