Published on April 1st, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Martha Scott Smith Retires From AT&T
Pictured Martha Scott Smith. Photo by Calvin Reese, Millennium Magazine
As the 2015 Women’s History Month comes to a close, it is especially timely to recognize and highlight the close of an incredible career of a very special woman, Martha Scott Smith. Effective March 31, Smith will retire from AT&T after a career spanning 37 years.
No stranger to this community, Martha leaves a legacy of “First’s” as an accomplished woman and African American.
Supported by her corporate family, she has distinguished herself as a leader on numerous civic and community boards. Her greatest legacy, however, lies in her unwavering commitment to servant leadership and volunteerism that extends far beyond the walls of the board room. It is often her unseen, below the radar work, that shines the brightest.
Recently, I sat down with Martha and asked her about post retirement plans.
“Calvin, I have had a wonderful career and have been blessed to meet some talented and awesome people on this journey”, she said. “At this point in my life, I have truly asked God to order my steps. I know He has something else for me to do, I just need to stand still and listen and then be about the business of getting it done.”
“I will always remember her telling me she hopes that when her time on this earth is over, God will have to chase her down and say “Okay, that’s enough!”
Always the educator, Martha has influenced many lives. She has been a kind, but stern mentor for me, always encouraging me to pursue my dreams.
I am grateful to have known her and look forward to being a part of the next chapter in her life. Thanks for an amazing ride Martha Scott Smith! Calvin B. Reese: President/Founder, Millennium Magazine
Congratulations on your retirement! You have exemplified excellence, kindness, and compassion throughout your career. The business, education, and philanthropic communities stand in awe of your accomplishments, and of your ability to pay it forward. YOU have been the example, and I am honored to call you my friend. I get excited when I think about the impact you will have on society as you embark upon this next phase of your life.
Wishing you the best!” Charlene Keys Bowen: Area Vice President, Time Warner Cable
“When I think of Martha Scott Smith only one phrase comes to mind, “Absolutely Fabulous”. Wallace B. Cunningham | AARP South Carolina | Associate State Director Multicultural Outreach
“Martha Smith is a great advocate for the South Carolina business community. For years she has applied her personal beliefs and corporate responsibilities to the GREATER GOOD of the community. As a respected African America Female Executive, Martha has eliminated Race-Gender issues in private and public sector organizations. She has mentored and encourage many of the men and women who are now the civic and political leaders of our community. Martha has served on numerous boards and commissions giving of her time, her talent and her resources. Martha is a woman of integrity, leadership, concern and more importantly she is a woman of faith. I wish Martha well in the next season of her life. I have two daughters involved in my family business and want them to follow the legacy that Martha has established.” Dr. Louis B. Lynn: President, ENVIRO AgScience, Inc.
“Nelson Mandela once said that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. That statement fits Martha perfectly, she may be retiring from her position at AT&T , but there are many, many more “hills that she’ll climb.” The Midlands community has been the beneficiary of Martha’s many experiences and her willingness to share what she knows and help others along. She has a sense of humor that you can’t help but find endearing, along with her sense of style and the ability to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. Throughout her career, Martha has shown that unmistakable indication of someone who has a true and lasting commitment to whatever she takes on. How do I know this? “In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.” –Aristotle……Martha has shown her good qualities in action.” Brandolyn Thomas Pinkston
“Martha Scott Smith is indeed a woman worthy of being recognized for Women’s History Month. For more than 30 years, she has been the very image of philanthropy and servant leadership in our community. For me and so many others, she was, and continues to be, our go-to source for information, resources, guidance, and direction when options seemed few.
Regarding her exemplary career at AT&T, I have long described Martha as “AT&T’s compassion.” Her community-forward efforts helped the organization become a corporate citizen; not just a company. In fact, she was instrumental in helping DESA secure an valuable contract with, what was then, BellSouth. Not only did her efforts affect the growth of my company, they also benefited real people; my employees and their families.
In summary, it’s not just her service that makes Martha a standout; it’s the manner in which she served. I wish her nothing but continued success in this next chapter of her life.” Diane Sumpter: President & CEO of DESA, Inc.