Sonia Velasco Clayton was born in Colombia during the violence of the Narco-Guerilla period. While still in her youth, she moved to Venezuela with her family seeking refuge from the turmoil of her native soil. She arrived in the USA in 1984, with $50 in her pocket and she didn't speak English. Sonia founded Virtual Intelligence Providers, LLC (www.vip-global.com) just 2 weeks after 9/11, in 2001, and remains its CEO to this day. VIP-Global is an international, IT consulting firm specializing in ERP Systems Implementations, Staff Augmentation, Organizational Change Management and Training. Her company was created against all odds during a time of economic recession within the energy sector, and in a traditionally white-male dominated industry. While being recognized for her accomplishments she is said to be, "The Oracle of the Hispanic Business Woman in America," as quoted by U.S. congressmen and senators, from both sides of the aisle, for achieving the American Dream. She has won 30 awards of excellence including State and White House recognition. Sonia is a member of the BYU Marriott School of Business Information Systems Board, The Indonesia Sampoerna Higher Education Board, and the Texas Judicial Council. she holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Business Management. Sonia is a Certified Negotiator from Harvard Business School and is a graduate from the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Program, from Stanford Business School. She is married to Kirk Clayton and is the mother of Aaron, a US Navy Fighter Pilot and Leica, a High School Teacher. Sonia is also a Cancer Survivor of 11 years. She speaks 4 different languages, and has visited and conducted business in over 70 countries.