The Culture Soup Podcast®

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By: L Michelle Smith

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.

Ep 170: It's crazy out here! Phone a friend. w/Eva Greene Wilson
06/24/2022

If you're a longtime listener, you know that when it gets a little crazy in our culture, I phone a friend.Episode 170 is no exception. I don't know about you, but after putting $112 dollars in my tank, hearing more of my friends and family contract Covid, still tearing up about Buffalo and Uvalde and the many mass shootings since, and watching parts of the January 6 hearings...it was time to dial up a bestie.Eva Green Wilson, my soror and sisterfriend for more than 25 years joins me on The Culture Soup Podcast®️ tonight as we discuss how the wheels have lit...


Ep 169: Guns, Return to Work and Scathing Evaluations
06/09/2022

We're carrying a very heavy load as leaders these days, so I'm speaking directly to you on Thursday's episode of The Culture Soup Podcast®️, The Coaching Corner. We're going back to our roots with all audio streams for the summer, and we are kicking off with three hot topics that are important to you as high-performing leaders:✔️Dealing with the barrage of gun violence and the trauma we all feel as leaders as a result of the tragedies✔️Annual reviews—what to do when you receive a scathing one and you suspect that its personal, and finally✔️ Discussing what's really behind the hesita...


Ep 168: You can BEE anything Pt2 w/Kim Nelson Ingram
05/05/2022

What does it take to be a bosswoman in radio?Kim Nelson-Ingram (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ACoAAAC_3j8BagGfVcysw1TrjTjXABHHRN5k_-I) has her own approach, and it is high octane. She is at the helm at one to the nation's top syndicated morning shows, The Ricky Smiley Morning Show, and she sometimes does two cities in one day, even as a busy mom and wife!But she had a great mentor who modeled that for her, none other than the legendary Tom Joyner, The Fly Jock himself. Hear the story of how she landed in radio and took f...


Ep 167: You can BEE anything Pt 1 w/ Kim Nelson-Ingram
04/22/2022

When Kim Nelson-Ingram graduated from Florida A&M University, she wanted to be in TV, but little did she know that her first job search would land her in some incredible roles in the world of radio, making history too, and eventually as a children's book author with a vision for more.Her message is simple, and she's lived by it: You can BEE anything. It's a mantra that comes from an unlikely source.Meet my friend Kim. She is the author of an inspiring new children's book you'll want to get your hands on and she is the Executive...


Ep 166: The therapy we need right now PT 2 w/Tina Robertson
04/07/2022

Who else is exhausted with the Internet relationship gurus and all their advice?


Ep 165: The therapy we need right now w/ Tina Robertson PT 1
03/24/2022

When is the last time you saw a therapist? If you haven’t seen one since the pandemic, gentle nudge.All this week my social campaigns have been discussing languishing, the blahs, brain fog and I’ve provided some guidance on what you can do; however, there is nothing better than sitting with a licensed therapist to really get underneath what is bothering you.So that’s what we are doing on episode 165, and I didn’t have to look very far. My friend of more than 20 years, fellow singer and leader at a well- known non-profit Tina L Robertson, LCSW-S (ht...


Ep 164: What Women of Color Should Do Now (PREVIOUSLY LIVE)
03/11/2022

The Culture Soup Podcast LIVE: Ep 164: What Women of Color Should Do NowIn celebration of hashtag#WomensHistoryMonth, The Culture Soup Podcast® streamed LIVE on LinkedIn and my other social channels with a panel with some amazing, high-performing women of color discussing this critical juncture in which we find ourselves in the current cultural context.From the pandemic to race and equality, the future of work to wars and rumors of them, what should women of color do now? Join us as we discuss what's on our minds and what organizations should be considering when it comes to their diverse leadership a...


Ep 163: Plantation Theory Pt 2 w/John Graham
02/24/2022

Riddle me this:If you wouldn't ask an abused spouse to fix their abusive partner, why would we ask BIPOC and other underrepresented groups to help the companies that do not center them to become an anti-racist workplace or even build diversity, equity and inclusion programs?Someone else built the system, so why can't they dismantle it? And if what author John Graham Jr. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ACoAAABKu0IB2CG9zSxHSet1pSX_BKk34Ru00sw) proposes in his book Plantation Theory is true, why would so many members of marginalized groups try? And is there trouble in store...


Ep 162: Plantation Theory Pt 1 with John Graham
02/11/2022

Is it possible to have the freedom and security you need and desire as a Black leader in Corporate America if the very structure was built on ideologies that other you?It's a very special Black History Month two-part episode of The Culture Soup Podcast® today as I welcome my friend John Graham Jr. (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/#) back to the show to talk about his new book Plantation Theory: The Black Professional's Struggle Between Freedom and Security.I share the moving story of how we met and when we first discussed his book, and as always, John and I...


Ep 161: The Sound of Progress with Abby West (VIDEO)
01/27/2022

Shhh... hear that?It's the sound of progress.When Abby West (she/her) worked for the likes of People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and Essence, you couldn't have told her that one day she would be leading the charge for digital audio content for creators of color at one of the most cutting-edge content and tech companies on the planet. In fact, like most of us, back then, she didn't even know what that role actually was. Mostly, it didn't exist yet.But she stepped out on faith and had a conversation with a mentor who helped her see her skill...


Ep 160: The Coaching Corner LIVE: Goal Getters Design Their Lives
10/29/2021

It's been a while, but the show streamedLIVE this afternoon, We talked about what it takes to set a goal and then systematically smash it. Bring your leadership dreams and aspirations with you and let's hack them. I speak on the topic, have a series of journal prompts


Ep 159: What’s really behind The Great Resignation?
10/15/2021

Does your workplace culture smell? It just might, and it didn't just happen.There's been a lot of conversation about why people are quitting their jobs. In fact, you know that I choose to refer to it as The Great Opt Out because what The Great Resignation ignores is the insight that people have more options than ever, thanks to the democratization of the Internet.I took some time to speak to "The Workplace Doctor" herself, Natasha Bowman, JD, SPHR about other nuances leaders should be aware of in the workplace. Is it possible that the pandemic revealed the true t...


Ep 158: Divinely Appointed with Mohammed Farshori
09/30/2021

Do you have a "side resume"? Mohammed Farshori says that everyone should have on in order to bolster their #personalbrand. In today's episode of The Culture Soup Podcast(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAEAAAABCAQAAAC1HAwCAAAAC0lEQVR42mNgYAAAAAMAASsJTYQAAAAASUVORK5CYII=), I speak with the global culture expert about why it matters that you aren't just living out your purpose at work. We discuss the importance of understanding your purpose and then not playing small about it. Mohammed is walking his talk as he is spreading messages of unity and compassion in communities and bringing people together.His latest project is something that...


Ep 157: Breaking the Paradigm on DE&I w/ Leslie Short
09/16/2021

My guest, Leslie Short, believes the answer lies in the concept of culture and not necessarily segmentation. Ring a bell? In my last days in integrated marketing, I was applying the same principal (inclusion marketing). Leslie is now applying it to people resources in organizations.My conversation with Leslie Short (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/#) Founder of The Cavu Group couldn't have been more timely, as themes from my latest message to DE&I decision makers in North Texas recently at the #DCEODiversity Equity & Inclusion Symposium.Leslie and I talk about what it means to decode and deprogram DEI, and we go...


Ep 156: THe Coaching Corner: Control Freak w/L. Michelle Smith
09/03/2021

Are you controlling? Is someone trying to control you?
 
If you are a woman, chances are that the answer could be "both-and." In today's episode of The Culture Soup Podcast®, we explore this idea, and it's interactive with journaling prompts throughout.
 
Ready to get coached?
 
I take you through 5 journaling prompts throughout today's discussion on this episode, and you will be able to explore why you may not be respecting the boundaries of others or perhaps others may be breaching your own boundaries.
 
Breached boundaries break down relationships because it erodes trust.
...


Another Hidden Figure in Sports
08/19/2021

When I met Nicole Britenriker, it was for one of the many speaking opportunities at a business networking event. Sure, it was all about sports, and her posture did hint toward an athletic pedigree, but little did I know that she spent most of her sports career as a university standout and elite international volleyball champion. Now, she sits in the front office of one of the most impactful organizations in sports, the National Basketball Association. Her journey to now is fascinating, and for those of you looking to break into sports and not necessarily on the field or on...


Ep 155: Another Hidden Figure in Sports
08/19/2021

When I met Nicole Britenriker, it was for one of the many speaking opportunities at a business networking event. Sure, it was all about sports, and her posture did hint toward an athletic pedigree, but little did I know that she spent most of her sports career as a university standout and elite international volleyball champion. Now, she sits in the front office of one of the most impactful organizations in sports, the National Basketball Association. Her journey to now is fascinating, and for those of you looking to break into sports and not necessarily on the field or on...


Ep 154: The Coaching Corner Episode: Goal setting and Celebrating
08/06/2021

Ready to set some goals and celebrate wins?I brought The Coaching Corner episode back in June as an all-video episode that would air on Thursday when the marquis episodes air...only once monthly. This month, because my plate is extremely full, I posted an audio episode.In fact, you'll get to hear everything that my little company is into currently as well as set some goals with me. You see, I've started list number two, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to bring you along with me so that you could set goals of your own--the...


Ep 153: #ThrowbackThursday Finding the Good in the Bad with Dr. Jeff Gardere
07/29/2021

We are at a very interesting inflection point in our society.  The Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is here and wreaking havoc on the unvaccinated, and we have a large number of people who are unvaccinated.  With school starting this fall, this has many of us questioning--have we learned from the past?  We may need some of the lessons that we learned in 2020, so I'm turning back the clock to a conversation with American's Psychologist, Dr. Jeff Gardere.
It's pretty handy for me as well since I just took some time off for myself and went on holiday wit...


Ep 152: What's Black about Opera? with Denyce Graves
07/08/2021

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 the Metropolitan Opera, She’s sung for multiple Presidents. She is on the faculty at Juilliard. She even sang at the home going of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and she is on a mission to tell the story of Black people in opera.Meet the prolific and lovely Denyce Graves-Montgomery (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ACoAAAfhBrwB3K4yQ9bFmNIM7IvGoPNrWZDf6CI)! She is the Founder of the Denyce Graves Foundation, and she i...


Ep 151: #TBT Black women lead...but everyone isn't on board with Charisse Jones
06/24/2021

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 embracing a #ThrowbackThursday (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=throwbackthursday&highlightedUpdateUrns=urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A6813908405841907712) on The Culture Soup Podcast®.This one has layers of significance to the #NoThanks (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=nothanks&highlightedUpdateUrns=urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A6813908405841907712) series:1) I chat with fellow National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) (https://www.linkedin.com/company/national-association-of-black-journalists-nabj/) member and friend Charisse Jones (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ACoAAAE0thMB9FGeSnlfjGFmeCrGDSxiw6nrF9g) o...


Ep 149: "First, allow yourself to dream..."— The Coaching Corner
06/04/2021

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 edition, and it will resemble The Coaching Corner episode, which I've decided to make a once monthly recurring episode during the Thursday timeslot.
 
We are living through a time of unprecedented change. What would happen if you took the change by the horns? Times of turbulence may seem like the time to hunker down and just wait it out... but if you know anything about my story, you'll know that there is alway...


Ep 148: Lessons from the Plantation with Shannon Lanier
05/28/2021

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 mindset of the primary microaggressive bully for Black women as identified by a large percentage of them responding to a survey I issued, you need to know where she comes from and why she thinks the way she does. This is a generational problem that never healed, and now it has morphed into something even more covert.


Ep 147: #TBT Self Made with A’Lelia Bundles
05/20/2021

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?
Do you know what date that was in history? Just on the heels of the so-called “Spanish Flu” the only other pandemic in American history, and much like the #bossbabes (https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/bossbabes) of today, she had to weather the storm with her business during her era’s own #covid19 (https://www.youtube.com/hashta...


Ep 146: Putting intent behind your brand during a pandemic with Nick Nelson
05/14/2021

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 (brand / pre / nuer).
 
We talk about what it was like going through the thick of the pandemic with our corporate executive and small business personal brands as they considered how to position themselves during that unimaginable time, and I also asked Nick to read some tealeaves as businesses begin to look at operating at full capacity and companies begin to...


145: #TBT Woke washing and things like that, with Candace Peterson
05/07/2021

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 particularly timely.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 this #TBT (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=tbt&highlightedUpdateUrns=urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A6796161696437219328) episode later today.  I’m talking to the global practice lead for consumer brand marketing at one of the largest communications and integrated marketing agencies in the world...


Ep 144: #TBT Vegan, Sexy, Cool with Jacque Reid
04/30/2021

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 podcasting duo that is Reid This Reid That. If you are curious about the vegan lifestyle, this episode is for you. I talk to one of the gurus out there, TV and Radio journalist Jacque Reid. She making vegan sexy and cool again.It's more than just a diet. You need to hear this. Eat better, do better....feel...


Ep 143: Where Black Professionals Exhale, with Gina McCray
04/23/2021

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 reconnecting with my friend Gina McCray who happens to be the sitting CEO of one of the oldest employee resource groups in corporate America--The NETwork National Integrated Communications Professionals of AT&T.We sat for a bit to discuss the importance of these organizations, especially in the context of times like these--muddling through bad news headline after bad news headlines whether it is about the pandemic and the disproportionate rates at which Black professionals...


Ep 142: #FBF No Thanks, Rockstar 2 Rockstar Fireside Chat with Cheryl Grace
04/17/2021

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 aiming for next Thursday to bring you Gina McCray from The Network National of AT&T.  Until then, enjoy the incredible Cheryl Grace talking about my new book, No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I'll Just Include Myself.  The Remix drops in May.


Episode 141: Lessons from Big D with Gillea Allison
04/08/2021

I had the pleasure to chopping it up with my friend, the President of D Partners, Gillea Allison (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ACoAAAEystgBqm3lyB_eT1AheulkAes1xYrsysE) this afternoon. She is a media executive, a master marketer and a changemaker.I grew up in Dallas and recall seeing her flagship magazine on the racks in line at the grocery store. Was this really my Dallas?Well, within the last three years, Gillea and her team have transformed D Magazine (https://www.linkedin.com/company/d-magazine/) and all of its brands across platforms to reflect a truer picture of my...


Ep141: Lessons from Big D with Gillea Allison
04/08/2021

I had the pleasure to chopping it up with my friend, the President of D Partners, Gillea Allison (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ACoAAAEystgBqm3lyB_eT1AheulkAes1xYrsysE) this afternoon. She is a media executive, a master marketer and a changemaker.I grew up in Dallas and recall seeing her flagship magazine on the racks in line at the grocery store. Was this really my Dallas?Well, within the last three years, Gillea and her team have transformed D Magazine (https://www.linkedin.com/company/d-magazine/) and all of its brands across platforms to reflect a truer picture of my...


Ep 140: The Coaching Corner (Bonus edition): 2021 Spring Cleaning
04/06/2021

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 Culture Soup Podcast. Sis, we've been through and are going through a lot. It's been hard to see clearly or stay on the path to any goal because I know there has been anxiety and stress simply because of the times we are living in. You've been stretched to the limit.But I have good news, you can still reach your 2021 goals despite it all. How? What if I told you that recalibrating your...


Ep 139 How far we've come, but a long way to go with Matt Stevens
04/01/2021

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 who is the founder of The Matt Minute in Politics.
We talk about what is going on in this incredibly intense season we find ourselves in as Americans-- the state of the pandemic, vaccines, federal and state-level politics, voter suppression, the civil rights crisis and the Minnesota police on trial for the killing of George Floyd and more. We reflect...we also emphasize self care during these trying...


Ep 138: #TBT Get the Bag, Sis! with Jacqueline Twillie
03/25/2021


Ep 137: Where B.E.A.S.T. mode will get you with James Cuthbert
03/18/2021

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 (https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company/) with the power of hip-hop culture to reach different generations.If anyone has put the scaling power of culture to the test, it's James Cuthbert (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ACoAAAFFdN4BHT2McIs1Ri3H_iMPUvxJmoCuDd0), and it has not only found him working for some of the most iconic brands, it is has landed him at the helm of hip hop legend L.L. Cool J's new content...


Ep 136: #TBT: Coronavirus, Globalism and a Brand New World with Dr. Anantha Babbili
03/11/2021

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 what were you thinking?  Let's reminisce.


Ep 135: Accessibility Change Agent with Heather Dowdy
03/04/2021

I'm guilty of it.You probably are too.When #Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=linkedin&highlightedUpdateUrns=urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A6773292951524184064) 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, you may have your pronouns on your profile. You may have even posted something in solidarity with the #BLM (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=blm&highlightedUpdateUrns=urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A6773292951524184064) movement last year... but how are you addressing accessibility in your personal realm?What if...


Ep 134: Partnership matters, with John Tomlinson
02/25/2021

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 (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ACoAAAYIjrABOGnvQ2_7eVqu_qlpzkKQ8l14vVo), Co-Founder of Equalizer Games (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ACoAAC6jJPUBZQrloiX4APkwLHJMnhk0rHOHj5E) knows this all too well. His Co-Founder is his wife, Kathy Tomlinson. Your spouse or significant other can help make or break your leadership dreams.This college football coach-turned techprenuer and I talk about being a founder and how relationships can impact your journey as well as what it takes to start...


Ep 133: What's Black about it? with Christopher Butts, Ed.D.
02/18/2021

I get questions all the time about the The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) (https://www.linkedin.com/company/elcinfo/). 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 to Say I'll Just Include Myself in 2016.Well, this week, I sit down with one of the officers at the ELC to lift the veil a bit on the organization and how you too can get involved.Meet my friend, colleague, client and brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Christopher Butts, EdD (he/him/his...


Ep 132: The Heartpreneur with Leah Frazier
02/12/2021

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 people don't understand why you would give away value, but Leah Frazier (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ACoAABmMVwUBmd84R5LJBMupE7MKP2ZHid2wVEA) understands why.It is a part of her why. At the heart of it is empathy and a very high emotional intelligence quotient (EQ). It's part of the "it" factor of a rockstar leader, and as one of Dallas' top public relations gurus, she wields it for the win...