We had the good fortune of connecting with Sonia Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sonia, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?

I am a Georgia peach and I was born and raised in Griffin GA, a small town south of Atlanta. Growing up in a small town taught me the importance of community. We have all heard the cliche, “it takes a village to raise a child” and when that village does, the child will become much stronger. Our community of teachers, sitters, pastors, friends, and neighbors took pride in encouraging me and others to be the best. Also, within my small community, I learned to stay true to the principles of honesty and decency, and the importance of serving others, sharing money, and resources so no one would go without. This mantra is a part of my character today.

Additionally, my father was a pastor and he coached me in basketball and track. My background as an athlete and the principles gleaned from the church have made an indelible impact on who I am today. Sports taught me tenacity and teamwork. Whenever I got hurt on the court, I gleaned the importance of the process to heal and get back into the game. I also realized that I could not win the game by myself but needed my teammates in order to win the game. I have this same chutzpah today and when I fall down in life, tenacity forces me to get back up and try again. I’ve always had this grit and sports taught me this life skill. Finally, my faith as a preacher’s kid is the cornerstone and foundation of my person. Without it, I could not do what I do. It guides my decisions, informs my vision, and gives me the strength to consistently serve others as a leader, pastor, and CEO of a non-profit.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an entrepreneur and CEO of a non-profit where I help women blossom where they are and extend their reach to others. What sets me apart is the fact I have been able to establish a community of mature and young women who collaborate and share the networking and mentoring stage to support and empower each other. I got here through persistence, prayer, and believing. It was not easy but I was determined to fulfill the vision that was in my heart. I overcame many challenges by identifying the issues that were stumbling blocks and did the work to overcome those areas. This process included self-evaluation, therapy, and reliance on my faith in God. I’ve learned not to have tunnel vision or hold on to the perception of how the vision will become a reality, but to be flexible and open to new paths/strategies to fulfill vision. I desire the world to know that my brand is not just a cliche but the I Am Pretty movement is an affirmation (Purposed, Received, Earmarked, Tenacious, Triumphant, and Yielded) that transcends a brand; and, when actualized in my life or any woman’s life, it becomes a mantra to live by and see positive results.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend were visiting, I would take them to various places to experience the history and culture of Atlanta, Georgia. I would take them to the “MLK Human & Civil Rights Museum, the Atlanta Aquarium, and we would have to attend an Atlanta Dream basketball game as I am an avid basketball fan. Additionally, I would plan an outing to the winery at Chateau Elan and have dinner as well. Because I love to dance, I will give them the option to attend a restaurant such as Blu Lagoon Bar and Bistro on Cheshire Bridge or Loca Luna. Of course, being a Georgia native, I would take them to some of the best soul food restaurants in Atlanta. Our last stop would be to go to an awesome church to experience God’s love with a Sunday brunch afterward at the Green Manor.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shout-out to my mom, Shirley Milner, who is 80 years old and still doing her thang. This woman has shown me so much resilience, love, and support. She believed in me even when I did not believe in myself. She tells everybody about all the things that I do from ministry, publishing books, speaking, conferences, etc. She is my biggest cheerleader and she cheers me with a front-row seat and not from the sidelines. She raised me to be a godly woman who loves others and loves to serve.

Website: iamprettycommunity.com

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