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Join Pangia for a Fireside Chat about Tribes. We'll be sitting with two prominent Tribe Leaders, Sonia Lewis and Stacie Whisonant, who will warm us with their perspective on a rather cold subject: Student Loans.

We'll discuss the current landscape of millennial debt, the solutions our speakers provide, the innovation that has come out of "the struggle", and the ways toward financial freedom.
We'll also have a Q&A for the burning questions you have for the leaders.

Come join us to learn about innovation in what may seem like an unlikely institution.

Sonia Lewis- CEO of The Student Loan Doctor LLC,Author and Speaker Sonia Lewis, CEO of The Student Loan Doctor LLC is the people’s advocate for overcoming their own student loan debt. Sonia has over 7 years of practical higher education and financial aid experience. Sonia is currently working on her dissertation within her doctoral program. Her programmatic focus is on adult education from Walden University. Peers recognize Sonia as an expert in all matters concerning student loan debt prevention and repayment. Sonia released her workbook “Success Guide- Student Loan Debt Repayment” this year to be a supplement to support her coaching business. This tangible guide is a 12 month workbook used to examine the budget, provide techniques of repayment and strategic forms for student loan repayment success.

Sonia is an expert speaker across all audiences regardless of age. She has been invited to speak at different platforms such as: The White House Briefing on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color, Temple University, Harcum College, Stepping Stones Scholars Program, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Delta Gems workshop, Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable, a host of first home buyers workshops, a host of non-profits seminars for both employees and clients and other institutions of education.

Stacie Whisonant is the Founder and CEO of a DC FinTech startup called Pay Your Tuition Funds. PYT Funds focuses on providing students with the opportunity to utilize the shared economy method called crowdfunding to reduce the burden of student loan debt. PYT Funds is considered a disruptor to the finance industry and is an innovative solution to the country's student loan crisis.

A native of Virginia, Stacie has over 13 years of experience in the finance and banking industries with a background in mortgages, structured settlements, and annuities. Prior to starting PYT Funds, she worked for the specialty finance company Stone Street Capital and also for HSBC, the world’s largest international banking and financial services organizations. Besides battling the $1.2 trillion national student debt crisis, Stacie served eight years as a United States Army Reservist. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, where she continues her service to mankind via community service projects. An alum of Longwood University, Stacie graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management. Stacie likes to spend her free time with family, traveling, keeping up on the latest technologies and playing UNO.

Hosted by Pangia Co-Founder, Bridgetta Parker

Pangia is the first software designed to help local leaders monetize their influence through selling and promoting events while fostering deeper and ongoing relationships. Pangia focuses on empowering and grooming our future leaders through a unique platform to enable connections. Pangia is engaging with local leaders to provide visibility to their communities, wherever they may be.

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