Sonjia Young is president of Eventions, Inc. a minority and female owned full-service special events and communications agency founded in 1982. Under Mrs. Young’s leadership, Eventions distinguished itself as one of the top events management and communications agencies in the Southeast. Eventions is widely known throughout Atlanta and points across the country for its impressive list of clients including: The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Pacific Corporation, AME Conferences, Coors Brewing Company, Georgia Department of Community Health-Office of Women’s Health, 100 Black Men of America, Martin Luther King Center, Dr. Rogsbert F. Phillips and Sister’s By Choice, Inc., the City of Atlanta-Department of Aviation, Morehouse School of Medicine, Leon Sullivan Foundation and the National Association of Securities Professionals. Celebrity associations include Dr. Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, Andrew Young, Susan L. Taylor, Muhammad Ali and a host of others.
Ms. Young believes that community service is an obligation, as demonstrated by her personal involvement in civic and community arenas for over 30 years. She serves on numerous boards, including: the Black Women’s Agenda, Edu-Pac, and the Atlanta Metropolitan Foundation. A stalwart member of First Congregational Church UCC in downtown Atlanta, Mrs. Young has served on the Trustee Board and Chaired the Women’s Fellowship Committee.
Sonjia graduated from Southern University, in Baton Rouge, LA where she earned a BA in Interior Design, BS in Vocational Education and a Masters’ degree in Counselor Education. Prior to starting her company, Ms. Young worked as an interior designer in Louisiana, and then counselor at the Atlanta Metropolitan College, Georgia State University, and Clark Atlanta University. Her counseling background gives impetus to her extensive community outreach as she gives frequent motivational speeches to young people and is an avid supporter of educational efforts for youth and young women interested in entrepreneurial leadership. Her advice to young people everywhere is “dedication, determination, and accountability produces success.” Her work with the Maya Angelou Teen Center at the Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA is one of her passions.
Sonjia is also the founder of Young Eventions Group, Inc., a non-profit organization established to help women and families deal with issues that affect them daily and expose them to resources and information that will improve and transform their lives through workshops, conferences, and special events. The Women 2 Women Inaugural Conference, Intergeneration Life Lessons & Legacies featured the phenomenal Dr. Maya Angelou (her sister friend for over 35 years and mentor), along with panel discussions including such powerful speakers as Juanita Baranco, Dr. Barbara King, Dr. Camille Davis-Williams, Dr. Valarie Montgomery Rice, Dr. Dolly Adams and a host of other powerful women on March 1, 2013. The first conference drew over 600 women with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the YMCA Maya Angelou Teen Center.