Books

A year in the books!

  On May 10, 2021, a rebirth occurred… No Thanks, The Remix was born, and it was No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I’ll Just Include Myself, the original edition’s, even more slaytastic self…well, remixed. She won the National Association of Black Journalists 2021 Outstanding Book Award, spurred a whole new round of national media placements and interviews, all while revealing woman of color’s biggest supporters and biggest…

Know Your Jam: No Thanks Turns One

July 2020, I received a “No” that would be life changing. It came from a literary agent who didn’t believe in my message. No shade to her. It just wasn’t her jam…but it was definitely mine. The original concept had already come extremely close to a deal with a major publishing house, so I knew the book was supposed to be published. It was just a matter of…

Coming Soon: The journal that puts in the real work

*Coming Soon* It’s the journal that puts in the real work. Introducing Slay Everyday: 52 Weeks to Rockstar Leadership. It’s a companion to the No Thanks books. Available Jan 2022. Isn’t it time that you mapped out your plan to senior leadership and put it to action, Sis? It’s culturally nuanced, especially for the largest intersectional group out there: women. And it’s guidance from someone who’s lived it…

How L. Michelle Smith is Empowering Women of Color in the Workplace

L. Michelle Smith—CEO and founder of no silos communications, a local tech-enabled media, content, talent development and strategic communications firm—believes women of color have been left out because they have not had access to the tools that most people inside of corporations have been afforded. She’s here to offer them, for free, in her new book: “No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I’ll Just Include Myself.” BY ALYSSA…

NSC Reveals Cover Art for No Thanks for Girls

Just in time for back to school, my daughter Joni’s debut children’s book, No Thanks for Girls:7 Ways to Say I’m Beautiful, Strong and Enough is set to release Aug 22, 2021. It’s the company’s first children’s book published to date! Inspired by my book, No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I’ll Just Include Myself, this colorfully-illustrated book is perfect for kids ages 6-10. It’s a lesson in…

Thrive Global compares No Thanks premise to Microsoft CEO’s thinking

Clearly, when a journalist compares your thinking to that of the CEO of Microsoft, you’re probably on to something! Thank you Thrive Global, for likely the most thoughtful piece on my book #NoThanks yet. Indeed… solve for Black women…solve for everyone. “L. Michelle Smith, an author, professional speaker and a certified executive & business coach, sat down with me a few weeks ago to speak specifically about the…

LeadHERship Global Podcast: How to uncover your value as a woman leader

We’ve all been told over and over again that, as women, we need to know their value. But how do you actually go about doing that as a high-performing leader seeking higher heights in business? How do you dig into understanding your value proposition? First, you need to understand the consistent parts of your life’s story. There are literally keys to your purpose, and your future, embedded in…

NABJ Selects No Thanks for its Outstanding Book Award 2021

You know… The plan was to hold this content until early next week, but the magnitude of this award and recognition simple brings me joy. I received word yesterday that the largest organization of journalists of color, National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), will honor my book No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I’ll Just Include Myself with their Outstanding Book Award for 2021. Of the hundreds of…

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