This week on “The Urban Business Roundtable,” UBR ContributorÂ Samantha PassÂ speaks with music executive, entrepreneur, brand expert, and author Steve Stoute, CEO and founder ofÂ Translation, a full service, transcultural advertising agency. Stoute is also the author of The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created A Culture That Rewrote The Rules of The New Economy (Gotham).
Stoute, a New York City native, has long enjoyed success as music industry executive and tastemaker, beginning his career with Sony Music Entertainment, where he served as president of urban music. His work ethic drove him up the ranks to become executive vice president of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, where he guided the careers of such top hip-hop artists as Nas and Eminem.
Today, Stoute leads Translation, serving a client roster that includes such major brands as McDonald’s, State Farm, Target, EstÃ©e Lauder and even Lady Gaga. He also serves a chairman and lead investor of Carol’s Daughter, the popular natural beauty line founded byÂ Lisa Price. Stoute has been recognized with numerous awards, including AdColor’s Innovator of the Year and induction into theÂ Advertising Hall of AchievementÂ by theÂ American Advertising Foundation. He joins the “Roundtable” to share the motivators that pushed him to a career of achievement and innovation.
Also, Dywaine Betts Jr., speaks with international educator, speaker and entrepreneurÂ Liz Ngonzi, the founder ofÂ Amazing Taste, LLC, a consulting firm that connects non-profit organizations with corporations and foundations. Among the clients served by Amazing Taste are The Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey and Susan G. Komen for The Cure. Ngonzi joins the Roundtable to share tips on how to make your nonprofit venture a profitable operation in order to successfully serve its mission.
And finally, every week on UBR, you’ll hear Pepper Miller’s Y.O.U.-TURN segment, get motivation and inspiration from author and educatorÂ Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D., a wrap-up of tech news from the Chief Digital Aggregator for Johnson Publishing Co., Jun Mhoon, and our Patient Investor Report from Ariel Investments.
Pepper Miller is the founder and president of The Hunter Miller Group and the host of “The Urban Business Roundtable,” a weekly radio show, sponsored by Ariel Investments, airing CST Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. on WVON-AM 1690, the Talk of Chicago. You can also listen live online at WVON.com. Check back each week for UBR Spotlight, which features additional resources, advice, and information from and about the topics, entrepreneurs, and experts featured on the show. If you have a question you want answered or a topic you want addressed on “The Urban Business Roundtable,” connect with us on Twitter @UBR1690.