Sally Kohn

Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America today.  The author of THE OPPOSITE OF HATE (April 2018, Algonquin) and host of STATE OF RESISTANCE podcast, Sally is a CNN political commentator and columnist.  Before that, she was a Fox News contributor — and before that worked for over 15 years as a community organizer.  Sally’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, More Magazine,,, USA Today, Time, Afar Magazine and many other outlets.  She’s also a popular keynote speaker and frequently leads media and speaking skills workshops for grassroots activists and corporate leaders.




Based on her forthcoming book THE OPPOSITE OF HATE, Sally shares stories from her own life and around the world plus insights on how institutions and organizations can either harbor hate or combat it — as well as what each of us can do to be part of the solution.  This is a provocative yet ultimately uplifting talk, filled with proactive take-aways for every employer and every employee.



Get a customized breakdown of the playing field for your industry or area of concern.  Sally is uniquely able to give your organization or business an overview of the landscape with respect to your area of focus.  Delivered with a good dose of humor, she’ll also give you the brass tacks on how your issue is playing in Washington and among the American people — forecasting where the political debate is heading and how you can get ahead of it.



It’s a new day in American politics and culture.  The cultural advances we’d assumed were set in stone are being challenged again and advances toward equity are being rolled back.  Suddenly, in the some of the most unlikely places and ways, people and brands are standing up — from breath mints making political statements to groups of ordinary citizens writing to their local legislators every single week to millions of Americans marching for justice in the mass largest mobilizations in history.  How can you be part of the resistance?  How can your brand find a bold voice in this moment in history?  How can you help push for inclusion and fairness in your own workplace?  How can you be a strong ally to communities that are under attack?  In this customized talk, Sally shows the way.



The Opposite of Hate

At a moment when we are facing an epidemic of incivility and hate—with divisive political speech, online trolling, and hate crimes escalating—popular CNN commentator Sally Kohn sets out to discover why we hate and how can stop it.

As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging intractable political differences, learning how to talk civilly to people whose views she disagrees with passionately. Famously “nice,” she even gave a TED Talk about what she termed emotional correctness. But these days even Kohn has found herself wanting to breathe fire at her enemies.

It was time, she decided, to look into the ugliness erupting all around us. In The Opposite of Hate, Kohn talks to leading scientists and researchers, investigating the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate and how simple incivility can be a gateway to much worse . She travels to Rwanda, the Middle East, and across the US, introducing us to terrorists, white supremacists, and even some of her own Twitter trolls, drawing surprising lessons from these dramatic examples — including unbelievable stories of those who left hate behind. As Kohn boldly confronts her own shameful moments, whether it’s the girl she bullied as a child or her own deep partisan resentment, she points the way toward change.

No one is more poised to lead us out of this wilderness of hate than Sally Kohn. Her engaging, fascinating, and often funny book will open your eyes and your heart.