Event Dates: September 9-11, 2019

Location:  Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN

Kelley Dearing-Smith

Vice President, Communications and Marketing
Louisville, Water Company


Kelley Dearing Smith’s career revolves around out-of-the-box thinking and storytelling.
Kelley is Louisville Water Company’s Vice President of Communications, and Marketing. In her nearly 20-year career at Louisville Water, Kelley has developed strategic partnerships and communication efforts that focus on water’s role in a community. She directs the company’s media, marketing, education, government relations and economic development activities. In 2010, she authored a book to highlight the company’s 150th anniversary and in 2013 she oversaw the development of the “WaterWorks Museum” at the company’s 1860 original pumping station.
Prior to Louisville Water, Kelley worked in television news. Kelley is vice-chair of the American Water Works Association’s Public Affairs Council and a member of the Kentucky-Tennessee Section’s Public Affairs committee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Communications’ degree from Eastern Kentucky University.
Kelley is also a wife, a mom and a person who is always curious. When not at work, you’ll most likely find her by a pool, on a beach or shopping local.


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