William Earle Smith

Blending a formal background in business and finance with proven success in the non-profit sector, Earle Smith has brought both passion and expertise to various organizations and businesses he has work for.

As a Senior-Level Executive, Smith offers a history of proven leadership and community engagement. With a keen sense of organizational management and refined relationship-building skills, he has extensive experience working collaboratively with multiple sectors of the community.

Smith's work experience is broad and emphasizes over nineteen years of senior management. As a non-profit community leader, he has managed multi-million dollar operations; reported to and served on volunteer boards and management committees; and, has a clear grasp of the complexities and chaotic nature of non-profit funding and culture. This has allowed Smith to inspire and bring a steady hand to the organizations that he has worked for over the years.



Work Experience


Madison Ballet, Inc. Madison, WI     1999-Present

Artistic Director, former Executive Director, for a not-for-profit performing arts corporation committed to promoting the art of dance and cultural arts to youth and the greater community through education and performance.


Accomplishments include:

  • Growing programming and infrastructure of Madison Ballet from $250K to $1.2M operating budget supervising approximately 40 employees.

  • Developing, opening, and managing the School of Madison Ballet that currently enrolls over 450 students.

  • Developing and managing all programming, education, and community outreach.

  • Forming alliance with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County exposing youth to the performing arts.

  • Supervising faculty recruiting, retention, evaluation, and all areas of faculty concern within the School of Madison Ballet.

  • Developing and managing personnel planning, budgets, and accounting practices to ensure fiscal accountability.

  • Establishing, negotiating, and maintaining budgetary and personnel needs.

  • Serving as the spokesperson in the community with the media for Madison Ballet.

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Tutu School Sun Prairie Sun Prairie, WI     2017-Present

Co-owner of thriving ballet boutique serving young children. Responsible for finances, administrative operations, and marketing initiatives.

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University of Wisconsin Madison, WI     2012-2016

Served as a Faculty Member in the School of Education in the Department of Dance. Taught Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science level courses.


Family Health Systems Madison, WI     1997-2000

Served as a Financial and Business Analyst for this for-profit corporation providing administrative function of health care plans such as, Group Health Cooperative, Family Health Plan Cooperative, and Community Health Plan.


Accomplishments include:

  • Leading the Y2K project for converting all financial systems for ten affiliated companies. Systems included: general ledger, accounts payable, premium billing, accounts receivable, and claims processing.

  • Designing and developing a data warehouse strategy for financial reporting including board management and regulatory reporting.

  • Leading the Financial Closing Process Improvement project as part of the Strategic Operating Plan.


The Neutral Zone New York, NY     1995-1997

Served as a Youth Counselor for this not-for-profit youth center. The Neutral Zone is a referral and drop-in center serving predominantly African-American and Hispanic youth on Christopher Street in the Village, lower Manhattan.


Selected accomplishments include:

  • Counseled and mentored youth one-to-one and in a group.

  • Participated in the development of programs involving peer outreach, block beautification, and counseling services.

  • Coordinated educational activities for youth, including trips to Washington, D.C., camping trips, and excursions around New York City.

  • Facilitated organizational planning meetings to increase counseling services and activities, and administrative operations.


National League for Nursing, Inc. New York, NY     1994-1997

Served as Director of Special Projects to the Chief Business Officer and Vice President of Finance and Administration for this $20 million, not-for-profit corporation with 103 full-time employees. Served as Acting Controller and Interim Director of Customer Service and Fulfillment.


Selected accomplishments include:

  • Successfully directed conversion project migrating financial MIS from mainframe and manual to consolidated state-of-the-art windows-based LAN.

  • Refocused a re-engineering project in 1994, which led to net bottom-line swing of $1.6 million over the year. Generated first-time development of $1 million cash reserves and first positive fund balance in two years.

  • Generated net operating surplus of over $1 million, a fund balance of over $1 million, and a cash reserve of $1.4 million during 1995 operating period.

  • Developed with Chief Business Officer a $5 million strategic business alliance between NLN and a leading international information technologies company. This commercial joint venture developed interactive, multi-media, multi-disciplinary distance learning services for nurse educators via the Internet.

  • Instrumental in developing an outsourcing implementation project generating projected savings of $3.5 million in administrative overhead.

  • Presented at the New York City Partnership and Commerce on The Contingent Workforce: Strategic Staffing Scenarios. Panel of speakers included Citicorp and AT&T.

Honors & Distinctions

Committee Chair, Mayoral Appointment to Performing Art Study Steering Committee,

2013, Madison, WI

Marvin Rabin Award for Artistic Excellence,

2012, Madison, WI

Member, Resident Advisory Committee Overture Center for the Arts,

2004, Madison, WI

Board Member, Vice President Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus,

2010-12, Madsion, WI

Speaker, Arts Enterprise Symposium,

2009, University of WI, Madison

WI Dance Council’s Recognition of New Leadership Award,


Member, Arts Education Roundtable,

2003-06, Madison, WI

Committee Member, Madison Children’s Arts Museum Strategic Planning,


Panelist, Overture Center for the Arts Design Plan Advisory Panel,

1999-04, Madison, WI

Board Member, Ballet, Inc.,

1996, New York, NY


Diversity Training,

1998, Family Health Systems, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Youth Counseling Training,

1995, The Neutral Zone, New York, New York

Outsourcing Strategies,

1995, The Outsourcing Institute, New York, New York

Bachelor of Business, Accounting

~2001, Essbase Model Developement, Chicago, IL
~2001, Database Development & Manaagement, Chicago, IL
1995, Accounting Operations & Infrastructures, AMA, Inc., New York, New York
1995, Visual Basic & Rapid Tools Dev., Solomon Software Co., Newark, Delaware
1988, University of Texas, Arlington, TX
1986, Tarrant County Junior College, Fort Worth, TX