Sonja Rasula

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Female Founder, Community Leader, Activist & Lover of French Fries

Driven by the idea that creativity can change the world and by the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is What are you doing for others?," Sonja has dedicated herself to creating businesses that foster entrepreneurship, spread creative thinking, and grow community.

In 2008 she risked her entire 401k savings to start the first business, Unique Markets, and never looked back...

 Joining the crowd after her solo talk on the Future of Retail at SXSW

Joining the crowd after her solo talk on the Future of Retail at SXSW

 Sonja speaking on the main stage opening talk at Airbnb’s Open Conference

Sonja speaking on the main stage opening talk at Airbnb’s Open Conference

Sonja has worked with over 10,000 small business owners across America, helping them to grow, thrive and take their businesses to the next level. She’s created marketplaces in LA, San Francisco, NYC, Austin, Boston, Seattle, DC, Phoenix, Denver, and Minneapolis. The success of the modern pop-up markets has made Sonja one of the top retail experts in the country, as well as a trend setter.

As a motivational speaker and consultant, Sonja has worked with a variety of organizations including Redbull, Nike, Square, Soho House, Disney Imagineers group, Adobe, and West Elm. Her candid and energetic storytelling have made her a sought-after speaker at conferences such as SXSW, Girlboss Rally, Quickbooks Connect, Create & Cultivate, HOW Design Live, and Martha Stewart's American Made. And a select group of great companies have worked with her to feature her story in videos from Lexus to Adobe to Athleta to Joybird Furniture.

 New York Times Best-Selling Author, Justina Blakeney, and Sonja at a talk about female founders

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Justina Blakeney, and Sonja at a talk about female founders

 Talking to women about entrepreneurship and creativity

Talking to women about entrepreneurship and creativity

Sonja was named '1 of 30 Women Entrepreneurs Changing the World' by fashion mogul Eileen Fisher, and Los Angeles Magazine awarded her 1 of 10 of LA's Most Inspiring Women in their annual issue about women in LA (the other ladies on the list included the Deputy Mayor and the Director of The Getty Museum!). Continuing her work to help creative small business owners, Sonja decided to create a permanent place for entrepreneurs and so The Unique Space was born - an 18,000 sq ft building in downtown LA's Arts District that houses 18 private offices, communal space such as a full kitchen, conference rooms, meeting areas and an event space. Rooted in the community, this is where she organizes monthly inspirational talks, educational workshops and classes, and events for entrepreneurs and women.

For pr and speaking inquiries please email melanie@ellecomm.com.

 Sonja at a Meet & Greet at Quickbooks Connect

Sonja at a Meet & Greet at Quickbooks Connect

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