sophia chang wearing bright red lipstick and a black fedora with matching red stripe
Apr 02, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Powell Campus Center, Nevins Theater
Lecture or Speaker

Pamela Lavin Bernstein Women of Influence Speaker Series: Sophia Chang

The Women’s Leadership Center hosts several high profile speakers to discuss topics related to leadership, women, career strategies, or social/global issues. Our speakers are at the top of their game, and represent all fields of human endeavor. This month, we welcome NYC-based screenwriter and author Sophia Chang.

Topics covered in Sophia's presentation may include:

  • Cultivating your confidence
  • Don’t be afraid of your passion
  • Her experience as the first Asian woman in hip hop
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
  • Networking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mentoring and empowering women, women of color, and working mothers
  • Dealing with microaggressions, privilege and allyship

Sophia Chang is a screenwriter and author who is developing numerous TV properties, including a scripted series at FX, based on her Audible memoir “The Baddest Bitch In The Room.” Earlier this year, she was the subject of an episode of the Hulu series "Defining Moments." Her memoir was released in print on 9/8/20. Sophia recently created Unlock Her Potential, a program that provides mentorship for women of color. Sophia Chang is the music business matriarchitect who managed Ol’ Dirty Bastard (RIP), RZA, GZA, D’Angelo, Raphael Saadiq, Q Tip, and A Tribe Called Quest as well as working with Paul Simon. She did marketing at Atlantic, A&R at Jive, A&R Admin at Universal, as well as serving as General Manager of RZA’s Razor Sharp Records, Cinematic Music Group, and Joey Bada$$’ Pro Era Records. She trained with and managed a Shaolin Monk, who became her partner and father of her children. She produced runway shows for Vivienne Tam and "Project Runway All Stars," was an account executive at a digital agency, and did biz dev at a cannabis company. She has spoken at other colleges/universities such as Columbia, Berklee College of Music, MIT, and Harvard.