Sophia has been building startups since the age of 19. She brings her assorted background in design thinking, international development, and business management to challenge norms and push boundaries.
Sophia built her first company when she was 19 years old and sold it before her 23rd birthday. Before her exit, she helped grow the business to 250 major retailers worldwide, and designed a brand that would attract celebrity clientele and national press and television coverage. In 2011, Sophia co-founded Water Collective, a non-profit founded to fix and prevent broken water projects in the developing world by building community ecosystems of water maintenance care. Since 2012, the organization has secured clean water for over 76,000 people in West Africa and has been recognized by Forbes, DevEx, African Business Review, and ELLE Magazine.
Sophia holds a BBA in Business and Design Strategy from Parsons School of Design and the New School, and her Masters in International Economic Policy at Columbia University. She is an avid speaker and mentor on building non-profit and social enterprise startups, and is an enthusiastic problem-solver for scaling organizations. She currently leads her day-to-day at her consultancy, Ascent Strategy.
Sophia's Work As A Social Entrepreneur Has Been Recognized By