Sonia is a multi-award winning business and diversity leader. She has been named as one of the Top 30 most inspirational women in the City by Brummel (Diversity Champion category) in 2015. She is also a winner of the BE Mogul award for being one of the most influential and successful black business people in Britain. She completed a Masters in Digital Media (2015) and is passionate about technology. She was awarded a National Diversity Award 'Positive Role Model for race, faith and religion' in September 2014 and a 'Back to Black' inspirational Award at BAFTA in October 2014. She was listed on Blackenterprise.com as one of London’s most powerful black women as well as being featured in the Powerlist 2013. In September 2016, Sonia won the Words for Weapon's Inspirational leader award for Inspirational YOU at London's City Hall. She is the Founder of Inspirational YOU, a UK based Social Enterprise that specialises in delivering empowering masterclasses and workshops for women, students and start ups. She has engaged with thousands of attendees via Inspirational YOU and has a proven track record of successful partnerships with the corporate, statutory and third sector organisations. These include the BBC, UK Supreme Court, Lewisham Homes, PwC, Pearson, ITV News, Channel 4, Go Think Big, Impact Hub, Punch Records, London Youth, BBC, Birkbeck, University of London, Lambeth Council and Metropolitan Housing. Sonia was selected as a 2014 RSA Diaspora ChangeMaker, which is a leadership programme that identified the UK’s most promising individuals of African origin who have a desire to support African communities in the UK and Africa and is a Fellow of the RSA. Sonia is a football coach, Former board Advisor for Police Now, Vice-Chair of the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) Friends Committee, Trustee at Jason Roberts Foundation and supports the GUBA Expo in London.
I am currently employed as a Diversity Advisor at Business In The Community, which is a Princes charity. My role requires me to manage corporate relationships and engage with member organisations by supporting them to deliver tailored practical advice on workplace gender & race equality strategies and practises. My current role requires me to travel offsite on a daily basis and to liaise with senior Directors of FT 100 and equivalent sized organisations. I deliver and coordinate: Peer Learning Forums; events management; convening roundtable discussions and bespoke training External speaking and presenting on key D&I policies and/or key trends Support members with benchmarking and awards completion Assessments of race & gender awards and race; wellbeing and gender benchmarking submissions Project managing signature deliverables such as the race equality mentoring circles programme.
I formed a social enterprise called Inspirational YOU in 2010 to empower women and young people. I have worked with and supported 1000’s of students, professionals and start-ups by providing them with the tools and networks to take their idea to the next level. This has all been done in a voluntary capacity and as a result, I have coordinated over 65 events and won numerous awards and accolades. I work with senior leaders and corporates who mentor, coach or sponsor job seekers.
assess and select the appropriate tools to produce a digital media project produce digital media projects using the appropriate software applications research and analyse the current issues and future developments in digital media, social media, media communications and e-solutions manage digital media projects and production teams produce digital media and social media strategies appreciate the complexity of the international digital media and creative industries and communicate effectively in a media professional environment apply research, design and management skills to the production of new media projects
Winner of the BE Mogul award for being one of the most influential and successful black business people in Britain.
Named as one of the Top 30 most inspirational women in the City by Brummel (Diversity Champion category) in 2015 http://brummellmagazine.co.uk/inspirational-women-2015/
Awarded a National Diversity Award 'Positive Role Model for race, faith and religion' in September 2014
Featured in the Powerlist 2013 as one to watch under 40.
She was listed on Blackenterprise.com as one of London