Sonja Mathews (Nonprofit Exec, formerly VP roles at USAA, PepsiCo)

Episode 99 · April 25th, 2024 · 51 mins 48 secs

About this Episode

In this episode, rachel, Kendall, and Sonja talk about:

  • The fact that this podcast is not sponsored by USAA
  • A journey that started with childhood on a "poser farm" in North Carolina
  • Driving the tractor as a path to an enjoyment of adventure and power
  • Discovering that being a defense lawyer meant you would represent a lot of guilty people
  • How Kendall ruins everything
  • Being the data pusher and getting hooked on her own supply
  • The Stephen Covey 7 Habits seminar, aka a sausagefest
  • Early interpretations of leadership as a command and control process, feedback from other managers, being curious, being willing to apologize and grow
  • Kendall gets his due, FINALLY
  • Learning more from mistakes than successes
  • That there's a difference between listening and "waiting to speak"
  • The fun of building and running her own "retail lab" aka fake grocery store theater for research
  • Advocating for the strategic pre-meeting when decisions are being made
  • Reasons to switch to the nonprofit world, including a cancer diagnosis
  • What strong 501c3 nonprofit board leadership looks like
  • That all workers deserve joy in their work
  • The tragedy of over-volunteering, trying to extricate herself
  • Recommendations for exploring the Olympic Peninsula
  • Friends: you should make some and spend time with them :)

You can find Sonja at

Special thanks to Mel Stanley for our theme music <3