Sonya Smith-Valentine

Sonya survived a devastating car accident during law school to become a nationally recognized financial expert, business leader and attorney. That accident and the year that followed (taking the bar exam while in physical therapy) taught her the importance of hard work, perseverance and determination. Years later, Sonya learned that she had a brain tumor. Sonya was thankful to have the brain tumor removed in time to save her life. The experience, albeit traumatic, helped Sonya view life through a more grateful lens.

Sonya’s professional background is extremely impressive. Sonya first became a CPA, then practiced law to become one of the top women in financial litigation, and finally, launched Financially Fierce almost a decade ago.

In the past 25 years, Sonya has done it all. She has worked in every aspect of a company’s accounting and revenue cycle and won cases involving corporate giants like Capital One and Bank of America. Sonya’s background also includes experience at industry standard bearers like American Express and Deloitte & Touche, as well as running her own highly successful financial litigation law firm.

Sonya now helps companies improve the financial acumen of their leaders for increased productivity and sustained success. She provides strategies on (1) enhancing financial skills for improved workplace performance, (2) turning ordinary leaders into financially savvy decision makers and (3) assessing the financial impact of change to minimize cost and risks.

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