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  • Founder's Story

    Pocket Sun

    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...

     

    In 2015,

  • Team

    Some of the smartest and most energetic women on the planet.

    Elizabeth Galbut

    SoGal NY

    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 co-founded A-Level Capital, the student-led venture capital firm powered by Johns Hopkins students.

    Hue La

    SoGal Vietnam

    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.

    Kelly An

    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. Kelly is also a key force in creating a life-size billboard for the #ILookLikeAnEngineer movement.

    Ariel Xue

    SoGal Sydney

    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.

    Catherine Niu

    SoGal Shanghai

    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.

    Olivia Wang

    SoGal Shanghai

    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.

    Ally Liu

    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.

    Julia Liu

    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 create positive social impact.

    Mandy Mao

    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 Carrillo

    Latin America

    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 Sun

    SoGal LA

    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.

    Bethany Quinn

    SoGal DC

    Bethany is a GMBA candidate at Johns Hopkins University and Director at Innovation Factory, the central hub on campus for entrepreneurship. She's Founder of Quinntersectional Consulting, and was Legislative Assistant at SEIU for 6 years.

    Rachel Yu

    SoGal Zhejiang

    Rachel is an engineer by training and fashion blogger by passion. She's grown a loyal following for her styling, beauty and lifestyle blog with fans all over China.

    Xu Lu

    SoGal Singapore

    Lu currently works for the prestigious Jim Rogers family investing office. Previously, she worked at Cambridge Associates in Singapore.

    Elly Wang

    SoGal Hangzhou

    Elly is a serial entrepreneur who has founded Lotus Glade Boutique Hotels, BQ (fashion for professional women), and Lotus Glade Tea House.