Inspire People. Influence Generations.
Wendy W. Smith
A person’s calling is found when her passion meets the pain of the world.
Wendy W. Smith’s calling is to minister to the hearts and minds of people. As a co-founder of Future Legacies, LLC, Wendy supports those who hope for something better and helps them to achieve it.
At age 5, Wendy was given up by an alcoholic mother and raised by a father who fell into drug addiction. Both of her parents have done wonderful things for others in their lives, yet struggled personally and have been incarcerated at various times. Wendy is also a survivor of postpartum psychosis and depression following the birth of her ﬁrst child. With all she has experienced, statistics say she should be in jail, on drugs or worse. Instead, Wendy is alive, loved, happy, and productive. While she mourns what has been lost in the lives of her parents, she is grateful for her journey and is determined to live a life set apart from her heritage.
In her career, Wendy invested 16 years as a leadership and business coach for a Fortune Top 50 company, traveling the United States coaching and training business leaders and teams. Having coached over 500 workshops and taught over 4,000 people, Wendy has addressed audiences of 5 to 500 in corporate, educational, student and ministry settings. Previously, she spent 13 years in the ﬁnancial services industry as an Investment Representative, General Securities Principal, Municipal Securities Principal, and led a team of truly remarkable ﬁnancial services professionals across the southeastern United States. Today, she and her business partner, Krista Hawkins, lead Future Legacies, LLC and its affiliates.
Wendy’s path from abandonment to the empowerment of others included significant mentors who spoke into her life and gifted her with life tools. It also required work and sacrifice. Working full-time at a bank and part-time at a department store simultaneously, Wendy earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors and debt-free from Birmingham-Southern College. She later trained as a Professional Life Coach at the Christian Coach Institute. When not traveling, speaking to groups, or consulting with clients, her energy is focused on her husband, son, and daughter.
Through her leadership, coaching, and teaching, Wendy is empowering and equipping people to build a Future Legacy worthy of their divine placement in this world.
Krista Hawkins has invested her career in helping others to create new beginnings. First, as a counselor helping adults recover from addiction and later as a counselor guiding families through adoption. For 20 years, she worked with a Fortune Top 50 company providing guidance, coaching, and training to thousands of business teams, helping them to build effective systems and enhance their performance. Traveling the United States as a leadership and sales coach, Krista has helped business leaders and professionals to maximize their potential and become their best self. Today, she and her business partner, Wendy W. Smith, lead Future Legacies, LLC and its affiliates.
As an entrepreneur and the wife of an entrepreneur, Krista understands the importance of priorities and balance in work and in life. While on a 4-year scholarship and as co-captain of the Illinois State University Swimming Team, Krista earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with academic honors followed by a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Coach. Krista is married to Chad, a State Farm Agent, and they have two extraordinary daughters.
A role model for healthy living, Krista is active in yoga, running, and the lifetime sport of swimming. Krista and her younger daughter produced and hosted a school television newscast, Hawkins Health Tips, inspiring teachers and kids to live healthier lifestyles. She is a supporter and former board president of Special Kids, a nonprofit Christian organization providing therapies to children in need.
Krista also empowers others through her holistic health coaching practice and is a Qualified National Marketing Director with the Juice Plus Company, sharing the benefits of healthy living with others since 2011.
Believing everyone should be equipped to make healthy choices, Krista endorses a holistic lifestyle - relying on faith, enjoying real and unprocessed foods, drinking water, exercising, maintaining life balance, quality rest, choosing fulfilling work, serving others, and living in joy.
She acknowledges that change does not happen overnight. The keys to success are knowledge and education, a commitment with emotional connection, and preparation followed by action. Taking small steps can be the best way to create lasting change and new beginnings. These new beginnings become the foundation for building Future Legacies for ourselves and others.