NEW YORK, March 15, 2018—Sonja Hoel Perkins, a long-time venture capitalist who founded The Perkins Fund in 2016, will be honored with a 2018 Women of Achievement Award by Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, at its Women of Achievement Awards Dinner on March 21, 2018 in San Francisco. Legal Momentum leads action for the legal rights of women through education and advocacy. The award recognizes women who have achieved distinction in law, business, and public service.
“Sonja’s significant investment career and commitment to improving the lives of women and girls make her a stellar example for all women who aspire to business leadership,” said Carol Robles-Román, Legal Momentum’s President and CEO. “We are thrilled to honor her and five other outstanding women with the 2018 Women of Achievement award.”
Sonja Hoel Perkins has been investing in people and companies that matter for almost 30 years. Considered one of the best performing and most senior technology-focused venture capitalists, she has invested in several startups that have achieved multi-billion dollar valuations. Following a career in business development and venture investing, she founded The Perkins Fund in 2016. Sonja also serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards.
In 2010, inspired to make positive change in the careers and lives of women and girls, Sonja founded Broadway Angels, an investment group made up of world-class investors and business executives who all happen to be women, and Project Glimmer, a nonprofit that inspires at-risk teenage girls and women to believe in themselves by letting them know their community cares. The Sonja Hoel Perkins scholarship was established at the University of Virginia in 2005 to support African-American women who would otherwise not attend college.
The 2018 Women of Achievement Honorees include general counsels of leading companies, partners at top law firms, and a leading lawyer from government. These distinguished women represent a wide range of business knowledge and experience in their industries, and inspire women and girls to seek the highest levels in their careers.