About Sophia A. Nelson

Sophia A. Nelson is an award-winning American author and journalist. She is a frequent on-air Commentator for CNN and is an OPINION columnist for USA TODAY, a contributing editor at theGrio.com and writes freelance for The Washington Post About Us Section. Nelson is an award-winning corporate trainer, global women’s conference speaker. 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. It is being re-released in

March 2021 to help women use the CODE to cope with COVID. 


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.

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