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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…

How to attract and recruit top tech talent

Despite news of massive layoffs at Big Tech firms like Google, Cisco, Amazon, and others, there remains an IT staff shortage at many companies, especially in smaller and mid-sized organizations. I spoke with The Channel Company’s MES Computing and provided strategic tips on recruiting and retaining IT talent. I also weighed in on fostering a corporate culture that is welcoming to Gen Zers who are entering or about…

“The Jig Is Up” -Coach L. Michelle

There’s research across the board that says your employees have to feel engaged. Now, what does that look like? We’re living in an age where people can see past the beer cart, and the Wine Down Wednesday, and the free meal, and the so called unlimited PTO we see. The jig is up.”- L. Michelle Smith, Certified Executive & Personal Coach https://www.mescomputing.com/news/4195339/executive-career-coach-heres-recruit-retain-talent

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…

Coach L discusses how women leaders can be considered for more raises and promotions at work with TND

“Those sponsors are the ones that beat their fists on the table for you and put their skin in the game to make things happen for you,” Smith said. “The villain in the book is isolation. If you are operating alone, chances are that you will limit your leadership aspirations.” I had the pleasure of discussing strategies for women leaders who want to avoid being overlooked for raises…

Influence DiCOTA raves over Yes Please!

“Yes Please! is a resource that not only shares collective concerns but also shares solutions that will support your goals to ascend to executive leadership.” Influence DiCOTA Magazine. Thank you for the extremely positive book review! Read the entire article here.

Coach L Discusses Mental Wellness on WFAA Midday ABC 📣

It was a pleasure to sit with News 8 Midday anchor Cleo Green to discuss the impact positive emotion can have on your mental wellness for World Mental Health Day. We discussed some basic concepts in positive psychology and neuroscience, but most importantly, practical ways to improve your mental health: primarily working with professionals and tapping into positive emotion to boost moods. There are ten of them, and…

📣TCU GIVES DAY BEGINS NOW!📣

It’s hard to believe that 30 years ago, I obtained my first degree from TCU. One way that I’m celebrating this and the 150th birthday of the university is by urging you to give to the program that gave me my wings. Calling all @Texas Christian University Alumni, Parents and Friends! It’s time to show your Horned Frog Spirit and give to a college that is making a…

TCU Gives Day

I am a proud alumna and member of the Board of Visitors at the TCU Bob Schieffer College of Communication. I received my masters of science there, and spent the best of my undergraduate years writing for the Skiff, reporting on KTCU FM and writing for TCU Magazine (it had another name back then). Last week in our board meeting leadership announced that I was named the college’s…

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