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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…

#WomenInTech 4-Part Series Talks Public Relations in Tech with L Michelle Smith

Frank talk about her career.journey, mentorship, public relations, tech and social media and inclusion in marketing in four parts…in the AT&T Business #WomenInTech series. This is part 1.   Part 2 looks at the importance of social media as technology advances in PR and Marketing…and a little about Artificial Intelligence. Part 3 gets personal, with a conversation about my daughter, being authentic and a little about inclusion. Part…

NOW THIS For AT&T National Digital Ad Campaign

Every once in a while, you take one for the Hometeam.  Recently, Now This visited with me at home and at work to hear my story about working at AT&T as a Black woman.  What they didn’t capture were my words on extraordinary mentor and sponsorship that I found at the company, and how I wield my black girl magic everyday.  But 60 seconds on an IG video…

‘A Seat At Luvvie’s Table’ Was An Opportunity For Black Women To Be Reaffirmed

By Luvvie Ajayi for Huffington Post This piece was originally published on AwesomelyLuvvie.com My resistance coping tactic is to surround myself with Black women. One thing that was re-affirmed to me after November 8 is that if I can’t count on anyone else, I can ALWAYS count on Black women. So since then, I’ve enveloped myself in a blanket woven by the love of sisters. Sisters. From blood…

Editorial: Opera’s Diversity Problem & How to Fix It

By Santosh Venkataraman, Operawire I was lucky enough this past November that a friend of mine had an extra ticket for “Die Walküre” at Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Now I had already seen it opening night and reviewed it for this site.  Of course, the chance to again see Wagner at Lyric with top-notch performers like Christine Goerke and Eric Owens wasn’t something that I was going to…

Rolling out celebrates the Top 25 Women of Dallas

By Celia Walker, rollingout On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in front of over 400 enthusiastic guests, 25 dynamic women were honored for their service, hard work, dedication and accomplishments. Rolling out, The Steed Society, and Female Success Factor celebrated 25 of Dallas’ most prominent women with an elegant reception and awards presentation. The event was hosted at 7 for Parties in the heart of the design district of…

Racheal Dolezal’s New Controversy: Headlining a Natural Hair Show

By Linda Jones, Daily Beast Rachael Dolezal, the white woman caught masquerading as a black woman who ignited a national debate about race, has kept a relatively low profile since her fall last year. But this weekend she will headline the Naturally Isis Braid-On, Economic Liberty March and Rally in Dallas, Texas. Dolezal was invited by Isis Brantley, a celebrity stylist, natural hair activist, and owner of the…

Why the digital divide between Latinos, whites is almost closed

By Ellen Meyers, Staff Writer The internet use gap between Latinos and whites is almost closed, as more immigrants and Latinos who speak predominantly Spanish are going online, according to a national study released Wednesday. The share of Latinos using the internet has increased from 64 percent in 2009 to 84 percent in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center report that surveyed 1,500 Latinos. Whites’ internet usage…

L. Michelle Smith explains why Rev. Run and Justine fit #InspiredMobility

By Nina Chantal L. Michelle Smith is a consumer insight expert who is blazing a trail for diversity in one of the most respected Fortune 10 companies. As the director of public relations in AT&T’s global marketing organization, her involvement in AT&T’s #InspiredMobility campaign comes as no surprise. Rolling out was able to talk with Smith and understand how Rev. Run and his wife Justine Simmons perfectly align…

Brands Drive Consumer Engagement

By Lisa Chau, Contributor Earlier this month, I attended the afternoon sessions of the Brand Innovator Summit held during Social Media Week in New York City. Ted Rubin chaired the event, which focused on how Brands Drive Consumer Engagement. Below, I’ve summarized the highlights of each session — Senior Brand Director at Heineken, Quinn Kilbury told the audience that whatever a brand is doing, it must be useful.…

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