meet sophia

Sophia is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, a Fred Alger Finance Award winner, named one of the world’s 100 most inspiring women by Salt Magazine and Diageo, and is a Forbes 30U30 All-Star Alumni.

Sophia has been building startups since the age of 19. She brings her assorted background in business, design thinking, and social impact to challenge norms and push boundaries.

She 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 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 currently leads her day-to-day at her consultancy, Ascent Strategy where she helps startups stop DIY startup building and create polished businesses.

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 startups in a wide range of industries, and is an enthusiastic problem-solver for scaling businesses.



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