RONDA L. LEE is an attorney, arbitrator, storyteller and writer from Chicago with exceptionally broad experience in law, business, education and government. Always seeking to learn from the best, she worked with litigation giants Johnnie Cochran and Willie Gary on a misappropriation of trade secret trial against a major entertainment conglomerate. The trial ended in $240 million verdict in their client’s favor. Her business and management audit experience give her a vital edge in cutting to the core of policy and legal tangles. Her legal experience is complemented by honed analytical skills which have been demonstrated in her success in business management, arbitration and legal solutions. In short, she has proven that she gets things done by understanding the big picture, analysis of key factors, and coming up with practical solutions.
Ronda’s passion is education access. She believes a quality education is a birthright not a privilege, regardless of social or economic status. She has taught rhetoric at the University of Illinois, reaching out to at risk freshmen. Her teaching style was adopted as a model for graduate teaching assistants. Her commitment to education is demonstrated in her pro bono, mentoring and community involvement. She also mentored teens in college and career preparation.
Ronda is an experienced writer who communicates in a sprightly and clear fashion so that people from diverse backgrounds and education can clearly comprehend her meaning. Her writing motto is summed in Maya Angelou’s saying, “When a writer or an artist tries to tell the truth and tries to tell it eloquently, it appeals to all people, regardless of race.” In 2010, she started Ronda-isms: Good Bad & Ugly to further refine her writing skills. In 2011, she moved to NYC to pursue writing full-time. Currently, Ronda-isms.com has over 1,600 daily views. Readership is 37% Men, 63% Women between the ages of 18-54 with the majority 25-34 from NY, Chicago, and LA. Global readership is from the UK, Germany, Italy, and Japan. Tweets earn over 5k impressions monthly.
In 2014, she became a contributing writer of The Huffington Post. Although originally assigned to HuffPost Women, she writes across all channels with several articles featured on HuffPost front page, Business, Politics, Education, Arts & Culture, Style, and Black Voices. André Leon Talley, former editor-at-large for Vogue, said that her article on him was “one of the finest pitched profiles ever in life…brilliant…marvelous talent of wordsmithing.” Mr. Talley was so impressed with her writing skills that he invited her to attend the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. She wrote reviews about the Grace Jones and André Leon Talley documentaries.
In 2020, Ronda joined Business Insider as an associate editor for insurance under Personal Finance. She covers life insurance, homeowners, renters, auto, and health issues for consumers. From closing the racial wealth gap, to building the best financial team, to dismantling life insurance myths, she continues to educate and inform. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
New York brought out her inner entrepreneur. In 2014, Ronda launched Auntie Ronda’s Snack Mix LLC. The snacks were a holiday tradition as a Christmas treat for family and friends. NYC locals kept saying, “You should sell this.” Auntie Ronda’s Snack Mix launched featuring Original, Tropical, Spicy, and Chocolate.
Ronda’s motto in life is that failure is an option and it is okay, just keep on trying. Failure is the breeding ground for success if you are willing to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them. You have to be willing to be the man in the arena “who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”