Jeannie Opdyke Smith
Daughter of Polish Rescuer, Irene Gut Opdyke (Broadway play: Irena's Vow- soon to be a movie) Jeannie Smith tells an incredible story of how "One person can make a difference."
Daughter of Polish rescuer: Irene Gut Opdyke, whose story became the nationally acclaimed Broadway Play "Irena's Vow" starring Tovah Feldshuh. Jeannie is a sought-after international speaker. The story she tells is spellbinding, powerful, motivational, and highly successful for fundraising events. A timely and important message: We are all part of one human family and our brother's keeper.
Having heard you speak once before, I knew the impact your mother’s story could make on our chevre, but I was blown away by the response. I believe you will be busier than ever! Together, we raised 2.3 million dollars last Friday for our local/global Jewish community. Thank you for your dedication to the Jewish community and for sharing a piece of your mother with us.— Tina Erlich, V.P. Innovative Graphics , Book of Life: Campaign Day , Toronto, Canada
Jeannie, It was so great to have you share your mother’s story with our group. You inspired everyone in the room and helped us to surpass our campaign goal!— Samara Tesler, National Young Leadership The Jewish Federations of North America, Young Leaders Cabinet Retreat, Making an Impact , Fort Lauderdale, FL
We were honored to host Jeannie at our Book of Life Celebration in May. The story is inspirational and Jeannie shares it in a way that captures the audience and highlights the power of love and encourages an undeniable truth. The feedback from our Book of Life Celebration was fabulous. We’ve run Book of Life for 15 years and this Celebration was the best yet. The best part of that was YOU.— Elysa Greisman, Director, Donor Relations, Book of Life Celebration , Toronto, Canada
Jeannie Smith was incredibly interesting and very inspiring. The perfect choice of speaker. From a professional perspective, Jeannie is kind, personable and a pleasure to work with and host. Our guests could not stop raving about her presentation. Her talk is dynamic, engaging, and draws each and every person in the room in. Watching from the back was amazing – you could hear a pin drop.— Avigail Aronoff, Senior Development Officer at Women’s Philanthropy, Choices, Montreal, Ontario