Paula Penn-Nabrit

Founder | Author | Coach

Helping women identify their telos and unlock their full potential

We are calling all women seeking inspiration and empowerment! Join us as we explore spiritual devotion, maternal love, professional success, and intellectual pursuits. Get ready to be uplifted!

My Story

I am a blessed person.
Spiritually, I’ve been blessed as a practicing Christian, a 4th generation member of The Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith, the same apostolic/pentecostal church my great-grandparents joined 100+ years ago.

Physically, I’m blessed as an 8th generation, native-born American of the African diaspora. I’m blessed to be a widow who was happily married for 36 years, 8 months and 22 days to an incredible man, Charles “CMadison” Nabrit. And CMadison and I were incredibly blessed by the opportunity to parent and then homeschool three fabulous sons, twins Charles and Damon who arrived in 1980, and Evan who arrived in 1982. Academically, I’ve been blessed by my parents’ willingness to help pay for my education first at Columbus School for Girls and then Wellesley College.

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And I was further blessed by their willingness to help CMadison fund my quest for that terminal degree at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.

Professionally, I continue to be blessed by decades of successful operation with my consulting firm, PN&A, Inc. I started PN&A, Inc. in 1986. Next in 1990 I convinced CMadison we could stay married and work together, then in 2007 we welcomed first Damon our tech guru and later Charles as researcher and presenter into the business and finally in 2009 Evan, our youngest and a freakishly brilliant artist, agreed to manage our freelance graphics and client videos.

I’m blessed to see PN&A, Inc., a black, women-owned, family-run, information-based business moving into the 2nd generation. Intellectually, I’ve been blessed to write several books, including Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League @2003, Random House and most recently The Power of a Virtuous Woman @2012.

Personally, I’m blessed by my extended family. In 1980 with the birth of their first grandchildren my parents began a tradition of gathering their children, their children’s spouses and their grandchildren for dinner each Sunday after church. Attendance at Grandmother and GrandDad’s Sunday dinners has grown to include nine grandchildren. We miss CMadison and Daddy, but we continue to be blessed by their memory and their legacy.

My Values & Beliefs

Perseverance and Achievement

I am committed to personal and professional growth. I believe in the power of continuous learning, self-improvement, and embracing new challenges to achieve my goals.

Spiritual Devotion

My unwavering belief in my Christian faith is at the core of who I am. It guides my actions, shapes my perspectives, and provides me with strength and purpose in every aspect of my life.

Family and Love

The love and support of my family are invaluable to me. I treasure the deep connections I have with my late husband, children, and extended family. Upholding family traditions, fostering strong relationships, and creating lasting memories are values that I hold dear.

My Approach

I am passionate about supporting women’s reclamation efforts of the “3-D” self, a self frequently ignored and patronized, often by the very people bemoaning patriarchy. The irony of much of the feminist movement and its fight against misogyny and patriarchy is that often the traditional, powerful work and insight of grown women, especially grown women of color is disregarded, discarded, and viewed with disdain by the very beneficiaries of all that power, all that work and all that insight.

Featured Publications


  • Factors that Promote Reciprocity within Community-Academic Partnership Initiation, International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, December 2022
  • An Ethical, Efficient, Effective, Functional, Pragmatic, Reproducible and Sustainable Partnership to Address SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). 7th World Congress of the International Society of Business Economics and Ethics (ISBEE), July 2022
  • An Examination of the Multidimensional Costs of Marginalization. European Business Ethics Network Annual Conference, June 2022.
  • Pharaoh’s Magicians: The Business of the Academy and Distracting Ethicists. EBEN Research Conference, October 2015.
  • A Comparative Analysis of Value Conflicts in Diverse Professions. 3rd Int’l Conference on Social Values, University of Oxford-St. Mary’s College, July 1995.


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