Sophie Gibson, VIVO360’s Founder and President, is a finalist in in the Influence Award category of the second annual, Gwinnett Chamber’s Moxie Awards, which recognizes women who are making it happen.
The Moxie awards recognize female leaders who are making a difference in business and their community. Sophie strives to be a better version of herself every day through impacting the lives of others, whether it’s through her work or giving back through her nonprofit organization, Show You Care.
“I’m honored to be a finalist amongst such stellar leaders” said Sophie.
The awards ceremony will conclude a two-part program on August 29. It will begin with a panel, featuring Liz Gillespie, Partner and Vice President, North American Properties; Sara Irvani, CEO, Okabashi; Hala Moddelmog, President & CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber; and Natalie Morhous, President, RacTrac.
The VIVO360 team invites you to join us in celebrating our leader at the Moxie award ceremony to take place at the Infinite Energy Forum, Thursday, August 29, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.GwinnettMoxieAwards.com.
VIVO360 Highlights Black Entrepreneurs in celebration of Black Business Month
VIVO360 would like to celebrate Black Business month this year by highlighting black men and women who have helped to shape American Business. These stories are here to empower entrepreneurs.
As we continue to celebrate Black Business Month, VIVO360 commemorates our Founder and President, Sophie Gibson, (https://youtu.be/MiXjNaqlHSA) born on the island of Jamaica with parents who instilled in her a drive to succeed, Sophie moved to the United States on her own as an immigrant at 19.
With hard work and determination, she had her first business in New York City at 21, while still in College. Sophie has a huge heart and has always given back to her community and to organizations that focus on children and education. Back in 2001, Sophie created a new kind of agency – one that was digitally-led with marketing at the core. 18 years ago, this was not the easiest concept for many agencies or companies. Today is the way it is. For us at VIVO360 we are thrilled to learn each and every day from a pioneer!
Alonzo Herndon (https://youtu.be/ZtBLm5C-4Us) is the founder of Atlanta Life Insurance Agency. He was born a slave from a mother and a slave master. When slavery was abolished, the family became free, but they were destitute. So, when he was growing up, he did odd jobs to make ends meet. He was a laborer and peddler, but his family mostly did sharecropping. With 11 dollars in his pocket, he decided to move to Senoia Georgia, where he started working as a farmhand and also started to learn the barbering trade. He then eventually opened his shop in Jonesboro and went into Atlanta to help another barber to open three more shops. He went onto to invest in real estate and eventually bought a failing mutual aid association in 1905, which later became what most people today as Atlanta Life Insurance Company.
Clara Brown (https://youtu.be/419fTxCSHpg) was born in 1800’s in Virginia. She got married at 18 and had four children, but the family was eventually separated from each other, scattered across the United States. She was sold to a plantation owner in Kentucky. At the age of 56, she was set free and decided to go west to a small mining town in Colorado, where she started to work different odd jobs, which included cooking and being a midwife. With the money that she saved she began to invest in mining claims and land. She became known as Aunt Clara because of the financial and emotional support she would give to other African Americans in the area. At the end of the Civil War, Brown could freely travel and liquidated all her assets to find her daughter, but she was unsuccessful in finding her. She paid the way for 26 or more relatives and others who were former slaves to move to Colorado. She is in the Society of Colorado Pioneers for her role in Colorado’s early history.