Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Recruitment and Engagement
Sonia Bhatia is the Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Recruitment and Engagement at Sony Pictures Imageworks, responsible for helping to create a more inclusive workplace and keeping our employees engaged and connected in a changing work environment.
With over a decade of experience working with equity groups, Sonia is driving the D&I strategy, collaborating with global D&I offices, and ensuring programs are tailored for local adoption.
As a woman of colour, Sonia’s journey in diversity and inclusion started at birth. She feels that it is her duty to do this work and it is her calling.
Sonia respectfully acknowledges that she lives and works on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.
Sonia is first generation Canadian, daughter to Immigrant parents from Punjab, India. She endeavors in her work with gratitude and humility for continued tolerance as a settler to this land.
Name your three favorite movies:
ALADDIN, MATILDA, and HARRY POTTER Franchise
Bollywood: DIWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE
I grew up in a family who loves movies. In addition to watching animated films, and Hollywood movies I was also exposed to the Indian movie making industry, Bollywood.
What is your proudest achievement while working at Imageworks?
I am so proud to join a team where my ideas, and uniqueness are welcomed.
What inspired you to become involved in making movies?
I believe that movies are the most captivating ways in which stories are told. From a young age I have always loved the power of storytelling through movies. Movies inspire, teach, impact society, evoke emotion, entertain, and transport us to places where we have never been. I was inspired to join an industry as powerful, creative, innovative, and beautiful as movie making and make a positive impact.