Pat is the first African-American woman to win the Miss Virginia USA title and first runner-up of the 1994 Miss USA Pageant. She lost her mother to breast cancer while preparing for the competition. As Honorary Chair of the 2013 Komen Dallas Race for the Cure, she was featured In “Success” magazine with the poignant story of the impact of losing her mother and how she has overcome the loss.
Pat graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Journalism.
She recently co-hosted a new TV Talk Show, “The Broadcast” airing daily in Dallas on KTXD-TV. Her television hosting career began in Los Angeles on Extra, Access Hollywood and extended to Dallas as the host of “Treasure You” on Good Morning Texas.
Pat’s radio and TV experience also includes host of Keep the Faith and recurring roles and guest appearances on such primetime hits as Beverly Hills 90210, Sunset Beach and The Wayans Brothers Show. Her interviews on “A Night of Amazing Women”, Marcus and Joni Lamb’s “Celebration” on Daystar and “The Janeé Show” were highly rated and gave her an opportunity to talk about faith, forgiveness and family.
Pat Smith shares her inspirational messages with groups around the country — reaching out to women of all ages and stature. 2012 was a highlight year for Pat as she shared her journey on the Women of Faith “Celebrate What Matters” Tour in 7 cities. She is often requested to deliver keynote speeches to businesses, non-profits, churches and Christian organizations.
In January of 2014, Pat hosted “Second Chances for Overcomers” with guest Robin Roberts of ABC-TV. Pat honored national and local overcomers for their strength and stamina in persevering through some of life’s challenges. The event was the highest rated live streamed event on Google/You Tube that day, generating over 4 million twitter imprints for Treasure You Second Chances (#TYSC). This has sparked a Second Chance movement through her non-profit, Treasure You. She currently publishes a Second Chance Story Series on her Facebook page and website encouraging men and women to share their stories with each other.
Pat is currently working on her first book, scheduled to be released in the Winter of 2016.
As a wife, mother, television host and former actress, Pat is known for her philanthropy on behalf of women and children as well as her dedication to church, civic and community activities.
Pat has long felt called to work with and provide programs for women to help them achieve their dreams. Pat established “Treasure You” as a non-profit in 2012 to inspire and uplift others to pursue their passions in life despite their circumstances or set-backs. She hosts a weekend retreat in September of each year, providing scholarships for many women who cannot afford to come.
She has been honored by many local and national organizations. Recent awards include:
Pat is currently a member of the prestigious Vogue 100, was voted one of the 10 Most Beautiful Women of Dallas in 2011, was named a celebrity role model for the Dallas Elevators mentor program for Dallas ISD high school students and is featured on Donna Karan’s website as a “woman who inspires”. She is involved with battered women’s shelters and breast cancer initiatives.
Pat serves as the President of Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities supporting youth with high potential and limited resources with mentoring and unique experiences.
Pat and her husband Emmitt have 5 children and live in Dallas, Texas.