L. Michelle Smith

NSC Personal Brand Builder JetPack Virtual Lunch & Learn

Now may not seem like the right time to invest in your personal brand, but it is actually the EXACT time to do so. If the marketplace was competitive before, it’s 10xs more so.  With millions filing for unemployment, big businesses laying off and cutting back and no real end to the health crisis and economic unrest in sight. I’m a serial entrepreneur.  I launched my first agency…

*Sips Tea* ☕️ But what will @dallascowboys owner Jerry Jones do? He’s quiet as a mouse on this topic of social justice, and Clarence Hill, Jr says “That’s not like him.” Even I said, “Come on out to the picnic, Jerry! It’s a good move!” He also says that the @nfl got “punked” by @nascar with their bold removal of the confederate flag from all their events. We……

Dallas Innovates Features LMS and Other North Texas Entrepreneurs

BY ALEX EDWARDS • JUN 12, 2020   Earlier this year, Texas was ranked as the No. 2 state for Black entrepreneurs to build a business. While there are many factors that make the state, and Dallas-Fort Worth, a great place for founders of color—camaraderie, opportunity, economic incentives—there’s still a ways to go when it comes to inclusion. Those issues are evermore apparent in the current state of…

Take a Walk in My Shoes: Empathy and White Fragility in the Age of Allyship

So you want to be an ally? It’s ok to be new to it. You just gotta be true to it. How? The biggest hurdle you’ll have is empathy. It’s the thing that allows you to take a walk in someone else’s shoes and causes you to look beyond yourself. It’s the one thing that topples white fragility, which is one of the most substantial barriers to allyship.…

It really isn’t ours to fix

If a domestic abuse victim survives, is the burden on the victim to explain and correct the problem of the abuse? Or do you protect them and provide a safe haven so they can heal and get on with their lives? You’ll agree that it is on someone with more power to address the abuse, and if they can, shut down the abuser. … Companies… as you lean…

Leading Through the Movement
As we realize this is more than a moment, nestled in middle of a pandemic, it’s important for leaders to be armed with tools to be the best you can be when your people need you most. So I’ve developed a series of digital content to support you.  I’ll continue to add to this body of work as we live through this historic moment.  The goal is to…
What if they aren’t hearing me?

On @theculturesoup, @jarretthill and I discussed how there are so many allies who are articulating so beautifully why All Lives Matter shouldn’t be the retort to Black Lives Matter. There are all sorts of analogies swirling on the interwebs. You’ve heard them all: ✅ The one house on fire ✅ The dinner table where one person isn’t served ✅ The breast cancer event where someone asks why not…

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