We’re shining the spotlight on Sonia Tiebi, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Women’s Fund of Omaha. Before joining, she held leadership positions in mid-sized and large corporations where she was responsible for project leadership and strategic planning. She is excited to use her skills at an organization that aligns with her values.
As our Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Sonia supports her team to achieve outcomes, and aids the strategic and operational aspects of major initiatives of the organization to ensure sustainability. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a master’s degree in Managerial Communication from Bellevue University.
We sat with Sonia and asked her a few questions about her experience at the Women’s Fund so far, and what she likes to do outside of work.
What’s your favorite part of working for the Women’s Fund?
The people and the ability to make an impact, whether that means doing things that haven’t been done before or drawing on all of our knowledge. We’re very good about using our networks and connections to get work done in the community.
Describe the Women’s Fund in 3 words.
Bold, Caring, and Strategic.
Best thing about living/working in Omaha?
The people, the community and the optimism I feel for seeing systemic change. There’s definitely opportunity, and that’s due to the people that we have living and working in our city.
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?
I like to make people laugh.
What’s one goal you hope to accomplish within the next year?
I would love it if my team, at the end of the year, could say that they feel like they’ve had a ton of support and that a lot of stress has been relieved due to me coming on to the team.
What’s the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever done?
When I was 15, I had a job in the mall where I had to ask strangers if they wanted me to massage them with this weird pouch of jelly and they were supposed to buy it after. I quit after approximately 10 minutes; it was the shortest job in the world.
What are you reading or listening to these days?
I’m reading The Confidence Code and it’s about the science and art of self-assurance and what women should know. I’m also listening to Elle Mai, I like everything she’s ever said.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Queen Latifah. I feel like she has the range, whether portraying the silly, funny side of my life or the extreme, crazy side — I think she could play any part of my personality.
Photograph by Anna Finocchiaro