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Sophia Nelson        

USA Today & Daily Beast Contributor, MSNBC Commentator, Columnist & Author

Sophia A. Nelson, Esq. is an award-winning corporate trainer, global women’s conference speaker, and award-winning author of three nonfiction books: Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama (2011), The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life (2014), and E Pluribus One: Reclaiming Our Founders’ Vision for a United America (2017). In addition, Sophia won the 2011 Best-Non Fiction AA Literary Book Award prize for her debut book “Black Woman Redefined”. And just a year later, she won the prestigious Bernardine Stoneham Smith Bailey Journalism award for her groundbreaking feature Essence magazine article in 2013 on the lives of mega-church Pastor’s wives.

Sophia is presently a CNN legal analyst and political commentator. She was formerly with MSNBC and NBC News as a contributor. Sophia has appeared on every major network, media platform, and cable news platform in the world. From Canada’s “The Leon Show” to Australia’s “ABC News Australia.” Sophia’s work and advice are routinely endorsed and shared by top writers, journalists, celebrities and business leaders. In 2018, Sophia was named by UK’s The Guardian Magazine, as one of the most influential women leaders in the world. Sophia counts her service as JET Magazine’s first White House Correspondent covering the historic Obama administration from 2010-2012, as her most cherished professional achievement.

In addition to her accomplishments, Nelson is a highly sought-after motivational speaker with two of the nation’s largest speaker bureaus. She also serves as a corporate coach to the senior leadership of Fortune 100 companies, nonprofits, and major universities. Sophia is invited annually to address women leaders and speak at women’s conferences at companies like: Microsoft, Walgreens, Comcast, JCPenney, Land O’ Lakes, General Mills, NBC Universal, Kimberly Clark, and many more. A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Sophia is a corporate diversity champion award winner (2012), and a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author in letters (2011). Nelson’s second book, “The Woman Code” is a global bestseller, and was named in 2016 as one of the top 40 inspirational books for women of all time by Woman’s Day magazine.

Sophia is a true crossover writer in both her career as a journalist and as an author. She is an opinion writer for USATODAY. The Washington Post. And The Daily Beast. She regularly nurtures and grows her strong female base of supporters across racial, religious, and socio-economic lines with events, live streaming, social media posts and on her popular new Apple podcast “ePluribus One”.

Beyond her work as an author and journalist, Sophia is taking her award winning work to Hollywood. In partnership with Releve Productions and CAA, her books and articles are being developed into cutting-edge content for scripted television, historical documentaries, and the big screen. An attorney by profession, Sophia often refers to herself as a “recovering lawyer”. She was admitted to the Bars of New Jersey and Washington, D.C., in 1995 and to the United States Supreme Court in 2005. She worked as a senior counsel at the prestigious national law firm of Holland & Knight LLP from 2004-2008, and before that as a senior lobbyist and public affairs advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And before that as a Congressional Committee Counsel to the powerful House Government Reform and Oversight Committee during the Impeachment Inquiry of President William Jefferson Clinton.

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