Music Business Matriarch
Sophia Chang is a music business matriarch who worked with Paul Simon and managed ODB, RZA, GZA, Q Tip, A Tribe Called Quest, Raphael Saadiq, and D'Angelo.
Her record company experience includes marketing at Atlantic, A&R at Jive, running A&R Admin and Operations at Universal, and acting GM of Cinematic Music Group, the label and management company for Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, and Mick Jenkins.
In 1995, Sophia left the music business to manage her then-partners USA Shaolin Temple and have two children. During her time in fashion she produced runway shows for Vivienne Tam and the Project Runway All Stars. She was also an account executive at digital agency Sarkissian Mason. She sold a screenplay to HBO and has developed other film and TV properties.
Most recently she was VP of Business Development at MedMen. She is currently writing a memoir about her life in hip hop entitled "Raised by Wu-Tang: Baddest Bitch in the Room."
Sophia has spent her life building a legendary career based on meaningful relationships, many of which were the result of her peerless networking skills. As a fearless woman in a testosterone-driven industry, her path to success was forged through many lessons learned along the way. From launching the careers of hip hop’s biggest artists, to producing world-class fashion shows, Sophia now shares what she’s learned from over 30 years of high-powered networking to prepare the next generation of leaders.
As a petite Asian woman in business, Sophia never had the luxury to simply “lean in.” She has had to kick and punch her way through doors and into rooms for a seat at the table. These experiences have been vital in shaping her huge personality. As minorities in America are faced with the daily challenge of negotiating the value of their self-worth, Sophia explains how identity is your most valuable asset – and how to leverage that to be seen, be heard, be felt, and take on the world with unshakeable confidence.