Diversity

Ep 57: The Human Genome Makes Us All the Same with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr

I had the extraordinary privilege of chatting it up with this amazing man this morning, Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr, the foremost *anyone* on culture, ancestry and black heritage. Yes, he is a friend! But I was a fan first, having cited his writings throughout my masters theses back in 1995. Today, I got to have a conversation with him for The Culture Soup Podcast®️. I……

AWARD-WINNING TELEVISION NEWS JOURNALIST AND THOMAS JEFFERSON/SALLY HEMINGS HEIR SHANNON LANIER TAPS NO SILOS COMMUNICATIONS GROUP FOR BRAND MANAGEMENT

DALLAS, TX | HOUSTON, TX– (September 25, 2019) If you’ve logged onto Instagram and seen Houston television news anchor Shannon LaNier (@MrShannonLanier) in a dance off with his wife and three kids, you may not realize that he is also the sixth great grandson of President Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings. Now, he wants to change that. The TV anchor with a platform focused on active……

Tales from the Tour Bus: Catch-up with L. Michelle Smith

Back in The London Calling Issue, we went backstage with Dallas native, L. Michelle Smith, a classically-trained mezzo soprano, author, speaker and marketing leader with over 25 years of experience as a communicator and integrated marketer. In this issue, Ian Truscott hops on the tour bus and catches up with this executive and business coach and entrepreneur. Hi Michelle, we went Backstage with you back in January, since then…

Ep 49: Protected By Purpose with Dorinda Walker

Completely geeked to have this marketing legend on the show—fellow LEAD360 faculty member and downright world beater, Dorinda Walker You have GOT to hear her story. Talk about unprecedented resilience! It was a joy to discuss #blackwomensequalpayday, what happens when you brand shines too brightly for your employer and what really needs to happen at companies to ensure equity and inclusion… on tomorrow’s episode of The Culture Soup Podcast®️!……

Ep 44: Work for the Culture and the Culture of Work with Natasha Bowman

When it’s the intersection of #workplace culture, #tech and business, you turn to “The Workplace Doctor” herself, Natasha Bowman, JD, SPHR. My fellow LEAD360 Faculty member joins me for a compelling conversation about tenacity in the face of staggering odds, how#MeToo and #TimesUp left some women out and how she navigated a collision between her personal brand and the corporate workplace that seemed to be working at first.……

Ep 42: Everything’s Negotiable with Jacqueline V. Twillie

The volume increased on the equal pay conversation with P&G’s sizable monetary gift to the champion US Women’s Soccer Team. But how does that impact hashtag#women in workplace? I asked my friend Jacqueline V. Twillie the question on this week’s episode. She is one of the warriors in the trenches everyday with professionals and companies trying to solve for the issue. She’s getting results. Find out how she……

Ep 41: We are Family with Patrick Riley

We’re celebrating PRIDE on this episode of podcast with a man who has pioneered in pop culture and has the resume to prove it.  Patrick Riley has produced for the likes of Oprah and Wendy Williams, but is also an author and a publicity guru.  We talk about strides for the LGBTQIA culture in pop culture and his latest projects. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Podcast:…

EP 39: Unmasking Privilege with Dr. Jeff Gardere

We unmask privilege just in time for July 4th. After all, what is more American than privilege?Find out what question I posed to Dr. Jeff that made him call it the most provocative question he’s been asked for a while. And before you guess that we went all in on white privilege, well, let me just say that the term itself is layered.You need to listen to this……

‘Hamilton’s’ Miranda, Music and Mobile Equals Business Marketing Magic)

(Lin-Manuel Miranda. Image: Flickr/Steve Jurvetso) Marketers can take a cue from Broadway in time for a new mass market The year was 2009. As the story goes, the White House invited a 30-year-old Broadway actor to perform lines from his current production, but this request was a little different than usual. According to NPR, the invitation also gave Lin-Manuel Miranda the option of performing anything else he might want in “the American tradition.”…

Social Media: A Digital Portal for Access, an Opportunity and a Voice
Published on October 18, 2016 on LinkedIn On Oct 6, 2016, I spoke to students, faculty and staff from a variety of universities and colleges at the 6th Annual Howard University Social Media Conference.  The topic was how social media has provided access and opportunity to marginalized communities.  I share the original script of that keynote below, and I'd love to hear about your experiences.  The keynote was…

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