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Joia Jefferson Nuri

Executive Leadership and Public Speaking Coach

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Joia Jefferson Nuri is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Certified Executive Leadership and Public Speaking Coach. As an Executive Leadership Coach, her specialty is helping Black women in leadership roles quiet the inner critic chatter that limits their professional growth. Before coaching, she was a human rights communication strategist for actor/activists Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover, TransAfrica, The Institute for Policy Studies, and Truly Living Well Center for Urban Agriculture. In this role, she testified before Congress on Haiti Relief and co-wrote Congressional Testimony for Danny Glover. She was honored to be invited to deliver the keynote address in Vienna, Austria, before the 53 nations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In addition, Joia Nuri has co-written, edited, and coached 14 TEDx Talks, including one for myself.

Her public speaking training began with my father, a classical baritone. After that, with Shakespearean actress Naomi Jacobson. Joia has voiced documentaries on Civil Rights icon John Lewis, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, filmmaker Ava Duverney, and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

Joia Nuri’s early career was in network newsrooms, where she was the first Black woman to be Technical Director of the CBS Evening News and Face The Nation. She also worked as a senior producer at PBS, NPR, and C-Span.

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