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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…

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…

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…

LMS Elected Board Co-Chair of Opera America and Additional 3-Year Term

Thrilled to be re-elected to the @operaamerica board during Wednesday’s global meeting of directors…this time as an officer! I am now a board Co-Chair, as a member of the Executive Directors cabinet of four, close advisors. This next 3-year term will be exciting to usher the opera industry into a new and exciting era as we are moving to more hybrid and in-person interactions in the opera houses.…

The No Thanks Online Course & Discussion Guide is LIVE

  The No Thanks Online Course & Discussion Guide is also now LIVE and available on my site (lmichellesmith.com), and I’m so thrilled to bring you this work. It took me about 4 months to produce, and I’m with you as a certified hybrid instructor all the way. Today I multi-streamed live on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter/Periscope and YouTube to share what it’s all about and walk you through…

No Thanks, The Remix Now Available Exclusively on Amazon

When I decided to release a bonus edition, I thought about everything that had happened in our world since Aug 2020 when #NoThanks was first released and what learnings and coaching I could provide to my sisters that was relevant to what was happening in the world. I also took into consideration what I was hearing from readers. After hosting two twelve-week bookclubs, speaking to hundreds of professionals…

Looking Back: NSC 2020 by the Numbers

I have much to be grateful for despite the traumatic nature of 2020. In addition to securing my coaching certification in Feb and in July, my credential from the International Coaching Federation, there was the launch of NSC eLearning. But to give you a glimpse, here is NSC 2020 by the numbers, with much of it happening in the heart of the pandemic. (This is why I practice…

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