In the Media

How should corporations recognize Juneteenth?

I’m so glad that the Black leaders at Audible raised this insightful question. I had an awesome time speaking to BEN@audible this afternoon. I shared a bit about my background as a Black Texan and my experience with the holiday before it became nationally recognized, and it may surprise you that my family never celebrated, but we definitely acknowledged it. Perhaps it had more to do with my family’s…

TCU Schieffer alumni discuss changing times after COVID-19

A few days ago, I joined fellow TCU Scheiffer board of visitor members for a panel and breakout sessions, sharing with students how to prepare for a new work world in the wake of the health, economic and cultural crises. Here is some of their feedback: “The most valuable thing I learned came from the breakout session on merging your personal and professional branding. What stood out to…

OPERA America Launches 2021–2022 Year with New Board Leadership and Structure

I’m so pleased to be elected to an officer role on the board of OPERA America. I look forward to supporting the incoming Chair, Carol F. Henry as Co-Chair over the next few years. Carol is an esteemed philanthropist and founding trustee of the Los Angeles Opera. I’m extraordinarily proud of the work that Marc A. Scorca, CEO and Timothy O’Leary Chair Emeritus and Executive Director of Washington Opera and the Kennedy…

Scenes from D CEO’s 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium

Author, speaker, and executive coach L. Michelle Smith of No Silos Communications brought the message home in her closing keynote, “Uncommon Times. Uncommon Action: 5 Ways to Break the DEI Paradigm,” at the D CEO DEI Symposium. Business leaders gathered at D CEO’s 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium for a timely and necessary conversation on creating a more inclusive workplace. D CEO welcomed nearly 400 guests on Sept. 9 for its third annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion…

The Arc of Change: An Update on DEI Efforts at North Texas Companies

The social justice movement caused business leaders to get serious about their role in effecting change. Our report digs into what’s working—and the challenges that remain. Lisa Ong’s phone won’t stop ringing. Company execs are desperately seeking chief diversity officers and other DEI professionals, and they’re asking for her to consult and help them reach their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. “It’s the fourth-quarter scramble,” says Ong, a…

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…

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…

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