Emerson Smith is a regular speaker at international, national and regional meetings, at  conferences, seminars in the U.S. and Europe,  and at meetings, conferences, and lecture series held on passenger ships crossing the oceans, including on the Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary 2 — the last of the ocean liners.

Europeans immigrants crossed the Atlantic in the 1890s to find a better life in America.  What did they find?

He is on the faculty of the American Hospital Association’s Speaker’s Forum.  Topics include, among others,

1. The future of healthcare: from treatment, drugs, and surgery to prevention of injury and disease and lifestyle improvement. 

“It all began with an idea on how to move organizations to be more responsive to customer needs. “

2. The social organization of the Emergency Department: increasing innovation during times of high demand for services.

“The future is an adventure for communities, rural and urban — and for the people of the United States and abroad.” – Emerson Smith

3. Life in hospitals and  in the community in 2030.  The movement toward universal health care. 

One of the most discussed issues today is whether health is a right or a privilege in the United States.

4. What hospital boards need to be doing now to assure a healthy organization and a healthy community.

Emerson has spoken across the country on healthcare issues and at the Press Ganey national conference.  He has spoken at national conferences for the American Hospital Association and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD).


Emerson is also an aviator, an FAA-certificated flight instructor, and a FAA Safety Team Representative.   His presentations in aviation include, among other topics,

5. What can we learn from the aviation industry that will help us improve our organizations?  How can we improve the safety of our organizations, in businesses, healthcare and in manufacturing, based on the aviation model for safety and efficiency?

The aviation industry is the safest in the United States.   What is the training and what are the principles that keeps aviation safe, with thousands of flights each day?

6. Designing the ideal city.   How do we know what is “ideal”?   What are examples of cities over the centuries that approach “ideal”?   What are the best examples of ideal cities in the world today?

Mars appears as a red-orange globe with darker blotches and white icecaps visible on both of its poles.

7.  Trip to Mars.  The late Stephen Hawking has suggested that people on Earth explore other options as Earth becomes less habitable, due to changing climate, deforestation, loss of insect and animal species, and other factors that humans can control.

Emerson is a sociologist with a PhD from Emory University, an MA from Texas Christian University, and a BA from the University of Texas in Austin.  He served as a Leverhulme Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Exeter in Devon, England, in the UK.  

Contact him now for 2019 and 2020 speaking engagements.