Barbara L. Bartos is President and Co-Founder of Speakers.com and has over 27 years of experience as a lecture agent. She co-founded Speakers.com (originally called Speakers–Online) with her partner and husband, Glenn Smith, drawing on her background in the speaking industry and Glenn’s experience as a business technology consultant. The synergistic team became industry pioneers, going on-line with Speakers.com in 1994 as the world's very first website for professional public speakers.
The success of this collaboration led to the founding of InterSpeak, Inc. in 1995, an international full-service speakers bureau, a partnership with Expert Magazine in 1996, a popular industry resource and the creation of Expert Radio in 1997, which broadcast on the Radio America Network.
Speakers.com has since evolved into one of the world's premiere full service speakers bureaus and has booked speakers into events in every state in the US and over 60 countries around the globe.
Barbara also founded "Speak-Up!" Speaking Contest for local elementary school students and Speakers.com sponsors the annual contest to encourage better oral communication skills in 5th and 6th graders.
Barbara began her career in the professional speaking industry in 1987 as Vice President of Cosby Bureau International, a Washington, DC-based lecture bureau which exclusively represented such distinguished speakers as Clair Booth Luce, Carl Sagan, and Kurt Vonnegut. Barbara continued her career from 1989 to 1996 as Vice President of National Speakers Forum in Washington, DC, eventually acquired by the Leigh Bureau.
Prior to moving to Washington, Barbara was an executive in the motion picture film and video software industry, marketing “raw stock” to national and international clients. In the course of her 7-year tenure at Studio Film & Tape, Inc., she became Vice President, and by 27 years old was managing the 20-person New York City office of the California-based company. Her contributions were credited with helping establish the most profitable period in the company’s history up to that time.
Barbara originally moved to New York’s Greenwich Village after graduating from college to pursue a career in theater. She appeared in several off-off Broadway plays & waitressed in many off-off Broadway restaurants. Barbara currently exercises her love of singing as a member of the US Naval Academy Chapel Chorale.
Barbara received her BS in Communication Arts from Mansfield University. She lives with her husband Glenn & their Springer Spaniel, Cocoa in Annapolis, MD and Bonita Springs, FL.