Sonia Aranza is a dynamic and seasoned global diversity and inclusion strategist with over 20 years of experience working with top clients including Boeing, Capital One, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, NASA, Sodexo, Toyota, the U.S. Army, and Wal-Mart Global. Global audiences consistently rank her among top speakers based on evaluations at large conferences executed by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). Aranza is a trusted advisor and has executed congressionally mandated diversity and inclusion trainings for government agencies and legally mandated training to address landmark discrimination cases at several large corporations.
Aranza earned a Bachelor of Arts in Inter-Cultural Communication from the University of Hawaii and was an international exchange student to Russia when the country was part of the Soviet Union. She holds a Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Communication from the University of Hawaii and a Master of Arts in Public Communication from American University. She graduated from Georgetown University’s Certificate Program in Business and continues to earn certifications from cutting-edge programs worldwide.
Aranza is a past chairperson of the Diversity Professional Experts Group of the National Speakers Association. She has received several awards including “Outstanding Woman of the Year” from the National Association of Professional Asian American Women, “100 Most Influential Filipina-Americans in the United States”, and “100 Top Global Filipina Women”. She is featured in the book, Disrupt 2.0 where she authored the chapter, “Transformational Leadership Begins Within”. Aranza mentors young leaders worldwide.