With more than 20 years of experience in both agency and corporate communications, Sonja Popp-Stahly, APR
, is in her fourth year on the PRSA National Board of Directors. Her background includes strategic planning, consumer marketing, media relations, social media, digital communications, internal communications and issues management.
Sonja joined Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis, in 2007, currently working in Global Employee Communications as communications lead for an enterprise-wide internal program. She previously held positions in Digital and Social Media Communications as well as Global Business Communications.
Prior to Lilly, Sonja was a Team Leader and Account Manager at Hetrick Communications in Indianapolis for seven years, representing health care, professional services, education and consumer products clients.
Before moving to Indianapolis in 2000, Sonja worked in agency and corporate public relations in New York City for seven years. She was the Manager of Public Relations for Sara Lee Hosiery, overseeing national communications for the Hanes, Donna Karan and DKNY hosiery brands. Sonja also was an Account Supervisor at DeVries Public Relations in New York, representing numerous consumer products, including Procter & Gamble, Nabisco and Nestle brands.
An active member of PRSA for 23 years, Sonja currently serves on the PRSA National Board of Directors. She is a past member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee and the PRSA Hoosier Chapter Board of Directors. She is a past President of the PRSA Hoosier Chapter and a former PRSSA National Professional Adviser. When she was a PRSSA student, she served on the PRSSA National Committee.
Sonja graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations and minors in marketing and German. She is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the PRSA-affiliated Universal Accreditation Board. Her programs have received numerous awards, including the PRSA Silver Anvil Award, the PR industry’s highest national honor. She also has been inducted into the PRSSA Hall of Fame.