Brandi Smith

Brandi Smith

Assistant Director

phone: (812) 856-1864


“No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.” -Carol Dweck

Brandi arrived in Bloomington as a first generation undergraduate and remained to build a life post-graduation. She worked in a variety of education, health, and social services roles before choosing to become a coach and work in career development. In particular, her work with teens and families as a coach in social services sparked a keen drive to help people develop the lives they envision for themselves. In addition to her role as Assistant Director at the CDC, Brandi works in private practice as an Individual and Family Life Coach. She finds great joy helping young adults, families, and young at heart adults navigate their unique challenges and discover solutions so they can live full and gratifying lives. When she isn’t coaching, Brandi can usually be found doing one of 3 other things; 1) spending time with her sons, husband, and canine companion, 2) practicing aerial circus arts, or 3) gardening or baking- depending on the season.

Best Career Blunder

Shoe sales person in a mall shoe store for 2 months.

Biggest Challenge

I was expected to make the sale which required me to be persistent (pushy!?!) with people when they felt uncertain about making a decision.

Lessons Learned

I learned important lessons about my interests and personality that remain with me to this day. Specifically, it was hard for me to push a product or talk people into a decision. I find it much more rewarding and empowering for everyone when people decide for themselves. I also learned I did not like working in a shopping mall environment.

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art and Spanish, Indiana University
  • Master of Science, Human Development and Family Studies, Indiana University
  • Certified Family Life Educator
  • Board Certified Coach