Who am I?

Personal Details

  • Name: Margaret Sonja Thompson
  • Address: San Francisco CA 94044
  • Phone: (502) 727-4223
  • Email: msonithompson@gmail.com

Professional Profile

My previous work titles over the past 20 years include: Senior Strategist, Senior Public Relations Manager, and Senior Editor. I am an incredibly dedicated worker, I adapt easily to new projects and tasks, my personality and positive outlook are contagious, and I take pride in my ability to produce quality work.

My Professional Background

Work Experience


2021 April - present

Billion Strong

Chief Creative Officer

  • Content creation (press releases, blog posts, videos)
  • Community engagement (newsletters, content collaboration)
  • Social media management (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, IG, YouTube, TikTok)

2019 July - 2020 May

Huawei Technologies USA

Senior Strategist / Senior PR Manager

  • Content creation (articles, videos, podcasts, infographics)
  • Key opinion leader liaison (interviews, content collaboration)
  • Social media management (LinkedIn, Twitter, FB, IG, and YouTube)
  • Media engagement (pitching)

2019 January - 2019 June

Huawei (SDL)

Web Editor

  • Writing podcast scripts for thought leader interviews
  • Managing the podcast production cycle
  • Editing blog posts, PPTs, and podcast transcripts

2016 March - 2017 October

Cheetah Mobile

PR Manager

  • Writing bylines, reviewer’s guides, and press releases for services and mobile app releases
  • Pitching and following up with media for news coverage
  • Creating informative, engaging posts for social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Analyzing social media insights, including engagement, trends, and other metrics
  • Responding to users who communicated through social media
  • Proofreading and editing articles that were written by various teams
  • Providing feedback about the company website and Google Play app descriptions
  • Conducting market research, branding analysis, and writing reports
  • Representing the company at sponsored events and conferences

1999 October - 2015 October

CBS Interactive / TechRepublic

Senior Editor

  • Producing and delivering tech-centric newsletters
  • Writing and editing articles for various tech topics, such as mobility, security, and open source
  • Recording and editing tech community videos and podcast interviews
  • Recruiting, managing, and editing subject-matter experts to write tech articles for the site
  • Updating the company Facebook page to inform members and drive engagement
  • Managing the online community via the Forums and hosting community gatherings and events
  • Creating FAQ documentation – both text and video – for new site features
  • Manually programming the front door (HTML)
  • Attending and covering tech events through blog posts, videos, podcasts, and photo galleries

My Education

Education

1993 August - 1998 May

University of Louisville

BA - English / Minor - Communications

I graduated with honors – Summa Cum Laude.

References

  • Jack Wallen

    Author and Tech Journalist

    I have had the pleasure of working with Sonja now for nearly two decades. She has been, by far, one of the most honest, responsible, diligent, and consistent editors I’ve ever collaborated with. She is always on top of her game and has managed to keep my head above wonder on a number of occasions… I can, with good conscience, say you will be hard-pressed to find a better person for the job.

  • Chase Skinner

    Senior Director, Corporate Communications

    When I first started working with Sonja, her capabilities and confidence in managing projects, content creation, and social media campaigns was very apparent. She simply knows what she’s doing. What I wasn’t expecting was how, without any effort, her positive demeanor continuously drives the energy of the team forward in a way I simply had never witnessed before in my professional career.

  • Jay Garmon

    Product Manager

    In our years together, Sonja was a devoted, energetic and creative force that brightened every room she entered. She never gave less than her all, and any workplace would benefit from her presence.

  • Will Kelly

    Writer

    Sonja was my first editor when I was a freelancer for TechRepublic. She’s a consummate and diligent editor, content strategist, and manager. Sonja is a clear communicator that made working for her remotely so much easier. Her enthusiasm for the brand and the technology topics we covered came through in her communications to me. Working with Sonja was a true collaboration, and I highly recommend her for editorial positions.

  • Donovan Colbert

    Writer, Jack of All Trades

    Sonja is an inspiring, creative and gifted editor with a critical eye for improving a writer’s content without compromising the message of an article. She provides clear direction and communicates her goals and expectations while maintaining an open-minded approach to creative ideas and submissions. Sonja’s projects develop a unique sense of energy that fosters community-building among readers. Her sense of the dynamics of content creation and publishing for Internet audiences is an asset to any organization looking to leverage online media in the most effective manner possible.

What I am good at

Skills & Knowledge

Software

Microsoft Office Suite86%
CMS83%
Pagemail78%
Pixelmator65%
Final Cut Pro55%

LANGUAGE SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

English
Proficiency
  • SEO & Google Analytics
  • Web usability
  • HTML
  • Social media management
  • Community engagement
  • Multi-format content creation
  • Images
  • Podcasts
  • Videos

My best work

Portfolio

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    Project 30

    Podcast for Huawei USA

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    Project 27

    Video for Huawei USA

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    Project 22

    Blog for High Plains Reader

Podcast

Project 30

The Impact of COVID-19 on Entrepreneurship

Nelly Yusupova is the founder of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, a bootcamp created to help non-technical entrepreneurs and business people understand tech and fast track success. She talks about how the pandemic has encouraged her to shift her bootcamp online and the way she has updated her platform to provide key skills like managing teams remotely. Learn more about Nelly and this project here: https://www.digitalwoman.com/

Source: Huawei USA

Video

Project 27

Huawei Sits Down with Girls in Tech to talk opportunity and education

Skills will create opportunities that can change lives. Hear from Cori Shearer, Co-Managing Director of Girls in Tech, which is a non-profit organization focused on changing the face of technology as she speaks to Huawei’s Sonja Thompson about everything from finding community to the most critical skills needed to thrive in the digital economy.

Source: Huawei USA

Blog post

Project 22

The Winners in Rural Broadband - The Customers

Debra Ruh is the CEO and Founder of Ruh Global IMPACT, a consulting firm that strives to help clients amplify their impact and become disability inclusion leaders. She also serves as the Chair of the United Nations' G3ict EmployAbility Task Force, which supports information and communication assistive technologies in over 100 countries. Her advocacy for people with disabilities has changed the way technology companies interface with their customers; and she has measurably improved the lives of millions of people all over the world who live on the margins, helping them to compete in the world-wide marketplace and improve their quality of life.

Recently, Ruh has turned her attention to shine the spotlight on a section of society that also is too-often overlooked: rural America. She, herself, is a business owner who lives in one of the many thousands of fringe, distant, or remote rural areas, as designated by Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

What makes an area rural? The U.S. Census guidelines define rural fringe as less than 5 miles from a city or densely populated suburb, or 2.5 miles from an urban cluster (town); rural distance is 25 miles from a city or 10 miles from a town; and rural remote covers everything greater than rural, distant populations.

In a recent article, Ruh shared the following personal experience running a business from rural America:

“I live outside Richmond, Virginia about 100 miles from our Nation’s Capital – Washington, DC, in a small community called Rockville, Virginia. I can attest that access to the internet is still a huge problem all over the world, including here in the United States with rural communities like mine not having access to dependable, affordable and reliable internet services.

“The growth of small businesses and the GIG economy are making it critical to have access to stable, affordable and high-speed internet service… Rural communities do not have the same access options as urban communities.

“To get reliable access to the internet, we had to find a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) that could assemble a solution from very high-end radio equipment. I pay $250 a month for my internet connection. That might seem expensive, but I am running a global business from my home like many in the new economy. All of our work is online, including my two global shows – Human Potential at Work (with audiences in over 86 countries and 113 regions) and AXSChat (one of the largest Tweet Chats in the world). Additionally, many of my employees are technologists with disabilities and they work from their homes from countries all over the world.”

Ruh also noted the work that Huawei has done – and will continue to do – to help connect people in rural America:

“Huawei has a long history of supporting rural communities with affordable dependable internet solutions. The company started by bringing internet to rural parts of China. Huawei was the only corporation to bring the internet to these rural markets, and they have continued to expand into other rural markets, including rural areas in the United States, Canada, Africa, and other countries…

“More than 700 million people in rural areas around the world still cannot make phone calls or access the network (according to GSMA statistics). By the end of 2018, nearly 400,000 villages around the world had no network coverage. The digital gap between cities and the countryside is widening, especially the gap between remote areas and urban areas.”

In rural America alone, there are roughly 23 million people, and many of them do not have access to the FCC’s minimum requirements for inclusive broadband download/upload speeds (25Mbps/3Mbps). However, these speeds are required for many complex tasks, including completing homework assignments, accessing medical services, and running a business.

The real winner when it comes to broadband connectivity in rural America is the customer. Many rural Americans have undeniably benefited from Huawei’s lean and tight strategies, which prioritize making better tech more affordable. In fact, Huawei built its brand by serving rural customers – the people that the larger telecom operators were content to leave behind. Like Debra Ruh, Huawei believes in inclusion, because everyone deserves the same opportunities in this growing digital world.

[Debra’s original blog post is https://www.ruhglobal.com/digital-inclusion-for-rural-communities/ ]

Source: High Plains Reader

Get in touch

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Contact details

San Francisco / CA 94114

(502) 727-4223

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