Hallie Gay Walden Bagley

SmartWriting Founder and President

An experienced business leader in Lexington, KY, Hallie Gay Walden Bagley holds a magna cum laude bachelor of arts in English from Dartmouth College and a juris doctor from the Columbia University School of Law. After graduating from Columbia in the top 10 percent of her class, she entered the real estate industry as special assistant to the founder and president of the Pacific Union Company in San Francisco. Hallie Gay Walden Bagley subsequently found success in the media sector, serving tenures as an editor with the premier literary magazine The Paris Review and an associate producer with the PBS-affiliated Kentucky Educational Television.

For the past decade, Ms. Bagley has served as the president of Lexington, KY’s SmartWriting, which she founded. This college admissions essay coaching business provides one-on-one instruction and assistance to craft exceptional essays and pair them with appropriate colleges and universities. Multiple SmartWriting clients have secured enrollment at Ivy League institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, and Yale as well as receiving multiple prestigious 300K + full ride scholarships such as the Stamps, the Reynolds at Wake Forest, the Jefferson at UVA, and the Cornelius Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt.

Lexington, KY, US

Work Experience

Sep 1, 2000 - Present

Founder and President
SmartWriting College Admissions Essay Coaching

Sep 1, 2008 - May 1, 2010

Associate Producer

Kentucky Educational Television & Paul Wagner Productions 

Aug 1, 1991 - Nov 1, 1992

Assistant/Project Manager to Founder/Owner, Bill Harlan

Pacific Union Company 


Sep 1, 1974 - May 1, 1978


Dartmouth College


Aug 1, 1987 - May 1, 1990


Columbia University School of Law


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