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Opening Closed Doors

Everybody has a story. Your story matters

Opening Closed Doors is a podcast about life journeys. Inspiring conversations with people who have chosen to open a closed door and shut another behind them. Stories of rejection to appreciation, loss to discovery, pain to purpose.

Everyone has a story and everybody's story matters.

Everyone has a story that will resonate, inspire and educate.

Certified holistic life coach, Sophia Nicholls, is the host of the show. She  is an international speaker with over 20 years in leadership and advocacy. As the host, Sophia Nicholls will guide you through these inspiring stories.

If you would like to work with Sophia towards achieving your purpose and life goals, book a free 20 min 121 discovery call. Follow this link 

May 11, 2022

Dr Tracy Powell, shares her inspirational journey. Closing the doors to insecurity, fear and doubt, she opens doors to limitless success and opportunities.

Closing the doors to fear of compromise, opening doors to ‘The sky and beyond the clouds’ as her limits. Talks about the ‘hostage situation’ where our potential is locked behind the closed door!

She shares that ‘what is mine will come to me. I just have to be in the right place to receive it’

We don’t expand because we are blocking what we are due, holding our potential hostage in our doubt and insecurities.

Working with executive women of colour, Tracy shares the tools for taking the journey from surviving in the executive world to thriving with purpose, overcoming discrimination and imposter syndrome through her mapping process. She describes the place of ‘no fear, true freedom openness and acceptance and the importance of curating the ‘arts and crafts of life’.


Behind the new door there is light, and there also may be challenges.

Beyond the sky are unbelievable opportunities and possibilities, you only need to open the door.


Dr. Tracy R. Powell, PhD

CEO, Author, Speaker & Executive Coach

Dr Tracy R. Powell is a native of South Carolina, receiving her education from the University of South Carolina where she earned her Doctorate of Philosophy, Masters in Social Work and Bachelors in Sociology.  

Additionally, Dr. Powell is a Certified Executive & Professional Coach, Award-winning author and International Speaker.  Throughout her career, Dr. Powell has held various leadership and executive positions. In these roles, Dr. Powell faced and quickly recovered from racial discrimination, managing fear, balancing work and family and speaking with one voice. It was early in her career that Dr. Powell realized her challenges were dramatically different from her counterparts, although they were serving in the same positions and environments. It was at this point, that Dr. Powell established the Executive Coaching Institute for Minority Women, LLC. The intent of the Institute is not to exclude anyone, yet it is a vehicle to narrow Dr. Powell’s coaching focus.

Dr. Powell authored of two books Practical Leadership Lessons Learned from Mickey and her award-winning book, Journey to Authorship: A Pocket Guide for Writers, published a Leadership Journal, written peer-reviewed publications, several eBooks and has been interviewed by various television, radio and podcast hosts.

Executive Coaching Institute for Minority Women, LLC (ECIFMW)


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Sophia is a transformational holistic life coach, mentor,  Clubhouse Club Founder, Global Virtual Summit convenor, Host, Moderator, International Speaker, Educator, Disability Advocate and honoured with outstanding leadership award. Through coaching Sophia inspires and empowers her clients, to move from surviving to thriving. She provides space for discovery towards the life they dream of changing perspective and providing clarity to move from self-sabotage to self – love & purpose opening doors into the life they truly desire.

If you would like Sophia to help you get ‘unstuck’ or move from ‘surviving to thriving’ , book a free 30 min call: