The Smith Leadership Symposium is a signature event of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership’s Learning Institute program. The event inspires and advances our cultural community’s ability to serve the public and to create dynamic visitor experiences. The 2012 Symposium will be the fourth. Past speakers include Ken Blanchard, Ford Bell, John Falk, Nina Simon, and Salvador Acevedo.
The Symposium is named in memory of Robert “Bob” Smith, a leading San Diego civic and business leader. Mr. Smith’s service to Balboa Park began when he was a young newsboy, selling daily papers at the California-Pacific International Exposition in 1935. In later years, he provided strategic planning consulting for many Park institutions, including: the San Diego Natural History Museum, Zoological Society of San Diego, and the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership.