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Industry Expert Board

Industry Expert Board

Our classes and programming wouldn't be complete without one (or more!) of our incredible industry experts, who partner with us for trainings and workshops to cover the full scope of small business education and experience.


Tiffany Thomson

Conflict Coach

Tiffany has spent most of her career in child welfare and alternative education. She has her undergraduate degree from Utah Valley University in Behavioral Science and her master's degree from Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership and Public Service in Conflict Management. She is a listed Rule 31 mediator certified in civil, family, and domestic violence mediation. She currently works for United Way as the Community Impact Manager for Robertson County and as a mediator and conflict coach for her company, Create Peaceful Solutions.


Donita Brown


Donita Brown, originally from Robertson County in Middle Tennessee, currently teaches at Lipscomb University in the College of Business. Transitioning from a successful 20-year career in healthcare IT, she made a shift to full-time teaching after earning her doctorate in business. In addition to her academic pursuits surrounding self-care and coaching, Donita is also celebrated for her insightful "Wisdom from Others" book series. In addition, she hosts the popular podcast, "The Management Minute with Dr. Donita," in which she delivers quick and effective management advice.

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Jeff Smith

Financial Consulting

Jeff has built a career as a financial leader in various industries, with significant time spent in the construction and service business
sectors. He currently helps businesses meet their wealth building and personal goals by providing executive financial leadership for leaders who desire to create generational wealth, provide a culture within their company for their employees to excel, and ultimately be an engine for the American economy, which he sees as a primary goal for small and mid-sized business