When Sophie joined Sony in 2010, she was just 27 and one of Australia’s youngest CEOs and then went on to win the Young Leaders Award at the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award in 2013. Prior to this she worked as a lawyer for Allens Linklaters and also for the United Nations in both Vienna and Sudan. Sophie also worked for the UN Special Rapporteur for Torture. While a lawyer at Allens, Sophie set up Tooth Mob, a program offering free dental services for Indigenous communities in partnership with the Charlie Perkins Trust before being approached by Sony Foundation.
Under Sophie’s leadership, Sony Foundation has expanded its reach to improve the lives of thousands of young Australians in need. One of the most profound focus areas for Sophie and Sony Foundation has been You Can, a program that supports 16-to-25-year-olds diagnosed with cancer, an age group found to be slipping through the cracks with some of the most alarming survival rates.
In this conversation with Maureen Jordan, Sophie talks candidly about juggling work with being a mum and how her work at the UN inspired a career at the Sony Foundation.