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Sophia Nelson          

Award-winning Author & Journalist; On-Air Commentator for CNN

Sophia A. Nelson, Esq. is an award-winning American author, journalist, corporate trainer, and global women’s conference speaker. She is a frequent on-air Commentator for CNN and is an OPINION columnist for USA TODAY, a contributing editor at and writes freelance for The Washington Post About Us Section. She is the 2011 Best-Non Fiction AA Literary Book Award prize-winner for her debut book "Black Woman Redefined." 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.

Nelson is the 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). 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 presently a frequent 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 the BBC, SkyNews, 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. She also serves as a corporate coach to the senior leadership of Fortune 100 companies, nonprofits, and major universities. Sophia is a corporate diversity champion award winner (2012), and a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author in letters (2011). 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 "One America Podcast" on Apple Podcasts.

Speech Topics

  • Building your workplace EIQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient)
  • The three Questions Every Person Should Ask and
  • Answer for a healthier work and life balance
  • Managing your emotions 101: Navigating conflict and stress in the culturally diverse workplace
  • Taking care of the care-taker in your life (you):
  • Planning for family and self-care costs financial and emotional
  • Creating healthier workplaces and spaces by putting personal self-care and wellness into practice first
  • Managing viewpoint diversity on the college campus, in the classroom, and in the workplace to create courageous conversations and team building
  • Managing DEI policy objectives, workplace wellness and viewpoint diversity in the 21st century
  • Recognizing the “intersectionality” of wellness, stress and microaggressions and how they impact the workplace
  • Engaging remote workers for better health and wellness connectivity with colleagues in the office
  • Reframe your thoughts, to positively reframe your life

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