Sophia Kelly, Head of Adobe Commerce at Gorilla Group, has been accepted into CHIEF. Join us as we celebrate her accomplishment and excitement in launching her new membership.
What is CHIEF?
CHIEF is a private network designed for the most powerful women in
leadership to strengthen their leadership, magnify their influence, and
pave the way to bring others with them.
1. What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership is service. Knowing how you can serve others best in the way that resonates for them. Focus on genuinely helping others, and you will build the connection and respect needed to elevate towards a unified vision.
2. How does being a woman who empowers other women look in action?
Making the time to connect with other women at all stages of their career and sharing experiences. Knowledge is power and provides information needed to navigate our corporate paths. You can learn something from everyone.
3. What can you share about your ability to succeed in your career?
Knowing your value and your worth as an individual is directly related to your ability to grow as a person and as a professional. Invest in yourself, your wellness, and your development: it is the best investment you can make.
4. Where do you see men fitting into the picture of women’s empowerment?
Male allies in the workplace are extremely important. I would not be where I am today without the valuable advice and mentorship from male colleagues.
It has been critical in order to break ceilings, understand a fuller picture of previously gated information, and learn to negotiate from a place of strength.
I have been fortunate to have worked with countless conscious men who empower women. I love that I currently work with many men who have daughters and who are genuinely excited about protecting the level of opportunity they will have in the future.
5. What words would you leave to inspire others building their career?
Enjoy the process, challenges, growing pains, victories, and remember we are always a work in progress. Always strive to continue evolving.
Don’t forget to celebrate your wins and take pride when you hit your goals. It’s not ego–it’s self respect for acknowledging the hard work you put in–and it’s good leadership.
Know your value, ask for your worth, and knock off the imposter syndrome. Some day, people will look back and realize they got you for a deal!