Tell us who you are!
One of the advantages of being a bit geeky is that it enables you to create your own website, so feel free to check me out at www.sonjarajala.com. The website includes infos about my current activities, interest and a list of my favorite books and apps 🙂
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
You can get an idea of my career path so far in detail on my LinkedIn profile https://fi.linkedin.com/in/sonjarajala
I have a relatively diverse background: I started in business coaching, moved to social entrepreneuership, after that to organizational development consulting and currently I am part of a fast-growing Supply Chain Management IT company. I have a fairly entrepreneurial background having worked in relatively small and young companies and really enjoy building the companies as they develop. I also do a lot of voluntary work of which the most significant project is Aalto Women in Business, a network for young, ambitious women. (www.aaltowib.com)
What does “Social Capital” mean to you?
It means giving back to the society.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
My intense curiosity and willingness to develop myself constantly as well as my strong drive to create results.
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?
I would have to say founding and building Aalto Women in Business.
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
I want to help other women forward as promoting gender equality is one of my key goals in life in general.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
My keen interest to help you forward, to coach you in your questions and of course my personal network.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
Someone who is inspired to not only achieve fancy titles but also to make the world a bit better place 🙂
What are your aspirations for your 1World Mentee?
That I can help you make significant personal progress – whatever that means for you personally – during this year of mentorship.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
I would have to say it depends – mostly on the country and type of business. We can break it by not letting ourselves get held back by false assumptions of what women can and cannot do. I personally believe that women also need to support each other and push each other more.