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The Culture Soup Podcast is where tech, culture and business collide. Each episode, L. Michelle Smith interviews foremost and emerging thought leaders in the space, with topics driven by hot conversations on social media.

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Ep 152: What's Black about Opera? with Denyce Graves

July 8th, 2021

One of the most acclaimed mezzo sopranos of our time is joining me on The Culture Soup Podcast®, and I’m so proud to call her friend!

She debuted at …

Ep 151: #TBT Black women lead...but everyone isn't on board with Charisse Jones

June 24th, 2021


While I put some final touches on my daughter's debut children's book, No Thanks for Girls: 7 Ways to Say I'm Beautiful, Strong and Enough, we're …

Episode 150: Let's talk sports and culture with Larry Lundy

June 17th, 2021


Larry Lundy and I talk sports in today's episode that streams this afternoon—from back office to the playing field—and how social issues have impacted it all. We also discuss breaking into sports, no cleats required. …

Ep 149: "First, allow yourself to dream..."— The Coaching Corner

June 4th, 2021


When was the last time you allowed yourself to dream—intentionally?


Tonight, I'm hosting a very special The Culture Soup Podcast®. It's a video …

Ep 148: Lessons from the Plantation with Shannon Lanier

May 28th, 2021


In the bonus edition of No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I'll Just Include Myself, The Remix, we go back to the plantation, and you may wonder why a business book does that.


It was necessary.  If you want to understand the …

Ep 147: #TBT Self Made with A’Lelia Bundles

May 20th, 2021


This goes out to all the boss ladies out there!

And it's about the boss lady who was the first millionaire in U.S. history. Did you know that Madam CJ Walker hosted one of her first Mary Kay-like conventions in 1917?

Ep 146: Putting intent behind your brand during a pandemic with Nick Nelson

May 14th, 2021


I've been grinding away during launch week, but we still have a fresh new bowl of soup for you!  This time, I'm in conversation with my brother from another mother in HOTlanta, The @brandprenuer

himself, Nick F. Nelson …

145: #TBT Woke washing and things like that, with Candace Peterson

May 7th, 2021


While I continue to prepare for the launch of No Thanks, The Remix and the online course and discussion guide, I thought this conversation was still …

Ep 144: #TBT Vegan, Sexy, Cool with Jacque Reid

April 30th, 2021


While I'm in the lab, preparing for the release of the new No Thanks, The Remix Online Course and Discussion Guide, I thought it'd be a great time to throw things back to Episode 58.

This is one half of the powerhouse …

Ep 143: Where Black Professionals Exhale, with Gina McCray

April 23rd, 2021


We're happy to bring you this new episode that was held hostage to technical difficulties for a bit! We unleash it later today!

It was great …

Ep 142: #FBF No Thanks, Rockstar 2 Rockstar Fireside Chat with Cheryl Grace

April 17th, 2021


Making up for lost time, we're flashing back on a Friday because the Thursday spirits worked against us.  Technical difficulties did us in, so we're …

Ep141: Lessons from Big D with Gillea Allison

April 8th, 2021


I had the pleasure to chopping it up with my friend, the President of D Partners, Gillea Allison this afternoon. She is a media executive, a master …

Ep 140: The Coaching Corner (Bonus edition): 2021 Spring Cleaning

April 6th, 2021


Did you miss the NSC Spring Cleaning Audiocast? Great news! We are airing the audio on a special bonus edition of The Coaching Corner for The …

Ep 139 How far we've come, but a long way to go with Matt Stevens

April 1st, 2021


How far we've come, but we still have a long way to go.

I reminisce over the past year with one of my good friends, political pundit Matt E. Stevens …

Ep 138: #TBT Get the Bag, Sis! with Jacqueline Twillie

March 25th, 2021


This week, in observance of #EqualPayDay, I'm throwing it back to one of my favorite episodes with The Negotiator herself, Jacqueline V. Twillie.

She …

Ep 137: Where B.E.A.S.T. mode will get you with James Cuthbert

March 18th, 2021


This marketing and media executive got his start in non-profits, but when I met him, he was reviving the Sprite brand for The Coca-Cola Company with …

Ep 136: #TBT: Coronavirus, Globalism and a Brand New World with Dr. Anantha Babbili

March 11th, 2021


We're taking it back to this very episode last year with Dr. Anantha Babbili, professor of Media, Communication and Global Leadership from Texas A&M Corpus Christi when the lockdown had just hit.  Where were you and …

Ep 135: Accessibility Change Agent with Heather Dowdy

March 4th, 2021


I'm guilty of it.

You probably are too.

When #Linkedin or any of these social media platforms prompts you for a description of the photo you're posting or prompts you for a caption file, I've breezed right past it.

Sure, …

Ep 134: Partnership matters, with John Tomlinson

February 25th, 2021


Want to be a leader?

How about a founder?

Who you partner with matters, and I'm not just talking about a co-founder. John Tomlinson, Co-Founder of Equalizer Games knows this all too well. His Co-Founder is his wife, Kathy …

Ep 133: What's Black about it? with Christopher Butts, Ed.D.

February 18th, 2021


I get questions all the time about the The Executive Leadership Council (ELC). It has been embedded in my career journey since 2007, and it became a part of my origin story as chronicled in my new book No Thanks: 7 Ways …

Ep 132: The Heartpreneur with Leah Frazier

February 12th, 2021


I've decided to coin a phrase: "The Heartpreneur"

She is someone who not only pours their heart into their work, but she pours it out to others. Many …

Ep 131: The Coaching Corner: Leading in a new video-centric business environment

February 10th, 2021

The Coaching Corner episode is back for the new year.  This time, I discuss how to lead in a new video-centric business environment.  Enjoy the …

Ep 130: Black History Month Hit Different This Year with Sacha Thompson

February 4th, 2021


I wouldn’t be the first to say that in the current cultural context, watching Black History Month unfold in social media news feeds is a bit surreal. …

Ep 129: Social media: get found or get found out! with Stephanie Humphrey

January 29th, 2021


Social media is not only "Culture Soup", it's a double-edged sword. You can get found or get found out. The choice is really yours.

I had a compelling …

Ep 128: Vice President Kamala Harris, Black Women and Leading with Charisse Jones, USA Today

January 20th, 2021


Our 2021 premiere episode is a special Inauguration Day edition which will actually begin streaming today, into tomorrow when the show typically airs, each Thursday.

I had the honor of discussing my sorority sister, Vice …

Ep 127: #NoThanks Rockstar to Rockstar Fireside Chat with Ted Rubin

November 20th, 2020


Ready to get serious about your brand? Join me for the next installment of our #NoThanks Rockstar to Rockstar Fireside Chat series, a rebroadcast of …

Ep 126: #TBT It's Not About You with Lisa Vanderkwaak

November 13th, 2020


Leading up to our next #NoThanks Rockstar to Rockstar Fireside Chat Live on multistream, we're teeing it up with another way to build your brand... …

Ep 125: #NoThanks Rockstar to Rockstar Fireside Chat w/

November 5th, 2020


Sis, grab your lunch. Take a break from election madness. Secure your headphones and a quiet spot to listen and engage in this conversation between myself and Trudy Bourgeois, one of the expert voices and influences in …

Ep 124: #NoThanks Rockstar 2 Rockstar Fireside Chat #2 with Dr. Jeff Gardere

October 29th, 2020


Ready to go beyond pat answers on how to handle bias and microaggressions in the workplace?

Join me and Dr. Jeff Gardere, America's Psychologist for …

Ep 123" #TBT Employee Advocacy with Ted Rubin

October 23rd, 2020


In the run up to the launch of the audiobook of my new book, No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I'll Just Include Myself, I am featuring the voices of the expert and executive leader voices that are in the book.  It's also a …

Ep 122: #TBT Authentically SHE w/Trudy Bourgeois

October 15th, 2020


Leading up to the release of my audiobook for No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I'll Just Include Myself, I'm reaching back and re-racking voices from the book and conversations that provide even more insight to the book.  This …

Ep 121: #NoThanks Rockstar 2 Rockstar Fireside Chat with Cheryl Grace

October 9th, 2020


How do we move past the tropes and biases to still ascend into executive leadership?

We have answers.

The rebroadcast of the #NoThanks Rockstar 2 …

Ep 120: #TBT Authentically SHE with Cheryl Grace

October 1st, 2020


If you want inside scoop on my new book, No Thanks, this is a great place to get it. It also teases the upcoming Rockstar to Rockstar Fireside Chat with Cheryl Grace on Tues. Oct 6 at 12:35 p.m. CT. Be sure to …

Ep 119: #ThrowbackThursday Authentically SHE P1, with Sheryl Adkins Green

September 24th, 2020


As we continue to celebrate the launch of my book, No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I'll Just Include Myself, I'm bringing back conversations with voices that are featured therein.  If you haven't listened intently before to …

Ep 118: Pandemic, Politics & Pandemonium with Matt Stevens

September 17th, 2020


Covid and politics and elections, oh my!  I don't know about you, but all this has caused it's quite a thing at my house.  How about yours?  Are you …

Ep 117: #ThrowbackThursday: The NABJ Episode w/Shannon Lanier

September 10th, 2020


Today's episode of The Culture Soup Podcast® takes a cue from today's #nscrockstarleadership tip of the day: be intentional about your personal brand.

Ep 116: That Entrepreneurial Mindset Pt 2, with Jamie Roberts

September 3rd, 2020


Sometimes they call rockstar leaders nuts.

When Jamie Roberts told friends and colleagues he planned to launch a radio station in the #1 media market, …

Ep 115: The Coaching Corner SPECIAL EDITION with Jamie Roberts

September 2nd, 2020


Sometimes they call rockstar leaders nuts.

When Jamie Roberts told friends and colleagues he planned to launch a radio station in the #1 media market, …

Ep 114: #ThrowbackThursday: College Seniors in the Age of Covid-19 with Neil Foote

August 27th, 2020


It's back to school, but not the way any of us like it.  In the pandemic age, how has university life changed?  How are students coping?  My friend …

Ep 113: #ThrowbackThursday Old School Love with Justine & Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons

August 20th, 2020


Throwing it back to our Valentine's Day Bonus I highlight the people in the acknowledgements in my new book No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I'll Just Include Myself. Enjoy!

Ep 112: #ThrowbackThursday The Transformational Power of the Right Question with Valorie Burton

August 13th, 2020


Revisiting Episode 76 with Valorie Burton.  It also inspired the way I approached my new book, No Thanks: & Ways to Say I'll Just Include Myself: …

Ep 111: The Coaching Corner: No Thanks, 7 Ways to Say I'll Just Include Myself with LMS

August 12th, 2020


It’s a special "Coaching Corner" episode of The Culture Soup Podcast with a live reading from my new book and some discussion on the topics. The …

Ep 110: Diversity in Action: Moving from Middle Management to the C-Suite, w/Shakria Hall MBA

August 6th, 2020


Diversity in Action: Moving from Middle Management to the C-Suite

I'm dropping gems with this amazing panel about how to actually and literally be …

Ep 109: #ThrowbackThursday for the Culture and the Culture of Work with Natasha Bowman

July 30th, 2020


My new book is launching soon.  Aug 10, look for No Thanks, 7 Ways to Say I'll Just Include Myself: A Guide to Rockstar Leadership for Women of Color …

Ep 108: #ThrowbackThursday: Your Story and the Keys to Your Purpose with Tiffany Hendra

July 23rd, 2020


Today's #TBT is my powerful chat with Tiffany Hendra, former Housewives of Dallas cast member. It's all about walking in your power.  And I make an …

Ep 107: It's not about you, with Lisa Vanderkwaak

July 16th, 2020


A wonderful brand awareness tactic for your personal branding efforts is to get out and speak.

But is everyone cut out to be a speaker?

It is an …

Ep 106: #ThrowbackThursday Privilege, Still as American as Apple Pie with Dr. Jeff Gardere

July 9th, 2020


Dr. Jeff Gardere is back on this #ThrowbackThursday to talk about something that is as American as apple pie: privilege.  It's time we actually understood it.

Ep: 105: Leadership Lessons from the Frontline of a Pandemic with Dr. Kecia M. Kelly

July 2nd, 2020


When your college roommate and sorority sister grows up to be a full on BOSS and a hero, you must share her with the world. She is decorated military …

Ep 104: #ThrowbackThursday Secure the Bag with Jacqueline Twillie

June 25th, 2020


If there is anything that this movement is teaching us, it is that we can no longer be silent.  How are you impacting change where you live?  In your house? In your pocketbook?  In your career?  Systemic racism is …

Ep 103: Football Players, Protests and Pandemics with Clarence Hill, Jr.

June 18th, 2020


*Sips Tea* ☕️ But what will @dallascowboys owner Jerry Jones do? He’s quiet as a mouse on this topic of social justice, and Clarence Hill, Jr says “That’s not like him.” Even I said, “Come on out to the picnic, Jerry! …

Ep 102: The Revolution in the Workplace with LaFern Batie

June 11th, 2020


Part 2 in my series What Does the Civil Rights Movement Mean for the Workplace? continues tomorrow with a very special guest.
Lafern K. Batie and I met last March outside Atlanta, Georgia at the CaPP Institute coaching …

Ep 101: TCSP The Coaching Corner: What Does the Civil Rights Movement Mean for the Workplace? Pt 1

June 10th, 2020


The winds of change are blowing.  How will we take this opportunity to change the corporate workplace for the better?  I explore it in this episode of the Coaching Corner.

Ep 100: The Three Beasts of the Apocalypse with Jarrett Hill

June 4th, 2020


We have never seen a time such as this in our lifetime. What does it all mean? We are experiencing a pandemic, the bubbling over of systemic racism and massive worldwide protests and a catastrophic failure in …

Ep 99: This is America with Eva Greene Wilson, JD, AKA Socamom®

May 28th, 2020

Here we go again with names and hashtags.

In times like these, you have to call your longtime girlfriend, because if the pandemic wasn't enough, they're killing black people again. Socamom® and Socamom Summit founder, …

Ep 98: Leading with Tech in Opera, Marc Scorca CEO Opera America et al

May 21st, 2020

When a global pandemic hits, things change, and they can for the better if you just put your mind to it.  Five of technology, business and opera's …

Ep 97: #ThrowbackThursday Finding Your Roots with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

May 14th, 2020

If you missed it, here’s your chance to listen to this walking encyclopedia, @henrylouisgates. You’ll hear a covid-19 story that you haven’t heard before just as the show gets started. If you have watched

Ep 96: The Coaching Corner, Let's Talk About Change

May 12th, 2020

The Coaching Corner is going through some changes. Leaving Linkedin Live? You'll want to hear this! It seems appropriate, since the order of the day seems to be change on Planet Pandemic.  How are you getting ready?  We …

Ep 95: Telling the Stories for the Culture with Natasha S. Alford

May 7th, 2020

There is power in the telling of a story. It’s even more powerful when it is personal and centers on culture. It’s the only kind of story

Ep 94: Self Made with A'Lelia Bundles

April 30th, 2020

SO MANY GEMS DROPPED! Did you know that Madam CJ Walker hosted one of her first Mary Kay-like conventions in 1917? Do you know what date that was in history? Just on the heels of the so-called “Spanish Flu” the only …

Ep 93: #ThrowbackThursday My Tribute to Earl Graves, Sr. with Alfred Edmond, Jr.

April 23rd, 2020

YOU KNOW, I haven’t slown down since the slowdown. I canceled my daughter and my trip to Disney, but I never took the actual time off. I literally went into overdrive supporting people, their brands and their careers in …

Ep 92: #ThrowbackThursday The Basics of Creating Raving, Loyal Fans with Lamar Tyler

April 16th, 2020

When Lamar Tyler sets his mind to something, it gets done, let me tell you! When I first met him and his lovely wife Ronnie, I was extremely impressed. Let me first say that the bloggers of today are not cut from the …

Ep 91: The Coaching Corner on LinkedIN LIVE, Leading Through Covid-19

April 15th, 2020

We talk about this pandemic and how it is impacting you as a leader--of your home, of your work or your business.  This is heavy, everyone.  It's …

Ep 90: To College Seniors in the Age of Covid-19, with Love, Special Guest Host Neil Foote

April 9th, 2020

To add insult to injury, college grads not only have their commencement ceremonies in limbo or delayed until the fall, but every senior year event …

Ep 89: Is Your Career In Crisis with Covid-19? with Tristan Layfield

April 2nd, 2020

It has already started: the first wave of layoffs, furloughs and surplusses have happened and there is more to come. How do you look for a job in this environment? What industries are hiring? How can you prepare for …

Ep 88: How COVID-19 Is Impacting Your Relationships with Zara Green

March 26th, 2020

When I asked Zara Green to come on the show, I had no clue that she had been exposed to COVID-19.  She is self quarantining with her husband, SVP of Digital at Black Enterprise, Alfred Edmond Jr.  She has a lot to say …

Ep 87: Finding the Good in the Bad --COVID19 with Dr, Jeff Gardere

March 19th, 2020

I’m talking pandemics and mental health with America’s Psychologist, Dr. Jeff Gardere. We'll explore how to find peace in a time of uncertainty. …

Ep 86: Coronavirus, Globalism and A Brand New World with Dr. Anantha Babbili

March 12th, 2020

There are people in your life that have such an amazing impact on you, that when it is happening you are aware, but as time passes and you look back, your mind is blown.

Ep 85: Employer Brand & Culture: The Coaching Corner with John Graham Jr.

March 11th, 2020

What happens when #EmployerBranding is crossed with #DEI? I'm not making a funny. It's the cocktail every company needs in order to get serious …

Ep 84: #ThrowbackThursday Authoring Your Own Path with Jason Caston

March 5th, 2020

With midterms, media appearances, spring break and speaking opps upon me, we throw it back to episode 13 with Jason Caston, founder of platform to make self publishing a cinch.  Many many gems dropped on …

Ep 83: Storytelling for the Culture with Christina Steed

February 27th, 2020

She is the quiet storm behind some of the biggest multicultural integrated marketing and communications programs on the planet and what’s more she is …

Ep 82: #Throwback Thursday Finding Value in the Backyard Barbecue with Bella Vasta

February 20th, 2020

We are throwing it back to Episode 30.  Seems like lightyears ago, but there’s still money on Facebook.  Have you found it yet?  Folks swear by the …

Ep 81: Getting Schooled on On School Love with Joseph "Rev Run" and Justine Simmons

February 14th, 2020

Some guests don’t need an introduction, but they definitely deserve your attention. My conversationwith Rock N Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Lifetime …

EP 80: #ThrowbackThursday: The Real Life Lessons of Football with Jacoby Jones

February 13th, 2020

We're throwing it back to last summer when I spoke with former Baltimore Raven standout Jacoby Jones who is now pouring into the young men at Lane …

Ep 79: #TCSPCoachingCorner on #LinkedInLIVE

February 11th, 2020

Today's topic is employee advocacy and how to make it work together with your personal brand. Many times the two clash, so we'll have some insights for the brands that are trying to leverage the concepts and the …

Ep 78: Because Sometimes You Just Need to Call a Friend, with Matt Stevens

February 6th, 2020

Because there are times in life when you probably actually need therapy, but you simply call a friend to talk it out.  Whew!  This moment in time is …

Ep 77: Your Story and the Keys to Your Purpose with Tiffany Hendra

January 30th, 2020

ARE YOU EMPOWERED SPIRITUALLY? Yes, I know that is a personal question, but being spiritually grounded is the key to success. It forces you to answer some key questions: what do you believe? It even reveals questions …

Ep 76: The Transformative Power of the Right Question, with Valorie Burton

January 23rd, 2020

Life Coaching for Successful Women author Valorie Burton talks about the transformative power of knowing the right questions to raise.

Ep 75: It's Time You Got The Memo, with Minda Harts

January 16th, 2020

I'm talking to the author of The Memo...and this summit was a long time coming.  You want to hear this conversation.  Minda Harts is on The Culture …

Ep 74: #TCSPCoachingCorner on #LinkedinLIVE with Jaylen Bledsoe (#3)

January 14th, 2020

Who wants to be a millionaire? Or how about just making #revenue fast by building your clientele quickly for your #smallbusiness? Who wants to avoid debt? Tune in tomorrow at 4 p.m. CT on#TCSPCoachingCorner on

Ep 73: Looking into Marketing's Crystal Ball with Ian Truscott

January 9th, 2020

WHO’S READY FOR SOME MARKETING INSIGHTS AND TRENDS FROM ACROSS THE POND? Meet the editor of @rockstarcmo @iantruscott from Great Britain. He stays on …

Ep 70: #ThrowbackThursday AUTHENTICALLY SHE PT2 with Trudy Bourgeois

January 3rd, 2020

This week, as we roll into the holiday season and I take some time off, we look back at our Women's History Month series and the episode with my …

Ep 72: #ThrowbackThursday NEW YEARS Edition with Nick Nelson

January 2nd, 2020

Happy New Year!  I'm pleased to reach back into the crates and bring you one of my faves...Mr. Nick Nelson, the Brandprenuer himself, takes us to church on personal branding.  Enjoy!

Ep 71: #ThrowbackThursday Holiday Edition with Audrey Dubois Harris

December 26th, 2019

This holiday edition celebrates music.  It's a #ThrowbackThursday, so we are taking it all the way back to the very first episode with The Queen of …

Ep 69: Of Confessions and Transparency with Toure

December 12th, 2019

SOMETHING HUGE happened while I was preparing for the #LinkedinLIVE broadcast... and it is just perfect for our Culture Soup Moment as I bring back …

EP 68: The Coaching Corner on #LinkedInLIVE: TRANSITIONS with Tristan Layfield

December 10th, 2019

This week's showwe have Tristan Layfield talking transitions and change. He’s the career and resume guru. You don’t want to miss it! Set a meeting maker.


Ep 67: Achieving Brand Authenticity in A New Mass Market with Candace Peterson

December 5th, 2019

WOKE-WASHING.  Pink Washing. Pride-Painting. You’ve seen it in marketing and advertising, or maybe you don’t know what any of it is.  Either way, you need to tune in for the brand new episode on Thursday.  I’m talking …

Ep 66: #ThrowbackThursday THANKSGIVING Edition with Dorinda Walker

November 28th, 2019

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday #Thanksgiving Edition is my Mama’s Pick. In lieu of an editor’s pick, it is one of my most important listener’s selections: my mother! We take it back to August when I had marketing legend …

Ep 65: Tech, Business & Church Culture, with Gaye Arbuckle

November 21st, 2019

Social media is culture soup. Have you noticed that black church culture is extremely popular on the interwebs? If not, just pay attention during …

Ep 64: Do You Know the Power of Your Influence and Your Dollar? with Cheryl Grace

November 14th, 2019

If we can deplete supplies of chicken sandwiches and clear the shelves of sweet potato pies, what would happen if we withheld our influence and …

Ep 63: #LinkedinLIVE #TCSPCoachingCorner Premiere Episode

November 12th, 2019

Well, it's a wrap.  We went live for the first time on LinkedIn with the Coaching Corner Episode, and by all accounts, it was good.  A little snag with audio, but you won't know of it here.  We peel back the onion on …

Ep 62: #ThrowbackThursday The Hidden Figures Episode, Nicole Lynn, Danielle Surency Jones, Andrea Wilson

November 7th, 2019

This #ThrowbackThursday is not only about Hidden Figures, it has a hidden gem in it.  There's news for you in this edition that includes an editor's pick harkening back to March 2019, Women's History Month.  We take a …

Ep 61: Resurrecting an Iconic Beauty Brand with Teneya Gholston

October 31st, 2019

You know, one of the best ways to get to know someone is to be in the trenches with them. In this case, it was the trenches of the beauty business. If you don’t know who this is, you need to. She is the driving force …

Ep 60: #ThrowThursday Anniversary Edition

October 24th, 2019

We are still celebrating the podcast's birthday!  I'm going get some gluten free cake!  So I'm re-racking one of the most downloaded episodes of all time, and you may be surprised at which one it is.  Happy listening!  …

Ep 59: Do you know what today is? It's our Anniversary! (Surprise BONUS Episode)

October 23rd, 2019

It's hard to believe that we just made a lap around the sun in the name of tech, culture and business, but we have!  Walk down memory lane with me …

Ep 58: Vegan Sexy Cool with Jacque Reid

October 17th, 2019

Who is ready to go all in on the vegan lifestyle?  I talk to one of the gurus out there, TV and Radio journalist Jacque Reid.  It's more than just a diet.  You need to hear this.  Eat better, do better....feel better.

Ep 57: The Human Genome Makes Us All the Same with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr

October 10th, 2019

I had the extraordinary privilege of chatting it up with this amazing man this morning, Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr, the foremost …

Ep 56: #TakeMeBackTuesday: Writing Your Own Ticket with Toure

October 8th, 2019

In celebration of the fact that Toure just signed NSC Group to manage his speaking and other paid appearances, and because he drops Dr Henry Louis Gates, Jr's name a round a bit, I'm re-racking episode 46.  Great …

Ep 55: Using the Internet to Provide Access to Information that Can Heal You with Coach Gessie Thompson

October 3rd, 2019

Whew... my sisters, we deal with a lot, don’t we? Turns out the stress of being a double-outsider  on the job (Catalyst)  has a physical impact on our health, and if that isn’t enough, even some of our beauty and …

Ep 54: The Basics of Creating Raving, Loyal Fans Online with Lamar Tyler

September 26th, 2019

When Lamar Tyler sets his mind to something, it gets done, let me tell you! When I first met him and his lovely wife Ronnie, I was extremely impressed. Let me first say that the bloggers of today are not cut from the …

Ep 53: Of Easter and The Internet with Munson Steed

September 19th, 2019

t’s Easter, ya’ll! Especially when it comes to the resurgence and resurrection of black media in the digital age. The Internet has breathed new life …

Ep 52: Wanna Get Away? with Calvin L. Butts, Jr. and Carrington M. Carter

September 12th, 2019

LIFE’S A BEACH... or it's a cabin in the mountains if you are my new friends Calvin L. Butts, Jr. and Carrington M. Carter of East Chop Capital.  They are investing in real estate in some of the hottest vacation venues …

Ep 51: #TakeMeBackTuesday: The Coaching Corner, #3 with L. Michelle Smith

September 10th, 2019

I'm off today.  I'm still celebrating my birthday, but I wanted to take you back to one of my favorite episodes where a listener volunteered for …

Ep 50: Change Happens from the Inside Out, with Jeffrey L. Bowman

September 5th, 2019

THIS IS META. Listen, this won’t be your surface conversation about D&I. This brother goes deep... and only the businesses who are serious about real change will even begin to understand where he’s coming from …

Ep 49: Protected By Purpose with Dorinda Walker

August 29th, 2019

Completely geeked to have this marketing legend on the show—fellow LEAD360 faculty member and downright world beater, Dorinda Walker. You have GOT to …

Ep 48: #ThrowbackThursday: Writing, Speaking and Inspiring With Valorie Burton

August 22nd, 2019

This week, I dig into the crates to uncover a gem of a conversation between me and my girlfriend Valorie Burton.  It's a throwback to Ep 17 in February.  It's worth a revisit as you read her new book It's About Time: …

Ep 47: The NABJ Episode: A Lesson in Personal Branding from a Journalist

August 15th, 2019

He’s a “Daddy on Duty 365” by day and a TV news anchor by night. I’m talking about Shannon LaNier, Houston’s CW39 main anchor, and I was so glad to see him again in Miami at #NABJ19. He’s being celebrated as a doting, …

Ep 46: The Coaching Corner #4 with L. Michelle Smith

August 13th, 2019

I started my first agency with only two paychecks in the bank. That was my capital. Laughable to some, but I wasn’t even certain that I wanted to start a business. I “fell” into entreprenuership after deciding to …

Ep 45: Meet the Brandpreneur with Nick Nelson

August 8th, 2019

Because I’m committed to getting YOUR brand right, you need to meet this guy, Nick F. Nelson, aka The BRANDPRENEUR. We go deep—on answering the …

Ep 44: Work for the Culture and the Culture of Work with Natasha Bowman

August 1st, 2019

When it's the intersection of #workplace culture, #tech and business, you turn to "The Workplace Doctor" herself, Natasha Bowman, JD, SPHR. My fellow …

Ep 43: #ThrowbackThursday Employee Advocacy with John Graham Jr.

July 25th, 2019

We're reaching back into the crates and pulling the most downloaded episode of all times with this employee advocacy guru, and my friend John Graham, …

Ep 42: Everything's Negotiable with Jacqueline V. Twillie

July 18th, 2019

The volume increased on the equal pay conversation with P&G’s sizable monetary gift to the champion US Women’s Soccer Team. But how does that …

Ep 41: We are Family with Patrick Riley

July 11th, 2019

We’re celebrating PRIDE on this episode of podcast with a man who has pioneered in pop culture and has the resume to prove it.  Patrick Riley has …

Ep 40: Untangling the MYTHs of Networking with L. Michelle Smith

July 9th, 2019

That live FREE on-air laser coaching happens on this episode, and it turns out that this marketing pro wants to hack a challenge she is having around networking.  Perfect timing, because this show also shares the replay …

EP 39: Unmasking Privilege with Dr. Jeff Gardere

July 4th, 2019

We unmask privilege just in time for July 4th. After all, what is more American than privilege? Find out what question I posed to Dr. Jeff that …

Ep 38: #ThrowbackThursday: The HBCU Episodes Part II

June 27th, 2019

We’re throwing it back to last spring this Thursday, when Darryl M. Bell and I took on the campus of @thelanecollege at their first ever leadership …

Ep 37: #ThrowBackThursday: The HBCU Episodes Part I

June 27th, 2019

We’re throwing it back to last spring this Thursday, when Darryl M. Bell and I took on the campus of @thelanecollege at their first ever …

Ep 36: The Real Life Lessons of Football with Jacoby Jones

June 20th, 2019

NFL Pro Bowler and former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones is having a full-circle moment as he returns to his alma mater to coach the …

Ep 35: Moving FWD with Black Enterprise with Alfred Edmond, Jr.

June 13th, 2019

Black media is an American gem.  These outlets have delivered an important perspective and have served as the archives of our accomplishments.  There are only a few, national, black-owned publications out there.  One of …

Ep 34: Writing Your Own Ticket with Toure

June 11th, 2019

If you haven’t figured out that you can’t get very far doing it alone, I’m here to tell you that it helps to have a robust personal board of directors specific to your journey. I won’t list everyone who is on my team, …

Ep 33: Politically Speaking with Matt Stevens

June 6th, 2019

Silly season arrived early, hasn't it?  In fact, it came and never left in 2016.  I talk to my friend and political commentator Matt Stevens about …

Ep 32: Owning The Influencer in You with Cher Jones

May 30th, 2019

Did you know that you have influence? No, I didn't confuse you with that person in your newsfeed who is always hashtagging the word "ad" in exchange …

Ep 31: This Woman's Work with Dr. Yolanda Bruce Brooks

May 23rd, 2019

There is a woman behind the scenes, working with professional athletes as they navigate the various transitions--from college to pros--from pros to …

Ep 30: Finding Value in the Backyard BBQ , with Bella Vasta

May 16th, 2019

There's money on Facebook.  Have you found it yet?  Folks swear by the FB groups.  Learn how to build your own FB Group funnel with small business …

Ep 29: The Coaching Corner No. 1 with L. Michelle Smith

May 14th, 2019

Calling all corporate and small business types: Your professional coach is in. Find out my why and my what, and tune in every 2nd Tuesday each month for The Coaching Corner.  I make a special offer on this broadcast. …

Ep 28: Hacking Social Media's Blurred Lines with Dr. Dina Strachan

May 9th, 2019

THE FAKERY! Yes, the light drives out the darkness like authenticity drives out the falsities—- even on social media. Did you know that there are doctors who are not MDs trying to sell medical services? Did you know …

Ep 27: The Hustle is Real with Ramon Ray

May 2nd, 2019

Entrepreneurship is romanticized these days, especially on social media.  I talk with my friend and Smart Hustle Magazine editor Ramon Ray about that trend, and we keep it

Ep 26: Facing the Business of Beauty with Melissa Hibbert

April 25th, 2019

Former marketing exec turned beauty entrepreneur says it is time for #MUAs to step from behind the brush and share their other talents.  Celebrity makeup artist @melissahibbert and I talk about how social media has …

Ep 25: Serving Up Culture in a Digital World with John Miller, CEO of Denny's Restaurants

April 18th, 2019

We talk to the head of Denny's restaurants in this episode, and you may be surprised at who you meet.  John C. Miller is the former president of Texas-based, super-regional chain Taco Bueno and is now the CEO of …

Ep 24: For the Culture with Roy Broderick, Jr. and Eshena D. Roman

April 11th, 2019

When two colleagues met at an agency and felt the urge to do multicultural marketing the right way, they went with their intuition.  They made the …

Ep 23 BONUS: HBCUs: A Different World IRL with Dr. Logan Hampton

April 4th, 2019

In part 2 of this double episode, I speak with the president of Lane College, Dr. Logan Hampton, about HBCUs, their place in American culture; their …

Ep 23: Communicating in a Different World with Darryl M. Bell

April 4th, 2019

On my visit to Lane College, I got to know and speak with an actor from one of America's most iconic TV shows, A Different World; a show, which along …

Ep 22: "Authentically SHE" Pt 4 with Danyel Surrency Jones, Nicole Lynn and Andrea Williams

March 28th, 2019

Thrilled to bring you this "Instant Replay" of the Hidden Figures sports panel complete with an enthusiastic LIVE audience from the Lincoln …

EP 21: Authentically SHE Pt 3: Cheryl Grace

March 21st, 2019

“Nobody puts baby in a corner. If I can’t be myself, I don’t want to be there.” — Cheryl Grace, one of the most powerful women in media. …

Ep 20: Authentically SHE Pt 2 with Trudy Bourgeios

March 14th, 2019

S O M E C O N V E R S A T I O N S are simply soul food. Wonderful chat with career coach @trudybourgeois who is the CEO of the Center for Workforce …

Ep 19: Authentically SHE, Pt 1 with Sheryl Adkins-Green, CMO Mary Kay

March 7th, 2019

Everyone who stops in on our show is a VIP, but sometimes we have V-VIPs. This is one of them, and she is kicking off our hashtag#womenshistorymonth series “Authentically She.” Sheryl Adkins-Green is the global Chief …

Ep 18: The Battle Between Your Personal Brand & Employee Advocacy with John Graham

February 28th, 2019

You’re going to need another drink for this one. There is a battle brewing on the interwebs and it involves your social real estate.  Are you …

Ep 17: Writing, Speaking & Inspiring with Valorie Burton

February 21st, 2019

If you want to hear two girlfriends just talking about life, writing books, speaking and just being our best selves for our families and for us, you …

Ep 16: The Love Episode: Mr. Know Your Worth, Aaron Jordan, Jr.

February 14th, 2019

Our Valentines Day episode explores online dating, relationship coaches and how the Internet is facilitating and influencing how we date and interact with each other around the topic.  Aaron Jordan Jr is a veteran …

Ep 15: Light up the Internet: A Conversation about Race with Risha Grant

February 7th, 2019

One question. Just one question on Facebook, and Risha Grant saw a firestorm light up on every social media feed that she has.  What got everyone so fired up?  Nothing fires up social media like a conversation about …

Ep 14: Career Resolutions: with Tristan Layfield

January 31st, 2019

This is the last of a series of episodes that focus on career development, personal branding and enhancing your digital footprint.  Today, we talk to Tristan Layfield who is a career coach and entrepreneur.  He can help …

Ep 13: Authoring Your Own Path with Jason Caston

January 24th, 2019

Jason Caston may be a bonified church geek, but he has parlayed a successful career as a faith-based Internet platform strategist for some of the …

Ep 12: Personal Branding for the New Year with Ted Rubin

January 17th, 2019

Ted Rubin has some wisdom and insights to share about building your personal brand, especially on social media and balancing it with employee advocacy.  He also gives advice to companies looking for the best way to …

Ep 11: Women: Empowered by our Roots Pt 2 with Miko Branch

January 10th, 2019

This is a very candid and authentic conversation with my new friend @mikobranch cofounder of @miss_jessies about courage, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. The hardships that come with owning your own business …

Ep 10: Women: Empowered by our Roots Pt 1 with A’Lelia Bundles

January 3rd, 2019

Did you know that the first woman millionaire in the United States built her empire on black hair care?  Madam CJ Walker is likely the first Mary Kay, but instead of makeup, her focus was on haircare for a segment of …

Ep 9: #DearSummerG with Summer Galvez

December 27th, 2018

While the Women in the Workplace study from McKinsey and the LeanIn organization call black women "double outsiders," these women of color are …

Joy To The World! with Audrey DuBois Harris

December 25th, 2018

Audrey DuBois Harris returns for an encore on the podcast for a special bonus episode to talk about her new album Joy to the World:  A Christmas Celebration as well as continue our conversation on bringing inclusion to …

Ep 8: What's So Funny?!? With Comedian Jamie Roberts

December 20th, 2018

T H I S G U Y makes it his business to make you laugh. I’m just glad to call him a friend. In fact, I owe a lot to him because he took time to talk me through this podcast thing, and the thing lives because of his wise …

Ep 7: Blogging: A Family Affair, Eva Greene Wilson, AKA SocaMom

December 13th, 2018

This week, we’ll speak with Eva Green Wilson, of®. She is an award-winning parenting blogger and a speaker. Most importantly, she is one of my besties! The story of how we met and became friends is epic. I …

Ep 6: #BAWSELady, Lauren Maillian

December 6th, 2018

This beauty doesn’t have to speak to be heard, but she has something to say. Introducing to few, reintroducing to many Lauren Maillian, best-selling author and brand strategist and all-round #BAWSE. Her story is …

Ep 5: You Go Girl!!--DJ Niena Drake

November 29th, 2018

A full-circle moment is really the headline of DJ Niena Drake's life, and she bucks all the negative women stereotypes.  She sits at the intersection …

Bonus Ep 2:: A Little About Acting from a Big Talent--Maceo Smedley

November 22nd, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!  We have a bonus episode for you! What a JOY chatting with this young man who is already killing the acting game at the ripe old …

Ep 4: Great Things Happen When You Just #DoYou--Jarrett Hill

November 15th, 2018

Ep 4 features pop culture and politics journalis & host from NBC BLK, MSNBC, NY Times and  Essence writer, @JarrettHill. He talks plagiarism, …

Ep 3: The Social Media for Social Good Guru--Chris Strub

November 8th, 2018

He is the man who wrote the book on social media for social good.  During a time where negativity seems to constantly swirl on social media, you'll want to hear what Chris Strub is doing to bring sunshine back to your …

Bonus Ep 1: #OperaWeek Bringing Inclusion to the Opera--Marc Scorca

November 5th, 2018

This bonus episode is offered in celebration of the final day of Opera Week, 2018. It is also special because the conversation is also on YouTube …

Ep 2: Dawn of The Creators #BlackExcellence--Jaylen Bledsoe

November 1st, 2018

Jaylen Bledsoe, CEO of Bledsoe Global Group became a millionaire by the age of 15. He has been making millions for his client ever since! Talk about #blackexcellence!  And we will.  Find out what Black Single Mom Magic …

Ep 1: The Queen of Soul's Favorite Soprano--Audrey DuBois Harris

October 25th, 2018

Our premier episode features the story of The Queen of Soul’s Favorite Soprano. Aretha loved Puccini as much as she loved church music and soul, and …

The Preamble Episode

October 24th, 2018

Getting to know you...getting to know all about you.  This episode provides context and background on the show, the show's creator and host and what to expect when the show drops Thursday, Oct 25!  That's in only 2 …

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