Sonya CookePresident, Girl Talk Incorporated
Sonya Cooke is a wife and mother of two currently living a blessed life in her home town Indianapolis, IN, but this was not always the case. Sonya has overcome many struggles in her life, beginning at a very early age. As a teenage mother, Sonya had to endure many adversities that ultimately made her the strong, empowered woman she is today. Dealing with the death of two children, sexual assaults, dropping out of high school, and no personal role model for guidance and direction birthed an opportunity for Sonya to display her passions and experiences to assist young women with similar struggles.
By using her life as an example, Sonya would like to show young women that their past mistakes don’t have to determine their future. With a desire to want to succeed, a strong foundation in faith, and the encouragement of friends and family, Sonya wants young women to realize that they can reach all of their life’s goals and more.
Sonya continues to empower young girls by volunteering with Girl’s Inc., Project Home Indy, Visions Summer Beauty camp, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center. She completed her training to become a volunteer program facilitator with Girls Inc. in October 2011. She then went on to become a mentor mom for Project Home Indy, a home for displaced pregnant teenage girls. Sonya is also a facilitator and mentor for Visions Summer Beauty Camp where she currently sits on the board of advisors (2011-present) and Raising Queens (2016-2017). She has volunteered her time reading with children at St. Mary’s Childcare Center, as well as volunteered her time helping children to read at IPS School 48 with their Accelerated Reading Program Spring 2015. Sonya also served as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. Sonya currently volunteers at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center where she brings her nonprofit mentoring program Girl Talk Incorporated.
Sonya started her professional career in the medical industry as a front office administrator. In 2014 Sonya received a certificate of achievement for successfully completing FastTrac New Venture, a 10 week program geared towards entrepreneurial achievement. In May of 2015 she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing.
In 2016 Sonya started her very own nonprofit called Girl Talk Incorporated, where the mission is to equip young girls with life skills that will allow them to become successful in achieving their personal and professional goals. She also mentors young girls through her non-profit.
Sonya also received her certification to be a professional life coach in January 2017 from the Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching. Sonya decided to start her Personal Development coaching practice due to the need she saw for women wanting to move forward in their personal and professional life but not knowing how to move onward strategically in that direction. Thus Sonya Cooke Life Strategist and Mentor was born. Sonya loves people and understands the importance of developing others. She is selfless, well-informed, trained, instinctive, nonjudgmental, objective, and offers a three-dimensional perspective of life and living.
Sonya also enjoys reading, listening to jazz, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
The above information was provided by the speaker.Speaking engagements for Girls World Expo:
Fearless Females Panel
Meet some of the area’s fiercest female visionaries and hear how they're helping change the game for girls.
At Girls World Expo Indianapolis, IN on Saturday, March 16, 2019
Love the Skin You're In
You're perfect just the way you are! Don't let social pressures make you question yourself or your worth. Be proud to be unique. Be proud to be YOU!
At Girls World Expo Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, February 23, 2020
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