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The way to executive leadership in the corporate workplace can be a struggle for women of color, according to recent studies, and this current environment of health crisis and economic and cultural unrest have made it even more so. No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I'll Include Myself provides a roadmap of affirmations, coaching, and actionable steps women of color can take to not only lead, but lead like a rockstar during this unprecedented time and beyond. Based on the career journey of former corporate leader, serial entrepreneur, and certified executive and business coach L. Michelle Smith, she shares a simple roadmap to not only executive leadership, but rockstar leadership. 

Isn’t it time that we not only hold companies accountable, but actually do something to grab the reigns on our leadership aspirations? 

The leadership pipeline has a gaping hole in the middle of it, and it is spewing out Black women who aren’t otherwise simply stuck. 

I’m glad to finally offer a resource for you that will not only share our collective concerns, but offer some solutions that will support goals to ascend to executive leadership without losing yourself or your sanity in the process. 

Based on my personal journey and some stories of some of my amazing mentors and sponsors, I’ll provide you with seven statements - positive self talk grounded in real solutions - to keep you focused, hyped, and affirmed on your journey, and you’ll work though coaching exercises and journal along the way so that your individual plan will be immediate and actionable. 

We’ll explore: 

  • How to “flip privilege” to your advantage in the workplace
  • How to engage the “outside-in” approach to leadership ascension in your company 
  • How to uncover your secret sauce and bet on “brand you” without trying to duplicate someone else’s journey 
  • How to navigate the inevitable backlash and politics when your star begins to rise 
  • How to actually assemble a tribe and activate it as an act of self advocacy 
  • How to jumpstart multiple streams of income and still remain compliant 
  • How to build your confidence so that you always say and do what needs to be said and done as a true change agent
  • How to confront and shift your mindset about microaggressions/biases successfully, not just worry about them
  • How to tap into the secret weapon that all high achieving women of color possess to separate you from the pack 
  • How to manage Karen and take some best practices from Kyle (there’s something positive there, believe it or not!) 

Look for special author events to be announced soon!

©2020 No Silos Communications, LLC (P)2020 No Silos Communications, LLC

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Amazing read... amazing author

I appreciate the candor and enthusiasm that L. Michelle Smith has about elevating women of color to places of leadership. As a white woman, I learned so much and have a list of things that I want to apply to my life and career. It was insightful, encouraging, and motivating. I am trying to learn and be a better ally, but I also benefitted personally. Worth your time no matter who you are!!!