Management & Learning

Yolande (Lou) Smith

Master of Management (Arts & Culture) / Master of Management (Business, Tourism & Events) / BA (Arts & Education) Certificate IV (Training & Assessment) / IAP2 Certificate in Engagement

Author, curator, economic driver, educator, producer, speaker and strategist in community and economic development across portfolios for arts and cultural practice, tourism and event arenas plus destination planning.

I’ve had a few lives and a wonderfully adventurous career that has interconnected and grown my expertise across several portfolios, with a common drive – community and economic development.

Throughout my journey I’ve worked with government and the private sector across local, national, and international projects, and led projects for statutory bodies, multinational corporations, unique amazing destinations and diverse industries. 

As a director of committees and executive leadership teams, I’ve amassed required skills and expertise to be involved in some incredible projects and opportunities, as well as working with community and business leaders to drive economic growth for remote and regional areas, through to metropolitan cities and flourishing suburbs.

Simply put, driving creativity, innovation, infrastructure, and programs to stimulate strategic outcomes, community and place is so inspiring. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to watch audience engagement, interaction, and reaction.

It’s all about telling and sharing extraordinary stories and experiences and providing exceptional services for our communities and beyond!

Author...Curator...Economic Driver...Educator...Producer...Speaker...Strategist...

Never settle for good...Anyone can be good!

A little about me:  I’m a dog person at heart with cavaliers my weakness. Have a rescue cat who has been running the household for around 15 years and when I say running, I mean running … such a bossy boots. My happy place is the beach, and tea always makes things better! Time out is a trip to the theatre, catching a show or settling in to watch a good movie with popcorn on the side. Music is best played on vinyl, and pineapple has no place on pizza.

At heart I’m a people person and strong culture and teamwork is above everything else. I learn through reading, but prefer to learn by listening, and understanding with a team discussing challenges to find solutions. I’m not a gatekeeper, encourage lots of direct contact and take pride in playing a part in other’s success. 

While building real-world experience, I’ve never stopped learning and advancing my skills in the world of academia. I’m an advocate for professional development and as a sessional academic and guest lecturer over the past several years, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with numerous university bodies and TAFE institutions. I like the balance of real-world and study while fully appreciating a textbook only has so much to offer…you must get out into the field and do it!

Widely regarded as a leading practitioner sought after by business and government to deliver workshops, presentations, and keynotes. My presentations are always energetic, edgy and most importantly fun and engaging.

One of the things I am often asked is…

“How on earth do you wrap your head around getting started?”

I focus on Details, Approach, Communication and the Essentials.

With a commitment to keeping it real!

Which brings me to you!

Looking to learn and grow? Check out Lou Cherie Learning!

Lou Cherie is perfect for those who seek to learn more, responsible for delivering in their organisation, whether you are a leader required to deliver across a diversified portfolio or singular focus across areas with foundations in arts and culture, community and economic development, sports, recreation and lifestyle or tourism and event applications.

The team at Lou Cherie can guide your progress, upskill your foundations, support your growth and development, kick start your career or perhaps support you deliver an appointed task which isn’t part of your day-to-day portfolio. 

Either way our online resources and workshops will drive and support your goals, requirements, ambitions and aspirations with real world experiences, thought provoking content and help you reach the highest levels of your potential.

Join us at workshops where you not only learn but can connect with others in our industry or jump online to access virtual workshops for those who would prefer to work at their own pace or pick and choose areas of particular interest to download.

We also offer customised platforms through our 1:1 Mastermind Mentoring Program, and Custom HQ We Come to You – Team Projects & Workshops.