Ama Yawson earned a BA from Harvard University, an MBA from the Wharton School and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her unique understanding of social issues, business, and the law has enabled her to become a relevant voice on issues as varied as diversity, sexual violence, and personal empowerment. She is a frequent contributor to publications such as The Huffington Post and The Atlantic. In 2013, a painful experience with bullying inspired her to write her best-selling fable about difference, Sunne's Gift. Ms. Yawson became so personally invested in spreading the book's message of healing and harmony, that she quit her six-figure job as a securities lawyer to become a full-time, author, storyteller, speaker, and edutainer. Her life-changing workshops and training sessions incorporate storytelling, drama, dance, history, cutting-edge psychological research and legal analysis in order to truly propel participants towards healthier and more successful lives.
Ms. Yawson recently ran a political campaign to become the first woman Comptroller of Nassau County. Although she fell short of winning the 2017 Nassau County Democratic Primary, her strong showing of 43% of the vote despite having 2% of the budget of her opponent caused her to become a political force.
Videos of Appearances
TEDx Talk – “The Most Important Lesson to Teach Children”
Diversity and College Leadership Development - “Your Most Empowering Narrative”
“When It Comes to Fighting Stereotypes I Want My Kids to Dare to Be
Washington Post, The Root – “I Am George Zimmerman”