Lynnise Smith

Women's Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley

President & CEO

Ms. Lynnise Smith is a leader in the Supplier Diversity industry where she uses her vision and leadership to create long-lasting opportunities.

With a career spanning over two-decades, she has gained extensive experience across industries. She has worked in fields such as Research and Development, Education, and Banking. Throughout her career she has led national supplier diversity initiatives and she became the first Supplier Diversity Manager for OhioHealth in 2017.

In her roles, she provided strategic development and management of system-wide Supplier Diversity Programs.

Lynnise is now the Incoming Executive Director of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley (WBEC ORV) where she will use her business acumen and advocacy for diverse suppliers to lead the regional partner organization of nearly 100 corporate members and over 1,100 Women Business Enterprises.

Lynnise has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC), the Board of Directors for DisabilityIN: Ohio, Vice Chair of the WBEC ORV Steering Committee and as a member of the Vizient Supplier Diversity Advisory Council.

Lynnise is a 2017 graduate of the African American Leadership Academy (AALA). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Master of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Diversity Management from Cleveland State University. She also is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.