Books

The first time I visited HarperCollins

A little #FlashbackFriday for you in the spirit of my practice’s 5th year anniversary—so much happened in 2019: I can FINALLY can share this!! I’ve literally been holding on to these photos for 5 years. This was me in 2019…sitting in the airport, still very much in my role at AT&T and on my second trip to visit with editors at HarperCollins pitching to Amistad what would eventually…

A Bookaversary? Yes Please! 🥂

Time flies when you’re helping women leaders of color “find their happy and win in an exclusive corporate culture.” It’s my bookaversary! It’s hard to believe that Yes Please! 7 Ways to Say I’m Entitled to the C-Suite was officially released one year ago today! It features powerhouses like Andrea Williams , Anne Chow (She/Her) , Dorinda Walker and Kecia Kelly, FACHE amount others. And launching it was…

HarperCollins Announces New Collaboration, Includes LMS

News Release HARPERONE GROUP COLLABORATES WITH VIOLA DAVIS, JULIUS TENNON, AND LAVAILLE LAVETTE’S JVL MEDIA ON NEW PROJECT New York, NY (June 5, 2024) — HarperOne Group announced it will join forces with JVL Media, a company founded by the critically acclaimed couple Viola Davis and Julius Tennon—producers of film, television, and theater—and visionary author and publisher Lavaille Lavette. The first titles acquired, with anticipated 2025 publication dates…

LMS Signs with Amistad-HarperCollins/JVL

Amistad Inks Partnership with Viola Davis’s JVL Media By Sophia Stewart | Jun 05, 2024 HarperOne Group has inked a partnership with JVL Media, a new publisher and packager launched earlier this year by EGOT-winning actress Viola Davis, her husband and producing partner Julius Tennon, and Houston-based publisher Lavaille Lavette. HarperOne’s Amistad imprint will serve as a publishing partner for three of JVL Media’s inaugural titles, which are…

Big news about my next book 🥂

There’s something I thought you should know…and there’s an EGOT involved. 🙌🏽 HARPERONE GROUP COLLABORATES WITH VIOLA DAVIS, JULIUS TENNON, AND LAVAILLE LAVETTE’S JVL MEDIA ON NEW PROJECT “Call & Response: 10 Leadership Lessons from the Black Church by L. Michelle Smith is a captivating exploration of why many high-ranking, high-performing Black professionals attribute their leadership skills to their origins in the Black Church. Read all about it. Honestly, I’ve…

What women leaders should ask themselves “What would Jim Do?”

Ladies… it’s about time you moved with a little more audacity. Need to know how? Just watch Jim. Now what will you do differently? Need to move differently on your leadership journey? DM me.

A little girl grew up to write empowering books for women

My dear cousin unearthed this in her parent’s home, long since unoccupied. She and her siblings were doing the heavy lifting of cleaning out their childhood home after the death of their mother, my aunt. Look what she found? A letter I wrote to her 42 years ago—dated 1982. I was code switching before I even knew the term. You see, my sister and I would spend many…

BLAVITY Lists Yes Please! as one of 15 Books by Black Women You Shouldn’t Miss

Any time is always a great time to read a book by a Black woman! Because of that, we’ve curated a selection of essential reads crafted by Black women authors, spanning a range of genres and themes. Through their compelling narratives, these authors delve into universal truths, cultural nuances, and experiences often overlooked Since the new reading program kicked off during Women’s History Month, here are 15 books written…

🎙️Want to hear more about Coach L.’s fourth book project?

🎙️How about more about her time in Atlanta with the Executive Leadership Council’s C-Suite Academy, their conversation about how crucial P&L ownership is to their leadership ascension to the C-Suite? 🎙️Or her book signing in Atlanta? It’s all here in this bonus edition of TCSP.

Everyday I reflect over how far my practice has come, and the work that I have done as a professional coach.

It is synonymous with the projects I’ve completed in publishing. As we continue to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the practice, I’d be remiss not to highlight this gem. This is the second project that flies under the radar, but continues to sell and transform lives. In January 2022, I released the companion journal to No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I’ll Just Include Myself. The second edition…

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