My J.E.D.I Why: “As a champion for Inclusion and Diversity, I am proud of the work JEDI is doing to create opportunities for minority groups. I believe it is our job to make sure we see Justice and Equity for every human being, when working together towards progress, we can see the change we want in the world.”
Speaker, trainer and award-winning entrepreneur – these are just a few words that describe
Cameka Smith, Founder of The BOSS Network, a community of professional and
entrepreneurial women who support each other through conversation, online engagement
and event-based networking. Working towards one simple goal, BOSS® is “Bringing Out
Successful Sisters” to promote and encourage the small business spirit and professional
development of women.
Under Cameka’s leadership, The BOSS Network has become one of the fastest-growing women
business communities, garnering several accolades such as a Top 50 Website for Entrepreneurs
(Inc. Magazine), 10 Best Career Sites for Women (Forbes.com) and one of 9 Twitter Accounts to
Enhance Your College Experience (BlackEnterprise.com). In recognition of her achievements,
Cameka was listed in Jet Magazine as a 40 under 40 Entrepreneur, named one of the Top 40
Chicago Game Changers by Ariel Investments, The Network Journal listed her one of their
2016, 40 under 40 Business Leaders, and she was presented with a Rising Brand Star award by
the Adweek in 2017.
With a Master’s degree in Education, Cameka developed student academic programs for more
than ten years. After being displaced from her job in 2009, she established The BOSS Network to
support women in their journey to become independent and successful utilizing the power of
networking and technology. Since then, The BOSS Network has evolved into a go-to resource for
companies seeking female influencers as their target market. A one-stop-shop for career and
entrepreneurial minded women, The BOSS Network provides its members and partners with
professional connections, resources, and marketing and promotional opportunities.
As the author of 7 Steps to Grow Your Professional Network: A Guide for College Graduates and
Professionals in a Tough Economy, Cameka frequently travels to college campuses with her non-
profit, BOSS On Campus and speaks on career development and leadership topics. Cameka
currently resides in Chicago where she is actively involved in charity work and mentoring youth.
In 2019, Cameka celebrated 10 years, empowering women and girls with The BOSS Network.