Cathy C. Smith, CEO of Chameleon Consulting, has a track record of using technology to transform business operations in highly regulated industries. In her 20+ years in financial services, Cathy has been a strategist and change agent with forward-thinking, technology-based techniques to digitize organizations and reposition firms for growth in the digital economy.
Cathy’s executive experience has been significant and at well-known financial institutions where she has been instrumental in developing new business and restoring customer trust. Working with internal teams, Cathy has built strong partnerships with best-in-breed financial technology companies where digitizing the enterprise has made business easier, faster and better for clients. She is widely recognized for her relationship management skills and is nicknamed “the digitizer.” Cathy thrives on staying abreast of emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Big Data and their impact on the workplace. Whether advising management consulting firms on large-scale technology projects, transforming the customer experience from archaic to state-of-the-art, multi-channel/multi-device capabilities, or establishing a shared, digital services environment, Cathy is on it.
She earned a Master of Public Administration in Management from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from William Paterson University. She holds numerous certificates in Digital Business Transformation Management (Blockchain Secured), Financial Technology (FinTech), Project Management from NJIT, a Mini MBA in Digital Marketing from Rutgers University, and an Executive Board Leadership Certificate from Seton Hall University.
Cathy’s dedication to technology education led her to serve as Chair of the Entrepreneurship Standing Committee for the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and Founder of Women in Tech NJ & NY. She is a past Chairwoman for the Paterson Board of Education Arts Advocacy and also served as Chairwoman for the Department of Labor Workforce Investment Board.