Born and raised in China, Pocket Sun (@pocketysun) came to LA for her master's degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Never did she plan on becoming an entrepreneur, but she quickly realized that gender disparity is a huge issue. She felt compelled to change the status quo and disrupt the boys' club. And that's exactly what she did.
SoGal was born - a platform that empowers the next generation to succeed, and a community that connects global entrepreneurs to change the world. Since the beginning, SoGal has been relentlessly bringing new ideas to life and supporting great startups. We have hosted some of the most awesome conferences, including SoGal Summit, SoGal Startup Bootcamp, SoGal YouTuber Fest (now SoGal Influencer Summit), SoGal Vietnam Summit, Her Startup global competition, as well as the SoGal World Tour.
In less than 2 years, SoGal has attracted 50,000 members from over 20 countries. We are going global with chapters in Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Vietnam, New York City, San Francisco...
Some of the smartest and most energetic women on the planet.
Elizabeth is the Founding Partner of two start-up venture capital firms, SoGal Ventures and A-Level Capital. During Elizabeth's graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University & Maryland Institute College of Art, Elizabeth consulted with hundreds of start-ups and identified the lack of pre-seed funding as the major issue preventing these startups from succeeding. To solve this, she co-founded A-Level Capital, the student-led venture capital firm powered by Johns Hopkins students.
Hue is a recent graduate from the University of Southern California. Currently she works as the Managing Director at Van Dat Co. Ltd, a manufacturing, import/export and real estate company in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Director of SoGal Vietnam Chapter. She's also on the board of SHIELD, a strong force in the Vietnamese startup ecosystem.
SoGal Silicon Valley
Born in Asia and educated in America and Europe, Kelly is an entrepreneur with global vision. Currently Kelly serves as a sales engineer at PayPal, providing technical solution designs for the firm’s Top 75 merchants and channel partners in North America. Her educational background at Georgia Institute of Technology and Agnes Scott College inspired her to set up a foundation for female college students, bridging liberal arts education with the tech world. Kelly is also a key force in creating a life-size billboard for the #ILookLikeAnEngineer movement.
Ariel Xue is a healthpreneur, mind & body fitness advocate, and beauty evangelist. Since receiving her master's and bachelor's degrees in health science and medicine in Australia and China, Ariel has been inspired to create her own platform to empower people to pursue a proactive and healthy lifestyle. Ariel is also a globetrotting model. She has competed in the international finals of World Supermodel Pageant in South Africa and Top Model Worldwide Competition in London.
SoGal Los Angeles
Julia graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in Social Entrepreneurship. She is deeply passionate about social justice, and is fascinated by a business’s potential to simultaneously serve customers and clients while creating positive social impact on surrounding communities. Julia has experience in both non-profit and corporate businesses, working in user-centered design, innovation, business development, and research.
Catherine Niu is a millennial entrepreneur, author, and social media influencer. She founded her third startup last year, developing technology-infused consumer products to improve women’s quality of life. Previously, she co-founded and became the COO of Moxun Information Technology in 2011, and sold the company in 2015. During the same period, her fashion e-commerce shop accumulated 8 million RMB in sales.
Olivia received her undergraduate degree in Business and HR Management from Coventry University in the U.K., and studied Marketing and Branding at Conde Nast Center of Fashion & Design in Shanghai. She's a Body Fly Level 1 & 2 Instructor and SinoBritish Pilates Mat Instructor.
SoGal Los Angeles
Ally is a sophomore at University of Southern California with a strong interest in mobile app development, and has helped several startup companies with business strategies, prototypes, and UI/UX design. Ally aspires to become a successful entrepreneur and empower more millennials.
SoGal San Francisco
Mandy works at LeEco U.S. on project and business development. With a marketing background, she has helped startups in entertainment, technology, fashion and lifestyle industries on branding and product marketing. She believes in gender equality and women empowerment, and is looking to be inspired by powerful female entrepreneurs.
Angie is a SoGal Ambassador located in Peru, Mexico and Silicon Valley. She's self-taught coder, and a proud alumnus of Draper University's 7-week entrepreneurship program in April. Recently, she was hired by the United Nations to teach girls to code in Peru.
Chenchen is a Sophomore student at University of Southern California.
Interested in both entrepreneurship and #girlpower, she finds SoGal to be THE organization to share her passion and be devoted to. As a Disneyland enthusiast, she also dreams to start a theme park with infinite possibilities.