Sonia Jackson Myles
Founder, The Sister Accord LLC
Sonia is the mother of Kendall, age 22 and Jordan, age 20. She is married to Kenneth A. Myles. Sonia is a native of Saginaw, MI. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida A&M University (FAMU) with a BS in Business Administration (1989) and an MBA in Marketing (1990). Before launching her Sister Accord business full-time, Sonia was an executive in Corporate America with over 20 years of experience, managing over $20 Billion in spend. She has worked for Ford Motor Company, The Gillette Company and The Procter & Gamble Company. Her last corporate role was as P&G’s Director, Global Packaging Purchases, where she managed $6 Billion in spend.
Sonia was named one of Essence Magazine’s “Women of Power” in 2008, Bloomberg Report’s “History Makers” in 2009, Trumpet Award Foundation’s “Women in High Heels” in 2010. Sonia was inducted into FAMU’s School of Business and Industry’s Hall of Fame in 2011, and was named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top Executives in Marketing & Advertising. In 2012, Sonia was named one of FAMU’s 125 Outstanding Alumni, in celebration of the University’s 125th Anniversary, and was awarded The Gillette Legacy Award. Sonia was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award, in the Debut Author category, for her book, The Sister Accord: 51 Ways To LOVE Your Sister and was honored with an Exemplary Achievement Award from The State of Ohio Senate (the highest honor The Senate Of The General Assembly of Ohio gives with the exception of honors given to military persons who have passed away) for The Sister Accord. In 2014, Sonia received the YMCA Champion of Character Award. In 2015, Sonia was named BCWN’s Woman Of The Year. Sonia received The Torch of Wisdom Foundation’s Community Enrichment Award in 2016. She made “HerStory” in the City of Cincinnati in 2016, as her Sister A.C.C.O.R.D. Leadership Development Program was integrated into the curriculum of The Cincinnati Public School System. Prior to this partnership, there had never been a leadership development program for girls in the district. Sonia recently received the 2017 YWCA of Greater Cincinnati’s Career Women of Achievement Award.
Sonia is the Founder, President & CEO of The Sister Accord Foundation, which has 3 areas of focus: Educating girls and women, Enlightening girls and women of the Power of Sisterhood and Eradicating bullying and violence against girls and women. She is also the Founder & CEO of The Accord Group LLC, which is a leadership development, employee engagement, branding & diversity consultancy. She currently serves as the Chair for FAMU’s School of Business & Industry’s Advisory Board. Sonia is also a Board Member for The Impact Young Lives Foundation, which supports leadership development for youth in S. Africa, and Fresh Start Beverage Company. Sonia is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her mantra is “There is always a seat at the table for excellence—focus on being excellent.”