About Sonya

Dr. Sonya PearsonSonya, a Gooreng Gooreng woman, has invested 30 years in working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Islander communities in the challenging yet rewarding realms of education, spanning early childhood to TAFE and University.

As a consultant for both the community and corporate sector, Sonya draws on her extensive academic background in social and economic development for Indigenous people, in particular entrepreneurship and commercialisation, to provide a unique and refreshing approach to strategy and program development. She has a clear vision for the needs of Indigenous communities and seeks to inspire and promote Indigenous people to achieve social and economic self-determination through education and enterprise development. The compassion, influence and drive Sonya brings to the table will ensure you achieve targeted and sustainable results for your next project.

One of her most pivotal achievements to date is her PhD – Indigenous Women and Entrepreneurship in New South Wales, with the accompanying documentary titled, Born from Fire – The Story of Four Aboriginal Women Entrepreneurs – To learn more, click on the video below:


  • First Aboriginal Woman to complete PhD in the study of entrepreneurship in Australia.

  • Australian Indigenous representative for the Australian New Zealand Academy of Management

  • First Aboriginal person to win ANZAM Award for Teaching in Case Study Development.

  • Foundation Course Coordinator – Bachelor of Business Administration (Indigenous)

  • Foundation Course Coordinator and Director – BA Adult Education and Community

  • Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)

  • National Coordinator – National Indigenous Legal Studies, Recommendation 212 of Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

“At the end of the day it’s about economic development, but also the underlying narrative here is self determination – How we can break the chains of poverty in our communities.” 

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