Known for her eponymous Pat Smith Enterprises brand of motivational speaking and activism. She has also garnered renown for her non-profit organization Treasure You, which promotes healthy living for women and assistance spiritually and economically.
She earned her bachelor's degree from James Madison University. She subsequently became the first African-American woman to be named Miss Virginia.
In 2014, she was named as one of the 5 women honored with Les Femmes du Monde's Women of the Year award. She has also appeared as a correspondent for the celebrity TV show Extra and as a guest anchor for Access Hollywood.
She and her husband, NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, have 5 children together.
She was joined by Robin Roberts in 2014 during a live Second Chances online webcast.