Stephanie Sonnabend

Co-Founder & Chair Women on Boards

Stephanie Sonnabend is a change agent who is passionate about making the world a better place. Today Ms. Sonnabend is a director, speaker, executive coach and strategic consultant, with a special focus on hospitality and family businesses, transitions and succession planning for boards, CEOs, senior executives and organizations.

 In 2010, Ms. Sonnabend co-founded 2020 Women on Boards, an education and advocacy campaign focused on increasing the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20 percent or greater by 2020. She is an inspirational speaker educating audiences about advancing their careers and preparing for board service.

 As CEO and President of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, Ms. Sonnabend led a publicly held (NASDAQ) family controlled global hospitality management and franchise company through numerous business cycles and major crises. In her thirty-five-year hospitality career, she built a strong corporate culture applauded by the industry and resulting in longevity of employees at all levels. She spearheaded significant international growth, launched a new brand, and rebranded twenty-one hotels in six months.

 Ms. Sonnabend currently is an advisor to SAFR a startup ridesharing company focused on empowering women drivers and riders. For eighteen years, she served on the Board of Century Bank and Century Bancorp, where she was a member of the Audit Committee and chaired the Asset Liability (risk) Committee. She also served for four years as a director of SVN, a privately held commercial real estate franchisor. She has chaired numerous committees (facilities, marketing, strategic planning, nominating, governmental affairs) on higher education boards of trustees and on association and governmental boards.

 A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Stephanie Sonnabend received her master’s degree from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. Ms. Sonnabend resides in Longboat Key, FL and Rye, NH. 

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, September 2nd 2020

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Stephanie.

Download The Latest Agenda