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ABOUT 

A certain something happens when a woman turns 50. You hear about it, you remember your mother and aunts when they turned that age, and you realize when your year approaches, it all clicks! Your entire attitude about who cares and what really matters most is right before you, and like those before us, you do more of what makes you happy and care less about frivolous matters. Other changes come with age that require attention and effort. First, gravity is truly not our friend; however, thankfully there are a multiple solutions that we have today that Mom and Auntie didn’t have. Who we are in our minds with who we present to the world.   These things, just to name a few, take time and energy. As an entrepreneur of almost 20 years, I decided to make a significant life change that involved the direction of my career. Along with all  the head spinning changes in technology and social media, I, realized that I had changed as well.

I noticed how the current blogosphere has plenty of sites. The Kylie Jenners of the world, for young and new mommies, and of course all the gossip anyone can stomach. However, I could not find a site that spoke to the woman that I have become, which discussed topics relevant to me. I mean, I barely cook these days! I don’t care to know how to roast an herbed chicken! Women like me can easily get bogged down with too many commitments and often find themselves running on empty. This can cause the aging process to accelerate from exhaustion, lack of sleep, and poor nutrition - all of which result in poor overall health. My solution? My signature program - Woman of Substance, Woman of Style, a program designed to help curate an extraordinary life, full of purpose and joy that embraces the process of aging with grace.

 

Entrepreneur & Consultant

With almost two decades as an international style and brand expert, Sonya has traveled throughout the United States, and globally to destinations such as Southeast Asia and Europe providing keynote presentations and leading engaged training and workshops to Fortune 500 companies such as Bank of America General Electric, Vina Capital and a numerous of others.

 

Community Influencer , Philanthropist & Humanitarian

Sonya has served in leadership roles on numerous Boards of Directors including Leadership Charlotte where she currently serves and served as Board Chair, 2015-2016. Other board involvement

includes Hospice Palliative Care, The Arts Empowerment Project, and Mitchell’s Fund. With a passion for international concerns, Sonya is a founding member of The Lunch Project (TLP), a global

non-profit organization serving hot lunches to children in Tanzania, East Africa and Lily Pad Haven, a non-profit that supports girls and women out of human-trafficking. In 2018, Mecklenburg Times

named her as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte, NC.

  

Global Savant of Style

She has appeared in national and international media outlets as a style expert including her local television, regional and national media including the Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Today, Good Day Vietnam, and The Moulin Gazetteer (France). and most recently the Chicago Tribune. Sonya has been chosen as a brand and style expert for Tone Networks; an online subscription for women

providing style and branding tips for professional women.

Recognitions include:

  • Inaugural Fashion Icon Award

  • 25 Most Stylish, Charlotte

  • Charlotte’s Most Stylish Women

 

Sonya resides in Charlotte, NC with her family. She is a graduate of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and has recently received a Masters of Arts in Luxury & Fashion Management from the Savannah College of Art & Design, 2018.