S5E15 : The Pride of News : Brooke Sopelsa, NBC Out Editorial Director, NBC News

55m | Jun 11, 2024

Happy LGBTQ+ Pride Month!

The Lead With Your Brand Podcast is celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June. We're not just celebrating the LGBTQ+ community; we're amplifying it with an incredible lineup of guests who are leading with their brands and truly embodying the spirit of their uniqueness and excellence. Along with new episodes will check out our  "LGBTQ+ Pride on Brand" collection of top episodes with some of the best leaders from the past four seasons, all identifying as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Visit

 With all of the summer activities in full swing, now is the perfect time to focus on the final step of the Lead With Your Brand system, Promote Yourself.  That’s right, it is all about being your own Chief Marketing Officer and leveraging the power of your network.  Tune in to hear Jayzen’s top tips on how to build genuine connections so that you can harness the power of your network and build a team of people who are amplifying your great work and advocating for your career advancement. 

This week, Jayzen is excited to welcome Brooke Soplesa to the show.  She is the editorial director of NBC Out, the LGBTQ digital destination of NBC News.  In addition to the dedicated site, the work of Brooke and her team is woven into the entire NBC News organization with content about and of interest to the LGBTQ community. 

So, as we celebrate Pride Month, let's create, support, and thrive in workplaces that truly value each and every one of us. Here's to a month—and a lifetime—of pride, progress, and power!


Guest Bio

Brooke Sopelsa

NBC Out Editorial Director

NBC News

Brooke Sopelsa is the editorial director of NBC Out, the LGBTQ digital destination launched by NBC News in June 2016. Under Brooke’s leadership, seeks to both enlighten and entertain by showcasing enterprise reporting, original videos and other unique content about and of interest to the LGBTQ community.

In addition to assigning and editing LGBTQ breaking news stories, feature articles and video reports, Brooke has also spearheaded a number of franchises and special projects, including the annual #Pride30 list and the digital docu-series “Stonewall 50: The Revolution.” Since 2016, Brooke and NBC Out have been recognized with numerous awards, including a GLAAD Media Award, NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Award, Digital Diversity Network Impact Award and Out & Equal Champion Award.

Prior to her return to the NBC family, Brooke was a producer at the Huffington Post, where she developed and produced live news and lifestyle segments. During her time at HuffPost, she created content ranging from business news segments to celebrity interviews — and was awarded a 2015 RTDNA Kaleidoscope Award for her LGBTQ Coverage.

Before joining HuffPost, Brooke spent six years at NBC — first as a writer/producer for and then as a producer for, where she earned a GLAAD Media Award nomination for her multimedia report on the contemporary voguing scene.

In addition to digital media, Brooke has worked in both documentary film production and television news. She co-produced, shot and edited the documentary "Queer Streets," a film about LGBTQ homeless youth, which aired on MTV’s LOGO channel from 2008-2011. Brooke started her career in journalism as a production assistant and shortly thereafter an on-air reporter at Time Warner Cable Channel 10 News in Bergen County, N.J.

Brooke holds a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University, M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University and M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business.


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