Diversity

The Culture Soup Podcast: Ep 130: Black History Hit Different with Sacha Thompson

Companies are going all out for #BlackHistoryMonth, and it’s…awkward. I wouldn’t be the first to say that in the current cultural context, watching Black History Month unfold in social media news feeds is a bit surreal. If you are Black, you may be in one of two camps: you are either loud and proud and a bit defiant in your celebration of Black Excellence, or you are completely…

A letter to my brothers…

My brothers… Please be careful. You sound like the All Lives Matter crew when you question why Black Women require advocacy. You too can be an ally if you open your minds, and it would mean a lot. It’s amazing how many Black men get a little frazzled when they learn that I’m an advocate for women and women of color. They start asking questions like: “what about…

LMS Discusses #NoThanks and “Work-Jacking” on The Back Pack Show LIVE

  Let’s talk about the relationship between White women and Black women in the workplace for a moment. It’s time. Let’s keep it 💯. I had the privilege of going live on The Back Pack Show LIVE with Chris Brogan and Kerry Gorgone talking about my new book No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I’ll Just Include Myself. I broke news there about the remix of #NoThanks that is upcoming. It’s…

TheGrio: L. Michelle Smith shares tips and tricks to get Black women to the C-Suite

Professional speaker and business coach L. Michelle Smith says Black women in corporate America are taught to blend in. “If I stand out, if I shine, I get backlash,” Smith says. “I heard from women who lost their positions because the shine got too bright.” That’s why Smith says she wrote her latest book, “No, Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I’ll Include Myself,” which Smith describes as a “hardcore leadership…

LMS Discusses No Thanks on Rolling Out AM Wake Up Call

  I kicked off my national media tour with the crew from Rolling Out AM Wake Up Call! Thanks for having me on, Munson Steed and the hosts, Romeo, Tiara and Minnie. We discussed my new book No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I’ll Just Include Myself. It will be available later this week on BlackBookstore.com and right now at nothanksbook.com.     The audiobook drops very soon,…

About our hair at work: Let us live. Leave us alone.

Here’s the deal: that our hair is even a topic at work, positive or negative, is microagressive. Policing, monitoring even providing runway commentary at work is unnecessary, and it is annoying at the very least. Others have to dye their hair purple to get this sort of attention at work. This is the second time that sisters at this news station faced this scrutiny publicly. First with Demetria…

Karen’s gonna Karen

Last night’s VP debates put our superpowers as women of color on display. It showcased a professional black woman’s ability to navigate spaces that were not built with us in mind with grace, resilience and no nonsense. Kamala represented us well. We do this masterfully everyday. We’ve cultivated this even when the lights aren’t shining on us on the national stage. And yet, the moderator was largely protected…

Content Guru Dennis Shaio Recommends LMS on Twitter

(Excerpt from Medium: I Binge on Documentary Style Podcasts, Not Netflix, by Dennis Shaio) Twitter Corner In each newsletter, I recommend a Twitter user to follow. This week, I recommend L. Michelle Smith (@LMichelleSpeaks). I discovered L. Michelle via Ian Truscott’s Rockstar CMO podcast. In the episode, Ian and L. Michelle discuss “the current social unrest in the US, the Black Lives Matter movement and her journey as…

Are you editing yourself, Sis?

  Are you editing yourself at work? Is there something you need to say, but won’t? Fear of being labeled something negative if you do? But that thing you need to say is in your self interest? How will that thing happen if it is never said? Are you actually hurting yourself more by not saying it? What’s the risk? How can you square off with that risk…

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