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a daughter, partner, mom and educator

               orn in the Caribbean warmth of the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx,

New York, DR. Sofia B. Pertuz is diversity, equity, and inclusion professional and ICF certified executive coach with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, assessment, and inclusive excellence in higher education, nonprofit and corporate organizations. 

Dr. Pertuz has been invited to speak to international audiences on topics in leadership, change management, diversity, social justice, LGBTQ advocacy and Latinx identity, delivering keynotes in both Spanish and English. 

Dr. Pertuz is the founder and moderator of the Latinas Completing Doctoral Degrees online graduate student support network with over 9000 actively engaged members.

Sofia completed a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from State University of New York at New Paltz and earned her Master’s and Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy, both from Seton Hall University. Sofia also holds a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion for HR from Cornell University.

Sofia is committed to creating a socially just world and dedicates volunteer time through mentorship and activities aiming to create inclusive and caring communities.


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" Before participating in Sofia's group, I had limited knowledge on the numerous career strategies that exist and how to effectively navigate work politics. After our sessions, I strengthened my interviewing skills/techniques, had a better understanding of how to "play the game", and learned strategies to help me advance my career and grow professionally.


Sofia's wealth of knowledge and expertise, along with her kind personality and easy-going manner, make her a pleasure to work with. She took into account cultural and familial values and how this impacts our identity and work, which is something that our community truly needs.

I highly recommend working with Sofia if you have the opportunity to." 


-Elizabeth M. Jarquin, PhD, LMFT


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