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Sophia Nelson

CNN Commentator, Politico, Columnist & Best-Selling Author
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Sophia A. Nelson, Esquire is an award-winning author, award winning journalist, and renowned international inspirational speaker. She is also an award-winning corporate Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Trainer.

Nelson has worked almost exclusively with women corporate ERG groups for the past fifteen years. She is a highly sought after conference keynote speaker on issues of work-life balance, wellness and mental self-care in the workplace, emotional intelligence skill building, collaboration vs. competition, and equity for women of color in the c-suite. Nelson is a national columnist for several major outlets including, The Washington Post, Politico Magazine, USA TODAY and CNN OPINION. You can see Nelson regularly on CNN, as a legal and political analyst. As well as other national outlets like Morning Joe, The Today Show, and PBS NewsHour. Nelson has served as an adjunct professor of Philosophy and Religion in Virginia and as a scholar, lecturer, and panelist, at elite Ivy League schools such as Harvard & JFK School of Government, and HBCU's such as Grambling University, Hampton University, Philander Smith College, and Southern University. She has helped medical students at LSUHS Medical School and conducted campus leadership building at Butler University and DePauw University to name a few. Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize nominated author in letters and she is a Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a retired Attorney admitted to the prestigious bar of the United States Supreme Court among other US District Courts. She is a former, historic first, black female Investigative Counsel to the US House of Representatives Majority staff for the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight in 1997, a former senior lobbyist for the US Chamber of Commerce and a former senior counsel with the international law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP. Nelson received her juris doctorate degree from American University Washington College of Law in 1994 and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University in 1990. Nelson is the author of four nonfiction books: Black Woman Redefined, The Woman Code, ePluribus One and her newest release, Be the One You Need: 21 Life Lessons I Learned While Taking Care of Everyone But Me (June 2022).

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