Negocios Now

2017 Latinos 40 Under 40

Negocios Now is the Hispanic Business Publication in Chicago with National Distribution

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Page 39 of 49 40 February 2018 Age: 30 Title: Co-founder and COO Company: Paladin Bio: Kristen Sonday is the co- founder and chief operating offi- cer of Paladin, which helps legal teams run more efficient pro bono programs while increasing access to justice. In her role, she works with Fortune 500 companies, law firms, law schools and bar asso- ciations to staff, manage and track pro bono work and to visualize the organization's impact. Prior to Paladin, Sonday worked on international cri- minal matters in Mexico and Central America for the U.S. De- partment of Justice and served on the founding team of a New York-based tech start-up. As a re- sult of her work closing the jus- tice gap, she was named a 2017 American Bar Association (ABA) Woman of Legal Tech to Watch, an ABA Journal Legal Rebel, and a Fastcase50 honoree. Paladin was also part of the recent Te- chstars Chicago cohort, and par- ticipated in the joint accelerator program from the Illinois Hispa- nic Chamber of Commerce and 1871. Last year, Sonday served as Google for Entrepreneurs' Code2040 Entrepreneur-in- Residence at 1871, representing and promoting black and Latinx founders. Her work included events and programming to connect entrepreneurs of color across Chicago's tech ecosystem and culminated in a Latinx Star- tup Weekend to foster early en- trepreneurship. In her free time, Sonday volunteers as an advisor to young founders through the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. Kristen Sonday The founder helping others with pro bono work "D on't be afraid to fail. If you're not constantly failing or getting rejected, you're not moving fast enough or learning." Kristen Sonday

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