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I am a consultant, author, and speaker specializing helping individuals and organizations prepare for the unexpected and increase their productivity and their sense of well-being by maximizing their flow-states.


Judith (“Judy”) L. Glick-Smith, Ph.D., is the author of "Flow-based Leadership: What the Best Firefighters Can Teach You About Leadership and Making Hard Decisions," which was number one on Fire Chief Magazine’s "Top 9 Public Safety Leadership Books of 2016." She is, also, a contributor and co-editor of "Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World: Leading in the New VUCA Context," which made the "Forbes' Summer Reading List for 2017." She has been a communication expert, knowledge architect, and organizational development consultant in the world of Technical Communication and Information Technology since 1983.

Dr. Judy is the founder of MentorFactor, Inc., the home of The Center for Flow-Based Leadership®, which focuses on helping organizations prepare for the unexpected by facilitating flow-based work environments. She has been studying flow-based decision making and leadership in the fire service for over 10 years.

Dr. Judy's Ph.D. is in Transformative Studies with a concentration in Integral Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has a Master of Science in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University. She lives in the Atlanta metro area with her two English Springer Spaniels and near her daughter and two granddaughters. You can reach her at and 770-633-5582.


The joy in her life comes from her family, especially her grandchildren; her English Springer Spaniels, Gracie and Winston (every cowgirl needs her dogs); her love of photography; her love of the fire service; traveling to new places; and connecting with and helping as many people as she can on her life's journey.