We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophia Strother and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sophia, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
As a human trafficking survivor, I’ve always viewed myself as currency. Until my mid-thirties, I struggled to see my value beyond transactions benefitting other people. Breaking free from that mindset and starting to heal had to be purposeful. I had been so successful raising funds for other nonprofits, government entities, and ministries that I forgot that I had aspirations too. When I turned 40, I realized I was truly worth the investment into my own dreams. I heard the saying ‘nothing beats a failure but a try’, so I had to try. I finally realized I was worth the investment and definitely worth the risk.
Being a survivor has shaped my passion and tenacity not to quit unless God releases me. I used my anger to fuel my success. I was determined not to be a statistic or stuck on excuses in my present based on my past reality. Healing causes a paradigm shift that allows you to push through despite the nay sayers or temporary uphill battle when you’re building your foundation.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, survivor, and mother determined to empower, inspire and leave a legacy for my family. I’m proud that despite what it looked like and the mirror of the past, I took the risk in myself and was able to launch L2E Industries in the midst of a global pandemic. We have employed over 100 people and continue to forge ahead deliver it forward. How are we doing that? I forfeited all profits for the first quarter and took those funds to co-found Meraki Medical Associates in Waco, TX.
L2E Industries, a delivery service partner with Amazon. A company formed from a passion to create an ecosystem dedicated to making an impact in people’s lives financially and professionally. – Please view our story https://www.facebook.com/L2EIndustriesLLC
Meraki Medical Associates, a vaccination clinic formed in 2021 as a way to help be a part of the solution with a COVID having such a negative impact on black and brown communities. – Please view our story https://www.facebook.com/merakimedicalassociates
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wow, this is a great topic… Austin metro has so many nuggets to visit.
Summer Moon has the best coffee ever and has a really great vibe off of W. Anderson.
Kalahari Resorts is my happy place. My Wakanda! It has something for everyone and celebrates African culture.
Lake Travis is a great place to hang or chill by the water with family and friends.
Franklins BBQ is a must when visiting Austin.
Gourdough’s Donuts, Beer & Cocktails is phenomenal and has a great chicken pesto sandwich made with a doughnut!!
Rolling Rosters has me addicted to their catfish and lemon pepper wings.
We would definitely have to go to Log Country Cove in Burnett to enjoy nature, get on the lake boating, and have fun with the jet skis.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a shoutout to three women that truly made a difference in my world; My grandmother, Vivienne Adams; My aunt, Sonia Jones; and my therapist Cheryl Alexander.
My beautiful and loving grandmother, who’s resting in heaven literally gave up her life to take me and my son in when I was 15 years old. She taught me how to be a woman and instilled a business mind that has led to my fierce and courageous journey to this point.
My aunt is my ride or die and right hand. She’s had my back jumping into this venture with Amazon and the medical clinic, Meraki Medical Associates. I wouldn’t be the outspoken woman I am today without watching her be unapologetically black and fierce.
My therapist literally pulled me out of a pit of despair when I was 36 and has ushered me into a newfound me. She’s helped me heal and forge a new voice that is confident, brave, and willing to put me first.
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