Sophia L.heic

Sophia LaFrance is a law student, a passionate philanthropist, a public speaker, and the founder of the social media platform, Empower to Succeed.

 

Sophia is a rising 2L at Stetson University College of Law. After completing her first semester ranking in the top one percent of her class, she received an invitation to join Stetson Law Review. Sophia then joined the journal's editorial board as a Notes and Comments editor. Additionally, Sophia was a top-5 finalist in the Eighth Annual Chief Justice First-Year Oral Argument Competition.

Before law school, Sophia worked on various studio shows at ESPN covering college basketball, college football, MLB, and the WNBA on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2. She also earned the unique opportunity to work on the UEFA EURO 2020 Tournament. Her work ethic and leadership skills earned her a spot as a Content Associate Captain and a mentor to young professionals within the ESPN Next program. 

Sophia hopes to combine her law degree with her background in television and journalism to earn a role as a legal commentator for a major news network in addition to working as a full-time attorney. 

Currently, Sophia leads professional development workshops for young women through the platform she started, Empower to Succeed. Her goal is to inspire young women to confidently and authentically pursue their career and life aspirations. 

With a passion to lead in her workplace and community, Sophia has been involved in many special projects. Within her first month at ESPN, she pitched a social media initiative in which she interviewed various leaders in the company who started as production assistants. Final pieces can be found on ESPN Next social media accounts. She also led an ESPN Thanksgiving Food Drive for local Feeding America food pantries in Bristol, Charlotte, and Los Angeles. Over 1,200 donations were made to the drive. In addition, Sophia participates in Junior Achievement Career Panels and Career Day specials to provide career advice and mentorship to students. 

On May 24, 2021, the Mayor and Town of Wallingford recognized Sophia for her philanthropic dedication and commitment to the town and state of Connecticut with an Official Mayoral Proclamation.​ Sophia went on to represent her town at the Miss Connecticut USA 2021 pageant. She finished in the Top 15 and earned the "Girl Boss Award" for her community service and leadership skills.

Sophia is a proud alumna of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. She served as an ambassador to the college, an executive officer within her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, a weekday news reporter and sports anchor for WUFT-News, as well as a basketball and gymnastics beat reporter for ESPN Gainesville.