I help people and brands thrive at the intersection of
technology, culture and business.
L. Michelle Smith is a writer, speaker and leader who thrives at the intersection of culture, technology and business. She has more than 20 years of experience as a communicator and integrated marketer at global agencies, her own boutique agency and currently a Fortune 10 technology, telecom and media company. She is in constant demand as a keynote speaker, facilitator, panelist and host and has been featured across the United States for Brand-Innovators at their summits in Dallas, NYC Social Media Week and SXSW, Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, Howard University’s Annual Social Media Conference, the National Black Public Relations Society annual conference, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) global conference, Blogging While Brown, Black Enterprise Entrepreneur Summit and other major venues. She is a member of the Texas Christian University Bob Schieffer College of Strategic Communications Board of Visitors and is featured in the nationally-televised TCU Lead ad campaign and profiled prominently in a related mini documentary.
Fast Company once called Michelle one of the best media trainers in the business. She spent about a dozen years training executives in the C-Suite for keynotes, presentations, interviews and appearances on CNBC, The Today Show, CNN and other national and local broadcast shows. She has since applied those tenets to her own speaking opportunities and added her own signature, infectious energy and personality to become one of the most sought after, contemporary keynote speakers on topics that concern technology, business and culture.
She is also the creator, producer and host of the brand new The Culture Soup Podcast which features human interest interviews with some of the most innovative names in tech, business and culture.
Michelle is also a classically-trained mezzo soprano who has sung professionally across a number of genres, which made her a perfect fit for the board of directors for Opera America where she is advising the organization on how to usher in a more inclusive experience in opera especially leveraging social media.
Among a long list of other honors and recognitions over her career, recently, Brand Innovators named her to their Top 100 Women to Watch list. Women of Color in STEM recognized her as a Technology All-Star; and the PR Council and PRWeek name her as a finalist for their Diversity Distinction Champion—In House award. RollingOut Magazine also named her to their Top 25 Women in Dallas.
A Dallas native, Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in English, writing emphasis, and a master of science in media studies from TCU.
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One of the industry’s leading podcasting resources featured the Black Enterprise article 3 Things to Expect and 3 Hacks When Launching Your Podcast in their daily e-newsletter. It also referenced The Culture Soup among a handful of business podcasts that…
56 Female Speakers You Should Put on Stage, and Why October 14, 2018, Chris Strub Some people say 2018 is the ‘year of the woman,’ but 2019 should be the year that women get their due on stage at traditionally…
March 7, 2018 ELC Institute Fellow L. Michelle Smith pens an article for BlackEnterprise.com titled, “Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work as a Black Woman – Unpacked.” The article features a Q&A with four high-powered black female executives, all of…