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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 3 years, SoGal has attracted 100,000 members from over 30 countries. We are going global with chapters in Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Sydney, London, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago... and the list goes on!

  • Team

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

    Elizabeth Galbut

    SoGal New York

    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.

    Kelly An

    SoGal Singapore (ex SoGal SF)

    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.

    Chloe Xu

    SoGal Los Angeles

    Chloe is a senior who is double major in Architecture and Cinematic Arts and minor in Entrepreneurship in the University of Southern California. She started focusing on women leadership program since high school. As a female leader, she wants to create big impact across industries and inspire young women to become leaders in their fields.

    Catherine Niu

    SoGal Shanghai

    Catherine Niu is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling 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.

    Laura Ma

    SoGal Chicago

    Laura Ma is an entrepreneur, product manager, and filmmaker, aiming to make a positive impact. She co-founded an entrepreneurs’ community Build312 across Midwest to empower entrepreneurs to succeed. Currently she works as a product manager at a Fintech company. She is also a global traveler, adventurer, and documentary filmmaker. Her documentary about Native Americans was nominated for the 5th China Academy Awards of Documentary Film.

    Aileen Huang

    SoGal Chicago

    Aileen Huang is one of the board members of Build312. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an M.S. in Accountancy. She works in advisory services with a focus of complex transactions. Her interests include traveling, tennis, and yoga.

    Simrat Randhawa

    SoGal London

    Simrat was born in India and later moved to America for college. After four years at Kinsa, she currently heads Global Onboarding at Hostmaker, a fast-growing Series B prop-tech startup in London. Simrat is extremely passionate about using technology in innovative ways to create real impact and hopes to empower more young women in the UK to break into the tech and VC space through SoGal London.

    Bauhinia Lee

    SoGal London

    Bauhinia grew up in Hong Kong and the UK. After graduating from King’s College London, Bauhinia worked in Zurich in Banking/Finance. Currently, she is a specialty tea entrepreneur and plans to expand tea into the wellness industry. Through SoGal London, she hopes to support and contribute to many more young women become entrepreneurs, gain prominence in their respective industries, and become an investor and mentor herself.

    Hue La

    SoGal Vietnam

    Hue graduated 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.

    Rachel Yu

    SoGal Hangzhou

    Rachel is an engineer by training and fashion blogger by passion. She's grown a loyal following of 1 million+ for her style, beauty and lifestyle blog with fans all over China.

    Mandy Mao

    SoGal San Francisco alumna

    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

    SoGal Latin America

    Angie is a SoGal Ambassador located in Peru 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 alumna

    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.

    Ally Liu

    SoGal Los Angeles alumna

    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.

    Xu Lu

    SoGal Singapore (SheVC)

    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 with education in Switzerland. She founded Lotus Glade Boutique Hotels, BQ (fashion for professional women), and Lotus Glade Tea House. She also runs a Relais & Châteaux hotel in Hangzhou.