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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 

Aug 10, 2022

Wanda L Scott is a successful emotional intelligence coach. She is also an author and trainer.  She shares her life journey with us. Being raised by a wonderful and influential mother, Wanda was inspired to find joy in teaching and training others.  Despite difficulties at home as a child, Wanda shows resilience and the ability to use self-awareness and faith to navigate the challenges of home and work life. She says..

'We tend to be in survival mode, just doing the best that we can, with what we have or doing the best we can for our family, our children, or to do our job. And, you know, for years I excelled in school and my initial career and that took up time away from realising that I needed to heal.

 In an effort to cope with my job situation, when I started running into the inequities that appeared in the particular field that I worked in, I found that growing my emotional intelligence caused me to have to look to my personal past and start to, (because I'm a woman of faith) seek God, seek the Lord about how that worked for me and what my path was, and it just kind of pushed me to be stronger in my faith, and stronger in the Word of God to kind of have compassion with myself where I was not’

Wanda developed her coaching career based on compassion and emotional intelligence where she develops others in the Empowerment school. Her love for people and developing others is rooted in her Christian faith evident in her mission and vision.

'We don't realise  that there are different things that happen in our lives, that can be termed traumatic and when you don't deal with these traumatic experiences, they  build up. Then you have these layers of traumatic experiences. When you then come down to get some help, I think I need to heal, you don't know, which layer to start with, or where it came from. I go to God to pick and pinpoint where to start…'

Key take away

 ‘You have to be compassionate with yourself and find those resources that help lead you in a direction to say, ‘I just need to talk to somebody’ or it can even be a group of people who shared traumatic experiences as you did, and sometimes just talking is a great start to pointing you in the right direction to healing.

Book References:

Resilience: Finding your power within

"I" Can Relate: How Not to Lose Yourself in Relationships

ABOUT Wanda L Scott

Wanda L. Scott brings deep expertise from her career navigating diverse environments that demanded immediate and critical resolution visible from the C-Suite to the everyday worker. Her ability to communicate technical issues led her from the executive suite to the college classroom. Wanda’s experiences as an imbedded full-time contractor within the federal government gives her key insights into the unique challenges that government managers and leaders face and informs her coaching, facilitation and leadership development work today. Wanda brings 25 years of expertise in managing customer expectations, managing people, and building knowledgeable workers in high demand environments. She has a proven track record of helping her clients become more self-aware, build on their strengths and become better communicators influencing change. Wanda also brings seven years of adjunct & full time experience as a College Professor at a state institution to her education repertoire. Areas of interest and expertise include interpersonal communication, ethical & inclusive leadership, emotional intelligence, diversity, and relationship building, and she is frequently sought after to speaker on these topics.

eLearning; Instructional Design; Technology Integration; Instructor-Led Training; Facilitation (Culture/DEIB), Emotional Intelligence (EQi 2.0/360); Leadership Development; Mentor/Relationship Building; Effective Communications; Women in IT



Empowerment school:




Sophia is a transformational Life Coach. Through coaching Sophia inspires and empowers her clients, to move from limiting beliefs to a life of purpose and passion.

She provides spaces for self-discovery, changing perspective and clarity to move from self-sabotage to self-love & purpose, opening doors into the life you truly desire.

If you would like Sophia to help move you from the challenges and self - limiting beliefs through the opportunity open doors of self-discovery and purpose book a free 30 min call: