Nina Sossamon-Pogue Profile

  • Nina is the author of the best-selling book, This is Not the End: Strategies to Get You Through the Worst Chapters of Your Life where she offers strategies to handle life’s hardships so you can control your own destiny.

  • Nina's programs teach audiences new strategies to increase their productivity and job satisfaction; strengthen resilience and succeed at the highest levels; conquer adversity and overcome challenges of all sizes.
  • Nina Sossamon-Pogue is sought after speaker and author on Resilience, Adversity and Achievement. A former member the USA Gymnastics team, Nina became an award-winning journalist and television news anchor, then left TV for Tech and was on the leadership team of a technology company during its hyper-growth expansion and highly a successful IPO. Her ability to adapt in a positive way each time her life took a turn, lead her to research and write about Resilience.

    Having enjoyed success at some of the highest levels of sport, television, and corporate America, and endured some very public failures and devastating life events, she shares a proven framework for ‘Resilience’. She is the author of the best-selling book, This is Not the End: Strategies to Get You Through the Worst Chapters of Your Life where she offers strategies to handle life’s hardships so you can control your own destiny. Nina is also the host of the podcast “This Seriously Sucks, the Right Podcast When Life Goes Seriously Wrong”.

    Nina speaks throughout the United States, inspiring audiences to think of their futures in new ways. As the CEO of NSP Communications, Nina founded ‘Nclusion.Speak’, a keynote collaboration with DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) speakers to help audiences adapt in a positive way to the call for inclusion that is happening in our society.

    Nina is a graduate of Louisiana State University and was on the LSU gymnastics team. She has three ‘adulting’ college graduates and enjoys her empty nest in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband Ben Pogue. (She married the weatherman)

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    THIS is ‘Resilience’

    A proven approach to strengthen resilience and succeed at the highest levels

    Every organization faces challenges and today’s pace of change and uncertainty is staggering. Adversity of all sizes is sidetracking our workforce each day. Think about personal medical issues, difficult customers, or family distractions. Data shows our workforce is struggling with mental health and uncertainty and a lack of resilience can eat away at shareholder value, yet most organizations are not even aware of it. Nina shares a deliberate framework corporations can use to stop losing billions of dollars in lost productivity, low engagement and sinking morale.

    Post Pandemic Powers:

    Resilience Is Not a Destination

    We Were All Asked To Be More Resilient - Now What? Where does the pandemic fit into our stories and how did it change us all?

    We All Became More 'Resilient' - Now it’s time to use that new strength for Future Success! Nina shares how we all adjusted, adapted and became more resilient, then, uses big data, analogies and stories to empower audiences with strategies to use their new superpowers in the future.

    Nina’s POST PANDEMIC POWERS message is inspiring, empowering and personalized for each audience. Now is not the time to throw in the towel on your career you worked so hard on! This post-pandemic keynote message has been a hit in person and virtually.

    You’ve Got ‘THIS’

    Empowering you to handle anything life throws at you

    Nina shares a multi-media presentation that hits home for an audience of one hundred, or one thousand. An engaging storyteller, Nina shares her journey of success in the highest levels of sport, television and corporate America. She also opens up about her painful public failures and devastating life events along the way. Using her own story as a backdrop, she inspires audiences to see that even when things look really bad and you are not sure if you can keep going, there is a way forward; not just to survive but to thrive! Nina shares a proven framework to conquer adversity and teaches you how to overcome challenges, of all sizes. This knowledge allows you gain strength from each obstacle, on your way to success. Nina brings a wealth of experience and passion to the stage and inspires you to examine your future in a new way.


    Strategies to succeed at the highest levels

    Organizations can be liberated from the restrictive forces of adversity, when their people can recover quickly and ultimately grow stronger through challenges and change. Using ‘THIS’ to represent adversity of all sizes, Nina take audiences to the intersection of personal and professional resilience.

    Give your attendees a dynamic multi-media experience that shows them:
    · Their style of facing adversity
    · Their role in their own success and their corporation’s success
    · How to power through day-to-day challenges and stay on track
    · New strategies to increase their productivity and job satisfaction

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    “We have speakers all the time – Nina and her team really did the research to find out what this audience is about and really tailored her presentation to meet the needs of the actual audience. Her message is professional yet personal.

    — Lori Lombardi / President, One Connection Management Group

    “We have heard so much positive feedback about Nina’s speech at our annual breakfast event. I even got “BEST ONE YET!”. She really connected and made an impact on our attendees. There was one moment when I think no one took a breath. She’s so motivational.”

    — Cady Nell Keener | Co- Chair | Ellevate SC

    “Nina is a pro. She knows how to handle a room from the stage and she could jump back stage and help trouble shoot AV issues. She knows her stuff and she’s fun to work with. Nina understands the sublime and what it takes to emotionally communicate an impactful message to every single person in the audience – and that is a rare gift.”

    — Quinn McMurtry | Producer & Creative Director | MAC Productions AV & Live Event Production

    “Her energy is contagious! It is obvious that Nina takes time to prepare. She gives the audience useful advice that they can take back to their companies, and use for their personal success too.”

    — James Kelly | Senior Vice President, Sales | HSA Bank

    “Nina is great to work with because she gets it from the planning side of the speaker business. Because she has lead marketing and events teams, she knows the value of learning the audience, showing up on time prepared, and delivering on her promises.”

    — Hunter Smyth | Director, Event Marketing | Benefitfocus

    “It (her keynote) was a very impressive and very thoughtful, provoking, insightful presentation. It certainly did it for me and I’ve gone through about 40 of these.”

    — Ernest Andrade / Executive Director, Charleston Digital Corridor

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    Books by Nina Sossamon-Pogue:

    This Is Not The End.: Strategies to Get You Through the Worst Chapters of Your Life

    Advice on how to handle a rough chapter in your life, from someone who’s been there before.

    Nina Sossamon-Pogue, former world-class gymnast and award-winning television personality turned successful corporate executive, pulls from decades of high, lows, and public pain to write This Is Not the End. It became the resource Nina needed when she thought her life was over and sometimes wished it were.

    In this book, Nina shares candid stories of her own journey toward healing after a series of traumatic events. She uses the wisdom gained from her experience, combined with proven and practical tips, to show those going through a difficult time how to:

    · Figure out where to put this event in their head
    · Create the script that will protect them in public
    · Assess which people and places are helping or hurting them
    · Learn how to look at a traumatic event as a fraction of their life story
    · Understand that even the most public pain (television trucks on the front lawn) comes and goes
    · Practice the mental gymnastics needed to get them to the next chapter (yes, there is a next chapter!)

    While today may seem miserable, This Is Not the End can help you see that your life is not ruined. You’re merely in a tough plot twist, and better days are ahead…

    But I Want Both: The Working Mom’s Guide to Creating a Life She Loves

    Imagine excelling in your career and feeling like a great parent!

    When your career takes off at the same time you start your family, everyone needs more from you at once. You know you could be great at both work and family life, but you feel like you are failing at both. What’s the secret? You don’t want to give up what you’ve worked so hard for, but you worry you are missing out or messing up your kids. At this point in life, it seems everyone is counting on you, and if you even think about the things you want to do, you feel selfish.

    Think again! It’s possible to keep being a key player at work, stay on the fast track to success, and be involved at home, being the parent you want to be. In But I Want Both, bestselling author Nina Sossamon-Pogue draws from her experience as a parent and a professional to show you how you can have a successful, high-stakes career and wonderful life with your family. Learn how to:

    · Stop worrying that you are failing as a parent
    · Feel confident in your skills and value at work
    · Be ready for anything life throws at you a
    · Stop looking at the clock like it’s your enemy
    · Feel great about the choices you make

    If you’re spending time at work feeling like you should be at home and using up your time at home feeling like you should be working, then But I want Both can help. Don’t let your life zoom by feeling like you are missing out in both places!

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