Sonia Jackson Myles, corporate executive and author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated book, The Sister Accord: 51 Ways To Love Your Sister, will serve as speaker at the Florida A&M University Fall Commencement Ceremony scheduled Friday, December 13 at 6 p.m. in the Lawson Center. Myles, a graduate of FAMU’s School of Business & Industry, will share pearls of wisdom from her career in Corporate America, and tips on how to follow one’s dreams and leave a legacy.
Myles is president and CEO of The Sister Accord, LLC, which is focused on female empowerment, leadership development for both males and females, and the importance of relationships in delivering exceptional results. As the leader of a global movement that Myles has coined “The Revolution of Love,” she is committed to having one billion girls and women live the principles of The Sister Accord.
For the past seven years, she served in several key roles with Procter & Gamble, including director of Global Packaging Purchases, where she managed the spending of $6 billion. Prior to this role, she served as director of Global Printed Packaging, director of Global Purchases and director of Global Media Purchases. Myles’ leadership resulted in significant, unprecedented savings for the company. Her innovative, highly engaging leadership style has been cited as the catalyst for her organization’s outstanding performance.
Before joining P&G, Myles served as director of Global Indirect Materials at Gillette in Boston, Mass. In this role, she achieved success in establishing robust processes and systems that led to great results for Gillette’s indirect spending. She was also recognized for establishing an innovative business solution in the area of contingent labor with a diverse supplier, which led to significant savings and benchmark stewardship for the company.
Myles began her professional career as a buyer in Dearborn, Mich., with Ford Motor Company. She was an innovator and trailblazer at Ford, particularly in the area of supplier relationships, diversity and inclusion training, supplier diversity development and servant leadership. In her last role at Ford, she was the Powertrain Purchasing Manager, with a responsibility for $4.3 billion in spending.
The accomplished author and businesswoman was named one of Essence Magazine’s 25 Women of Power (2008) and selected as a Bloomberg “History Maker” (2008). She received the Trumpet Award Foundation’s “High Heels” Award (2009) and was named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top Executives in Marketing & Advertising (2011). In 2010, she was awarded the FAMU President’s Award, and in 2011, Myles was inducted into the FAMU School of Business & Industry’s Hall of Fame. In 2012, Myles was named one of FAMU’s 125 Outstanding Alumni in celebration of the university’s 125th anniversary.
In addition to serving as a board member for Impact Young Lives, Myles was recently appointed to the board of directors for The MATLET Group, a packaging and digital solutions provider. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., FAMU National Alumni Association, and the National Black MBA Association. She is the chair for the FAMU School of Business and Industry Advisory Board, a member of the Inaugural Advisory Panel for espnW and a member of the Speakers Resource Group for Disney’s Dreamers Academy.
Myles graduated summa cum laude in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from FAMU. In 1990, she received her master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She is married to Kenneth A. Myles and has two teenage sons, Kendall and Jordan.