“You delivered a high-impact nuts-and-bolts program that got people energized and excited. Your energy, enthusiasm, and customization of the material showed through 100%. You made all the examples relevant to the audience. You get my highest recommendation as a speaker who delivers value! I look forward to working with you again in the future.”

Wendy Inge, ALPS Corporation

Phenomenal Keynote Speaker

Sonya Smith-Valentine is not your average financial expert. She’s in a class all by herself.

In the past 25 years, Sonya has done it all. She first became a CPA and then practiced law to become one of the top African-American women attorneys in financial litigation. She worked as an accountant for strong financial companies like American Express and Price Waterhouse Coopers. She’s also helped clients win over a half a million dollars in damages for issues with credit reports, debt collection, identity theft, and mortgages. Sonya has garnered awards such as the Black Enterprise Financial All-Star and the Powerhouse Woman of the Year. She has been quoted in major media outlets like NBC, USA Today, the Washington Post, CBS, Yahoo Finance and Fox Business. Lastly, Sonya has built Financially Fierce from the ground up, turning it into a financial education powerhouse by presenting for organizations like the FBI, American Express, Villanova University and the Society for Financial Education & Professional Development.

Adding to her depth of professional experience is her first hand knowledge about financial troubles. Sonya finished college and law school with over $75,000 in student loans and $15,000 in credit card debt. Sonya understands not only the financial discipline it takes to climb out of debt but also the mental and emotional road one must travel as well.

Sonya’s personal and professional experience make her a great keynote speaker and presenter. She challenges audiences to think and act differently. Sonya pushes attendees on purpose. She has spoken in front of thousands – demanding they take control of their finances. It’s why she’s “Financially Fierce”.

Some of Sonya’s most requested speaking engagements:


  • An Insider’s Perspective: The Real Deal on Credit Reports
  • Sticking Your Head In The Sand About Your Debt . . . How’s That Working Out For You?
  • Flying Blind:  Living Life Without A Budget
  • Fight Back: Stop Letting Companies Walk All Over Your Financial Rights
  • Insanity: Expecting Better Managers Without Better Financial Training
  • Caring About Employee Financial Wellness Is Not An Option For Corporate America – It’s A Necessity
  • Don’t Think You Need To Focus On Your Security-Cleared Employees’ Finances? Think Again!

“Passionate and knowledgeable are two words that come to mind when I think about Sonya Smith-Valentine. Sonya was one of our featured presenters and she delivered a presentation that made the conference attendees think, take notes and then take action. She has the ability to intertwine humor and real-life experiences. As a conference host, it was a pleasure working with Sonya and I would happily recommend her to any organization”

The Planner’s Suite Conference

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