Sonya Young Aadam

Sonya Young Aadam


California Black Women's Health Project

Los Angeles, CA USA

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Sonya Young Aadam


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was born and raised in a tough neighborhood in South Los Angeles, California.
I had a passion for both business and community, so I decided I’d pursue a business degree and serve the community by hopefully working for the World Bank or International Monetary Fund.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
After graduating, I started my career in commercial and investment banking—it was a good job and I was making great money, but I didn’t feel fulfilled because I wasn’t serving the community.
When I moved back to Los Angeles, I was shocked by how little had improved within the community, so I started getting involved by working with a church, teaching classes, and donating money.
I shifted into the entertainment industry and worked in sales and strategy for companies like The Walt Disney Company and MTV Networks.
I eventually grew a distaste for the work I was doing in both banking and entertainment because it wasn’t feeding my heart and soul—I took two years off to really think about what I wanted to do.
I made a career shift to work for community-serving organizations, which led to my position now with California Black Women’s Health Project.
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High School
Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania
Financial Management
Real Estate Development
Meeting Facilitation



I help to fill the gap in health and wellness as it relates to social justice for Black women.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

My calendar is generally double and tripled booked. After scanning the calendar, I plan the day before opening email to peruse those snoozed from the previous day. The day then proceeds to include approximately 25% administrative, 50% program and operations planning meetings, 25% fund development, and the remaining 25% staff management. At the end of 10-12 hours, the work is never complete, hence the need to snooze dozens of emails that become part of the following day's workload.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I recommend pursuing a graduate school degree within three to four years of completing undergraduate studies. I also recommend continuous learning and training, and actively working to bridge passion, skills, training, and vocation with a delicate balance.


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"We treat everybody the same."

Challenges I Overcame

Socioeconomic Origin

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