Insights into Uncomfortable Race Conversations at Work with Danielle Meadows-Stinnett

Apr 28, 2023 | Hot Mess Hotline Podcast

Have you ever wanted insights into uncomfortable race conversations at work but didn’t know who to ask? Our guest, Danielle Meadows-Stinnett, is generous enough to share a hot mess she found herself in as the CEO of her marketing company. She describes what it felt like when a client said to her teammate, “Do you even speak English?”

For those of us in more privileged positions in our American culture, we need to learn what it’s like sitting in the chair across from us as a person of color, a non-native English speaker, someone without a college degree whose colleagues all have college degrees, etc. etc. Unfortunately we’ve created too many ways to outrank each other. This conversation is a great reminder that we all show up to work looking to make a difference as a fellow human. Not a fellow human with all the labels we put on each other and ourselves.

Danielle educates us on what it takes to partner with a supplier who brings diversity to your tables and how you can be an effective partner with them. Listen in, my friend.

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About Danielle Meadows-Stinnett

Danielle is owner of Octane Design Studios, a 12 year old branding and identity firm based in the heart of the Bluegrass. Danielle is a podcaster, wife, mama of 3, and lover of rustic cuisine, chai, cosplay, Star Trek’s Picard and live MMA.

With over 13 years of marketing and multimedia agency experience, Danielle is a Grassroots Developer & Curator, helping brand and launch over 100 local businesses across America; ⅔ in Kentucky.

Danielle is an advocate of non-traditional education leading online meetups and workshops for DIY marketing. Her latest education platform Q1 essentials is an online membership of 10+ mini courses to level up your digital marketing each year within the first business quarter of the year.

In 2021 Danielle launched Kentucky Creatives, an all new Kentucky-based membership community comprised of bloggers, photographers, copywriters, podcasters and more to help connect small businesses with influencers for their brand.

As much as Danielle is passionate about providing creative services she strives to be more than just the graphics she creates. Over the years her hashtag #MoreThanGraphics has become more than just a marketing slogan; it has become a life principle for herself that she executes through storytelling and life chronicle as producer and co-host of the #MoreThanGraphics podcast.


OCTANE is a 13-year-old, Black and Woman-Owned digital marketing and branding firm based in the heart of Kentucky. We’ve helped brand and launch over 100 local businesses across America; ⅔ in Kentucky. Over 60% of their clients are women or BIPOC owned businesses.