biography

Erica Williams Simon is an award-winning host, social critic, entrepreneur and author focused on exploring the truth of who we are and how we want to live. The self-described “professional question asker” and former Head of The Creator’s Lab at Snapchat is the founder and CEO of Sage House, a company that creates spaces, both in-person and online, for a new generation to ask critical questions, share stories and develop wisdom. She is also host of the popular podcast “The Call with Erica” and author of You Deserve the Truth: Change the Stories that Shaped Your World & Live a World-Changing Life. (Simon & Schuster May 2019) 

Erica has had an extensive and varied career in media, politics, faith and tech. She is also host and co-creator of “The Assembly", a new kind of talk show experience executive produced by Rosario Dawson. Erica is passionate about sharing messages that help a diverse, non-conformist generation of dreamers make radical changes in their lives and the world around them. 

Previously, as Creative Director of Upworthy.com, the fastest growing digital media company of all time, Erica helped build a branded content studio focused on telling meaningful stories for some of the world’s largest brands. There and in her work as a columnist for TIME.com, she reached an audience of nearly 30 million people a month. 

Prior to her work in media, Erica spent nearly a decade in Washington’s national political circles building Millennial engagement and demographically focused policy programs working for President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff at the nation's leading progressive think tank, Center for American Progress, and Citizen Engagement Lab. With an emphasis on youth culture, diversity and human and civil rights, Erica advised everyone from the White House and Rock the Vote to Fortune 500 companies and was named one of Politicos Top 50 Politicos to Watch, NAACP's 40 Under 40, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and an Aspen Institute Ideas Fellow for her work. 

The O Magazine Women Rule Leadership Award winner has been a TV regular, appearing on outlets as varied as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher to BET’s 106th & Park to Dr. Oz.  Her work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Huffington Post and ESSENCE magazine. 

A grown-up preacher's daughter and armchair theologian, the DC area native now lives in sunny Los Angeles with her high school sweetheart husband. When she is not on the road connecting with audiences or serving on the board of NPR Generation Listen and ColorofChange.org, she can be found using her free time to read the hundreds of books that have overtaken her living room, serve in her local church or sing absurd amounts of 90s R&B.

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