Biography

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’s 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, CNN OPINION, USA TODAY, and she serves as a contributing editor to the Grio. You can see Nelson regularly on CNN, MSNBC and PBS as a legal and political analyst. As well as other national outlets like Morning Joe, The Today Show and Dr. Oz. Nelson has served as an adjunct professor in Virginia and as a scholar, lecturer, and panelist, at elite Ivy League schools such as Harvard’s JFK School of Government, Grambling University, Hampton University, Philander Smith College and Southern University, LSUHS Medical School, Butler University and DePauw University to name a few. Nelson is a Pulitzer prize nominated author in letters. Nelson is a Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and she is a retired Attorney admitted to the prestigious bar of the United States Supreme Court. 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 senior lobbyist for the US Chamber of Commerce and as a 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 in June 2022,”Be the One You Need: 21 Life Lessons I Learned While Taking Care of Everyone but Me”.

Sophia A. Nelson, Esquire an award-winning corporate Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Trainer and international women’s empowerment speaker.  Nelson is also an award-winning author, award winning journalist, and renowned inspirational speaker. Nelson has worked almost exclusively with women’s 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.