Today’s interview is with someone I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the past few months – the lovely and accomplished Sonita. I admire Sonita greatly because she has been able to achieve success and happiness on her defined terms. She’s built a fantastic career, made and stuck by her own family choices (you’ll read more on that later), and dedicated her time to worthy causes. Along the way, Sonita has also gathered together an enviable closet and travel schedule – with amazing style to match. Enjoy meeting her!
Who are you? What do you do, and where do you live?
Hi, I’m Sonita. Professionally, I am an executive at a venture-backed green technology company in Silicon Valley. I am a passionate advocate for green technology and for advancing more women leaders in the still male-dominated area of technology in general, and green technology, in particular. I am a frequent speaker and contributor on clean energy, technology and women leadership topics and have appeared in and written articles for publications such as Forbes, Fortune, CNN, etc.
Outside of work, I’m active in several organizations. I am a professional mentor for the TechWomen program, a program spearheaded by Secretary Hillary Clinton. I’m also a contributor to the Clean Energy Empowerment & Education (C3E) program, and serve on the boards of several non-profit organizations focusing on clean energy, education, and women leadership. Additionally, I serve as the working liaison for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a group founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard. Last but not least, I’m an active member of 85 Broads, a global network for high-achieving women which has expanded to over 30,000 members from 92 countries. Continue Reading