Marcia Barry-Smith personifies hard work and dedication materializing into self-actualization and personal fulfillment. However, the Jamaican-born executive director of BankAtlantic Foundation and Women in Distress board member, has had her full serving of challenges and pitfalls.
An only child, Barry-Smith was born to Jamaican parents who worked in the corporate environment. This afforded her a somewhat indulged childhood, which was regulated by her fatherâ€™s relentless insistence on proper manners and class. â€œThe difference between class and style is that you can buy style,â€ he instilled in the young Barry-Smith. In 1980, after attending St. Andrew High School in Jamaica and later Trinity College of the University of Toronto in Canada, she moved to the United States.