Congratulations to Sonya Vento for being recognized with the Modern-Day Technology Leader Award at the 33rd Black Engineer of the Year Conference in Washington, D.C. on February 7 – 9, 2019. Sonya is an IT Project Manager at General Motors in the Cloud Core Engineering organization where she manages over 30 technical project resources and collaborates with Global Infrastructure Managers to develop multi-year technology roadmaps and strategic plans. Sonya earned a BBA in Computer Information Systems and MBA from Texas State University. She began her career over 19 years ago as an IT Systems Engineer in the financial services industry. Her responsibilities included migrating legacy student loan systems from mainframe infrastructure to web applications. After completing her graduate studies, she joined a Fortune 500 engineering company and led a team to stabilize an enterprise accounting system to maintain a $60 million contract with Kennedy Space Center. She also worked for Bank of America, where she received awards for implementing new system functionality and security solutions. Sonya is passionate about volunteering and mentoring in her community. She is a STEM mentor for A World in Motion and volunteers for Links-NSBE Jr. Chapter, Central Texas Food Bank, Girl Scouts, First Lego League, and Ronald McDonald House. She is a member of local professional and civic organizations including Women in IT, National Black MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Project Management Institute, and Town Lake (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Sonya has been married to her husband Arnold for 12 years and has a seven-year-old daughter.