Stephanie SonnabendCo-Founder
2020 Women on Boards

Stephanie Sonnabend is a director, speaker, executive coach and strategic consultant who is passionate about making the world a better place. In 2010, Sonnabend co-founded 2020 Women on Boards, a national campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20 percent or greater by the year 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, Sonnabend led a publicly held (NASDAQ) family-controlled global hospitality management and franchise company through numerous business cycles and major crises. For 18 years, she served on the board of Century Bank and Century Bancorp. She also served for four years as a director of SVN, a privately held commercial real estate franchisor. She has chaired numerous committees on higher education boards of trustees and on association and governmental boards. She is currently an advisor to SAFR, a startup ridesharing company focused on empowering women drivers and riders.