Biguita Hernandez-Smith is a strong and innovative leader who thinks BIG, performs BIG, and achieves BIG in everything she puts her mind to.
Biguita was born in Staten Island, NY, the daughter of an immigrant mother and father from Aruba and Puerto Rico. She is the proud wife of Dr. Jason H. Smith, who she met and fell in love with in Beaumont. Biguita has 5 children, 3 granddaughters, and 1 grandson, all members of the Beaumont community. Her family is the absolute light of her life and inspires her every day to give more, work harder and be better!
With over 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors as a professional in workforce development and economic development, Biguita has had the pleasure of working with the following companies and projects on her resume* :
Director of Employer Service Division of Workforce Solutions in the Houston/Galveston Area
Led Workforce Development Initiative and team of Business Consultants on behalf of the Houston Galveston Area Council delivering workforce training, recruitment services and business consulting to over 26,000 businesses in the 13 county Houston/Gulf Region
Assistant Commissioner of the New York City Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise BID TO WIN program that positioned MWBE (Minority and Women Business Enterprise) businesses to bid for NYC government contracts, resulting in $80million in awarded contracts.
Director of NYC Business Solutions
Biguita was employed by New York City to help Staten Island businesses start, operate and expand in the city through business education, financing assistance, legal advice, business development, recruiting support, and help with permits or licenses.
National Alumni Director for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Biguita designed, launched, managed and scaled the inaugural program across local community colleges across the country to ignite business growth post program with increased revenue and job creation for alumni businesses. She managed small business education programs aimed towards increasing revenue and creating new jobs in various cities like Dallas, New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and more.
As evident from her background, most of Biguita's work has been with local government, albeit one of the biggest local government entities in the country.
Currently, Biguita is the CEO of Breathe Workforce Development, an organization dedicated to Workforce Development in Southeast Texas to understand and fulfill the workforce needs of businesses while helping to create and deliver training programs that fill the gap in skills shortages in the current workforce.
Biguita believes that Southeast Texas will thrive by putting the right talent in the right jobs and as skilled SETX residents enter the workforce and build careers, their quality of life will be positively impacted. Importantly, local jobs have to go to local residents!
Outside of her work, Biguita is an advisor to the Beaumont Independent School District's Career and Technical Education Council which prepares students to enter the workforce upon graduation.
Biguita serves on several boards including
Advancing Education and Workforce Readiness Division of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Program chair of the Bridges of Hope
Downtown Beaumont Cultural Arts District
She is also member of the Junior League of Beaumont.
Additionally to serving with these outstanding organizations Biguita founded Love Thy Neighbor-Beaumont, an initiative created to unify the Golden Triangle through community service during trying times like after a hurricane. Love Thy Neighbor also promotes small business support and racial unity in it's community service projects.
The tie that binds her accomplishments together is how she strives to challenge the status quo. Only by eliminating stagnation in our processes or ways of thinking can we find new opportunities to grow - and Biguita can take Beaumont into that next stage.
*Resume is ordered in relevance to position, not in chronological order from dates positions were held. More information available upon request