L. Michelle Smith

3 Things to Expect and 3 Hacks for Launching Your Podcast

After much consideration, I finally decided to launch a podcast to share the great conversations and stories of well-known thought leaders and some emerging ones whom I can very proudly call friends. Podcasts have become wildly popular these days, so I’ve thrown my hat into the ring. The Culture Soup Podcast launched Thursday, Oct. 25, and it is available on all the popular podcast platforms. I gave myself a…

The Queen of Soul’s Favorite Soprano–Audrey DuBois Harris

Our premier episode features the story of The Queen of Soul’s Favorite Soprano. Aretha loved Puccini as much as she loved church music and soul, and when she discovered Audrey DuBois Harris mixing classical and gospel on a TV show one day, she just had to contact her. Her heart-felt performance at Franklin’s funeral was one last request fulfilled for The Queen’s family, and when you rewatch with……

The Preamble Episode

Getting to know you…getting to know all about you.  This episode provides context and background on the show, the show’s creator and host and what to expect when the show drops Thursday, Oct 25!  That’s in only 2 Days!  Are you subscribed?  Listen up… and tell a friend to come along for the journey. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Podcast: Play in new window | Download

A Lesson on Microaggressions in Two Languages at the Local Deli

Like many people, I occasionally wear shirts or tops with words on them.  I enjoy them.  Especially when I’m relaxed after work or on the weekends when the corporate uniform is put to rest for a bit.  And I, like many people, usually know the meaning of those words.  In fact, I recall my mother once telling me to always know what the  words and brands that I…

L Michelle Smith Ranks No.3 On List of Best Female Speakers in Social Media and Marketing

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 male-dominated marketing events nationwide. I’ve been extremely blessed to present at over a dozen marketing events over the last couple of years, and although the speaker mix still…

The Culture Soup Podcast–Teaser, Ep 2 Jaylen Bledsoe, CEO Bledsoe Global Group

What does it take to become a millionaire by the time you’re 15?  It takes the motivation that poverty can bring, and it also takes the work ethic that only a black single mom can model to all three of her kids.  Jaylen talks about it with L. Michelle is this teaser from Episode 2 that drops Nov 1. Subscribe today!  We’re also streaming on Spotify! Podcast: Play……

What’s Cooking in My Studio This Week

Hey, everyone! We are about finished editing Episode 3 with social media for social good guru Chris Strub; but this week, we’ll speak with Eva Green Wilson, of SocaMom.com®. She is an award-winning parenting blogger and a speaker. Eva is a wife, mother of 3, author, illustrator and recent graduate at Howard School of Law. Her blog posts have been featured on BlogHer.com, and republished in b3 Caribbean Magazine (print and…

Honors Guest Lecture at TCU

I’m headed your way,  Texas Christian University Bob Schieffer School of Strategic Communicationy.  It’s time to go deep.  I’ll bring a PR case from my experience, and we’ll dissect how dialogic ethics could have improved results.  This is an honors course, so I plan to challenge your thinking.  Thank you Dr. Lambiase and Dr. English  for having me. See you there!

ELC: Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work as a Black Woman– Unpacked

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 whom are ELC members, each giving their perspectives on what it takes to bring your authentic self to work as a black woman in the workplace. Smith’s Q&A…

Is Employee Advocacy at Odds with Building Your  Personal Brand?

Within the past several years, companies have adopted digital employee advocacy as a way to harness the power of their workforce for low-cost, high-impact marketing, sales and recruiting. Let’s face it, if you have even a dozen or more employees, it can be a powerfully compelling force for outreach. If you have hundreds of thousands of employees bought into one of the many digital platforms like Social Chorus,…

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